As perscribed by Black Book, Chapter XXII, Sec. 2, the following are hereby adopted as traditions of the Fraternity:
First: Death of Members. Upon the death of a member of a collegiate chapter, the members of such chapter shall wear the black ribbon under their badges for a period of fourteen days.
Second: Death of a Grand Officer. Upon the death of any of the Grand Officers, or of a Past Grand Prytanis, the members of all collegiate chapters shall wear the black ribbon under their badges for a period of 14 days.
Third: Wearing Badge. No member shall at any time permit his badge to be worn by a member of the opposite sex, except when pre-engaged or engaged to be married or married.
Fourth: Wearing the Badge to Commemorate the First Three Chapters. The badge shall be worn with the right side vertical in commemoration of the geographical location of the first three chapters in the form of an equilateral triangle, having its right or west side in a vertical or north-and-south line.
Fifth: Founders’ Day. January 10th in each year shall be known and celebrated as Founders’ Day by each collegiate chapter, each alumni association, and the Grand Prytanis shall send a suitable message to be read as a part of the program of each celebration.
Sixth: Parents’ Day. The Sunday in May of each year which is celebrated nationally as Mother’s Day shall also be celebrated by the Fraternity as Mother’s Day, and either the same day or some other day shall be celebrated as Father’s Day, at which time the parents of collegiate chapter members shall be entertained as the guests of the chapters with appropriate ceremony, provided that by resolution properly certified and filed with the Chief Executive Officer, any chapter may substitute a different day for Mother’s Day.
Seventh: Songs. At all banquets a Fraternity song shall be sung before those present are seated, and before Grace is said, and at the close the college alma mater shall be sung.
Eighth: Correspondence. All personal and Fraternity correspondence between Fraters in Tau Kappa Epsilon shall close with the phrase “Yours in the Bond.”
Ninth: Use of Colors:
(1) Whenever the national flag or Fraternity flag are flown together, the national flag shall at all times take precedence, flying either above or on the right.
(2) The national and Fraternity flags shall be displayed at full mast on:
(a) National holidays or celebrations when customary or appropriate.
(b) Occasions or celebrations by the institution at which the chapter is established.
(3) Both flags shall be displayed at half mast on occasions of national or institutional mourning. (4) The Fraternity flag shall be displayed alone at full mast on:
(a) Days of Fraternity celebration, such as Founders’ Day, Father’s and Mother’s Day and other special occasions.
(b) The days when the Conclave of the Grand Chapter is in session.
(c) During official or invited visits of a Past Grand Prytanis, Grand Officer, or Volunteer or any distinguished visitor to whom honor is due.
(d) Whenever ordered by the Grand Prytanis, Grand Council or Grand Chapter.
(5) The Fraternity flag shall be displayed alone at half mast on:
(a) Days of mourning for a deceased member of the chapter, the time to be fixed by resolution of the chapter.
(b) On the death of a Past Grand Prytanis, or Grand Officer.
(c) Whenever days of mourning may be proclaimed by the Grand Prytanis, Grand Chapter or Grand Council.
(6) The Fraternity flag shall be used to drape the coffin of a member of the Fraternity in good standing when the ritual is to be used or may, at the request of the family, be so used when the ritual is not to be used.
Tenth: Use of Coat of Arms. The full coat of arms may be used by any member of the Fraternity in good standing upon his stationery, jewelry or other articles of personal use.
Eleventh: Little Sister Organizations. Auxiliary organizations or Little Sister groups, composed of collegiate women and affiliated with a collegiate chapter, are prohibited.