The Objectives of Theta Chi Fraternity were adopted by the Grand Chapter in 1935. Our Objectives present our goals as a Fraternity, define and explain the relationship of Theta Chi to other organizations, and set forth expectations for undergraduate and alumnus members and chapters. The preamble clearly states the purpose and mission of the Objectives and the importance which we in Theta Chi attach to the Objectives. In the latest edition of The Manual of Theta Chi, we have changed and updated some terms and definitions found in the Objectives to conform to our organization and modern usage.
The Objectives can be arranged into four groups relating to personal, social, cultural and financial subjects.
To make Theta Chi Fraternity a positive force for constructive and continued development of the highest type of citizenship among its members and to perpetuate the fundamentals of the Fraternity, the following Theta Chi Objectives are established for attainment by the individual members and the various chapters.
The Fraternity. To recognize that the fraternity, ever an independent institution, is a valuable part of higher education, cooperating at all times with the college or university with which it is associated, to make the chapter serve as a campus home to the members, while they are undergraduates and when, as alumni, they return to campus for visits; to render a definite service as a means of helping undergraduates to develop and mature; to provide experience in making and enforcing regulations for mutual forebearance and cooperation while living together, in selecting leaders, and in participating in other democratic processes, as excellent preparation for life after graduation, and to provide the opportunity for making life long friendships, which is one of the most valuable assets of college life.
Obligations. To impress upon each member an appreciation of the fact that the privileges and honors of brotherhood in Theta Chi carry with them obligations and duties to be properly performed, and to inspire in all members a sense of responsibility which will serve them well in their involvement in family, civic and community life following graduation.
Code of Conduct. To develop a definite practical code of conduct for fraternity members which will reflect the ideals of our founders, and by compliance with that code our members will set an example of true gentlemanly conduct that will be recognized in the campus and community. The code will include absolute honesty in our interaction with others, respect for all persons and property, a responsible attitude in the conduct of all individual and chapter events, a commitment of service to the campus and community, and assistance to those less fortunate.
Chapter House. For those chapters with houses, to establish the house as a fraternity home for members, pledges, alumni and guests. The appearance and upkeep of the house and the property are critically important to the image of the chapter and are key factors in the evaluation of the chapter by the campus community. All members should be involved in the maintenance and cleaning of the house.
Chapter Government. To establish in chapter operations and government the principles of democracy, to encourage involvement and participation by all members, to develop disciplinary standards and to administer the operations of the chapter in an efficient and businesslike manner.
College Cooperation. To communicate and work closely with representatives of the college or university, recognizing that our maxim, “Alma Mater First, and Theta Chi for Alma Mater” emphasizes the significance and importance of the host institution in Theta Chi Fraternity for each of our chapters. This cooperation includes regular meetings with the Greek Advisor or other administrators, and working to assist the college or university in maintaining and enhancing relations with the chapter and the Greek System.
Pledging Standards. To base the standards for the selection of new members on character, the qualities reflected in our Creed and our Ritual, and potential for development as an active and involved brother in Theta Chi Fraternity. The pledge education program must also reflect those qualities, and positive and constructive methods are utilized in teaching, instructing, and leading our new members.
Scholarship. To strive to maintain a chapter grade point average which is above the All Men’s Average on campus and to provide members and pledges with support, encouragement and recognition for academic excellence. If the chapter has a house or other facility, to provide an area equipped for study and an atmosphere which encourages academic achievement, with quiet hours, a tutor system, reference books, and other forms of assistance. To identify a Faculty Advisor and to have that person work with members and pledges on a regular basis.
Activities. To encourage all members and pledges to involve themselves in campus activities or organizations. This enhances the leadership skills of members and emphasizes our mission on campus to serve alma mater.
Library. To develop a library for use by members and pledges which includes reference and resource books, supplementary volumes for textbooks, and the great works of literature, as well as current news and special interest magazines and periodicals.
Alumni. To sponsor at least two events for alumni each year and to publish, with the assistance of the alumni board, a newsletter at least three times each year.
Chapter Meetings. To conduct meetings in an efficient and expeditious manner, while allowing for the intelligent interchange of opinions and ideas and encouraging the participation of all members. Chapter meetings should also be a time for reflection upon the chapter and the Fraternity, and all members should have the opportunity to voice their feelings at the end of the meeting.
Interfraternity Council. To take an active and energetic role in the campus interfraternity council through regular representation at meetings, holding offices, and providing leadership through participation in and support of interfraternity events and activities. The interfraternity council can have an extremely positive impact upon the campus and community, and Theta Chi Fraternity has an obligation to provide support and leadership for the IFC. Chapters must also strive to uphold all interfraternity council policies and regulations, supporting the larger brotherhood of all chapters on campus.
Interchapter relations. To develop and encourage positive relationships with other chapters and colonies through retreats, meetings, regional activities and visits.
Conferences and Conventions. To be represented by a delegation of members at all national and regional events, including regional conferences and regional retreats, the National Convention, and the Chapter Leadership Conference.
Guest Night. To designate one evening each week as guest night, at which a member of the faculty or administrative staff, an undergraduate leader, or a citizen from the community will be present at dinner and present a brief talk to the members and pledges.
Mother and Father. To invite and encourage involvement in the chapter by the mothers and fathers of all members and pledges. This can be accomplished through clubs for mothers, fathers, or parents, by scheduling special events for parents, and by sending a newsletter or the chapter newsletter to all parents.
Chapter Endowment Fund. To create an endowment fund for use in emergency situations and for loans to deserving undergraduate members.
Cash Operation. To operate the chapter on a sound financial basis with timely payment of bills, collection of fees, dues and receivables, and a balanced budget.
Chapter Credit. To establish a good credit rating for the chapter by prompt payment of all bills or scheduled payments. It is to be understood that the national fraternity is not responsible for debts incurred by an undergraduate chapter.
House Ownership. In recognition of the important role that a house, lodge, residence hall floor or other central living or meeting place may play in the development of a chapter, all chapters without a house or other designated meeting place are encouraged to identify a property or place for that purpose.
Internal Cooperation. To maintain a high degree of cooperation and communication with the Grand Chapter, the International Headquarters, the Regional Staff, Leadership and Education Consultants, and other members of the Official Family of Theta Chi Fraternity.