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The Tabard

The Tabard Coeducational Fraternity

Full Chapter Name

The Tabard 



Street Address

3 Webster Avenue

Hanover, NH 03755

Mailing Address

Hinman Box 5201

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH 03755

Email Address



Further information

Mission statement

The Tabard stands as a testament to the ability of a community to shape its environment. Within these walls is a haven from external pressures, where individuals can develop themselves to an ideal limited only by our collective aspirations. That ideal is a sensitive and caring student who actively promotes community based on tolerance. Together we are maintaining a support structure for individuals who do not find strength elsewhere and will channel our group energy into personal enrichment.  Tabardites move from marginality to community and in doing so explore themselves and others in wholly new ways. We all benefit from each other’s accomplishments, and are here to encourage them. This attitude should be reflected in all aspects of the Tabard’s existence and, as our guiding philosophy, should be embodied by the membership. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, class, or sexuality. We are non-selective.


Standing as a testament to the ability of a community to shape it's environment

Council membership

Coed Council


Worth Goodell '16; Emily Harwell '16


The Tabard at Dartmouth College was founded in 1857 as a local fraternity named Phi Zeta Mu. The organization sought to associate itself with a national fraternity and was granted a charter as the Eta Eta chapter of Sigma Chi national fraternity in 1893. The Dartmouth chapter dissociated from the national organization in 1960 when the Sigma Chi membership policies continued to discriminate against minorities. The new local fraternity briefly used the name Sigma Epsilon Chi, later choosing to use the name The Tabard. The new name was inspired by The Tabard, a fictitious London inn described in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. The Tabard was one of five Greek organizations at Dartmouth to become coeducational when the College began admitting women students in 1972. 

More information about us

The Tabard is built upon a philosophy of inclusion, respect, tolerance, and responsibility.  The Tabard exists to provide both a haven for any that seek refuge from external pressures, and a social alternative for those seeking a safe place to be themselves. The Tabard is defined by the diversity and individuality of the membership.  The house exists to foster each member’s personal identification with his or her own definition of the Tabard. At no time does the Tabard intend to shape the identities of the new members. Instead each member is invited to shape the identity of the Tabard.  The Tabard neither enforces nor promotes conformity.  Each member defines the Tabard for him or herself, and chooses the nature of his or her association with the house.Members will know and understand the ideals expressed in traditional Tabard practices and will strive to incorporate them in their daily lives. Members are expected to adhere to these fraternal expectations and confront those who violate them

Last Updated: 1/13/16