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Policy

The Sigma Chi Code of Conduct

I will know and understand the obligations stated in The Jordan Standard, The Sigma Chi Creed, and the ideals expressed in the Sigma Chi Ritual, and I will strive to incorporate them in my daily life.
I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, 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 house and/or property are properly cleaned and maintained.
I will challenge all my Fraternity members to abide by these fraternal expectations and will confront those who violate them.

Adopted from the National Interfraternity Conference’s Statement of Fraternal Values and Ethics.

The Risk Management Foundation Policy on Alcohol and Drugs

1. The illegal use, possession, sale or distribution of any controlled substance or alcoholic beverage at a chapter house or any chapter function shall be strictly prohibited.

2. No chapter members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, allow to be served or sell alcoholic beverages to those under legal drinking age.

3. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased with funds from the chapter treasury, nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the chapter. A chapter may secure the services of a professional catering service with professional bartenders. Any service retained must have a general liability and liquor liability insurance policies.

4. If a tap system, keg or other concentration of alcohol which requires a common container is to be present in the chapter house, on chapter property or at a chapter function, it is to be administered by a licensed or certified bartender who is not a member of the chapter, a pledge or a Sigma Chi alumnus. This would include, but is not limited to, pony kegs, “party balls” and punch.

5. No chapter may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor or tavern (tavern is defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This does not prohibit advertising and promotional activities in connection with fund-raising or charitable events.

6. Due to the destructive and immediate effects that high alcohol concentration can cause, no grain alcohol or any such distilled liquor exceeding 100-proof, nor any mixture above 50 percent pure grain alcohol per volume is to be served in any form or mixture during a Fraternity-sponsored event.

7. No chapter member may provide alcoholic beverages to […]

Sigma Chi Policy on Alcohol and Drugs

The Sigma Chi Fraternity is founded upon and irrevocably committed to fundamental values rooted in personal responsibility. At all levels and in all aspects of the Fraternity experience, membership in Sigma Chi entails a commitment to educational attainment, personal growth and a continuing contribution of value to collegiate and external communities.

Any involvement of illegal drugs or the illegal or irresponsible use of alcoholic beverages in Sigma Chi chapter living environments or Fraternity-related activities poses a significant threat to health and safety and is contrary to the objectives and ideals for which Sigma Chi stands.

Sigma Chi chapters and their individual members in all Fraternity-related or -sponsored activities must operate in compliance with all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws relating to alcohol and drugs, and must conform to all regulations, codes of conduct, standards or policies that are or may be established by our host colleges and universities. Clearly recognizing that brotherhood in Sigma Chi entails expectations of gentlemanly conduct and personal responsibility broader than basic compliance with laws and regulations, and that risk to the health and safety of members, guests and communities must be minimized, further measures are necessary and appropriate.

Accordingly, the following shall apply throughout the Fraternity in connection with any Fraternity-related or sponsored activity, at all levels of membership, and specifically in all undergraduate chapter operations, programs, events and activities. These policy provisions represent minimal requirements to be observed throughout the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Such further requirements or stricter limitations that exist or may be necessary in any particular jurisdiction shall be observed, and nothing in this policy shall be interpreted in any manner that would undermine compliance with any more restrictive regulation, rule or policy applicable in any such jurisdiction.

Provisions applicable throughout the Fraternity:
1. The illegal use, illegal possession, illegal sale or illegal distribution […]

Sigma Chi Position on Alcohol

“Misuse of alcohol is conduct unbecoming a Sigma Chi!”

“We must hold ourselves first, then each other, accountable to live by the ideals and values to which we voluntarily committed!”
The Issue
The conflict between each brother’s voluntary commitment to live according to the values and ideals of Sigma Chi versus his behavioral patterns relating to the misuse of alcohol.
Background: How is the issue affecting today’s Greeks?
The dangers of alcohol abuse have been well known for many years and have manifested themselves in tragic ways in the Greek-letter world. This has resulted not only in bad publicity for fraternities, but also in senseless deaths and permanent disabilities for individuals. Alcohol, directly and indirectly, has ruined many lives. It is the obligation of all Sigma Chis to recognize and to deal effectively with the real and potential problems caused when alcohol use becomes alcohol abuse.

The Fraternity recognizes that a number of chapters have benefited from an alcohol-free living environment and pledges its support and educational resources to a chapter, house corporation or university that chooses to implement such an environment.

Sigma Chi is a values-based organization with a desire to educate its members and prospective members in sound risk management policies and the legal, responsible use of, or abstinence from, alcohol. Prohibition, historically, has not been effective, and the Fraternity has no intention of mandating alcohol-free living. However, the Executive Committee will continue to have the right to impose alcohol-free housing stipulations as a disciplinary measure for chapters which flagrantly or repeatedly misuse alcohol.
Statement of position: Where does Sigma Chi stand?
The misuse of alcohol is conduct unbecoming a Sigma Chi. Consequently, the Sigma Chi Fraternity resolves to eliminate the misuse of alcohol by its membership, particularly among undergraduate and prospective members.

The Fraternity has several policies regarding alcohol use and misuse, including:

The Sigma Chi Policy […]