MEN OF MERIT


BUILDING BETTER MEN

Since our founding, Delta Upsilon has welcomed men of merit, and merit alone, into our chapters. This is the standard of membership by which we hold accountable both our individual members and our chapters. The Delta Upsilon Men of Merit Chapter Standards Program ensures chapters are meeting the expectations of membership in the Fraternity and providing a safe, educational and productive experience for its members.

DU seeks to build better men for a global society through service, leadership development, and lifelong personal growth of our diverse membership. The Men of Merit Program challenges our members and chapters to fulfill the expectations of membership by promoting friendship, developing character, diffusing liberal culture, and advancing justice on a daily basis.

STANDARDS

The Men of Merit Standards identify 11 key areas essential to success for a Delta Upsilon chapter. Chapters are placed into one of three levels for each Standard based on their performance over the past year: Aspiration, Expectation and Minimum.

Click below to download a printable PDF of the Men of Merit Standards.

Men of Merit Standards

The Men of Merit Standards program allows for a chapter to submit an exemption request based on its inability to reach a specific level in any of the 11 Standards due to special or unique circumstances. The Men of Merit Committee will review the exemption requests and may choose to grant requests on a case-by-case basis annually. Questions about the exemption process can be directed to Senior Director of Chapter Development Michelle Marchand at marchand@deltau.org. Forms will be available later this school year.

MEN OF MERIT SERVICE VERIFICATION FORM

The Men of Merit Service Verification Form is due by June 1. Chapters must complete this form to report their service hours for the year.

We recommend the creation of either a Google Form or Google Sheet. These formats allow for members to independently add and edit service contributions regardless of the in-person or virtual membership experience. We encourage members to be creative regarding how they can serve members of their community, wherever that community may be. The service hours logged and tracked do not have to be completed alongside other members, members are able to participate in service individually.

Examples of service hour collection forms:

Men of Merit Service Verification Form

Standards Level Expectations


ASPIRATION
Chapters reaching the Aspiration level achieve above and beyond. These are model Delta Upsilon chapters and they are worthy of the Fraternity's highest honors.

EXPECTATION
Chapters meeting the Expectation level are fulfilling their obligations as a chapter of Delta Upsilon. This is considered a solid level of achievement and one that is attainable by all chapters.

MINIMUM
Chapters at the Minimum level are on their way to fulfilling the obligations of Delta Upsilon but have improvements to be made. Chapters failing to meet the minimum levels over multiple years may be jeopardy of reorganization or suspension.

Men of Merit Chapter Standards

*Please note: The Men of Merit Standards for 2021-2022 were approved based on information available to the Fraternity as of Aug. 18, 2021. It is believed all chapters have the ability to achieve these standards. In the event of factors that may affect the ability for a Standard to be achieved, additional adjustments may be made.

1. Chapter Excellence Plan

Aspiration

100% of Required criteria and at least 70% of Optional criteria

Expectation

At least 90% of Required criteria and at least 50% of Optional criteria

Minimum

At least 80% of Required criteria and at least 40% of Optional criteria

* If a chapter reaches one level in Required and a different level in Optional, their overall Men of Merit performance in the CEP standard will be based on the lower of the two (for example – if a chapter completes 95% of Required criteria but only 45% of Optional criteria, the chapter will be marked as Minimum overall).

2. Chapter GPA

Aspiration

Chapter's GPA is the highest fraternity GPA on campus or exceeds the All-Undergraduate GPA, whichever is lower.

Expectation

Chapter's GPA meets or exceeds the All-Men's or All-Fraternity GPA on campus, whichever is higher.

Minimum

Chapter's GPA meets or exceeds the All-Men's or All-Fraternity GPA on campus, whichever is lower.

3. Program Attendance

Aspiration

Chapter has at least 12 members attend various Delta Upsilon educational programs (Leadership Institute, Presidents Academy, Regional Leadership Academy, Emerging Leaders Experience, and the Global Service Initiative), including at least one registered delegate at Leadership Institute and one member at Presidents Academy. In the case that local, state, or federal restrictions prohibit a chapter from attending a Delta Upsilon Program, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Expectation

Chapter has at least 10 members attend various Delta Upsilon educational programs (Leadership Institute, Presidents Academy, Regional Leadership Academy, Emerging Leaders Experience, and the Global Service Initiative), including at least one registered delegate at Leadership Institute and one member at Presidents Academy. In the case that local, state, or federal restrictions prohibit a chapter from attending a Delta Upsilon Program, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Minimum

Chapter has at least 6 members attend various Delta Upsilon educational programs (Leadership Institute, Presidents Academy, Regional Leadership Academy, Emerging Leaders Experience, and the Global Service Initiative), including at least one registered delegate at Leadership Institute and one member at Presidents Academy. In the case that local, state, or federal restrictions prohibit a chapter from attending a Delta Upsilon Program, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

4. Service

Aspiration

Chapter supports a local charitable partner and conducts an average of 20 hours of service per member per year.

Expectation

Chapter supports a local charitable partner and conducts an average of 15 hours of service per member per year.

Minimum

Chapter conducts an average of 10 hours of service per member per year.

