The Chi Omega Symphony
To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances; to be in the best sense, democratic rather than “exclusive”, and lovable rather than “popular”; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.
Written by Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, 1904
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Our Purposes and Policies
Our Sisters are committed to Chi Omega’s six purposes. These purposes guide each Chi Omega member and include the following:
High Standards of Personnel
Sincere Learning and Credible Scholarship
Participation in Campus Activities
The message of “personal responsibility” cannot be shared enough. Each member’s choices and actions affect the entire chapter and our national organization.
By embracing Chi Omega’s six purposes and placing our values at the root of our words, thoughts, and actions, we are able to truly enjoy one another as Sisters and as friends.
“However magnificent Chi Omega’s purposes, realization of them is determined by the ability of the individual members. Each individual’s resourcefulness is in proportion to the strength of the desire to succeed, guided by intelligence.”
– Mary Love Collins, Chi Omega National President, 1910-1952
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Click on the links below to view Chi Omega’s Policies:
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Chi Omega members represent different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Our membership is comprised of females and individuals identifying as women who reflect and live the values of Chi Omega. We strive to uphold our purposes, which encourage us to form a network of friends with high standards and similar values. Chi Omega supports personal growth, learning, and service to others. With the six purposes as our guide, we recruit women into our Sisterhood circle who will contribute to the harmony in the chapter and who demonstrate our values. [Read the Policy on Membership here.]
The safety of our chapter members is a priority. Realizing that alcohol abuse is common on college campuses, this policy is in place to reduce risk among chapters and chapter members. Chi Omega expects each member to follow the federal, state, and local laws pertaining to alcohol. This expectation is reliant on personal responsibility and good decision-making. No member should pressure or encourage or force someone to consume alcohol. Every member and new member must consider the impact her decision to drink can have on herself, her chapter, and the Fraternity. [Read the Policy on Alcohol and Drugs here.]