Fraternity Governance

Introduction

The following documents have been provided so that you can read and know the policies that govern the Fraternity and so that you may find information about the protocol for violations. These documents may also serve as a guide for creating or revising chapter bylaws.

Governing Laws

The Governing Laws of the Fraternity provide the most up-to-date information in regard to the governance of Sigma Chi. These Governing Laws supersede all other documents or regulations of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. A full copy of the entire General Fraternity's Constitution, Statutes and Executive Committee Regulations can be found in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual.

To download the most recent version of the Governing Laws, please click here.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manual

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual offers an extensive reference on Fraternity policies, procedures and rules, and is an essential reference document for all organization leaders, members, constituents and stakeholders.

The manual is divided into the following sections: Introduction, Governing Laws, Mission and Vision, Policies and Positions, Awards and Scholarships, Resources, Forms, and Index. Much of the information in the manual is also available on this website.

To download the most recent version of the SOP manual, please click here.

Model Bylaws

Statute 6.02.b of Sigma Chi International Fraternity's Constitution requires that each active chapter “adopt bylaws for its government, and file a copy there of with the Executive Committee.” These model bylaws were created to allow your chapter, if it so desires, to adopt them verbatim as its own working bylaws. They also may be used for reference if your chapter desires to rewrite its existing bylaws to any degree. These bylaws do not contain house rules, social codes or fines that may be unique to a chapter. Of course, if your chapter officially adopts these bylaws, you may amend them using the processes outlined within.

Be aware that no bylaw may take precedence over or conflict with any provision of Governing Laws, which includes the Constitution, Statutes, Ritual and other enactments of the General Fraternity.

Relevant Governing Laws are noted in boxes within the text of the model bylaws. To download a copy of the Sigma Chi Model Bylaws, please click here.

Code of Conduct

The Sigma Chi Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Executive Committee as a governing document. The Code of Conduct reminds us of the obligations that we undertake as members and pledges of the Fraternity and assits us as we strive to attain the ideals for which this Fraternity was founded. To download a copy of the Sigma Chi Code of Conduct, please click here.

Statement of Policy on Human Decency and Dignity

This statement was adopted as official policy of the Fraternity by the Executive Committee in 1995. The document charges its members to live a purposeful life, uphold the expectations of the Ritual and the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The statement can be found within the Standard Operating Procudes (SOP) Manual. To download a copy of the Statement of Policy on Human Decency and Dignity, please click here.

Fraternity Action Plan for the Response to Policy Violations

This statement was adopted as official policy of the Fraternity by the Executive Committee and can be found within the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manual. The document sets forth  a process designed to assist undergraduate chapters in eliminating activities that dishonor the Sigma Chi Fraternity and its individual members. To download a copy of the Fraternity Action Plan for the Response to Policy Violations, please click here.

Policy on Indemnification of Host Institutions and Authority of Individual Chapters

The Sigma Chi International Fraternity will not defend or indemnify any college or university host institution against the institution’s own negligence.To download a copy of the Policy on Indemnification of Host Institutions and Authority of Individual Chapters, please click here.

Resolution Regarding Host Institutions

To download a copy of the Executive Committee Resolution Regarding Host Institutions, please click here.