The fraternity known today as Sigma Chi was founded in 1855 after six members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter in Miami, OH were disbarred after questioning the principles of thus chapter. James Caldwell, Isaac Jordan, Benjamin Runkle, Franklin Scobey, Thomas Bell, and Daniel Cooper were the six members that felt that a fraternity's structure should be based solely on justice, rewards based on merit and honesty. Shortly after being disbarred the six members came into contact with a man named William Lewis Lockwood who possessed remarkable organizational talents which led to the birth of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Fittingly the three ideals of the founding fathers (friendship, learning, and justice) are to this day the underlining elements of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Sigma Chi believes in diversity, and within diversity comes a variety of opinions in points of view which altogether leads in a vast amount of opportunities and advantages for our organization. Our fraternity encourages independence for congenial and genuine friendship which we believe is the only structure for associations dealing with collegiate brotherhood. A long lasting tradition of Sigma Chi reads "men possessed with different temperaments, talents, and convictions" states that we are an organization that encourages you to be yourself because we believe that a wide variety of different talents will only result in the best for our organization.http://newhavensigmachi.org/Sigma_Chi_Lambda_Epsilon/Home.html