177th Psi Upsilon Convention and 2021 Leadership Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at Convention and the Leadership Institute?

The Psi Upsilon Convention is a unique opportunity for brothers of all ages and from around to world to meet in the true spirit of Psi U. Psi Upsilon was the first fraternity to gather all of its chapters and hold a convention in 1841 and since that time it has become the legislative body of our fraternity. Among other important work the Convention decides any changes or updates to the Psi Upsilon Constitution, Elects Executive Council Members, and approves Chapter Awards. Every full attendee is placed on a committee so they can participate in the process, and can speak on matters at the Convention floor.

The Leadership Institute takes place between the opening and closing sections of the Convention and covers different topics each year based on the needs and the feedback of the chapters. Prior institutes have included sessions on Mental Health, Bystander Intervention, Organizational Leadership, Inclusive Practices, and Community Service – the agenda changes and offers opportunities for both undergraduates and alumni.

In the evenings we plan to host social events and show off the University of Wisconsin as well as the city of Madison.

What safety precautions will be in place?

Due to the presence of COVID-19 all attendees will be asked to follow the social distancing requirements and regulations of the State of Wisconsin and Dane County and sign an agreement committing to do so at registration. While we don’t know all the requirements at this time, we do anticipate wearing masks and having social distancing measures in place and the hotel has ample meeting space to accommodate us.

We do not anticipate requiring attendees to be vaccinated, as not all members may have the ability to do so, we do highly encourage everyone to please try and be vaccinated prior to the event, though.

Who should attend Convention?

Brothers with all levels of engagement can attend the convention and have a great fraternal experience! Whether you are an alumni advisor, a new initiate, or haven’t been engaged with the fraternity for some time. The Convention weekend is filled with opportunities to network with brothers from all chapters and walks of life – if you love Psi Upsilon you will have a great experience attending Convention!

Will there be virtual options for Convention?

Currently, we are planning Convention to consist of in-person opportunities with enhanced health and safety precautions. We are looking into having portions of the event streamed to the Fraternities social media accounts or recorded for a later viewing, but voting delegates will need to be in attendance.  

What does the Chapter Service Fee cover?

The Chapter Service Fee covers a hotel room for Friday July 23, Saturday July 24, and Sunday July 25 (departing Monday the 26th) as well as the convention registration fees for two undergraduate delegates. The Chapter Services Fee DOES NOT include travel expenses, additional nights, or any out-of-pocket meals or activities.

Who should the chapter send to Convention as its delegates?

The Constitution only requires 2 undergraduate and 1 alumni delegate from every chapter, not who those brothers are. Those actual delegates are at the discretion of the chapter and alumni association, respectively. We do ask that you are thoughtful with your decision, as attendees will be making important decisions for the fraternity and representing your chapter.  

What will the Social Events and Topics for the Leadership Institute be?

Because of the complexity of holding an in-person event we haven’t been able to commit to either but hope to by mid May, if not sooner. We anticipate at least one event at the Rho Chapter House with a meet and greet with local alumni and brothers one evening.

Our leadership institute will have at least one track on recruitment and growth – for undergraduates and alumni.

Will black tie be required for the Sunday Evening Awards Banquet?

While not required, black tie is always special, and certainly appropriate, at an occasion with such a long history and high ideals.