Beta Rho Chapter
I believe in Theta Chi, its traditions and its ideals. Born of sturdy manhood, nurtured
by resolute men, ennobled by high and sacred purpose, it has taken its place among
the educational institutions of America as a promoter of knowledge, an advancer of
culture and a builder of character.
It inspires true friendship: teaches Truth, Temperance and Tolerance, extols virtue,
exacts harmony, and extends a helping hand to all who seek it.
I believe in the primacy of Alma Mater; in the usefulness of my Fraternity, in its
influence and its accomplishments and I shall do all in my power to perpetuate its
ideals, thereby serving my God, my country and my fellow-man.
Number of Active Chapters
National Founding Date
: April 10, 1856
National Founding Location: Norwich University, Norwich, VT
IWU Founding Date: April 14, 1942
Organization Colors: Military Red and White
Organization Flower: Red Carnation
Local Chapter Website: https://sun.iwu.edu/~thetachi/
International Headquarters Website
Grade Point Average Requirements:
To Join (First-Years): 2.500
To Join (Continuing): 2.500
Good Standing (Active Members): 2.500
To Live In House: 2.000
Does your chapter require/offer study hall hours? yes, 2 study sessions per week
Please describe any assistance or programming that your chapter provides to support
the academic achievement for your members.
If a member falls below the required GPA, how does your chapter help them?
Member must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.50, members under a 2.50 are on social probation,
and required study tables until showing improvement.
Cost for First Year of Membership*
Cost (per year) for Additional Years*
Room (per year)**
Board (per year)**
*Based on 2014-15 fees supplied by the chapter
**Room and Board Fees are the same as living on campus due to facility ownership by
Additional Costs and Fees
In the event that our chapter house occupancy is below 100%, members are charged an
under-capacity fee by the University. The under-capacity fee is determined by dividing
the charges for unfilled capacity spots ($500/space/semester) among the members who
were eligible to have lived in the chapter house, regardless of residency. The 2017-18 under-capacity fee for Theta Chi is estimated at $31.11 per semester. Please note, this amount is subject to change
based on changes in membership as it is billed on a semester basis.
Any unclaimed common area damages in the chapter facility are divided equally among
all chapter residents and exterior key holders. The Fall 2017 total common area damages was $477.52. The Fall 2017 total unclaimed
common area damage fees was $16.46 per resident.
Chapter Capacity: 31
Residency Type: Single and Double Rooms, Single Suite
Policies: As part of the IWU residential requirement, our members live in during their sophomore
year. Our chapter requires members to live in the house through their Junior year.
If housing situation allows for members to live off campus during their Junior year,
those will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Meal Plans: Residents are required to board with Sodexo, IWU's Dinning Services. Meal plan options
may be found on their website.
National Philanthropy: Although Theta Chi has not adopted an official national philanthropy, the Grand
Chapter has designated the following charities as "preferred philanthropies," to which
chapters and alumni are encouraged to contribute.
The preferred philanthropies of Theta Chi Fraternity are:
The Kyle Charvat Foundation
The National Bone Marrow Registry
The Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc.
The Lee Iaccoca Foundation
The Starlight Children's Foundation
National Service Project: None
Local Philanthropy Events and Service Projects: Pancreatinc Action Network
Required Service Hours and Donations:
Length: 8 weeks
Hours Per Week: 1 hour per week
Theta Chi is based on the belief that true fraternalism is nurtured in an atmosphere
of social and moral responsibility, respect for duly constituted authority, and loyalty
to the principles and values of higher education.
Theta Chi is also based on the understanding that while social behavior cannot be
legislated, a fraternity without morally sound precepts and practices is not a constructive
influence upon college men.
Theta Chi is further based on the belief that a fraternity has a solemn obligation
to develop its new members, initiates and alumni, and that this responsibility extends
alike to the institutions where the Fraternity is represented. This obligation also
extends to parents and others who make possible the education of new members and initiates
as well as the communities where chapters are accountable for good citizenship. This
obligation is also owed to the college fraternity system of which Theta Chi is a part.
Finally, Theta Chi is based on the firm conviction that one of the most damaging instruments
to the fraternity system is the employment of a new member education program which
includes hazing, and that this unproductive, ridiculous, and hazardous custom has
no place in the fraternity system.
Bylaw Against Hazing:
ARTICLE V, SECTION 11. HAZING PROHIBITED.
The Fraternity prohibits absolutely all physical hazing, paddling, uncalled-for humiliation,
and public display in connection with pledging and pre-initiatory activities, and
subscribes to the National Interfraternity Conference resolutions and the Fraternity
Executives Association's "Statement of Position on Hazing and Pre-initiatory Activities"
which condemn all forms of hazing in connection with pledge/New Member education and
pre-initiatory activities. The active chapters shall carry out the Fraternity's policy
and conform strictly to this policy, not only to escape the danger of bringing discredit
to the Fraternity and injuring the entire fraternity cause, but also to build higher
respect for the chapters and the Fraternity in the minds of pledges/New Members and
to instill a finer type of loyalty thereby. The Fraternity prohibits all forms of
public initiation, and pre-initiatory and initiation activities shall not be permitted
to interfere in any way with the scholastic obligations or class attendance of those
In 1919, the local chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon was founded. The Rho chapter of Beta Kappa,
which was founded in 1926 on Wesleyan's campus, was the forerunner of Beta Rho chapter
of Theta Chi. Beta Kappa officially, merged with Theta Chi on April 14, 1942. On May
21, 1942, the former Beta Kappa chapter received its formal Theta Chi charter and
has henceforth been known as the Beta Rho chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity.