Beliefs and Writings

The Founders of Sigma Chi – 1855

“Believing that many advantages are to be derived from a secret fraternity organization; appreciating that closer communication of kindred hearts which adds so many incentives to virtuous exertion; and feeling that there is union in strength; We do hereby form ourselves into an association for the development of the nobler powers of the mind, the finer feelings of the heart, and for the promotion of friendship and congeniality of feeling.”

Sigma Chi believes in Friendship, Justice and Learning

The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is to cultivate an appreciation of and commitment to the ideals of friendship, justice and learning. These ideals and objectives have been at the heart of Sigma Chi since its founding by seven men at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on June 28, 1855.

These seven men believed that the principles they professed were imperfectly realized in other fraternal organizations. Although this vision of Sigma Chi was based upon the notion of shared ideals, they believed that true brotherhood would thrive best among men of different temperaments, talents and convictions.

Our guiding principles, unchanged for almost 150 years, continue to define the essence of Sigma Chi. Like all Greek organizations, Sigma Chi’s ideals and purposes are set forth in a secret document called our Ritual. Sigma Chi also has a set of signs, symbols, and heraldry, which supports our teachings.