Phikeia. The first step.
Once the decision has been made to say “Yes!,” to Phi Delta Theta, the new member enters a trial period that allows an opportunity for him to truly get to know the Fraternity and for the Fraternity to truly get to know him. The Phikeia stage is a period of education, filled with positive and encouraging preparation for the responsibilities of membership that reaffirms the principles of Phi Delta Theta. After the Phikiea Education program, if both party’s values and expectations are in sync, Phikeias become initiated into full membership – and that’s where the real journey of a lifetime begins.
Hazing….. Not Tolerated
Phi Delta Theta does not condone any form of hazing. It is contrary to the purpose of fraternity, let alone Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Members can still achieve a close group of men throughout the organization without hazing and Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters offers resources to help transplant negative activities with positive ones.
Phi Delta Theta encourages family members to discuss hazing and other new member practices. Family members have the unique opportunity to speak one-on-one about the dangers of hazing.
Our Phikeia Education
Our new member education program has continued to flourish through progressive changes by strong new member educators. Along with the new member education textbooks provided by our General Headquarters, our chapter has created its own new member education program. This local program stresses the importance of the development of moral rectitude, scholarship, and pushes our members to become the greatest versions of themselves. Our local program provides our new members with the opportunity of being educated on many of the educational opportunities offered here at the University of Akron such as tutoring, writing workshops, and stressing to the importance of strong relationships with their professors. Our new members are taken on several retreats where they bond as a new member class with activities such as capture the flag, bonfires, hiking, discussing difficult scenarios, and sharing what being a part of a brotherhood means to each individual.