Obtaining Colony Status

The first step in becoming a TKE chapter is to obtain colony status. When a group of men on a campus where there is no TKE chapter in existence want to become a colony, they need to receive permission from the Grand Council. This is achieved by sending two supporting documents to the Offices of the Grand Chapter.

  1. A resolution signed by a minimum of 20 members of your group, including their email address and phone number, indicating desire to become a colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
  2. A letter of support from the appropriate University official, granting support for your group to associate with Tau Kappa Epsilon.
  3. There is at least one adult advisor serving as either Chapter Advisor or Faculty Advisor.

After both of these documents have been received, a Primary Inspection will be conducted by a representative of the Fraternity. The purpose is to:

  • Verify the number of men in the group.
  • Review the documents that have been sent to the Offices of the Grand Chapter.
  • Answer questions.

Following the Primary Inspection, the Grand Council votes on whether or not to grant colony status. If colony status is granted, a document recognizing the group as an official TKE colony will be sent.

Once recognized as a colony, you are encouraged to identify yourselves as such and use TKE supplies in your day-to-day operations. The Fraternity's area servicing team is available to assist your colony in becoming a chapter, a goal that needs to be accomplished within two years.
 

Sample Colony Resolution

View Word Document of Sample Colony Resolution

(date)
 

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Attn: Chief Executive Officer
7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278
 

Dear Sir:

WHERERAS, at our meeting on (exact date), the following motion was moved by (name of member), seconded by (name of member), and carried by a vote of (number) in favor and (number) against,

WHEREAS, (name of advisor) has volunteered to serve as the groups Chapter Advisor, or Faculty Advisor,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the undersigned desires to establish a colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at (name of university); that the objectives of the colony are to exemplify and uphold the ideals and traditions of (name of university) and to become a duly installed chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution signed by all members, be immediately mailed to the Offices of the Grand Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Fraternally yours,
 

___________________________________
Signature of President
 

Printed Name and signature of men:
 

  1. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  2. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  3. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  4. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  5. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  6. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  7. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  8. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  9. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  10. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  11. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  12. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  13. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  14. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  15. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  16. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  17. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  18. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  19. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     
  20. Printed Name: ___________________________________   Signature: ___________________________

    Phone: _________________________   Email: ____________________________
     

 

Sample Letter of Support

(date)
 

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Attn: Chief Executive Officer
7439 Woodland Drive, Suite 100 
Indianapolis, IN 46278
 

Dear Sir:
 

I have been informed by a group of students on our campus that they wish to become affiliated with your International Fraternity, and that subsequently they will petition for a charter to become an active undergraduate chapter of your Fraternity.
 

The administration of the university wishes to express its consent to this desire, providing that all requirements of your organization are met.
 

It is understood that prior to its chartering as a chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the colony must submit a written petition indicating its desire, history, etc., and a letter from the university administration indicating that all rules, regulations and requirements of this university have been met and that final approval is given for the group to receive its charter. We find this procedure to be satisfactory.
 

Sincerely yours,
 

___________________________________
Name and Signature of University Official