Lambda Chi Alpha's policies against hazing are particularly sound.
For starters, we don't treat our new members as second-class citizens.
In 1972, we decided to begin calling our pledges "associate
members," and began giving the full rights of membership.
As an associate member, you will have the right to attend all meetings,
vote on all chapter issues, and even be elected in to office. You
could even be elected chapter president, all before being initiated!
You can also proudly wear our letters.
The only matters that you cannot attend are ritual rehearsal/meetings
and you cannot vote on your own right to initiation.
And just to let you know exactly where we stand, we've pasted a
copy of our hazing policy here for you to review (and hold us to).
Lambda Chi Alpha cares about its members, and we feel that by treating
them with respect from day they decide to join it the best policy
we could have.
Code Vl-10. Hazing of Associate Members and Initiates
Hazing of associate members and initiates shall not be permitted
at any time, whether on or off fraternity premises. Hazing is
defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally
to produce physical discomfort or mental discomfort by embarrassment,
harassment, or ridicule.
RESOLUTION APPROVED BY THE FORTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, 1988
A Resolution Regarding Hazing
WHEREAS, the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, in accordance with
Code VI-10 (also Code XI-3), has taken the position that "hazing
of associate members and initiates shall not be permitted at any
time whether on or off fraternity premises. Hazing is defined
as "any action taken or situation created intentionally to produce
physical discomfort or mental discomfort by embarrassment, harassment
or ridicule;" and
WHEREAS, the Fraternity has, through its laws and policies, developed
and supported constructive educational and inspirational programs
to provide every opportunity to eradicate such practices and to
preserve the human dignity of its members; and
WHEREAS, the Fraternity espouses the belief that true fraternalism
is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral responsibility
and loyalty to the principles of higher education; and the Fraternity
further believes it is essential that the precepts embodied in
the Laws of the Fraternity are such as will ensure an experience
which will be a constructive influence upon college men; and
WHEREAS, the Fraternity further believes that it has a solemn
obligation to the development of its members, and that this responsibility
extends alike to the institutions where Lambda Chi Alpha is represented,
to parents and others who make possible the education of these
men, to the communities of that its chapters should endeavor to
be good citizens, and to the college fraternity system of which
it is a part; and
WHEREAS, the Fraternity further believes, despite the fact that
much progress has been made, that one of the most damaging instruments
to true fraternalism is the employment of a program of education
which includes hazing, and that this unproductive, demeaning,
and hazardous custom has no rightful place in Lambda Chi Alpha;
WHEREAS, the Fraternity further believes its members to be mature,
intelligent, and self-governing men, and that they alone can eradicate
hazing in all its varied forms; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that the 1988 General Assembly of Lambda Chi Alpha
duly convened directs all members of the Fraternity, undergraduates
and alumni alike, to eliminate entirely any and all hazing practices
and to continue to implement positive and constructive educational
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Fraternity encourage its members
to work together with college administrators to rid the campuses
of any lingering evidence of hazing and other injurious practices;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Fraternity endeavor to
broaden and strengthen its programs for the development in members
of leadership responsibility and the appreciation of moral, spiritual,
and intellectual values consistent with the ideals and teachings
of Lambda Chi Alpha.