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Updates on the 155th Chi Phi Congress

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Fraternity Statement on the 155th Chi Phi Congress, July 31-August 2, 2020:

It is with regret that we inform you that the 155th Chi Phi Congress has been canceled. This decision was not made lightly, but with the ongoing worldwide pandemic the Grand Council unanimously chose to put the health and safety of our Brothers and guests first.

As noted in previous messages, the Grand Council and National Office have been closely monitoring the spread of the virus and we have previously canceled other summer programs. The impact that this global situation continues to have on our day to day lives cannot be understated. 

We anticipate that our Brothers will have questions about the cancellation of Congress, so we have provided an FAQ on the topic and a summary of our reasoning for your review. Click here for more details on Chi Phi’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

Health and safety of our members and friends is vital, and Chi Phi is committed to any measures we can take to minimize your exposure to large crowds and especially close-quartered travel. Some estimates have the spread of COVID-19 lasting into the summer and fall, putting you at risk to travel to Congress.

Leadership often requires difficult decision-making with complex timing and with incomplete or uncertain information. The great volume of questions remaining around this global pandemic deserve as much decisiveness and relief that Chi Phi as an organization can readily provide.

Planning for the future by undergraduates, Alumni, volunteers and National Staff has grown increasingly difficult as circumstances have evolved. Medical experts continue to express concerns about the longevity of the spread and stress that we should brace for extended periods of physical distancing. Establishing some form of certainty for our summer events can help individuals, Chapters, and the Fraternity at-large dedicate time and dedication to activities that are better suited to sustain our local Chapters and support our Brothers during this trying time.

Finances have never been immune from crises such as this, and the resources available to our Brothers and Chapters must be considered. The costs associated with the Delegate fee, travel to Congress, and lodging are much more than some of our Chapters can take on at this time. Fortunately for the Fraternity, the decision to cancel Congress was made before we incurred any fees for service from the hotel slated to serve as our host. Further efforts to conserve our financial resources on the national and local level over the next few months must remain at the forefront of our minds.

Historical precedence has demonstrated Chi Phi’s ability to adapt to outstanding circumstances. Throughout our Fraternity’s existence, we have gone several years without a Congress, including throughout both World Wars, and taken exceptional steps to curb costs during times such as the Great Depression and Great Recession. And though it did not weigh on the Grand Council’s decision, it is worth noting that many other organizations have taken similar steps for their summer programs in 2020.

As we approach the fall term with uncertainty, it is important that we all remember that Brotherhood comes before all. Take the time to reach out to each other, catch up, and partake in some distanced camaraderie. Though we cannot be sure how much longer our day-to-day lives will be altered, we know that the bonds of our Fraternity will continue to bring us together.

We thank our Chapter Alphas for taking the time to inform the National Office and Grand Council of their thoughts – two thirds of whom expressed that they would not feel safe attending Congress. Some questions we received from Alphas and others about Congress are addressed in the FAQ

If you have any additional questions about Congress or Chi Phi’s ongoing response to COVID-19, you can download our resource guide or contact the National Office. Our staff continues to work remote, but are available via email and our direct phone lines; please visit our website for a staff listing and linked emails. The Grand Council and National Staff remain committed to maintaining the same level of service to our membership.

Full text of the FAQ:

What happens to our Delegate fee?

A $1,200 credit will be applied to each Chapter’s account. If you have already paid your Delegate fee, cash refunds will not be given. For Chapters who have not paid, the credit will even out to show a zero balance for the delegate fee. 

What will happen with Grand Alpha elections?

Grand Alpha elections will not be held this summer, so there will be no Grand Alpha-Elect to serve during the 2020-2021 academic year. Instead, the next election will be held during Congress in 2021 and the winner will assume the office of Grand Alpha immediately, without a transition year. This scenario is not unprecedented; such elections have occurred in the past and went smoothly.

How will Chi Phi’s annual budget be approved?

The Grand Council will assess the budget submitted by Executive Director Michael Azarian for approval. Once it has been reviewed, the Grand Council will vote on the budget for FY 2021. 

Can we host Congress in the fall?

Unfortunately, this option is not logistically possible. With the short notice of arranging for a host facility, Congress would be exponentially more expensive. In addition, many institutions are uncertain if they will be physically open for the fall term, making it even more difficult for our Brothers to get together for a fall Congress.

