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Delta Kappa Epsilon

Fraternity Standards

As established by the Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity’s Board of Directors, all Chapters, Associations, and all levels of membership shall maintain the Fraternity Standards as a condition of their Charter, Association, and Membership with the Fraternity.

Chapter & Association Standards
  1. Organizations and members that conduct themselves in accordance with the Fraternity Standards shall be considered in good standing with the International Fraternity, eligible to receive the benefits, support, and resources associated with recognition.
  2. Individual members have an obligation to be an exemplary ambassador of what it means to be a fraternity man, and above all else, a Delta Kappa Epsilon, to the fraternal world, his Brothers, the host institution, and to the greater community.
  3. Organizations are expected to hold their members to these standards through their local accountability board and process.
  4. Each organization is encouraged to adopt and enforce additional standards suitable for their particular circumstances. Each Organization and its Members are self-governed by adult college students, which means that these standards are self-enforcing by the Chapters, Associations, and their members. It should be understood that the Fraternity DOES NOT and CANNOT oversee, monitor, supervise or direct the daily, or any other activity of its Organizations and its members located throughout the United States and Canada. It should be further understood that membership does not mean that a member is an agent, servant, or employee of a Chapter or Association, Organization, or the International Fraternity. It should also be understood that the grant of a Charter to a Chapter by the Fraternity does not make that Chapter, Association, or Organization an agent, servant, or employee of the Fraternity or any other entity affiliated with the Fraternity.
Alcohol/Social Event Management
  1. The organization, members, and guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial and local laws. No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide, or be provided alcoholic beverages.
  2. The organization, members, and guests must follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances while on organizational premises or at any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the organization.
  3. Alcoholic beverages must either be:
    1. Provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.); or
    2. Brought by individual members and guests through a bring your own beverage (“BYOB”) system.
    3. The presence of alcohol products above 15% alcohol by volume (“ABV”) is prohibited on any organization premises or at any event, except when served by a licensed and insured third-party vendor.
  4. Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities, which are not being served by a licensed and insured third party vendor, are prohibited (i.e., amounts of alcohol greater than what a reasonable person should consume over the duration of an event).
  5. Alcoholic beverages must not be purchased with organizational funds or funds pooled by members or guests (e.g., admission fees, cover fees, collecting funds through digital apps, etc.).
  6. An organization must not co-host or co-sponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol.
  7. An organization must not co-host or co-sponsor an event with a bar, event promoter or alcohol distributor; however, a chapter/organization may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a chapter/organization event.
  8. Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present must be by invitation only, and the organization must utilize a guest list system. Attendance at events with alcohol is limited to a 3:1 maximum guest-to-member ratio and must not exceed local fire or building code capacity of the organizational premises or host venue.
  9. Any event or activity related to the new member joining process (e.g., recruitment) must be substance free. No alcohol or drugs may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into an organization, including but not limited to “bid night,” “big/little” events or activities, “family” events or activities and any ritual or ceremony.
  10. The organization, members, or guests must not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.
  1. No member or organization shall conduct hazing activities. Hazing is defined as:
    1. Any activity that might reasonably be expected to bring embarrassment or psychological harm to the individual;
    2. Any activity that might reasonably be expected to bring physical harm to the individual;
    3. Any activity that might reasonably be expected to degrade or otherwise compromise the dignity of the individual;
    4. Any activity that might reasonably be expected to require an unreasonable or inordinate amount of the individual’s time, or in any manner impair the individual’s academic efforts;
    5. The required consumption of any liquid, gas or solid matter;
    6. Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal or contrary to the individual’s genuine moral and/or religious beliefs, or contrary to the rules and regulations of the university.
  2. Each member and new member shall refuse to participate in any hazing activity and shall refuse to permit hazing from being inflicted upon them.
  3. The Statement of Position on Hazing shall be presented to each member, new member, and the organization’s new member educator.
Bystander Responsibility
  1. All members at any level of membership are compelled to intervene in, and report, any event, activity, or interaction that violates the Constitution, By-Laws, Policies, & Standards, and/or institution host policies.
  2. Members are to immediately call 9-1-1 when a member or guest needs medical attention.
  3. The staff of the International Fraternity shall be notified within 24 hours of any situation or event that may have been inconsistent with these standards.
  4. When seeking medical assistance, members and Organizations will receive accountability amnesty for the particular conduct violation that led to the person needing assistance. This does not preclude accountability for other violations including, but not limited to, social event management violations, sexual misconduct, hazing, assault, etc. However, seeking assistance will be weighed as a mitigating circumstance and during the accountability process.
Fire Safety
  1. All organization facilities/properties should at all times comply with all local fire and health codes and standards.
  2. All organizations should post emergency numbers for fire, police, and ambulance in common areas.
  3. Evacuation routes should be posted on the back of the door of each sleeping room.
  4. All organizations and housing corporations should comply with financially feasible and reasonable engineering, fire, health or safety recommendations, as submitted by the insurance company and inspectors.
