National History

The Beginning

Theta Chi was founded as the Theta Chi Society on April 10, 1856, at Norwich University, by two military cadets: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase.

Freeman and Chase met in Freeman’s room of the University’s Old South Barracks, and after taking oaths and declaring each other “true and accepted members” of the Society, Chase was elected President and Freeman was elected Secretary. The next evening, Freeman and Chase initiated two more cadets: Edward Bancroft Williston and Lorenzo Potter.

Although Theta Chi is regarded as Norwich’s first fraternity, it is believed that Freeman and Chase may also have been members of a secret society called The Regulators prior to founding Theta Chi. However, whether there was any connection between the Regulators and Theta Chi is still open for debate today.

Fast Facts

  • Founding Date: April 10, 1856

  • Location of Founding: Norwich University (Norwich, Vermont)

  • Founding Fathers: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase

  • Fraternity Colors: Military Red and White

  • Magazine: The Rattle of Theta Chi

  • Headquarters: Carmel, IN

Human Dignity

Theta Chi’s position is that all people are to be respected. Every person is due respect and dignity regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, handicap, sexual orientation, or gender. No member or new member should be required, coerced, forced, or influenced in any way to do anything that would be unbecoming of a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.

It follows that hazing would cause a member to lose dignity and is against Theta Chi’s policies and position. As stated in this document, Theta Chi Fraternity is unequivocally opposed to hazing in any form.

Hazing Hotline – 1-888-668-4293

Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Harassment

The members of Theta Chi aspire to and are expected to live by high moral values, including having regard for all people as being worthy of respect. It is because of the adherence to such moral values that the members of Theta Chi reject and will not condone sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and harassment.

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