5. Philanthropy

Aspiration

Chapter raises a total of at least $3,000 for philanthropic endeavors, including at least $2,500 for the Global Service Initiative. Proof, in the form of an acknowledgement email or letter from the charity, of funds donated to a non-profit other than the Global Service Initiative must be submitted to the Fraternity to satisfy this standard.

Expectation

Chapter raises at least $1,000 for the Global Service Initiative.

Minimum

Chapter raises at least $500 for a charity of their choice. Proof, in the form of an acknowledgement email or letter from the charity, of funds donated to a non-profit other than the Global Service Initiative must be submitted to the Fraternity to satisfy this standard.

6. Membership

Aspiration

Chapter's membership size is at least 25% above the campus fraternity average.

Expectation

Chapter's membership size meets or exceeds the campus fraternity average.

Minimum

Chapter's membership size is no more than 10% below the campus fraternity average or 35 members, whichever is higher.

7. Associate Member Education


Expectation

Chapter implements the Delta Upsilon Associate Member Education Program (modifications can be made if facilitating a virtual experience, however, educational content must remain in virtual program).


8. Loss Prevention

  

  

Expectation

Chapter has no Loss Prevention Policy violations and has implemented Substance-free Housing (if applicable) or has been granted the Substance-free Housing Waiver.

  
9. Advisory Support

Aspiration

Chapter has a Chapter Advisory Board with a total of eight members, including three who are in weekly contact with chapter leadership, and a separate House Corporation (if applicable). Advisors participate in at least four Fraternity-led Advisor Webinars yearly.

Expectation

Chapter has a Chapter Advisory Board with a total of five members, including one who is in weekly contact with chapter leadership, and a separate House Corporation (if applicable). Advisors participate in at least three Fraternity-led Advisor Webinars yearly.

Minimum

Chapter has a Chapter Advisory Board with a total of three members, including one who is in weekly contact with chapter leadership and a separate House Corporation (if applicable). Advisors participate in at least two Fraternity-led Advisor Webinars yearly.

10. Learning Assessment

Aspiration

Chapter has 95% member completion of CommunityEdu and 95% member completion of the Delta Upsilon Membership Outcomes Assessment.

Expectation

Chapter has 85% member completion of CommunityEdu and 85% member completion of the Delta Upsilon Membership Outcomes Assessment.

Minimum

Chapter has 60% member completion of CommunityEdu and 60% member completion of the Delta Upsilon Membership Outcomes Assessment.

“Member completion” for CommunityEdu (formerly known as GreekLifeEdu) means all members and associate members. For example, to be at Expectation, 85% of all members and associate members should have completed CommunityEdu at some point in their membership.

11. Accounts Receivable

Aspiration

Chapter has no fees past due as of June 30.

Expectation

Chapter has no fees more than 30 days past due as of June 30.

Minimum

Chapter has no fees more than 60 days past due as of June 30 or is current on an agreed-to payment plan.

Assessment Process


Chapters will be assessed annually at the conclusion of each academic year based on all available data and will be notified of their status by August 1. Each chapter's Chapter Advisory Board is responsible for submitting its Associate Member Education program verification and advisor verification via the Delta Upsilon website forms. All other data points are compiled by the International Headquarters.

The annual review will place chapters in one of the three levels for each of the 11 Standards: Aspiration, Expectation, and Minimum, with the exception of Associate Member Education, which is at the Expectation level only for complete implementation of the program. Certain Standards carry heavier weight in the evaluation process and not achieving the Expectation level in those Standards may necessitate a meeting with the Men of Merit Committee. The Standards of the CEP, GPA, Program Attendance, Membership, and Accounts Receivable may warrant an automatic meeting. Additionally, chapters noted as below minimum in any combination of six or more Standards may be assigned a member of the Men of Merit Committee and are required to follow their crafted Improvement Plan. Chapters found to be consistently below the Minimum level and showing little to no improvement may be recommended to the Delta Upsilon Board of Directors to examine their ability to continue as a Delta Upsilon chapter.


Chapters demonstrating outstanding achievement in the Standards process will be recognized as noted below.

Improvement Plan & Assistance


If a chapter falls at the Minimum level or below for any chapter Standard, chapter leadership should work to develop steps to improve in that given standard. The chapter will work collaboratively with its International Headquarters staff liaison and advisors to ensure progress in the standard by the end of the academic year.

Recognition



All chapters meeting the Aspiration and Expectation levels of the Chapter Standards will be recognized annually at the Leadership Institute and in the fall issue of the Quarterly as a "Men of Merit Chapter." Additional awards and recognition will be conferred based upon individual Chapter Standards performance.

Men of Merit Committee


The Men of Merit Committee will be comprised of past Delta Upsilon staff, alumni and interfraternal colleagues selected based on their expertise and knowledge of chapter operations, as well as industry best practices. They will receive formal training on the Men of Merit program and be charged with assessing chapters on both the annual and rotating timelines as described above.

Committee

Associate Chapters


Colonies

As part of the Men of Merit Chapter Standards Program, all new Delta Upsilon associate chapters will be established with substance-free housing, if applicable. They will remain in substance-free housing in perpetuity.

Questions

Questions about the Men of Merit program can be directed to menofmerit@deltau.org.