Glossary of TermsActive Member
an undergraduate member of a chapter who is in good
standing. An active member may be an associate member or an initiate.
Alumni Advisory Board
a group of alumni who advises and guides a chapter and its officers.
a member of Lambda Chi Alpha who is no longer enrolled in undergraduate studies.
a member who has joined Lambda Chi Alpha but has
not been fully initiated. The term “pledge” is not used to refer to a
new member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
a document written by each chapter that specifies its local
policies. Bylaws are subordinate to the Constitution and Statutory Code,
which governs all of Lambda Chi Alpha.
an official document from the General Fraternity that recognizes an active chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, also known as a Zeta.
a group of Lambda Chi Alpha members officially recognized by the General Fraternity that has not yet received a charter.
a region of Lambda Chi Alpha in North America, and an
annual leadership conference within each region, usually during the
one of the documents that contains the laws, policies,
and resolutions of Lambda Chi Alpha, as enacted by the General
Assembly. A three-fourths vote of the General Assembly is required for
Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation Inc.
is a separate corporate entity that assists the Fraternity by providing
scholarships and funding for leadership and educational programs.
Lambda Chi Alpha maintains foundations in Canada and the United States.
Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC)
a Lambda Chi Alpha
professional staff member who travels to chapters and provides
counseling for officer programming and chapter operations.
the judicial body of the chapter that is
responsible for enforcing the laws of Lambda Chi Alpha and performs
special administrative duties.
the legislative body of Lambda Chi Alpha, where
undergraduates and alumni determine the laws and policies of the
Fraternity; normally convenes once every two years during the summer.
the organization consisting of all the active
bodies of Lambda Chi Alpha, including chapters, colonies, alumni
organizations, Grand High Zeta, Student Advisory Committee, Council of
Presidents, and the professional staff.
the status of a chapter or member who is not presently under a disciplinary status.
Grand High Zeta (GHZ)
Lambda Chi Alpha’s Board of Directors.
Composed of nine officers elected by the General Assembly to serve
four-year terms, two selected by the elected Board members to serve
two-year terms; two appointed by the Student Advisory Committee to serve
a one-year term; and two appointed by the Council of Presidents to
serve a one-year term The interpretation of Fraternity laws and policy
decisions are executed by the Grand High Zeta between General
any action taken or situation created intentionally to
produce physical discomfort or mental discomfort by embarrassment,
harassment, or ridicule. Hazing is strictly forbidden in Lambda Chi
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
a group of fraternity representatives
at a college or university established to promote the Greek system and
maintain relationships among all Greek organizations.
the building that houses the Office of
Administration, including professional staff, and the Mason Library and
Museum. Located in Indianapolis.
a man who holds membership in Lambda Chi Alpha. Used to refer to associate members as well as initiated members.
a solemn promise or agreement. Also, the name given to
non-initiated members of many other fraternities and the term for new
members of Lambda Chi Alpha until 1972. “Pledge” is never used in
reference to an associate member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
an official ceremony of Lambda Chi Alpha that is intended to turn ideal behavior into action behavior.
Standards for Chapter Excellence
a program of evaluation, goal
setting, and implementation that allows members, officers, and chapters
to track improvement in all areas of chapter operations.
one of the documents that contains the laws,
policies, and resolutions of Lambda Chi Alpha, as enacted by the General
Assembly. A majority vote of the General Assembly is required for its
Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
a committee of undergraduate
members representing each of the conclave areas who advise and assist
the Grand High Zeta and professional staff in their duties and
Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity
Founded on June 9, 1924, this national fraternity merged with Lambda Chi Alpha in 1939.
ritual education or program sessions outside the
formal ceremonies that increases the understanding of Lambda Chi Alpha
principles and helps turn our ideals into actions.
a term used to refer to individual chapters of Lambda Chi
Zeta Alpha Chi (ZAX)
the initials of the words of a secret
motto of Lambda Chi Alpha, the meaning of which is revealed during the