The first pillar of brotherhood at Chi Psi is respect for each other – you cannot have brotherhood without respect. All individuals in Chi Psi, actives and pledges, are treated equally. Interaction between every member, senior to freshman, is respectful, sincere, and honest with one another.
We stress the equality of pledges and actives. Actives and pledges have the exact same living arrangements and Lodge duties. We do not have sleeping porches; every live-in has a room and a roommate. All live-ins, from seniors to the newest pledge share equally in cleaning responsibility; the Lodge is home to all of us and we all participate in maintaining it.
The second pillar of brotherhood is absolutely no hazing. An often cited excuse for hazing is that it bonds a pledge class together. At Chi Psi, we build bonds across the entire membership. One exemplary aspect of Chi Psi is the large number of brothers who have close friendships across multiple pledge classes. This is one of our greatest strengths and is completely antithetical to hazing.
On the twin pillars of respect and no hazing, we proceed to build brotherhood for a lifetime, not just four years. Chi Psi's do not merely socialize together for four years. Our intent as a fraternity is to build relationships between our members that last a lifetime, not ones that end after their tenure in college.
One of the greatest and least-mentioned benefits of being a Chi Psi is the number of lifetime friendships you will make. Years later, many Chi Psis remark that the friendships they made at Chi Psi were the strongest bonds they have ever had, and one of the greatest benefits of joining the fraternity.