Fairway & BYX Merger – More Information & FAQ
We encourage you to visit the BYX website to learn more about Beta Upsilon Chi. The video below provides a good overview of the history, vision, and culture of BYX.
1. What are the benefits of merging into a BYX chapter?
For Current Fairway Members
- More leadership development opportunities (Annual National Conference, Annual Leadership Conference)
- More service opportunities (Combined chapter events, Mission trips)
- More opportunities to develop relationships and friendships with Christian men in same stage of life outside of Purdue
- Networking and career opportunities
- Opportunity to help other BYX chapters who have houses improve operations
For Fairway as an Organization Long Term
- New recruitment independence to make process easier and more efficient for rushes
- Collaboration with other chapters to exchange ideas and improve in and out of house initiatives (ie. Social events, outreach opportunities)
- Additional support of BYX staff member assigned to help Fairway continually improve (in addition to alumni board and house advisors)
- Legal representation and support (see appendix “Legal Protection”)
For Fairway Alumni
- Contribution in building Fairway structure and processes now can help other Christian college men succeed in making housing an important part of their brotherhood experience
- Sons, relatives, friends who may choose to attend another university other than Purdue have opportunity to benefit from similar Christian brotherhood / experience
- Expansion of personal / professional network
For the Purdue community
- Long term stability to ensure Fairway continues to have positive impact
- Expansion of Fairway best practices to other chapters as desired (ie. On campus advisors)
- Template of a successful housing model to utilize as a starting point if / when BYX chapters pursue housing
- Example, guidance, and support from Purdue chapter as they try to successfully operate houses with the Fairway housing model
- Addition of a fully functioning, strong chapter that can contribute to organization as a whole
2. Will Fairway leave the Cooperative housing system and join the Fraternity Council?
No. Fairway has long been part of the Cooperative Housing System and will continue to be a strong contributor and the largest organization in the system. Our merger into a BYX organization has been approved by PCC.
3. Will Fairway continue its established traditions?
Yes. Each BYX campus has their own traditions and uniqueness about how their chapter operates. As it has always been, it will be the responsibility of the current chapter members to carry on traditions from year to year.
4. Who ultimately gets to make the decision on proceeding with BYX?
The Fairway Alumni Board is responsible for ensuring the long term success of the organization and making strategic decisions that will have long term implications. As it has been done in the past with moving locations or increasing house occupancy, this decision is up to the Fairway Alumni board and will not be voted on by current house members.
5. Will BYX force us into accepting out of house members eventually?
No. The BYX board of directors has stated very clearly that expanding to out of house members is not a requirement for us to become a BYX chapter. With that said, we are open to seeing how it works on other campuses and considering it in the future. If there is a way to increase the number (quantity) of Christian men at Purdue who get to experience Fairway while maintaining the standards (quality) we expect from each member, we would be foolish not to pursue it.
6. Does BYX think housing is important? Do they envision having more chapters with houses in the future?
Having a house that members can live in and a place on campus to call your own is an incredible tool to help strengthen the organization. Fairway itself isn’t the physical house, it is a brotherhood. The house is a fantastic tool to build upon everything we are trying to do. BYX agrees that housing is a great tool for chapters. They now have 3-4 campuses who have sought housing and are seeing positive results. They do envision more chapters housing in the future and are supportive of it, but also acknowledge that this is very challenging to do from a financial standpoint.
7. What do our members have to do to become BYX members?
The process for our current members becoming BYX members is simple. They must pass the BYX/Fairway History pledge test (only 2 pages) and go through the initiation ceremony. Once that is complete, they will be active members of BYX.
8. What legal representation will we have access to as a BYX chapter?
In the case of any legal challenges, BYX-Purdue would be represented by either First Liberty Institute or Alliance Defense Fund. BYX has an established relationship with both organizations and they have been very eager to work with BYX to establish case law for the 1st Amendment’s freedom of association clause. On any lawsuits regarding other matters (injury, property damage, etc.), BYX-Purdue would initially consult with attorneys currently on the BYX board.
9. Will the cost to join BYX fit into our current financial budget?
Yes. The Fairway Alumni board has a more active team than ever working to ensure that the finances of the house are in order and that we are operating with margin. Fairway has significant equity in the current property and is in a healthy financial state. The annual cost for our members to be part of BYX will be covered in their current house bills. There will be no additional cost for members and no house bill raise as a result of this decision.
10. What if a member does not want to complete the BYX requirements to become a member?
If there is anyone who is a current member or committed pledge for next fall who feels that due to this change they no longer want to be part of the organization, the Fairway Alumni board will grant them exemption from their contract for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 and they will be able to find housing elsewhere on campus. Current members would change from active to alumni status at the end of this semester. We do not anticipate anyone to leave the organization but want to provide the option if desired.