When will the next Congress be held?

The next Chi Phi Congress is scheduled to take place July 30, 2021- August 1, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Will the Awards Program still take place?

Yes! Chi Phi’s 2020 Awards Program is still set to take place. The deadline remains May 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Eastern). An alternative to an in-person ceremony will be arranged so that we can continue to recognize the work and dedication that our Chapters and Brothers put into our Fraternity.

As a bonus reminder, Accreditation submissions for this spring are NOT required. All Award submissions are based on the merit of their own materials.




  • Fraternity Update on COVID-19

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    This page last updated Thursday, April 30 at 12:30pm Eastern.

    View the latest version of Chi Phi’s COVID-19 Resource Guide (Dropbox link) this is a live document which will be updated as more information is available

    Updates on the 155th Chi Phi Congress

    It is with regret that we inform you that the 155th Chi Phi Congress has been canceled. This decision was not made lightly, but with the ongoing worldwide pandemic the Grand Council unanimously chose to put the health and safety of our Brothers and guests first.

    We anticipate that our Brothers will have questions about the cancellation of Congress, so we have provided an FAQ on the topic, and more details on the cancellation and reasoning can be found here.

    National Office Working Remotely Until Further Notice

    In interest of the health and safety of our staff, the National Office went remote beginning March 16. This policy will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

    Staff remains reachable via email and their direct lines/cell phones. The main line – (404)231-1824 – will not be monitored until staff returns to the office. Please visit chiphi.org/contact for staff emails by clicking their name or photo.

    Regional Ritual Retreats Postponed

    Due to the closure of our host campuses and in the best interest for the health and safety of our attendees, the Regional Ritual Retreat (RRR) programs scheduled for this summer have been postponed. We anticipate RRRs to return in full strength for the summer of 2021.

     Spring 2020 Accreditation Submissions not Required

    Accreditation submissions will not be required until Fall 2020, under an amended grading scale. Please visit chiphi.org/accreditation for more information.

    Download Chi Phi's Resource Guide

    This is a live document which will be updated as more information is available

    Statement and General Guidelines Regarding COVID-19

    Brothers & Friends,

    The past several months, we have all been inundated with information on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its global and domestic impact. On behalf of the Grand Council and National Office, please know that Chi Phi is committed to supporting our members and Chapters throughout this time.

    Please consult the information below, which answers questions which many of you have for us at this time. Should you have any further inquiries, contact the National Office Staff at (404)231-1824 or vis chiphi@chiphi.org. Specific questions about Crisis Management Plans enacted on the local Chapter level can be directed to Associate Director of Risk Management Ryan Lugabihl at lugabihl@chiphi.org.

    We also strongly suggest that you consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which maintains an updated webpage about COVID-19. You will find additional instructions about reducing the spread and your exposure to COVID-19.

    Chapter and Colony Support

    • Please continue to take advantage of our Chapter Services team and your Leadership Consultant. They will be available via phone, email, and video conference throughout the remainder of the school year.
    • In-person Chapter visits have been suspended at this time. Leadership Consultants are currently coordinating online meetings with Chapters who had previously scheduled a visit time.

    Chapter Meetings and Activities

    • Follow the recommendations made by your host institution regarding Chapter meetings and other group activities.
    • If your host institution has recommended canceling all in-person meetings and activities, please reach out to the National Office to discuss coordinating remote meetings. We also recommend that you review this article that highlights the best way to engage remote meetings.

    For Alumni and Volunteers

    • Coordinate with your Chapter’s Executive Council to see the plans they have in place for the reminder of the semester. Do any Brotherhood, social, or service events need to be rescheduled?
    • Identify questions, concerns, or needed resources and let the National Office know how we can be of help.

    Chapter Facilities

    • If you maintain a Chapter facility owned by your host institution, contact your host institution to learn about policies and procedures they may have implemented at this time. Please adhere to any and all regulations/suggestions which they have in place.
    • If you maintain a Chapter facility owned by local Alumni, please follow any regulations/suggestions which that entity has in place. We also suggest contacting your host institution to see what policies and procedures they have in place, and to implement them at your facility as well.
    • Develop a plan in case your host institution moves to an online-based learning experience and to ensure that your Chapter members are safe, secure, and adequately accommodated. Associate Director of Risk Management Ryan Lugabihl is available to answer any inquiries about Crisis Management Plans. He can be reached at (404)231-1824 or via email at lugabihl@chiphi.org.