  1. At the onset of each academic period, the organization’s Brother Beta shall present these standards to the membership, review them with the membership, and submit a signed copy to the International Fraternity.
  2. Each organization shall educate every member and new member in proper risk management practices and should have a written chapter-specific health and safety program that is maintained and presented to the organization on an annual basis.
  3. Each new member shall complete the TightRope program as part of the onboarding process.
  4. Each organization shall meet minimum attendance levels for every type of DKE University event, with higher attendance encouraged:
    1. DEKE University: Officer Academy
      • Brother Beta
      • Vice President of Health & Safety
    2. DEKE University: Leadership Summit
      • The Organization shall have two delegates in attendance
    3. DEKE University: Convention
      • Brother Beta
      • Vice President of Health & Safety
    4. Every member is encouraged to attend one DEKE University event during their undergraduate experience.
Grade Point Average
  1. Each organization will maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Each undergraduate member is expected to maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Advisory Board
  1. Each organization is expected to have at least two advisors.
  2. At least one advisor must be a member of DKE.
  3. One advisor must live within 100 miles of the host institution’s location.
  4. In order for the advisor to serve, they must be trained by International Fraternity staff. They also may be expected to travel to an International Fraternity event.
  5. Under no circumstances should an advisor also serve on an Alumni Association Board or a House/Facility Cooperation, or the Board of Directors.
Standards Board
  1. Each Organization is to have a trained and functioning Standards Board to assist in maintaining standards around Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Constitution, By-Laws, Policies, & Standards, and any by-laws adopted by the local organization.
  2. Each Standards Board is to have at least six members consisting of the following positions:
    1. Vice President (Non-Voting Investigator)
    2. Chairman
    3. Scribe
    4. Three members at large
  1. Each Chapter will have a ritual audit and training provided by an International Fraternity staff member every two years.
  2. The Chapter Ceremony portion of the Ritual is expected to be performed at each weekly chapter meeting.
  3. No Chapter may make any additions, deletions, or any alterations to the Rituals of Delta Kappa Epsilon, nor should there be any sub-rituals.
  4. One advisor should be present at any ritual performed by an Organization.
  5. Each Organization shall have a full and properly maintained Ritual set to properly conduct any and all Rituals of the Fraternity.
Organization Size
  1. Each organization is expected to maintain a minimum size of 40 men or be the largest on campus, whichever is lower.
  1. Each organization is expected to maintain a minimum of 10 average community service hours per member per semester.
  2. Each member is expected to maintain a minimum of 10 community service hours per semester.
  1. Each organization is expected to maintain a minimum average of 50 dollars raised per member per semester.
  2. Each member is expected to raise 50 dollars per semester for philanthropic organizations
  3. Raised funds are to be donated to the designated philanthropic organization.
  4. Fundraising directly by the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
House/Facility Corporation
  1. Organizations with a facility should have a fully incorporated cooperation.
  2. Under no circumstances should a member of the cooperation serve as an advisor or on an Alumni Association Board, or Board of Directors.
  3. The relationship between House/Facility Corporation and organizations that they lease to is to be solely a relationship of tenant and landlord, and never in an advisory role.
  4. The House/Facility Cooperation must incorporate into its lease with the Organization and individual residents, a clause for eviction should a resident be suspended to expelled from the Fraternity, withdraw from the host institution, be a threat to themselves, the facility, or others.
New Member Education
  1. New Member Education for any organization will not last any longer than 8 weeks or 56 days.
  2. Organizations are to adopt the International Fraternity’s Onboarding program.
  1. All organizations will carry a zero balance with the International Fraternity.
  2. All members will carry a zero balance with the International Fraternity and his local organization.
Host Institution Standing
  1. Where applicable, organizations are to be in good standing and recognized by the host institution.
  2. Organizations may only operate without host institution recognition by the sole permission of the International Fraternity.
  1. Members are to follow the state laws, local laws, and host institution policies on drugs and other controlled substances.
  2. No member may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances.
Physical Violence
  1. The International Fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of fighting or physically abusive behavior.
Sexual Misconduct
  1. The International Fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of Sexual Misconduct.
  2. Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. Sexual misconduct can be committed by a person of any gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different gender.
  3. Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity and consists of a range of behavior or attempted behavior. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship.
  4. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following examples of prohibited conduct: sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation.
Administrative Processes
  1. Organizations and their members are responsible for complying with all administrative processes and requests. This is to include roster management, membership profiles, billing profiles, billing requests, etc.
Conduct Unbecoming a Member
  1. Any behavior that directly conflicts with the values, mission, and vision, Objects, or expectations of Delta Kappa Epsilon that are expressed and implied.
