Each time prior to coming to a DiPhi event, all guests and senators are asked to self-assess whether you are experiencing any symptoms listed below:
Do you have new muscle aches not related to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g. due to physical exercise)?
Do you feel like you may have a temperature greater than 100.0°F?
Do you have a sore throat, runny nose and/or congestion not related to another medical condition (e.g. allergies)?
Do you have a new or worsening cough that is not related to another medical condition?
Do you have shortness of breath that is not attributable to another medical condition?
Do you have a recent (<5 days) loss of smell and taste?
Do you have new onset of vomiting or diarrhea not related to another medical condition?
Have you had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. You should not enter any campus building.
Welcome to the website of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies! Established in 1795, DiPhi is the oldest student organization at UNC. We are a literary and debate society dedicated to upholding our ideals of rational thought, the free interchange of ideas, and the study of the history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Our debates are held in a modified parliamentary style every Monday at 7:30 post meridiem on the top floor of New West. Following the debate program, we hold business and have a section for Papers, Petitions, Memorials, and Addresses, which allows members and guests to present to the Joint Senate on any topic they wish. In addition to our Monday debates, we host social nights, dances, and trips to local attractions.
The history of DiPhi is the history of the University. Rich, diverse, and often complicated, the two hundred and twenty-three years of DiPhi’s history have seen the founding of some of UNC’s most cherished institutions: the University Library, the school colors of Carolina blue and white, and the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Journalism. Included among the distinguished alumni of the Societies are President James K. Polk, Vice President William R. King, and Pulitzer Prize winners Thomas Wolfe and Paul Green.
We invite you to join us for a debate or social gathering and to help us in upholding the motto of our Joint Senate: Ad virtutem, libertatem, scientiamque. Towards virtue, liberty, and knowledge.
Your humble and obedient servant,
Senator Ryan Rosenberg
Correspondent of the Societies, Class of 2016