During the early decades of Alpha Sigma Phi's existence, the only efforts made to involve alumni were chapter-initiated annual Sig Busts and alumni reunions. It wasn't until the early 1900s that efforts began to build long term loyalty and alumni support. With the advent of chapter housing to compete with other fraternities housing in the 1900s, Alpha Sigma Phi formed chapter corporations to own and manage the houses. These were the first official organizations of alumni volunteers. These chapter corporations evolved into what is known today as Housing Corporations.
Over the years, the Housing Corporations have taken on many variations. Some strictly act as landlords, only interacting with the undergraduates on matters concerning the physical property. Others have morphed into variations of a Housing Corporation/Association and others into Housing Corporations/Association/Chapter Council duties. In the Strategic Plan 2005-2010, the duties of the Housing Corporation were clearly set out and limited to landlord status. This was primarily done to limit liability and risk to the Housing Corporation assets, primarily the chapter house.
Housing Corporations are self-governed by their local board of directors and by the corporation laws of the state in which they are located. They require, at minimum, a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
In 2010, the Fraternity established CLVEN, LLC. a subsidiary of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, Inc. CLVEN, which stands for Causa Latet Vis Est Notissima, the Fraternity's open motto, was created to provide resources, guidance, and even funding to existing and new chapters and provisional chapters looking to improve their facility or secure housing for members. In 2017, CLVEN National House Corporation was created as a standalone entity to better support the growing need for housing from our chapters and replaced CLVEN, LLC.
The CLVEN National House Corporation is an independent legal entity created by the Fraternity in 2016 to replace the previous CLVEN LLC, a subsidiary of the Fraternity, as a response to the growing need for chapter housing, greater financial resources, and professional management of fraternity chapter property. CLVEN's Mission is to enhance the undergraduate fraternity experience by providing assistance and support as it relates to housing or other forms of shared space through House Corporations and Chapters of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.
The Board of Directors consists of at least three alumni members of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity who are appointed by the Fraternity's Grand Council; one member of the Grand Council, appointed by the Grand Council; and one member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Foundation, recommended by the Foundation and confirmed by the Grand Council. The President and CEO of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. A board member may not serve more than two consecutive, four year terms. CLVEN Board members serve at the pleasure of the Grand Council of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity as volunteer LLC managers. Terms for CLVEN coincide with the terms of the Grand Council, which begin and end at a Grand Chapter.
If you would like to learn more about CLVEN or are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact the Fraternity Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seton Hall '11
Grand Valley '96
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
Grand Council Liaison
Wake Forest '09
Foundation Board Liaison
Should tenants have Personal Property Insurance?
While CLVEN provides liability insurance to all of our houses, it does not extend to cover personal items within the facility itself. As with any residence hall, apartment, or other collegiate living environment we highly recommend purchase of “renters insurance” to protect any personal items within the house. More information on our liability insurance for CLVEN houses can be found here (link to insurance page). If you have questions, please give us a call.
What does Move-in/Out look like?
CLVEN staff will email our residents in the summer to remind them of check-in dates and again before any check-out or building closure dates during the year. These dates reflect what is in their student lease and can be referenced throughout the year. You are welcome to be there and we will send any guarantors a message notifying them of move-in.
What Communication Should I Expect?
You may receive occasional communications from CLVEN staff throughout the year, but your son will be your primary contact as it relates to CLVEN related items. Should you have questions you are encouraged to start with him and work with CLVEN should you need clarification. CLVEN as an organization is always growing to meet the needs of its residents. We are all in this together and are happy to hear feedback and questions, positive and constructive, from you!
What is standard procedure for an emergency at a CLVEN House?
During normal business hours, you can call 317-843-1911 and will be directed to a staff member to assist you. Outside of these hours, please follow our prompt system to leave a message with the CLVEN Emergency line and a staff member will follow up with you. Please note that only CLVEN owned or managed properties utilize this system. Please note, if you are not a CLVEN property, please contact your local House Corporation or appropriate property contact for emergencies.
Who do I contact if my chapters wants to acquire housing?
Please send an inquiry email to email@example.com and one of our staff will follow up on your request.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
We encourage you to work with your son first on any housing related questions you may have. His lease agreement and chapter leadership can often answer most questions that come up. If you still have further questions, please feel free to contact a member of the CLVEN Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 317-843-1911. We will reply within 24 business hours should you miss us.