    Recruitment

    • At this time, a majority of our Chapters have completed their spring recruitment season. However, several Chapters have not yet reported New Members. Please have your Chapter Officers log into Chi Phi Connect and report any member updates as soon as possible. This will ensure that all members can receive important communications and updates such as this message.
    • If you are in the middle of recruitment, or is you are looking to conduct a second round of recruitment this spring, please make sure that you are appropriately coordinating with your host institution’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor and taking all precautionary measures for recruitment events.

    New Member Education

    • Many of our Chapters are in the middle of their New Member Education process. Please review your New Member Education resource guide and:
      • Identify any opportunities for remote learning for New Members which would traditionally be held online. GreekLifeEDU is required to be conducted completely online.
      • Limit the amount of events where large numbers of members and guests might gather.
    • If your host institution moves to remote learning for the remainder of the spring, please notify the National Office. We will work with you to alter expectations accordingly.
    • Remember that Chi Phi has created two-, four-, and six-week New Member Education Plans which your Chapter can adopt. These can help ease your transition into an online-based New Member Education program.
    • With any questions about modifying your New Member Education process to take place online, contact your Chapter’s Leadership Consultant for guidance.

    Initiation

    • At this time, we ask that all Chapters and Colonies revisit their New Member Education plans accordingly, and to conduct all Initiations as soon as possible.
    • If the situation at your host institution or within your local Chapter prevents you from conducting Initiation by this time, please contact the National Office immediately. We will work with you to establish an alternate timeline on a case-by-case basis.

    Social & Philanthropic Events

    • Please follow the recommendations made by your host institution regarding social engagements, philanthropic events, fundraisers, and other gatherings (including fraternity/sorority formals).
    • If your host institution recommends canceling all formal meetings/gatherings, please reach out to the National Office to discuss how to conduct alternative Chapter meetings.
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  • Status of the Alpha-Tau Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity at the University of Michigan

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    On January 11, 2020, the Grand Council of the Chi Phi Fraternity announced the temporary suspension of the Alpha-Tau Chapter at the University of Michigan for a period of four years. The suspension took effect immediately and all undergraduate members of the Chapter were placed on alumni status.

    This action has been endorsed and upheld by disciplinary action taken by the University of Michigan.

    Any continued activities occurring on the University of Michigan campus by anyone presenting themselves as members of the Chi Phi Fraternity is in violation of these sanctions and should be reported to the Fraternity’s Executive Director, Michael Azarian, at azarian@chiphi.org or by calling (404)231-1824.




  • Fraternity Issues Statement Regarding Incident at Penn State

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    After an incident at Penn State University, the Chi Phi Fraternity’s prayers are with this young man’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. While the incident at an off-campus residence was not part of fraternity activities, we will monitor the investigation by the university and local officials




  • Grand Council Adopts Fraternity Good Samaritan Policy

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    The Grand Council of the Chi Phi Fraternity voted unanimously to adopt the Fraternity’s new Good Samaritan Policy. This Policy is that of the National Fraternity for its members and Chapters. Members should familiarize themselves with other Good Samaritan Policies that may apply to them from their IFC, school, state, and other applicable entities.

    This Policy takes effect immediately and is written below. It can also be reviewed here in PDF format. The document is available for download from our Policy page and the Resource Center on Chi Phi Connect.

    Any questions about the Good Samaritan Policy or other policies of the Chi Phi Fraternity can be directed to Ryan Lugabihl at the National Office via lugabihl@chiphi.org or (404)231-1824.

    Individual

    If a member or new member assists another person in obtaining immediate and appropriate medical care related to the use or consumption of alcohol, drugs, or to another medical emergency, then that member or new member, as well as those who are assisted, will not be subject to individual disciplinary action with respect to the incident. This is the case even if the member or new member who is assisting was a contributing factor to that emergency. An individual may benefit from this policy more than once.

    Chapter

    A chapter that seeks immediate and appropriate medical assistance for a person in need related to the use or consumption of alcohol, drugs, or to another medical emergency, may be eligible for mitigation of charges related to violations of organizational policies. To be eligible for this potential mitigation, the chapter will be required to meet in person or by phone with a national staff member or an alumni volunteer designated by the fraternity. A chapter may benefit from this policy more than once.




