The following are some common questions about being in a Fraternity. If you have additional questions, contact the Fraternity Headquarters. The Headquarters Staff is more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
What is a “fraternity?”
A fraternity is a group of men who all hold a certain set of values to be most dear to them. By living out these values in daily life, the men form a close-knit brotherhood that is bonded by a shared devotion to these ideals. This continues throughout the lifetime of a member.
What financial obligations go along with being in a member of Sigma Tau Gamma?
As with any nationally recognized fraternity, there are expenses that each member must account for. Each individual chapter is self-sustained through the dues paid by each member, which vary depending on the chapter’s expenses.
In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, there are semester dues until graduation. If housing is offered, lodging and meals are competitive with other housing options. A variety of payment plans are usually offered.
Will being in a fraternity get in the way of my schoolwork?
While getting good grades in college can be difficult, it is up to the individual to work hard and use all of the resources available to them. By being part of a fraternity, a new wealth of resources are available to you in the form of other members taking similar classes, study tables, and recognition programs for superior academic performance. At Sigma Tau Gamma, the scholarship of our members comes first and with proper time management and a dedication to succeed, the membership in a fraternity can only help to achieve you academic goals.
What sort of leadership experience can a fraternity give me?
A fraternity is an organization run by its members, Sigma Tau Gamma being unique in its corporate business structure. Upon joining you become an essential part of its daily operation. From managing the finances of the group to planning social and philanthropic events, there are multiple avenues to explore to gain leadership experience.
How time consuming is a membership in a fraternity?
Joining a fraternity does mean that some time must be afforded to the business of the chapter. Like joining any other organization on campus, the involvement of each member is essential for the group to succeed. This time commitment is meant in no way to interfere with a student’s academics, and involvement in a chapter has been shown to increase graduation rates as well as leaving the student with a more positive college experience.
What is Sigma Tau Gamma’s stance on hazing?
Sigma Tau Gamma has a strict no hazing policy. Read our Risk Management Policy. Members of Sigma Tau Gamma are taught respect and understanding of all of their brothers and as a result hazing is not tolerated.
Each year, every chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma, must agree not to haze.
The new member education program is called the Path of Principles. During this time, your son will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the chapter, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older members. The Path of Principles program is eight weeks long. New members are associated at the beginning of the program and initiated as a full at week four. The final four weeks of the program are designed to allow for the new member to job shadow the chapters executive board.
Sigma Tau Gamma opposes hazing and is committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members. This period will assist them in overcoming some of their concerns about success in college.
How can I join Sigma Tau Gamma?
The best way to go about joining a chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma on your campus is to participate in formal recruitment efforts of the chapter. In this way, you can get to know the members of the chapter and ask all the questions you may still have about joining a fraternity. Everyone wants to be part of a group, but it is important that you choose the one that best fits you based upon their programs, beliefs, and other strengths. Or you can fill out the form on this site Join an Existing Chapter and someone from the National Headquarters will be in touch with you shortly regarding your inquiry.
What happens once I join?
The actual process of becoming an initiated member of Sigma Tau Gamma can be found in the Path of Principles program. This member education process is intended to develop each person into not only a college student in good standing, but also a citizen of one’s community. After this program is complete, one becomes an initiated member of Sigma Tau Gamma and is able to enjoy all of the privileges that go along with membership.
What if there isn’t a chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma on my campus?
Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity is committed to spreading our brotherhood across the United States. Expansion is the process of bringing new Chapters into the Fraternity. Sigma Tau Gamma is interested in returning to campuses where we have had Chapters in the past as well as starting brand new Chapters on campuses where we have never been before.
The men who are involved in starting a new Chapter are known as founders. Founders are a special breed; they have the challenge of maintaining their academic pursuits while recruiting other founders and forming a new Sigma Tau Gamma Chapter. If you feel you are the right man to take on this challenge please click on Start a Chapter.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity or sorority?
Members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors.
In addition, our chapters have the support of the Fraternity Headquarters which offers support, advice, and direction through a paid professional staff. Typically, professional staff members are employed by the college/university to assist and monitor the activities.
Being in a fraternity sounds like it takes a lot of time.
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one’s time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Though, members will learn how to balance their academic, work, campus involvement, and social commitments.