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Fraternal Value of the Week – The Eleven Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi

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This week’s fraternal value comes from the values of Delta Chi, which includes this list of expectations, which “serve as an extension of our Preamble and give us more specific principles to live by”:

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.

“I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being”

While most fraternities have values that call for brothers to promote consent and work to end sexual violence, Delta Chi explicitly outlines this responsibility – “I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.” Not only does this call for brothers not to perpetrate sexual violence, but also to not engage in acts of victim blaming or harassment of a victim of sexual violence. Rather, to respect their dignity and worth, brothers are expected to support victims of sexual violence on campus and create a culture in which sexual violence is not acceptable.

“I will protect the health and safety of all human beings”

By being expected to “protect the health and safety of all human beings,” brothers are called to create an environment within their chapter which does not allow for sexual violence. When it comes to this expectation, it is not of just brothers but of the entire campus community.

“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”

This expectation may ask brothers to not let their house get too messy, but it also sets an expectation for a safe environment, one in which individuals will not be hurt physically or psychologically. When events are held on chapter property, Delta Chi’s can make their house safe through guidelines and actions that work to prevent sexual violence

“I will exercise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons”

This is a pretty obvious one – by promoting consent and becoming allies in ending sexual violence on campus, brothers are living up to this expectation. However, this applies not just to preventing sexual violence, but to supporting survivors who come forward. Brothers most likely know someone who has been a victim of sexual violence, and may at some point in college or after have someone disclose to them they are a survivor. Brothers should learn how to best support someone who tells them this, to show “compassion and understanding” when it comes to helping a survivor of sexual violence.

“I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them”

Like with most fraternity creeds, Delta Chi’s Expectations expect brothers to hold each other accountable when living their values. By promoting consent within their chapters, talking with each other about things brothers may say or do that do not promote consent, and standing together as allies in ending sexual violence, Delta Chi brothers live up to this final expectation.


The Eleven Basic Expectations of Delta Chi are a great example of how fraternal values, when explained further, call on fraternity brothers to be brothers for consent. Delta Chi exemplifies in these values what it truly means to be a fraternity brother. We’re excited to see what Delta Chi brothers and chapters will do to promote consent and be leaders on their campuses in ending sexual violence.

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Consent is So Frat

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