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What is a colony?

November 22, 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.

We welcomed Rho Upsilon Chapter at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA last Saturday, bringing the total number of collegiate chapters to 204! We also recently welcomed Rho Tau Chapter at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in October and you might wonder how these chapters became chapters. Each chapter starts as a colony (see current Deltasig colonies), a group of students organized as a local fraternity with the specific purpose of petitioning Delta Sigma Pi for a chapter charter.

A colony is formed by a group of interested students who send a formal letter of intent to the Central Office and they then choose their own 3 Greek letter colony name. The colony then plans and implements a variety of activities that will demonstrate they are functioning like a Delta Sigma Pi chapter including:

  • Holding weekly meetings and report monthly to the Central Office.
  • Continuously recruiting new members.
  • Completing eight (8) professional activities
  • Completing six (6) service activities
  • Attend LEAD events

Once the colony has met all of the requirements and has been in operation for at least one academic year, the colony applies for a chapter charter through the form of a petition, which includes a complete and accurate historical reference for all activities of the colony since its founding, as well as other supporting materials. Once approved, we welcome a new Deltasig chapter!

What advice do you have for Deltasig colonies?

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