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69th Grand Chapter

*Update* September 18, 2020

I am pleased to announce the 69th Grand Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity has been rescheduled for June 23-27, 2021 in San Diego, California. Please save these dates to ensure your attendance and participation in the Fraternity’s legislative convention.

Since last May, when the Fraternity’s board of directors, the High Council, made the decision to postpone the 69th Grand Chapter due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our team has been working to reschedule the convention pursuant to the Fraternity’s law. Our top priorities were:

  • To attempt to keep the Grand Chapter in Denver, Colorado or in the western portion of the continent;
  • To attempt to secure a host hotel with which we had existing experience and familiarity in order to avoid the need for an on-site review visit;

Regrettably, a date option in compliance with the Fraternity’s law was not available with our original Denver Hyatt host hotel nor at other Denver hotels with facilities sufficient to host the Grand Chapter.

Once we determined rescheduling in Denver was not possible, we reviewed other options in keeping with the identified priorities. We are sincerely grateful for the extensive work done by the team at Hyatt hotels to assist us in this endeavor. I’m pleased to confirm the host hotel for the 69th Grand Chapter will be the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. We know this hotel will meet all the needs of the Fraternity’s Grand Chapter based on our excellent experience with the hotel for the 67th Grand Chapter in 2016.

Further details and registration information for the 69th Grand Chapter will be available in the months ahead. For now, please mark these dates on your calendar.

Fraternally,

Brad Beacham (Texas Christian)
Executive Director

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the 69th Grand Chapter postponed?

In accordance with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc., the High Council of Sigma Nu Fraternity unanimously determined the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) constitutes a national emergency, making it unsafe and imprudent for the Grand Chapter to occur as scheduled in July 2020. With the health and safety of all Grand Chapter participants the highest priority, the High Council unanimously approved a postponement of the 69th Grand Chapter until Summer 2021.

When and where will the 69th Grand Chapter be held?

The 69th Grand Chapter will be held June 23-27, 2021 in San Diego, California at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Detailed lodging and registration information will be announced in early Spring 2021.

How does the postponement of the 69th Grand Chapter affect the governance of the Fraternity?

The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. (Article 13, Section 5.1) contains a specific protocol to ensure the continued proper governance of the Fraternity when a national emergency makes it necessary to postpone a Grand Chapter. The elected members of the High Council will continue to serve until the 69th Grand Chapter occurs. During the period of postponement, the High Council will maintain all its regular governance responsibilities and will also be responsible for adopting a budget for the Fraternity’s operations during the postponement. At the 69th Grand Chapter, a full report of the 2018-2020 biennium and the postponement period will be made to the Grand Chapter, as it would at the end of a regular biennium.

Why not conduct the business of the 69th Grand Chapter virtually?

While The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. contains a specific protocol for the postponement of a Grand Chapter during a national emergency, it does not contain a protocol for, nor does it contemplate, the business of a Grand Chapter being conducted virtually. Further study of this possibility is needed and allowing for it may or may not require amendments to The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. The Regent will be requesting the Fraternity’s Jurisprudence Committee review this matter and provide a report to the High Council in advance of the rescheduled 69th Grand Chapter.

With the postponement of the 69th until 2021, when will the 70th Grand Chapter occur?

In accordance with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc., the 70th Grand Chapter will occur between the dates of June 15 and August 15, 2023, approximately two years following the rescheduled date of the 69th Grand Chapter.

What happens to the Conclave Fee paid by collegiate chapters for the 69th Grand Chapter?

The Conclave Fee paid by collegiate chapters funds certain costs for the participation of collegiate chapter representatives in the annual College of Chapters and the biennial Grand Chapter. The amount of the fee is adjusted periodically depending upon the cost of these conclaves. The portion of the Conclave Fee allocated to the 69th Grand Chapter will be held and then applied to the rescheduled 69th Grand Chapter upon its occurrence.

Has Grand Chapter been postponed before?

Yes, the 32nd Grand Chapter was postponed from 1945 to 1946 due to the continuation of World War II.

What does this mean for the Fraternity’s annual and biennial awards?

Sigma Nu’s annual individual and chapter award recipients were still announced in Summer 2020. Rock Chapter recipients were also announced in Summer 2020 and will be officially presented at the rescheduled 69th Grand Chapter. Hall of Honor and Hall of Fame inductees may or may not be announced prior to the rescheduled 69th Grand Chapter – as determined by the applicable committee – but will be presented at the rescheduled 69th Grand Chapter.

How will the proposed legislation for the 69th Grand Chapter be handled?

Once the 69th Grand Chapter has been rescheduled, information regarding the submission of proposed legislation will be published in advance of the Grand Chapter and in accordance with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.

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