After an incident at Penn State University, the Chi Phi Fraternity’s prayers are with this young man’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. While the incident at an off-campus residence was not part of fraternity activities, we will monitor the investigation by the university and local officials
The Grand Council of the Chi Phi Fraternity voted unanimously to adopt the Fraternity’s new Good Samaritan Policy. This Policy is that of the National Fraternity for its members and Chapters. Members should familiarize themselves with other Good Samaritan Policies that may apply to them from their IFC, school, state, and other applicable entities.
This Policy takes effect immediately and is written below. It can also be reviewed here in PDF format. The document is available for download from our Policy page and the Resource Center on Chi Phi Connect.
Any questions about the Good Samaritan Policy or other policies of the Chi Phi Fraternity can be directed to Ryan Lugabihl at the National Office via firstname.lastname@example.org or (404)231-1824.
If a member or new member assists another person in obtaining immediate and appropriate medical care related to the use or consumption of alcohol, drugs, or to another medical emergency, then that member or new member, as well as those who are assisted, will not be subject to individual disciplinary action with respect to the incident. This is the case even if the member or new member who is assisting was a contributing factor to that emergency. An individual may benefit from this policy more than once.
A chapter that seeks immediate and appropriate medical assistance for a person in need related to the use or consumption of alcohol, drugs, or to another medical emergency, may be eligible for mitigation of charges related to violations of organizational policies. To be eligible for this potential mitigation, the chapter will be required to meet in person or by phone with a national staff member or an alumni volunteer designated by the fraternity. A chapter may benefit from this policy more than once.
Brothers & Friends,
It saddens us to announce the passing of former Grand Eta and truly great Chi Phi, George MacDonald, Kappa Delta 1971, Iota Zeta 1989, Eta Theta 2011.
Brother MacDonald entered Chapter Eternal peacefully in hospice care this morning after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Known for his passion for Chi Phi and unparalleled drive to see our Brothers succeed, he will perhaps be remembered best as “The Grand Reveler.”
For two decades, Brother MacDonald dedicated himself to our Brotherhood in the capacity of Grand Eta and as Legal Counsel to the Chi Phi Educational Trust. Most recently, he continued his Grand Council career as a Member-at-Large. At various times, he also served as Alumni Advisor to the Kappa Delta Chapter at University of Rochester, the Iota Zeta Chapter at George Mason University, and the Eta Theta Chapter at University of Maryland; Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the National Capital Chi Phi Club; and Governor, Trustee, and Treasurer of the Chi Phi Educational Trust. Brother MacDonald is also the namesake of Chi Phi’s Risk Manager of the Year Award, given to an outstanding Chapter Eta at Congress.
He was always eager to lend an ear and advice to any Brother in need, no matter who or when. His drive to work alongside our undergraduate Brothers to promote their health and safety was always at the forefront of his mind. Our Fraternity’s longevity owes itself in no small part to his efforts.
The true embodiment of a Gentleman and a Chi Phi, Brother MacDonald will be missed by all.
Brother MacDonald’s family has asked that anyone wishing to honor him should make a gift to the Chi Phi Educational Trust in his name. You can donate online at chiphi.org/donate or by mail to:
Chi Phi Educational Trust
1160 Satellite Blvd. NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
Recently, an announcement was made by our Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee-Knoxville that members participated in the Ace Miller Boxing Tournament in the name of Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, who tragically passed away during the tournament in 2018.
The Chi Phi Fraternity does not endorse the Chapter’s participation in the Tournament.
We offer our sincerest apologies to the Wray family for any distress caused by our members’ announcement. Chi Phi will continue to address the matter with our local Chapter.
The UCSD Colony at University of California San Diego has informed the National Office and Grand Council of a motion proposed during a meeting on Tuesday, October 2, which resulted in a vote without opposition to suspend Colony operations indefinitely. The vote was held as a result of low membership in the Colony.
As of today, October 3, Chi Phi no longer has an active presence on the campus of UCSD. All Initiate members of the Colony have been moved to Alumni status and are entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded to all members.
The Fraternity is pleased to be revising our Alumni Directory – last published in 2013 – which is a critical part of our national operation. Maintaining accurate contact information for more than 40,000 members is no small task, and we ask that you take a few minutes to respond to inquiries about your current information.
We have contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a Dallas-based company who we have worked with for more than a decade. You will be contacted by PCI, using Chi Phi’s name and trademark, via email and postcard in the coming weeks (if not already). Please know that these messages are not spam and have been approved by the Fraternity.
You will be offered the opportunity to purchase a completed Directory; however, you are under no obligation to do so. Should you choose to make a purchase through PCI, a portion of it will directly benefit the Fraternity.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to reach out to Dan Coutcher, Director of Member Engagement, at email@example.com or by calling 404-231-1824.
It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news that Joseph Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, has entered Chapter Eternal.
Tanner was participating in the annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament to benefit Golden Gloves, Knoxville Chapter when he collapsed in the ring. First responders rendered assistance before taking him to a local hospital where he later passed away.
He served as the Vice President and formerly was the Historian of the Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was Initiated in the spring of 2017. Tanner had an outstanding academic record as a junior Aerospace Engineering major.
Our thoughts are with Tanner’s family and friends, the Phi Delta Chapter, and the Vols community.
February 21, 2017
A message from the Executive Director:
Dear Brothers and Friends,
Today I have the unfortunate duty to inform you that Brother An “Andy” Hoang, Omega Zeta 2019, passed away on the evening of Saturday, February 18, after a traffic accident near St. Petersburg, Florida.
Andy was a student at the University of North Florida, where he studied exercise science and joined the Omega Zeta Chapter this past fall. His Chapter Brothers recalled Andy as “one of our most fun and lively Brothers, and we will always remember him as such.” We ask that our Brothers and Friends across the country and abroad keep the Hoang family and the Brothers of Omega Zeta in their thoughts and prayers as they continue to come to terms with this tragic loss.
A campus vigil will be held on Wednesday evening at 9pm behind the Student Union.
In the bonds,
The Chi Phi National Fraternity is aware of the recent incident involving its Kappa Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We condemn hazing of any kind and in no way condone behavior that does not align with our mission and values. The alleged incident associated with this Chapter is not a component of our National Ritual, and the two should not be linked.
In addition, individual statements made by some of our members do not reflect the position of the Chi Phi Fraternity. As such, we support the University’s decision to suspend the Chapter and terminate its status as a recognized organization on campus. Our values are based on truth, honor, and personal integrity, and we expect our members, both active and Alumni, to uphold these values in every aspect of their lives.
April 1, 2015 Update
In accordance with the Chi Phi Constitution, Article IX, Section 7, I: The Grand Council has the authority to “suspend the charter of any active Chapter for violation of any of the Fraternity’s laws. The suspension of a charter may be made only by the unanimous vote of the entire Grand Council and shall be in effect only until the convening of a Court of the Grand Council.” The Grand Council met Friday, March 27, 2015, and voted unanimously to suspend the Charter of the Kappa Chapter. The Chapter will receive a notice to appear before the Court of the Grand Council which will be held June 19, 2015, at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District in San Francisco, California.
Due to the immediate suspension placed on the Chapter, all recognition as an active entity of the Chi Phi Fraternity is withdrawn and all operations of the Chapter must cease immediately. The Chapter should no longer represent itself as an entity of the Chi Phi Fraternity. As such, any social media including websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. should be closed immediately. All Chi Phi letters on the house must be removed within the next ten (10) days. No new members may be recruited to join the Chapter or be initiated into the Fraternity. Chapter members must also refrain from collectively using the Fraternity’s names and/or symbols.