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. In addition, we will be asking for proof of vaccination at registration (your Vaccination Record Card, or copy of said card will serve as proof) and marking all nametags to show whether or not someone has been vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and can provide proof you will not be required to wear a mask at indoor events. If you cannot provide proof we will ask that you continue to wear a mask at indoor events. We want to balance a sense of caution, while also be able to meet comfortably. If you are not currently vaccinated please use these resources: United States Canada. This approach aligns with the Madison Concourse Hotel as they are asking all unvaccinated guests to wear a mask while on the premises.
These rules and requirements may change over time and we will do our best to update this webpage if we find any new information.
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?
On Friday evening we will have a traditional “Wisconsin Style” tailgate hosted by the Rho Chapter and Alumni Association at the house they occupy on Langdon Street. This is just blocks away from the Wisconsin Memorial Union, a popular site to watch the sunset and grab an after BBQ drink. Saturday evening we will be attending a Madison Mallards baseball game – the package will include reserved seating, unlimited food and Pepsi products through the 7th inning, and drink tickets for those over 21.
Our leadership institute will be focused on Growth and Recruitment, but will also have additional sessions reviewing our history, programs, and policies. You can view more information here.
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.