For Parents
Many parents have some common questions about their son joining a fraternity. The section below should hopefully answer many of your questions. If you still have additional questions, please feel free to send us an email to webmaster@iotatau.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 alcohol abuse.
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
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.

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 the fraternity.

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.
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.
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