Conclave empowers undergraduates from around the country to create and modify national bylaws and policies. The legislative process running throughout the biennial event gives delegates the opportunity to set the vision for the Fraternity, practice public speaking and build consensus. It is an opportunity for college men to connect and see their brothers coming together to define and advance SigEp’s vision of personal and collective growth.
A delegate from each chapter, district governors, and National Board members make up the Grand Chapter, which determines the future of the Fraternity through a legislative process.
Just like a local chapter votes on its local bylaws, the Grand Chapter must decide how to govern our chapters. Since the first Conclave over 100 years ago, each chapter has had a vote in the activities of the Grand Chapter. Legislation can be submitted to the chief executive officer, Brian Warren, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and should be formatted as directed in the Legislation FAQ document below.
We encourage legislation to be submitted by July 1, 2021, so it can be assigned to a committee for review since committee work will begin virtually prior to Conclave. Legislation will be accepted up until the end of the first legislative session in Denver.
57th Grand Chapter Conclave Resolutions
Resolution 2: Reconstructing Ritual Practices
Resolution 3: Provisional Guidance on Streamlining Ritual Performance
Resolution 6: Create Alumni and Volunteer Advisory Committee
Resolution 7: Charge to Study & Improve AVC Diversity
Resolution 8: Assault Allegations and Investigations
Resolution 9: Protect and Honor our Native Land
Resolution 11: Recruitment of Potential Legacies of Sigma Phi Epsilon
Resolution 13: Cultural Competence
Resolution 14: Updates to the Grand Chapter Executive Committee Structure
Resolution 15: Electronic Voting
Resolution 16: Governance During Crisis
Resolution 18: Restructuring the Chapter Investment
Resolution 19: Recovery of Tax-Exempt Status for Revoked Chapters
Resolution 20: Decorum Resolution
Resolution 22: Audit of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Affiliates
Resolution 23: Exploring Gender Inclusivity
Resolution 24: Honor and Thank Brother Douglas Nabhan
Resolution 25: Honoring the Hotel Staff
Resolution 26: Honoring Presenters
Resolution 27: Honoring Ritual Teams
Resolution 28: Honoring the National Board of Directors
Resolution 29: Honoring the Conclave Staff
Resolution 30: Honoring Outgoing Grand President Jelke
Resolution 31: Recognition of Gene Schurg
Nominations for the National Board of Directors
A key piece of the Conclave program is the nomination and election of brothers to serve on Sigma Phi Epsilon’s National Board of Directors.
This group guides and governs the Fraternity between Conclaves. Each Director leverages his professional and personal experience to strategically lead the Fraternity. Their decisions leave a lasting impact on Sigma Phi Epsilon, its undergraduates, volunteers and alumni.
- The alumni directors on the Board serve rotating six-year terms. Alumni director nomination forms should be submitted by June 16, 2021.
- Three student directors on the Board serve two-year terms and provide an undergraduate perspective. Student director nomination forms should be submitted by July 25, 2021.
A Grand Chapter committee of undergraduate delegates will review the nominations and contact nominees about further steps in the process. With committee work beginning virtually before Conclave and given the pandemic, nominees this year do not have to attend Conclave in-person to be considered, although it is strongly recommended. Contact Leadership Programs Director Pat Githens at email@example.com with questions.
Undergraduate and Alumni Nominating Committees
The Nominations Committee shall report one or more qualified candidates for consideration by the Grand Chapter for each Grand Chapter office and directorship under consideration. These two committees will meet in closed meetings for the purpose of selecting a slate of nominees for the open seats (alumni and undergraduate) on the National Board of Directors, Grand President and Grand Treasurer. These two committees will meet and make the final report from committees at the Saturday morning legislative session with a slate of nominees.
The Committee on Credentials shall examine and report upon the correctness of all certificates of all delegates to the Grand Chapter, certifying credentials only for those chapters whose accounts with the Grand Chapter are not in arrears and those chapters which have made arrangements with the Grand Treasurer to have such arrearages eliminated. This committee will meet with chapter delegations from chapters who owe the Grand Chapter a balance on their chapter account. The Chairman of the Credentials Committee will make a report at the beginning of each legislative session detailing the count of seated delegations, District Governors and National Board of Directors entitled to vote at this Grand Chapter Conclave.
This committee is responsible for generating the first piece of legislation considered by the Grand Chapter in Conclave, The Decorum Resolution, which sets the tone for this Grand Chapter Conclave. The Standards Committee will also meet with chapter delegations that violate our principles during Conclave and recommend resolution to problems caused by our members. The Grand President will also look to the Standards Committee to generate commemorative resolutions thanking the hotel and other groups who make Conclave successful.
This committee shall meet to consider any legislation that affects the Ritual of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Bylaws Committee (Red and Purple)
Legislation that changes the existing Sigma Phi Epsilon Grand Chapter Bylaws shall be referred to either of these two committees for discussion and recommendation to delegates.
Ways & Means Committee
Legislation that changes the fee structure or the collection of fees from Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters shall be reviewed by the Ways and Means Committee and a recommendation made to delegates in legislative session.
This committee shall meet with the Grand Treasurer and the head of the Audit Committee to review how the funds of the national organization have been collected and dispersed. This committee shall introduce a resolution that the delegates accept the report of the auditor.
Resolutions Committee (Red and Purple)
Legislation that does not specifically modify the existing bylaws but will become new policy of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity will be referred to one of these two committees for discussion and recommendation to delegates.