Doctrine of Excellence

Whereas, Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity was founded at the University of Pennsylvania on October 19, 1850, for the promotion of good fellowship and the cultivation of the social virtues among its members, the protection of the just rights and the advancement of the best interests, present and future, individual and collective, of all those who shall be associated together as members of the Fraternity; the encouragement of good scholarship and breadth of training for its members; and cooperation in the educational and cultural programs of institutions of higher education in which Chapters are located; and

Whereas, Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity is more than an organization to be a part of during college; it is a valuable learning experience, life-long commitment, and philosophy of life; and

Whereas, Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity expects all members to live up to the oath they take to uphold our values, expectations, and obligations; and

Whereas, Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity committed to “A Return to Our Founding Principles” and created “The Men of Honor Initiative” so that all members can learn what it means to be a true Phi Kap and have an opportunity to better themselves and become leaders that possess a foundation built on steadfast values and a duty to help their fellow man; and

Whereas, Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity has committed to “A Return to Excellence” and regaining its standing as a leader in the Greek Community,

Therefore, be it resolved, that Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity recognizes the following areas and criteria as those defining “Excellence” for our Fraternity:

Fraternity is the growth, development, and interaction of the individual members in a diverse Brotherhood who are united by the Ritual of Phi Kappa Sigma and share common beliefs, goals, and values.  Fraternity builds character, enhances the collegiate and life experience, provides service to the community, promotes unity, establishes eternal bonds, and creates synergy.

We strive to:

  • Recruit and maintain a diverse membership that embodies the purpose and principles of the Fraternity;
  • Promote Chapter expansion on a regional and an international level;
  • Achieve consistent education, understanding, and practice of the Ritual amongst all Brothers;
  • Emphasize volunteerism, life-long commitment, communication, and interaction with all members during and after matriculation;
  • And encourage inter-Chapter relations and participation in International Fraternity events.

Financial Commitment is the effective and responsible management of income and expenses by individual members, Chapters, and the International Fraternity.  Financial commitment provides the means for all fraternal operations, programs, and services as well as realistic fiscal training for members.

We strive to:

  • Educate members in fiscal responsibility;
  • Hold members, Chapters, and International Headquarters accountable for financial obligations;
  • And provide and utilize resources for proper budgeting and expenditure of funds.

Personal Conduct is living as Men of Honor by embodying our Core Values. Personal conduct reflects the integrity of the Fraternity, determines future reputations within the community, and defines relationships with others.

We strive to:

  • Align our actions with the Core Values;
  • Establish and cultivate trust amongst fellow men;
  • Hold members accountable for their actions;
  • Lead by example and mentor others through constructive criticism;
  • And improve Greek reputation and prestige.

Leadership is the ability to bring out the best in those around you through vision and initiative. Leadership is the cornerstone of a strong Chapter, encourages effective collaboration, and drives the Fraternity toward a common goal.

We strive to:

  • Inspire members to lead;
  • Perpetuate successful leadership;
  • And teach effective leadership skills.

Scholarship is the dedication to life-long learning in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom through the use of resources including both people and information which leads to intellectual growth and satisfaction.  Scholarship opens doors to opportunities, enables one to impart insight to others, engenders progress in society, helps promote recruitment and campus relations, and makes one invaluable to their community.

We strive to:

  • Encourage life-long learning and teaching;
  • Develop practical skills;
  • Continually raise expectations and standards;
  • Promote team learning and mentoring;
  • And recognize and reward good scholarship.

Collegiate And Community Relations include interactions with groups that coexist with the Fraternity. Collegiate and community relations create mutually beneficial working relationships that expand opportunities and generate positive perceptions.

We strive to:

  • Commit to the betterment of the university;
  • Encourage diverse campus involvement and leadership;
  • Serve the community;
  • Be proactive in creating and utilizing existing relations;
  • And be an asset to the community.

Personal Development is growth through applying knowledge gained from life experiences. Personal development leads to a strong foundation of character and competence, fosters balanced and focused individuals, and establishes confidence in real world situations.

We strive to:

  • Develop and employ networking skills;
  • Support and respect individuality;
  • Provide formal training opportunities;
  • And encourage introspection.

International Support includes Headquarters Staff and local, regional, and international volunteers who provide resources to assist Chapters in fulfilling the Objects of the Fraternity. International support creates a structure that assists in networking, maintains history, and establishes vision for the future.

We strive to:

  • Maintain the highest level of communication;
  • Provide exceptional training for staff and volunteers;
  • Utilize assets to support international expansion efforts;
  • And serve as a liaison between Chapters and their respective institutions.

Be it further resolved
, that all members and Chapters of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity, do hereby commit to fulfilling the standards set forth in this Doctrine of Excellence to help ensure that our beloved Fraternity will always be Stellus Aequus Durando.

Adopted by the Grand Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity July 17, 2004
On behalf of and attested to by the participants of the 92nd Grand Chapter.