  • Former Grand Eta George MacDonald Enters Chapter Eternal

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    Brothers & Friends,

    It saddens us to announce the passing of former Grand Eta and truly great Chi Phi, George MacDonald, Kappa Delta 1971, Iota Zeta 1989, Eta Theta 2011.

    Brother MacDonald entered Chapter Eternal peacefully in hospice care this morning after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Known for his passion for Chi Phi and unparalleled drive to see our Brothers succeed, he will perhaps be remembered best as “The Grand Reveler.”

    For two decades, Brother MacDonald dedicated himself to our Brotherhood in the capacity of Grand Eta and as Legal Counsel to the Chi Phi Educational Trust. Most recently, he continued his Grand Council career as a Member-at-Large. At various times, he also served as Alumni Advisor to the Kappa Delta Chapter at University of Rochester, the Iota Zeta Chapter at George Mason University, and the Eta Theta Chapter at University of Maryland; Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the National Capital Chi Phi Club; and Governor, Trustee, and Treasurer of the Chi Phi Educational Trust. Brother MacDonald is also the namesake of Chi Phi’s Risk Manager of the Year Award, given to an outstanding Chapter Eta at Congress.

    He was always eager to lend an ear and advice to any Brother in need, no matter who or when. His drive to work alongside our undergraduate Brothers to promote their health and safety was always at the forefront of his mind. Our Fraternity’s longevity owes itself in no small part to his efforts.

    The true embodiment of a Gentleman and a Chi Phi, Brother MacDonald will be missed by all.

    Brother MacDonald’s family has asked that anyone wishing to honor him should make a gift to the Chi Phi Educational Trust in his name. You can donate online at chiphi.org/donate or by mail to:

    Chi Phi Educational Trust
    1160 Satellite Blvd. NW
    Suwanee, GA 30024




  • Statement on the Phi Delta Chapter and Ace Miller Boxing Tournament

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    Recently, an announcement was made by our Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee-Knoxville that members participated in the Ace Miller Boxing Tournament in the name of Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, who tragically passed away during the tournament in 2018.

    The Chi Phi Fraternity does not endorse the Chapter’s participation in the Tournament.

    We offer our sincerest apologies to the Wray family for any distress caused by our members’ announcement. Chi Phi will continue to address the matter with our local Chapter.




  • UC San Diego Colony Votes to Cease Operations

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    The UCSD Colony at University of California San Diego has informed the National Office and Grand Council of a motion proposed during a meeting on Tuesday, October 2, which resulted in a vote without opposition to suspend Colony operations indefinitely. The vote was held as a result of low membership in the Colony.

    As of today, October 3, Chi Phi no longer has an active presence on the campus of UCSD. All Initiate members of the Colony have been moved to Alumni status and are entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded to all members.




  • Chi Phi Kicks Off Alumni Directory Project

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    The Fraternity is pleased to be revising our Alumni Directory – last published in 2013 – which is a critical part of our national operation. Maintaining accurate contact information for more than 40,000 members is no small task, and we ask that you take a few minutes to respond to inquiries about your current information.

    We have contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a Dallas-based company who we have worked with for more than a decade. You will be contacted by PCI, using Chi Phi’s name and trademark, via email and postcard in the coming weeks (if not already). Please know that these messages are not spam and have been approved by the Fraternity.

    You will be offered the opportunity to purchase a completed Directory; however, you are under no obligation to do so. Should you choose to make a purchase through PCI, a portion of it will directly benefit the Fraternity.

    Should you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to reach out to Dan Coutcher, Director of Member Engagement, at coutcher@chiphi.org or by calling 404-231-1824.




  • Phi Delta Undergraduate Brother Enters Chapter Eternal

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    It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news that Joseph Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, has entered Chapter Eternal.

    Tanner was participating in the annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament to benefit Golden Gloves, Knoxville Chapter when he collapsed in the ring. First responders rendered assistance before taking him to a local hospital where he later passed away.

    He served as the Vice President and formerly was the Historian of the Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was Initiated in the spring of 2017. Tanner had an outstanding academic record as a junior Aerospace Engineering major.

    Our thoughts are with Tanner’s family and friends, the Phi Delta Chapter, and the Vols community.