Since its founding on June 28, 1855, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Sigma Chi has flourished and grown into one of the largest social fraternities in North America, with over 240 active chapters across the United States and Canada and over 350,000 initiated members. While the organization has grown and changed, our purpose remains the same: to cultivate and maintain the high ideals of friendship, justice, and learning upon which Sigma Chi was founded.
To be the preeminent leadership and character development brotherhood benefitting our members throughout life.
To develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.
Courage, Wisdom, Integrity, High Ambition, Self-Control, Courtesy and Fidelity
Excellence on Campus
J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award
The J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award, awarded annually since 1964, is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. The award recognizes excellent performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. Chapter performance is measured on objective scale and encompass the entire gamut of chapter activities, from financial stability and recruitment, to chapter and member reputation, to Ritual and Initiation performance.
Winners of the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter Award are those chapters whose evaluation of the information included in their Annual Report submission yields a result of 90 percent or higher. Since 2009, two types of Peterson Awards have been awarded: chapters who score between 90% – 96.99% receive a Blue Award; those that score 97% or higher receive a Gold Award.
Awarded for Academic Years Ending In: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 (Blue), 2019 (Blue), 2020 (Blue)
Policies & Procedures
The Sigma Chi Fraternity — and by extension, its chapters and members — is governed by its Constitution and bylaws, referred to as the Governing Laws. The Governing Laws are comprised of three layers of governance: the Constitution, the Statutes and the Executive Committee Regulations. The Fraternity has published policies regarding membership, member and officer conduct, health and safety, finances, volunteers and committees, and so on.
One, and the main, aim and object of Sigma Chi has been, and is, to develop and train broad-minded men who can recognize the wholeness of things and who are not bound down to a contracted, eight-by-ten notion of exclusiveness. There is an absolute necessity for such men.