Fraternity Policies

Background

Tau Delta Phi prides itself on the ability to foster growth for individual chapters and the Fraternity as a whole. To that end, Tau Delta Phi also works to implement policies and practices which aide in the ability to effectively manage the goals set for our membership and, again, the Fraternity as a whole. Below are several different types of policies that the Fraternity currently implements.

Constitution and Bylaws

Tau Delta Phi Fraternity governs itself off of our Constitution and Bylaws. The Constitution of Tau Delta Phi, developed by the founders of our Fraternity, lay the groundwork for us to build upon. The Bylaws of the Fraternity, are a more specific and all-encompassing document which details many different stipulations to govern the Fraternity. All entities of Tau Delta Phi are governed by these two document. Please download your own copy today!

Hazing

Tau Delta Phi takes the topic of hazing very seriously. We work to educate all of our members on what is both legally and ethically acceptable behavior as individuals, a chapter, and a Fraternity. Tau Delta Phi current hazing policy is as follows:

“WHEREAS, Tau Delta Phi has a mission to assist members in becoming responsible, mature members of society;
WHEREAS, Tau Delta Phi supports the principle that each person should be free of abuse or mistreatment;
WHEREAS, members, by their actions as individuals and as a group, affect their Chapters and the fraternity system in general;
WHEREAS, hazing activities are in violation of federal, state or local statutes;
WHEREAS, hazing activities are contrary to the regulations or policies of the educational institution;
WHEREAS, hazing activities are inconsistent with the philosophy of Tau Delta Phi Rituals;
THEREFORE, be it resolved, by the Executive Council, that the following policy is adopted: No chapter or member shall conduct or encourage hazing activities.

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be distributed among the brothers and pledges by the Chapter/Colony leadership. The Leadership of the Chapter/Colony will additionally ensure that each member has read, and understood the Policy. And, for this resolution to be distributed, by the Chapter/Colony leadership, to the local Tau Delta Phi volunteers, including chapter advisors, members of alumni board of advisors, and house corporation members.”

Scholarship

In addition to the behavior of our members, Tau Delta Phi also cares for and promotes the growth of our brothers academically. To reinforce that point, Tau Delta Phi developed our Educational Responsibility Bylaw to help shape the academic standards of the Fraternity.

Be it so resolved that the educational standards of Tau Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc be set as follows:

  1. Be it so resolved, Tau Delta Phi have no individual GPA requirement for active status, but defer instead to school requirements.
  2. Be it so resolved, Tau Delta Phi have no individual GPA requirement for pledging, but defer instead to school requirements. All pledges must participate in the Study Hours Program of two hours per week, and all neophytes must participate in the Study Hours Program.
  3. Be it so resolved, all brothers with less then a 2.5 Cumulative GPA be required to complete the Study Hours Program of the Fraternity.
  4. Be it so resolved, all brothers with a prior semester GPA of less then a 2.5 GPA be required to complete the Study Hours Program.
  5. Be it so resolved, that the General Fraternity tabulate all chapter GPA averages to see if they meet the 2.5 NIC standards (see Bylaw 179). Should any chapter not meet the 2.5 overall chapter or colony GPA then the chapter or colony will be placed on probation; and a specific education program will be developed by the Grand Officers for said chapter or colony. The chapter or colony shall have two semesters to improve their overall GPA to above a 2.5 or other necessary action will be taken as seen fit by the Grand Officers of the Fraternity.
  6. Be it so resolved, that any chapter or colony who has greater then a 2.8 overall GPA receive a discount on their AMF’s of $5 per active member for their overall chapter or colony success. Further, let any chapter or colony who has over a 3.0 overall GPA receive a $10 discount per active member on their AMF’s.
  7. Be it so resolved, that the chapter or colony Consul shall appoint one Scholarship Chairman who must oversee the process of collecting transcripts to be sent to the General Fraternity, and maintaining the study hour forms for all required brothers to be sent on demand by any Grand Officer.
  8. Be it so resolved, that the chapter or colony Scholarship Chairman must be the only brother monitoring the chapter or colony’s study hours. The Scholarship Chairman must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5.