I believe in the American college
fraternity. I believe in Sigma Phi Epsilon. I believe in this Fraternity
because it would have me strive in every way to live up to the high
principles for which it stands. These are VIRTUE, DILIGENCE, AND
I believe that the word Virtue is an inclusive term; that it is
not enough that I be merely passively virtuous: I must be positive on
virtue's behalf. Therefore, I will stand aggressively for honesty in all
walks of life, and I will speak cleanly, play cleanly, and live cleanly.
Whenever I can, I will oppose lawlessness and vice.
I believe that unless I succeed in being Diligent, I cannot be a
good fraternity member. Believing that my fraternity can be no greater
than any of its members, I shall strive to make it so high and so worthy
that men will consider it an honor and privilege to belong to it and will
strive to be admitted to it. I will not offer concessions to an individual
to secure his affiliation, for thus making the man more note worthy then
the Fraternity and hence only succeeds in lowering it in his estimation as
well as mine.
I believe that Brotherly Love must be given in order to be
received, and that it cannot exist without triumph of the principles of
Virtue and Diligence, for these are essential parts of it.
I believe that a man will be made better for having been a member of my
Fraternity. I know that I cannot expect the neophyte to be a finished
product. Rather I will try to discover whether or not the environment and
contact with men of high ideals will make of him a good fraternity man.
I believe that as a good fraternity member I must share a rich kinship
of spirit with my brothers. Yet I realize that the members must be men of
diversified abilities and talents. Among them are to be found the scholar,
the athlete, the builder and craftsman. The good fraternity member must be
par excellent in manhood.
I believe that to be a good member I must be loyal to my Fraternity. In
order to be loyal to it, I must love it. In order to love it, I must
strive constantly to make it worthy of my love. To be loyal to my
Fraternity, I must gain a knowledge of it so that I may understand it. I
have an obligation to understand what brotherhood means.
I believe that in any organized society group rights and privileges are
based on individual rights and privileges; that in my fraternity I possess
the same rights and privileges and have the same duties as my fellow
members. Therefore, I shall at all times respect duly the rights of
I believe that obedience to the laws of my community and my country is
essential to good citizenship; that the laws and rules of my Fraternity
and my chapter are intended to regulate the actions of its members, one
with another, and that without fidelity to those laws and rules I cannot
be a good citizen and a worthy member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
I believe I should be generous with the faults of a brother, as I
should wish him to be with mine.