Thus, as an alternative to what was seen as the "normal" fraternity scene, the founding fathers of Beta Upsilon Chi established their fraternity as Brothers Under Christ, and took the Greek letters Beta, Upsilon, and Chi to identify themselves.
The students objected, with assistance from the Christian Legal Society, which sent university officials a letter listing several legal precedents protecting religious student groups' First Amendment rights of free association.
In response, the university quickly reversed the directive.
What has been characterized as the Texas movement was associated with the rise of the Evangelical Christian movement and the founding of Beta Upsilon Chi in 1985.
In 1988, only three years after BYX's founding, women from Texas established Sigma Phi Lambda, or Sisters for the Lord.
To announce the founding of their fraternity, the founding fathers organized the first Island Party on the campus of the University of Texas.
Chapters around the country now hold their own Island Parties annually as an evangelical outreach to the chapters' respective campuses and communities.
The process of growing from one chapter in Austin, Texas to a national organization across the country was slow at first.
Initially, the alpha chapter rejected requests from Christian men at other schools to be initiated into the fraternity or to start new chapters.
It was unclear what the goal of the policy review would be, since BYX's code of conduct is based upon the fraternity's bona fide religious beliefs regarding sexual chastity by all members, regardless of orientation (an issue which was already decided in the case of BYX by the Eleventh Circuit Court after the fraternity's litigation against the University of Florida).
At the national level, ΒΥΧ is headed by a board of directors.
Eventually, the leadership in Austin decided that Beta Upsilon Chi's success should be shared with other campuses, and the founding fathers of Beta Chapter were initiated at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.