Delta Sigma Phi Information
December 10, 1899
City College of New York
New York City, New York
Our mission is to empower and encourage our members to become Better Men – men of courage, men of
action, and men of excellence.
Better Men. Better Lives.
Active Undergraduate Chapters and New Chapters: 105
Active Alumni Associations/Chapters: 14
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Why Delta Sigma Phi?
Join the movement. Commit to being The Better Man. Better Men who are guided by the principles of our ritual and our core values. Delta Sigs are Men of Courage, Men of Action, and Men of Excellence.
Delta Sigma Phi was the first fraternity to be founded on the basis of religious and ethnic acceptance. But that’s not the only time Delta Sigma Phi has paved the way for men and women across the nation.
Delta Sigma Phi’s motto of Better Men. Better Lives. encourages all members to live up to standards of excellence and work to make their own lives, and the lives of all those around them better. As a Fraternity of Firsts, we live up to that motto every day. Our aim is to develop better men and a better fraternal experience.
Here are some of the ways Delta Sig has blazed a new, better path.
In 1925, Delta Sigma Phi published our first new member manual, The Gordian Knot—one of the first of its kind in the fraternity/sorority world. This showcased Delta Sig’s dedication to Building Better Men from day one of membership.
The Fraternity continued our dedication to our newest members when in 1938, we became one of the first fraternities to banish “Hell Week” practices. To this day, the Fraternity remains committed to hazing prevention and maintaining a positive, safe environment. Hazing has no place in Delta Sigma Phi, and we continue to develop policies and resources to combat it.
We were also the first fraternity to include in our governing documents statements on the respect for human dignity and a policy regarding acceptance of members with HIV/AIDS.
As we did at our founding, in 1984, Delta Sig once again opened our doors others when we started a chapter at California State University, Northridge, making us the first to provide a fraternity experience to deaf students. The university, home to the National Center on Deafness, is among the highest in granting degrees to underrepresented, minority students.
In 1984, Delta Sig was the first fraternity to ban Little Sister organizations, recognizing the importance of women’s equality and the value of women’s groups as stand-alone organizations.
In 2014, we became the first North-American Interfraternity Conference member organization to have 100 percent of its staff donate to its foundation, demonstrating our commitment to hiring people passionate about Delta Sig educational opportunities.
Delta Sig joined nine other fraternities and sororities in April 2015 to develop groundbreaking programming on sexual assault prevention. Together, with Aaron Boe, the founder of Prevention Culture, the program will equip collegians with the tools necessary to create safe and supportive chapter cultures. It covers topics including healthy standards for personal relationships, misconceptions about non-stranger sexual assault, intervention techniques for complicated social situations and ways to support a victim/survivor.
Most recently, in July 2015, we became the first fraternity to launch a comprehensive transition experience for graduating members and alumni, highlighting our dedication to lifelong membership and personal growth.
Delta Sigma Phi has a rich history and tradition, and our governing documents ensure the organization, our chapters and members are upholding our mission and values.
Constitution & Bylaws of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity – This document sets forth the governing principles of the Fraternity’s operations.
Code of Conduct – All Delta Sigma Phi members—both undergraduate and alumni—are expected to live to the highest standards of educational attainment, moral values and social responsibility.
Since its inception in 2006, more than 500 undergraduates, alumni and friends of Delta Sigma Phi have contributed to the development and refining of Vision 2025 to provide a common organization-wide strategic direction that meets the needs of the national organization and its local components. The list of contributors includes:
• Alumni Corporation Board members
• Chapter Advisors
• Undergraduate chapter officers
• Current & Former Grand Councilmen
• Foundation Board of Trustees
• Leadership Institute Graduates
• Recruitment Chairmen
• Regional Leadership Academy Participants
• Current & Former Undergraduate Advisory Committee Members
• Current & Former Headquarters Staff
Above all else, Delta Sigma Phi is a values-based membership organization that seeks to enrich the lives of our members and all mankind. We believe in—and built Vision 2025 around—our three historical values:
• Culture: Encourage the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual development in our chapters and members.
• Harmony: Commit to high standards of moral conduct and bettering ourselves and the world around us.
• Friendship: Form lifelong bonds based on the values of our ritual and secured by honesty, integrity and care.