“We, the members of The Delta Chi Fraternity, believing that great advantages are to be derived from a brotherhood of college and university men, appreciating that close association may promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”
what does our preamble mean
Certainly the most public and perhaps the best-known description of the purposes of Delta Chi, the Preamble’s principle ideals offer profound potential as a guide to daily life as a Brother.
It has been pointed out that the four most important words in the Preamble are not what most members assume: “Friendship”, “Character”, “Justice”, and “Education”. Instead, it is suggested that the four most important words are “Promote”, ”Develop”, “Advance”, and “Assist.” The point is that “Fraternity” and, in particular, “Delta Chi” is not just about what “is” but what we, as members, should actually be doing. It is our actions that make Delta Chi, which is why the key words are the verbs instead of the nouns.
Assist in the Acquisition of a Sound Education
11 basic expectations
Delta Chi also has a collection of expectations for each member to uphold. These Eleven Basic Expectations serve as an extension of our Preamble and give us more specific principles to live by:
I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither abuse nor support the abuse of alcohol.
I will acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is safe, properly cleaned and maintained.
I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity Ritual and will incorporate them into my daily life.
I will exercise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons.
I will sustain my commitment to and involvement with our fraternity throughout my lifetime.
I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them.
Since 2006, undergraduate and alumnus members of Delta Chi have joined hands in fighting cancer together with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Each year, our chapters and colonies host various fundraising events and educate their members and campus communities on the importance of philanthropic giving to cancer research. Our strong partnership with The V Foundation allows each donor to make a greater impact on finding cures for cancer than he or she could ever do on his or her own. Learn more about Delta Chi’s partnership with The V Foundation.
Local Chapter History
The Embry-Riddle Chapter of The Delta Chi Fraternity had its beginning as a small local Fraternity named Pi Sigma Phi, founded on November 6, 1967. Pi Sigma Phi was the first social organization recognized on campus. As a local Fraternity, Pi Sigma Phi prospered and membership grew rapidly which led to obtaining their first house at 427 S. Ridgewood Avenue. Their numerous successes were noticed by executive leadership at the Delta Chi Headquarters Officer who proposed an affiliation with Delta Chi at Embry-Riddle. On April 6, 1967, the Brothers of Pi Sigma Phi voted unanimously to accept this proposal, and subsequently, became a colony of Delta Chi on May 16, 1970. By September 20, 1970, all of the members of the local Fraternity were welcomed as Brothers of the Delta Chi Fraternity by the University of Florida chapter.
The next few years brought even greater growth in membership and repeated successes in campus leadership, athletics, scholarship, and Greek Week competition. On March 11, 1972, Delta Chi received its charter becoming the Embry-Riddle Chapter of The Delta Chi Fraternity.