To be eligible for membership in Delta Sigma Pi, pledges must be enrolled in a declared pre-business, business or economics major. Individuals with other declared majors are generally not eligible to pledge. Members of Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Chi Theta, and Phi Gamma Nu are also ineligible. Members of all other general/social fraternities and sororities are eligible for Delta Sigma Pi membership.
The Delta Pi pledging process is about a six week process that will demonstrate your willingness to perpetuate the ideals of our fraternity. The process will include, among other things, community service events, professional speaking events, and fundraising. The national pledging requirements state that you will need the following:
- Manual – The chapter will provide each pledge with a personal copy of the OFFICIAL Manual for Pledge Education. A complete original copy of the most recent edition will be supplied. Photocopied pages are not acceptable.
- Each pledge must read the manual in its entirety and have a thorough understanding of all the information.
- Each pledge must have thorough knowledge and understanding of the Risk Management Policy as presented in the front of the manual.
- Written or oral quizzes will be administered at regularly scheduled pledge meetings. Questions for the quizzes will be assigned in advance. Each pledge will be required to take a comprehensive written exam on the questions listed in the Manual for Pledge Education.
The pledges’ knowledge of Fraternity history and general operations will be determined through satisfactory scores on these quizzes and the final exam. The final written exam requires a score of 90%. Weekly quizzes and exams reflect interest and progress of pledges. Poor performance in these exams reflects poorly on a pledge and scores below 75% can result in removal from the program.
Oral quizzes and exams will also be scheduled throughout the pledging process. Pledges will receive the topic(s) of your oral exams a week before they are to be administered.
- The answers to final exam questions #10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23 are not found in the Manual, as changes occur frequently, and other reasons. The most current information, much of which is found on the Fraternity web site, will be provided by the VPPE and included in Section E of this program.
- Finances – Each pledge is required to pay all initiation fees in full prior to initiation day. A payment plan may be agreed upon by the vice president-pledge education and vice president-finance, but may not extend beyond initiation day.
- The total initiation fee of this chapter is $120 per collegiate and it includes the following:
- The national initiation fee of $70.00 per collegiate.
- The badge lease of $50.00 per collegiate.
- A $6.00 charge for the official Manual for Pledge Education.
- The local initiation fee of $____ per collegiate. This fee covers supplies, copies and pledge folders. The local fee may not exceed $10.00.
“1″, “2″ and “3” above are submitted on behalf of each member directly to the Central Office which administers the programs of the National Fraternity.
Other costs associated with pledging might include social events, initiation banquet and/or mementos, an optional jeweled badge, etc. Fund raisers will be mandatory for pledge classes to help offset any or all costs associated with the pledge and initiation process.
- In the event that a pledge is not initiated for any reason, the national initiation fee and badge lease fee will be refunded in full. Any portion of any local fees to be refunded is at the discretion of the chapter, pending length of pledge time completed and supplies, etc. used. A breakdown of any refund will be provided, showing the distribution of funds previously used.
- As pledges are not yet members, they may not conduct legal business under the name of Delta Sigma Pi, and the pledge class should not open a separate account due to additional charges and risk involved. The pledge class treasurer should coordinate all payments of pledge fees and fund raising revenues through the chapter’s vice president-finance.
- Pledge Pin – Each pledge will be presented with an official pledge pin at the pledging ceremony. This pin is to be worn only while a pledge and only on the left coat lapel, or over the heart on the shirt, blouse, sweater, or dress (per national bylaws). Upon initiation, the pledge pin is replaced with the Fraternity badge. The pledge pin identifies the pledge as a potential member and is a reminder of the endeavor to become a member. Any lost pledge pin will be charged to the pledge at the current price of pledge pins ($8.50), as established by the Board of Directors.
Pledge pins are always to be worn while at school or Fraternity meetings, functions and events. There are no requirements or procedures concerning wearing pledge pins (or not) while drinking alcohol, in bars, with or without certain colors or letters, etc.
- Attendance – Pledges are required to attend certain events unless formally excused in advance by the vice president-pledge education.
- Pledges must attend all scheduled pledge meetings.
- All pledges must attend the professional, service, and fund raising events planned by the pledge class.
- Pledges must attend at least one chapter business meeting and may attend additional meetings as appropriate.
- Pledges must attend 25% of the professional and service events planned by the chapter during the length of the pledge education program.
- Attendance at initiation is mandatory, pending successful completion of the pledge education program. Specific instructions or an invitation will be provided to those who met all of the criteria.
- Professional Event – The pledge class as a whole will coordinate one professional event (speaker, tour, film, etc.) of their choice. All collegiate and faculty brothers are to be invited to the event. At the discretion of the pledge class, the entire student body or other guests may also be invited.
- Community or College/University Service – The pledge class as a whole will plan a service project of their choice that will benefit their campus, fellow peers, faculty, administration, or community. The project may be as simple as planting a tree, placing an additional trash can on campus, or visiting a nursing home, yet may be as extensive as hosting an alcohol awareness seminar for the entire student body or coordinating a service event that will benefit a charity or the community at large.
- Fund Raising Event – The pledge class as a whole will plan one fund raising event of their choice. Profits will be used at the discretion of the pledge class for expenses related to the pledge professional event, service project, or approved social activity. A portion of the profits may be evenly distributed toward initiation fees of the pledges. Any profits remaining at the end of the pledge program may be donated to the general operating fund of the chapter, contributed to a chapter scholarship or investment account, or donated to the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation — at the discretion of the pledge class.
- Require the Use of a Purple Binder (which will be supplied by the chapter) for Fraternity notes, schedules, etc. and for recording necessary information at pledge meetings. (The notebook will not be used to identify an individual as a pledge and will not have possession requirements that would harass a pledge or distinguish them from any other student. It is to be carried in a normal manner with other textbooks or in a book bag as desired by the pledge.)
- Evaluate Recruiting and the Pledge Program – Each pledge will be asked to complete the following evaluation of the recruiting events they attended prior to being invited to pledge. The vice president-pledge education will collect all evaluations and deliver them to the senior vice president.
- What publicity methods were most effective in your decision to seek more information about Delta Sigma Pi (bulletin board, classroom announcements, table displays, web site, posters, banners, campus radio/TV, faculty/student word of mouth, newspaper, table tents, bookmarks, product giveaways, etc.)?
- Did the informational/interest meetings and/or chapter brochures provide you with sufficient detail about participation obligations and expenses associated with pledging and membership?
- Were chapter recruiting activities (socials, professional events, receptions, interest meetings, business meetings, etc.) adequate in providing you with the scope of activities conducted by a chapter and allow you to interact with and meet nearly all student and faculty members of the Fraternity?
New initiates and/or other former pledges may be randomly surveyed by the National Fraternity, as well. Such surveys will seek information on the quality and conformity of the pledge program and feedback on the quality and conformity of the overall experience.
- Resume – Each pledge will prepare his/her personal resume and the vice president-pledge education will check to see that each pledge has a resume available before the end of pledging.
- Big Brother Program – Each pledge will be matched, one on one, with members of the chapter within 10 days after the pledging ceremony. The member (Big Brother) will meet with the pledge (Little Brother) throughout the pledge education program. The Big Brother acts in many roles similar to a coach, trainer, aide, guide, host, or mentor and assists the pledge wherever necessary by answering questions, helping study, providing encouragement, and most importantly, demonstrating true friendship and an open line of communication at all times. Each pledge is given this personal opportunity to have a reliable source of assistance with any pledge requirement, academic strains, conflicts, or concerns that may develop. The Big Brother speaks on behalf of the pledge when the chapter makes its final decision on those who will be invited to initiation.