Parents of Members/Prospective Members

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about The Delta Chi Fraternity. We want you to be as excited and comfortable with your son’s interest in the Fraternity as he is.

Delta Chi understands that the expectations of today’s college men are growing, and as a Fraternity we wish to enable your son to meet and exceed those expectations and be a successful member after graduation. The Fraternity provides support to our chapters and individual members through leadership programs, written and online programming and Leadership Consultant visits to all chapters and colonies on a regular basis. Alumni are engaged to supervise the operations of the chapters, and minimum standards for all Delta Chi chapters and colonies are in place to ensure all brothers are having a quality fraternity experience.

What is Delta Chi?

On October 13, 1890, eleven law students at Cornell University formed a Law Fraternity, Delta Chi. In 1922, the Fraternity officially went “general,” thus opening its membership to men in all areas of study. In 1929, Delta Chi became the first fraternity to officially abolish hazing practices associated with “hell week.” Since its founding at Cornell, Delta Chi has grown to more than 120 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and has initiated more than 107,000 brothers. The success of Delta Chi has hinged on the continued recruitment of excellent young men and the support of experienced alumni from the local to international level.

What Does Delta Chi Value?

There are four principles outlined in the Delta Chi Preamble that accurately represent the Fraternity’s values: Friendship, Character, Justice, and Education. These are further expressed through Delta Chi’s Eleven Basic Expectations:

  1. I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
  2. I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
  3. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
  4. I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
  5. I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
  6. I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither abuse nor support the abuse of alcohol.
  7. 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.
  8. I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity Ritual and will incorporate them into my daily life.
  9. I will exercise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons.
  10. I will sustain my commitment to and involvement with our fraternity throughout my lifetime.
  11. I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them.

What About Hazing?

Delta Chi is strongly opposed to any practices that are or may appear to be hazing. The experience of Delta Chi associate members should be one of education, challenges, personal development, and excitement. Hazing in any form contradicts these goals and is a direct violation of both the Ten Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi and the oath that every member takes during his initiation.

The Fraternity takes any actions that put any member or associate member in danger very seriously, and the incidents of hazing in all fraternities and certainly Delta Chi have been increasingly infrequent in recent years. Delta Chi’s effort to make the undergraduate experience a positive one, full of fun, personal growth and preparation for professional success, is one of the reasons Delta Chi has been so successful for more than 115 years, and with men like your son living up to those values every day, the future keeps looking better.

How You Can Get Involved

Fathers or other male relatives are potential candidates for alumni initiation. An alumnus initiate is someone selected by an undergraduate chapter to be initiated into the Bond. He is someone whom the undergraduate members believe can enhance the Fraternity. Alumni initiates can provide a tremendous amount of assistance in all areas of chapter operations, especially to those chapters with restricted alumni interaction due to geographical location. For this reason, they are excellent candidates for holding positions within a chapter’s alumni support structure (e.g., ABT, house corporation, Faculty Advisor or “BB”). The Delta Chi alumnus initiate is neither an “honorary member” nor an “honorary initiate.” An alumnus initiate receives recognition as a full member of The Delta Chi Fraternity and has the same rights and privileges as any other alumnus of the Fraternity. An alumnus initiate cannot be an initiated member of any other college social fraternity.

Parents’ or Moms’ Clubs are a great way for you to get involved with your sons’ chapters. Parents’ Clubs play a role in the organizing of parents’ weekends, homecoming, house improvements and decorations, fundraisers, finals care packages, etc. Members of the Moms’ Club often serve in positions on the Alumni Board of Trustees.


Delta Chi has a separately incorporated Foundation that was created in 1954 as a non-profit educational foundation that can accept tax-deductible donations for the benefit of young men in the Fraternity. All of our members are eligible for scholarships and academic awards. The Foundation provides grants to those attending educational leadership seminars and conferences across the United States. It also offers scholarships to incoming freshmen at many colleges and universities for non-members with no requirement for future membership. Named accounts for Chapter specific scholarships and housing are available as well. Click here to visit the Delta Chi Educational Foundation’s website