Why Choose Lambda Chi Alpha?
What is Fraternity: When someone first thinks about a fraternity, most think only about the Greek organizations all over the world. However, there is also a definition that states fraternity "is the state or feeling of friendship and mutual support within a group." While these are only a few examples, the feeling of being in a fraternity varies from person to person, so it is so much more than just some Greek letters or a feeling of friendship between friends.
Lambda Chi Alpha Is Belonging: People need help from time to time, whether it be for advise or just someone to sit down with and vent some frustration. That is what friends are for, and that is what brothers are for. When you need someone to talk to, you will always find a brother who is genuinely intrested and who really cares about what happens to you. You will find a brother who understand the struggles you are going through and who understands that you are only human, and part of being a human is seeking to improve yourself in any way possible. You will also find a brother who offers to help before you have a chance to ask.
Lambda Chi Alpha is Brotherhood: In a very real sense, the fraternity creates a family relationship among its members. It aims to bring together a group of young men who will be congenial, loyal, and helpful to one another during some of the best years of their lives—the college years—and beyond. Thus, Lambda Chi Alpha offers its members the nearest possible equvalent to home that can be found on the college campus, and these close ties often bind men in friendships for life.
Lambda Chi Alpha’s Policy on Hazing: Hazing has absolutely no place in Lambda Chi Alpha. Additionally, Lambda Chi Alpha’s definition of hazing and harassment activities, activities which are not permitted under any circumstances, is the most broad among all fraternities. In Lambda Chi Alpha, hazing is defined as "any action taken or situation created intentionally to produce physical discomfort by embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule." Furthermore, Lambda Chi Alpha considers pledeship hazing, and pledgeship hazing is a program which dwells on the seperation of intiated members and pledges with a primary emphasis on subservience. Within our definition of hazing, separation between associate members and initiates is not allowed, because an associate-versus-initiate concept is in direct conflict with the goal of fraternity education and Lambda Chi Alpha. The key is unity. Hazing is degrading, dangerous, and contrary to that which our fraternity stands. It serves no useful purpose, is criticized by all thoughtful persons, and is extremely poor public relations. You might already be aware that this concept and our fraternity education program are unique among fraternities, although some fraternities on campus may have similarities. You might also be aware of pledges of other fraternities who must undergo a period of "pledge training" or "pledge education" before being permitted to participate fully in the affairs of the fraternity. There are pledge activities that might be common in other fraternities but which are not allowed in Lambda Chi Alpha:
- No separate meetings for associate members.
- No tests or quizzes of associate members that fully initiated brothers would not be willing or able to take.
- No separate dress codes for associate members.
- No separate work responsibilities for associate members
- No associate member "class officers".
- No kidnapping of any members.
- No walk-outs, associate member retreats, or other activities which separate the associate members from initiates.
- No verbal or physical abuse of members by other members.
- No use of the term "class" or the function of a class system within the chapter.
A quick note from our national website:
"What is Lambda Chi’s stance on hazing?
Lambda Chi created the curve by abolishing hazing in 1972. Since then, chapters have not been permitted to do it. Lambda Chi Alpha believes that breaking a person down should not be the way to “build” them up. Lambda Chi has always been ahead of the curve, are you ready to jump on it?"