Sigma Chi was founded in 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio by seven men seeking to forge a brotherhood based around the values of friendship, justice, and learning. The principles which they stood for remain pillars of Sigma Chi to this day.
The working fraternal conceptions of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity have long been identified with the words friendship, justice and learning. These three elements were the basic ideals our Founders used in forming the foundation of Sigma Chi.
They possessed the qualities of congenial tastes, quality fellowship and genuine friendship to be indispensable. The element of thorough fellowship was regarded as a characteristic of all real Fraternity endeavors, thus they sought true friendship.
"We entered upon all our college duties with great zeal and earnestness, studied hard, tried to excel in every department of study, contended for every hall or college prize and endeavored to make our Fraternity have a high and honorable standing.” ~Founder Isaac M. Jordan, MIAMI (OHIO) 1857
Founder Isaac M. Jordan once said, “We entered upon all our college duties with great zeal and earnestness, studied hard, tried to excel in every department of study, contended for every hall or college prize and endeavored to make our Fraternity have a high and honorable standing.” The Founders placed learning in high regard and importance.
The founders emphasized the importance of allowing and accepting differences in points of views and opinions, realizing that doing so brought opportunities and pleasures. This “spirit” became documented as The Spirit of Sigma Chi. Though The Spirit of Sigma Chi calls for men who are inherently “different,” it is expected that the members, in their differences, remain responsible, honorable, gentlemanly, friendly-indeed all those characteristics that are also listed in The Jordan Standard.
Prior to Sigma Chi's birth, fraternities were based on the proposition that friendships are best formed by men of like minds, talents and personalities. Our Founders, however, believed that true brotherhood could prosper only when men of unlike minds, talents and personalities banded themselves together under a common set of ideals. It was on this precept that Sigma Chi was begun.
See the video below "Unchanging Principles: The Story of Sigma Chi" for our full founding story and learn more at http://sigmachi.org/the-founding.