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January 11, 2011

Welcome back to Terminology Tuesday! Each Tuesday we will blog about some commonly misused terms within the Fraternity. It’s our hope that you take some time to read, laugh, smile, and then use the information to alter your word choices, and the choices of those around you.

With dues rosters being sent out this week, anted to remind you that members cannot just choose to drop out of the Fraternity or “go inactive” by explaining the difference between voluntary withdrawal and inactive status.

In order to voluntarily withdrawal from the Fraternity, a brother must submit a Voluntary Withdrawal Application. The member will be removed from the Fraternity, usually due to a change in belief systems or permanent hardship, and the application must be approved by the Fraternity’s Board of Directors.

Members who will be inactive during a school term should fill out an Inactive Status Application. This option is for unforeseen extenuating circumstances and must be approved on three levels (chapter, RVP and PVP). Brothers who are studying abroad do not need to complete an inactive status application.

The only other way to be removed from the Fraternity is through a chapter trial. In this case, the chapter votes on guilt and penalty for a person with charges brought up against them. If the charges are severe, the person could be expelled from the Fraternity. More information about chapter trials and the individual discipline can be found in the Individual Disciplinary Guide.

Any questions? Contact the Central Office ( or 513-523-1907).

One Comment leave one →
  1. David Scoggins permalink
    January 11, 2011 1:16 pm

    Interesting subject that brought about a great deal of speculation in my day. As an alum the rules may have changed BUT an Active Brother can simply go officially chance their major and automatically become inactive as an Alum. This approach has been used more that once when a Brother was brought up on charges.


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