FAQ: Starting a Chapter

What is Expansion?

Expansion is a term that we use to describe the growth process for Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity. Although Delta lambda Phi would like to give our fraternal experience to every undergraduate student who fits our values, we are not in a race for size. The Fraternity will expand only to where we are able to support a chapter. 

How do we become an Interest Group?

Simply contact the Office of Expansion so that the Fraternity is aware of your group. You will be provided with a document called the Provisional Chapter Standard that further explains how you can transition from Interest Group to Provisional Chapter.

What’s the level of commitment during the Interest Group stage?

Interests groups are informal, and you are not officially committed to the Fraternity during this stage. However, in addition to spending time together socially, Interest Group members should carefully consider their eventual involvement with the Fraternity, what it means to them, and whether they are prepared for it.

How do we become a Provisional Chapter?

An Interest Group must meet certain requirements before it can be recognized as a Provisional Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi:

  • At least 8 actively interested members.
  • A formal Petition must be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. This document outlines your intention and desire to affiliate with Delta Lambda Phi.
  • A non-refundable fee (split among the members).

Once approved as a Provisional Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, you will work with the Office of Expansion to begin the new membership process.

How is a Provisional Chapter different from a Chapter?

Provisional Chapters are recognized as Chapters-in-training and participate in most Fraternal activities, including recruitment, pledge education, fundraising, community service, road trips, social activities, Regional Conferences, and Conventions. At the conclusion of the new membership experience, members of Provisional Chapters will be initiated into the Fraternity as Brothers of Delta Lambda Phi.

How long does it take to go from Provisional Chapter to full-fledged Chapter?

At a minimum, a Provisional Chapter must successfully educate three (3) pledge classes, usually one per term. This means that the minimum amount of time spent as a Provisional Chapter will be around 18 months. However, Provisional Chapters are expected to demonstrate sustainability, growth, and good leadership during this time. If the Board of Directors has concerns about the Provisional Chapter’s strength at the end of its third pledge class, it may decide that an extra semester or two of Provisional Chapter status is necessary.

Are there fees?

As previously mentioned, submitting a Petition requires a fee (spread among the prospective Brothers). There is also a similar fee associated with the Charter Petition. In addition, the Fraternity assesses annual dues. The exact amount paid in dues depends on a number of factors and varies from year to year, but is usually around $200 annually.