If a student decides to join the fraternity, he becomes a "Fux". The "Fuxenzeit" is a usually two-semester probationary period on reciprocity. In this phase, the new member will learn about the traditions and values of the Moeno Ripuaria (in short: Moeno) and will get to know other fraternities.
After the Fuxenzeit is the "Burschung". The Fux becomes a “Bursche”, a full member with all rights, but also specific duties. These members are in charge of maintaining the community of the Moeno Ripuaria and take responsibility for the new members.
Usually, a Bursche will oversee a leading position ("Charge") in the fraternity at least once during their active period. They take over the role of the host at official events, the management of different meetings ("Convente") or other representative duties. This is a great opportunity for the members to improve their management and communication skills, as described in the section "About Us". The difference to projects at the university or in the professional life lies in the fact that one is allowed to make mistakes without serious consequences, and these mistakes are openly corrected by students of higher semesters or old members in a fraternal manner.
Graduating members are usually called "Alte Herren or old gentlemen” regardless of their age. Together they form a registered community (a “Philisterium”) which promotes and support the active students in personal, social, and scientific areas. The Alte Herren form the highest body in the fraternity, the so called “Altherrenconvent”. This annual meeting decides over the main direction, the principles and the rules of the community.
Due to professional or personal reason the, Alte Herren often leave Schweinfurt for work. However, no matter how far away they live and how long they haven´t visited the Moeno Ripuaria, they will always have a place where they can come back to and call “Home”. The fraternity for life principle is a lifelong obligation for every member to stand faithfully to the motto and the principles of the fraternity. When a member dies, his fraternity symbols are placed into his open grave by his fellow brothers as a sign of respect and affinity to the fraternity.
Although since its entry on January 1st 1900, the civil law allows for resignation through an unilateral declaration, the honor usually forbids this from a full member. In case of serious misconduct, the fraternity may exclude members temporarily or permanently.
For the Moeno Ripuraria, friendship is primarily an unselfish interest in the welfare of another federal brother. Furthermore, it calls for the community to contribute, support and help each other. In addition, the circle of acquaintances, the external as well as the internal network are to grow, which in turn serves the community as well as the society.
The contacts mentioned naturally also help with the solution of problems during studies, or later in professional life. This principle means joint studying and further education during the studies as well as a mutual promotion of the general knowledge. The Moeno Ripuaria encourages its members and awards achievements with its own study prize awarded to outstanding graduates.
The Moeno Ripuaria is also a member of the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the FHWS. Close cooperation with the university, e.g. in the care of first-year students and foreign students is a natural matter for the Moeno Ripuaria.
The Moeno Ripuaria follows the free democratic constitution of Germany. We stand for the principle of tolerance. Each member should be historically educated and attached to one´s native soil. The General German Comment applies, and we sing the songs of the General German Kommersbuch. The Moeno Ripuaria also strives to cooperate with producers and suppliers from Franconia and in particular the Main-Rhön region. A respectful approach to the natural resources of our earth is self-evident to us.
The Moeno Ripuaria has the coat-of-arms "red-gold-green". It shows the colors red and gold on green with golden percussion (worn from the right shoulder to the left hip). For this, a cap in the middle plate format with green cover color, red-golden percussion and golden edging is worn. The Fuxenband shows the colors red and green with golden percussion.
The coat of arms of the Moeno Ripuaria consists of a shield divided into four fields with a heart plate in the middle in the following arrangement (seen from the viewer):
The box on the upper left shows the colors of the fraternity red-gold on green. The field on the upper right shows the main bridge in Würzburg with the Marienburg in the background. On the bottom left is the Town Hall of Schweinfurt. On the bottom right there are two crossed swords with the founding date August 9th 1921, which is framed by a laurel wreath.
The heart plate in the center shows the circle of the corporation.
An identification and thus a symbol of each fraternity is their circle. The name comes from the Latin word circulus, meaning, the circle.
Our circle means "Moeno Ripuaria live, grow and blossom", in Latin: "Moeno Ripuaria vivat, crescat, floreat!". It consists of the intricate initial letters of the Latin phrase, "MR" "v", "c" and "f". Moeno stands for the Main (lat. Moenus), while the Ripuaria stands for the tribe of the Rhenish Franconians, which may have spread to the region around Würzburg. The exclamation mark stands for "in aeternam", which means "for eternity". Furthermore, it is a symbol that the fraternity has active members.