Phikeia. The first step.
Once the decision has been made to say “Yes!,” to Phi Delta Theta, the new member enters a trial period that allows an opportunity for him to truly get to know the Fraternity and for the Fraternity to truly get to know him. The Phikeia stage is a period of education, filled with positive and encouraging preparation for the responsibilities of membership that reaffirms the principles of Phi Delta Theta. After the Phikiea Education program, if both party’s values and expectations are in sync, Phikeias become initiated into full membership – and that’s where the real journey of a lifetime begins.
Hazing….. Not Tolerated
Phi Delta Theta does not condone any form of hazing. It is contrary to the purpose of fraternity, let alone Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Members can still achieve a close group of men throughout the organization without hazing and Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters offers resources to help transplant negative activities with positive ones.
Phi Delta Theta encourages family members to discuss hazing and other new member practices. Family members have the unique opportunity to speak one-on-one about the dangers of hazing.
Our Phikeia Education
Our Phikeia Education process is a 10 week program. We require all new members to study about the fraternity to truly understand what they are joining. This program is designed to help them integrate with not only the fraternity but also the entire OSU community. They will have the support they need as they make this jump into college life. Our goal is to teach a balance. It is based around the Three Cardinal Principles of Phil Delta Theta: Friendship, Sound Learning and Moral Rectitude.
- Friendship – Becoming Involved at OSU: What’s a better way to become part campus then to join a club. OSU has over 300 recognized student groups and Phi Delts are just one of them. All new members will be encouraged to look at all groups that they might be interested. Everyone is required to become active in at least one other campus group.
- Sound Learning – Weekly Study Tables: These are with the active membership, who better to study with than an upperclassman that’s taken it before.
- Moral Rectitude – Community Service: It is important to give back. All members of Phi Delta Theta are required to complete at least 15 hours of documented community service per term and New Members are no exception.