Failure to Perform the Duties of an Officer
  1. A failure, refusal, or neglect to perform the generally agreed upon duties, responsibilities, or expectations of an officer role that a member was elected to or appointed to.
  2. Fraternity staff titled at or above the Director level may remove officers from positions within the Organization with cause.
    1. The member removed from office by Fraternity staff may use the typical appeal procedures.
Auxiliary Groups
  1. Delta Kappa Epsilon does not recognize or approve the existence of “Little Sister” or similar organization programs or organizations, or approve affiliation with like auxiliary organizations.
  2. No organization, unless authorized in writing by the Board of Directors or as otherwise permitted by the Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, shall use the words, letters, logos, insignia or symbols of Delta Kappa Epsilon, or otherwise represent affiliation with the Fraternity.
Providing False or Misleading Information
  1. A deliberate act to provide false or misleading information to an officer or official of Delta Kappa Epsilon, acting in accordance with their duties and responsibilities.
Failure to Comply
  1. A failure, refusal, or neglect to cooperate with an official directive or request for information given by an officer or official of Delta Kappa Epsilon, acting in accordance of their duties and responsibilities.
Internet Use
  1. Internet Use, through media including, among others, email, websites, and social networking or discussion groups, is a valuable tool for education and communication. All members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity are responsible using these media in an appropriate and lawful manner. Each member of the Fraternity is responsible for seeing that he abides by the letter and spirit of applicable laws governing Internet Use. A member’s conduct on the internet is subject generally to the Fraternity Standards and must be consistent with this Standard and other applicable Standards.
  2. Any communications on the internet (as generally defined and understood from time-to-time by the general public), whether through establishment or maintenance of a website, discussion board, social networking group, page, or site, or chat room or the submission of any data, whether in graphic, video, audio, or written form to any site on the internet, or the linking to any site on the internet that contains such data.
  3. Each member of the Fraternity is expected to comply with these standards in respect to his personal internet use which typically indicates or demonstrates his membership in the Fraternity.
  4. No organization or member shall engage in or permit internet use in any manner, form, or content that is inconsistent with the standards, values, Objects, policies, guidelines, and procedures of the Fraternity as the Board of Directors or their designee may determine from time to time.
  5. Any explicit or implicit reference to or promotion of illegal alcohol use or alcohol abuse, the unlawful use of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, hazing, or any other illegal behavior
  6. Discussion or disclosure of any part or parts of the Ritual of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, except for permissible forms of public use of certain phrases.
    1. These examples are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all inappropriate content.
    2. No organization or member shall host, sponsor, post, or link to any inappropriate content on the internet.
  7. Each organization or member shall delete inappropriate content upon demand by the Fraternity or its authorized representatives, including the organization in which any undergraduate member is initiated or affiliated.
  8. No organization or member shall engage in or permit internet use in any manner, form, or content contrary to any host institution regulation or rule.
  9. No organization or member shall register any domain name that contains any Insignias as defined by the Board of Directors, their designee, or the Constitution & By-Laws of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
    1. Any organization or member having registered any domain name using any of the insignias of the Fraternity makes such use of such insignias pursuant to a nonexclusive license to use such insignias consistent with the Constitution, By-Laws, and Standards of the Fraternity.
    2. Such license shall continue until the assignment of such domain name to Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity otherwise in accordance with these Standards.
    3. Upon any written request of the Fraternity or its officers and officials, any organization or member having registered any domain name containing any insignias of the Fraternity shall assign such domain name to the Fraternity at no cost to the Fraternity and shall not contest or oppose any effort by the Fraternity to recover any such domain name through applicable regulations and procedures following expiration or termination of any license contemplated by these Standards or the Constitution & By-Laws.
  10. Any organization or member registering a domain name in violation of these standards of conduct shall assign such domain name to the Fraternity at no cost to the Fraternity upon demand, and shall not contest or oppose any effort by the Fraternity to recover any such domain name through applicable regulations and procedures.
    1. No organization or member shall create a networking or social group on the internet using the name “Delta Kappa Epsilon,” “DKE,” “Deke,” any other nickname, or any of the insignias of the Fraternity without the written authorization of the Fraternity.
      1. Where an organization or member creates or maintains a networking or social group on the internet, if said group identifies itself with Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity or an affiliated organization of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, membership in the group shall be limited only to members of the Fraternity, unless specifically authorized otherwise by the Fraternity.
      2. Any group created or otherwise existing in violation of this standard shall be disbanded and/or ownership, control, and administration of such group shall be assigned to Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity immediately upon demand.
    2. Each organization or member joining or participating in any social networking group, discussion board or similar website, webpage or other outlet on the internet that uses “Delta Kappa Epsilon,” “DKE,” “Deke,” any other nickname in its name, displays any other insignias, or purports to present a forum for discussion of matters concerning the Fraternity or its organizations, shall be responsible for the content posted to such group or site by its members or which is posted by such member. All such content shall be consistent with these standards.