ASKED QUESTIONS AMONG PARENTS
fraternities just like the one shown in
the movie “Animal House?”
A. Nobody likes stereotypes. Unfortunately,
after the showing of that movie, fraternity
members have been categorized as partiers,
irresponsible, and abusive. In reality,
Sigma Chi is a value-based organization
dedicated to the development of character,
leadership, and lifelong friendship.
The fundamental purpose of Sigma Chi is
to cultivate an appreciation of and commitment
to the ideals of friendship, justice and
learning within our membership. We achieve
these ideals through the practice of character
qualities embodied in our Ritual. Although
this vision of Sigma Chi is based on the
notion of shared ideals, we believe that
true friendship thrives best among men of
different temperaments, talents, and convictions.
Sigma Chi is known for building leaders,
and our members have a reputation of putting
Character in Action to change their communities.
Q. What about alcohol?
What is it really like in the fraternity?
A. Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent
with the ideals of Sigma Chi. We expect
our members to uphold state, county, and
city laws, and university policies regarding
the consumption of alcohol. We also provide
educational opportunities on preventing
The days of large quantities of alcohol
at a social function are gone. Instead,
you’ll find many fraternity members
participating in alcohol-free social activities.
Students who choose not to drink will feel
comfortable with their decision.
Q. What impact will
fraternity membership have on my son’s
A. Students often find managing their time
difficult when moving from the highly structured
high school environment to the freedoms
of college. Sigma Chi assists in that transition
by offering scholarship programs which include
study partners, study hours, and time management
workshops. Your son can access the network
of fraternity members who already know how
to use campus resources
Q. What about pledging
A. New fraternity members will experience
a period of orientation. During this time,
your son and the other new members will
participate in weekly meetings to learn
about the university and the fraternity,
leadership retreats, community service projects,
and activities designed to build friendships
among the new and old members of the fraternity.
Sigma Chi opposes hazing. Hazing is antithetical
to the noble ideals of our fraternity. We
are committed to a membership education
period which instills a sense of responsibility
in the new members. This period will assist
your son in overcoming some of his concerns
about success in college.
Q. Who is actually
in charge of the fraternity?
A. Fraternity members are elected to officer
positions to manage the day-to-day operations
of the chapter. These officers are assisted
by members serving on committees and by
alumni who act as advisors.
In addition, we are part of a international
fraternity organization which offers support,
advice, and direction through paid professional
staff and regional volunteers. Professional
staff from the university are also employed
to assist and monitor the activities of
it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity?
A. Our fraternity is self-supported through
dues charged to all members. In the first
year of membership, a few one-time expenses
are assessed. After those initial payments
are made, your son’s only expense
will be his regular dues. The average cost
of membership is $300 per semester.
Q. Being in a fraternity
sounds like it takes a lot of time.
A. Participating in any worthwhile activity
always requires an investment of one’s
time. Research shows that involved college
students are more likely to graduate and
they report greater satisfaction with their
college experience. Through Sigma Chi, your
son will learn how to balance his academic,
work, campus involvement, and social commitments.
Q. What is
my role as a parent?
A. Be supportive and learn as much as you
can by asking questions of your son as he
meets people through the recruitment process.
Our members will be more than happy to tell
him (and you) about our group.