What is expansion?

Expansion is a term we use to describe the growth process for Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity. Although Sigma Phi Delta would like to give our fraternity experience to as many students as possible, we are limited to ABET / CEAB accredited institutions in the United States and Canada. The Fraternity will expand only to where we are welcomed, and where there is adequate support for developing a strong chapter. Colonization sites are evaluated based upon the acceptance of the Fraternity's principles and the quality of the host institution and its students. The presence of qualified support from the university administration, area alumni, and interested membership is paramount to each decision. In essence, there must be evidence that an atmosphere exists for Sigma Phi Delta to achieve its objectives.

Why is starting a new fraternity any different from joining an existing chapter?

Unlike being a member of an existing chapter were you may not be able to fully participate as an officer for several semester, when founding a new Chapter of Sigma Phi Delta, you have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Fraternity. In most existing chapters, you have to wait until you have the opportunity to lead, to voice your opinion, or see the fruits of your labors. Since there are not any old local traditions with a new organization, you can mold this experience how you see fit within the parameters of our guiding principles, including The Object, The Code of Ethics, The Constitution & Statutory Code, and The Ritual.

What makes Sigma Phi Delta different from other fraternities?

Simply put, Sigma Phi Delta is a fraternity of male, undergraduate Engineers.

My parents don't like fraternities, what should I do?

Many parents have falsely stereotyped fraternities because of the media's portrayal the Greek system. To fight these stereotypes, encourage your parents to research the purpose of fraternities or to visit the campus, meet members of the brotherhood, talk to local alumni, and visit our web site. It is important to understand that Sigma Phi Delta was established to develop young men as leaders and well-rounded students.

Also, as a fraternity of engineers we understand the rigors of being engineers. Sigma Phi Delta can provide the support network to get you through your college years.

What is Sigma Phi Delta's Policy on Hazing?

Sigma Phi Delta has a strict non-hazing policy. Our founding fathers met and established Sigma Phi Delta and have no mention of hazing as part of our founding documents, thus, the hypocrisy of hazing is not tolerated by our International Organization.

What is the difference between a pledge and a member?

The difference between a Rook, which is our term for a pledge since our Fraternity symbol is a Castle, and a member are minimal. A Rook and an Active member are offered the same opportunities within the group. Each has the opportunity to share his opinions and ideas. Each has opportunities for leadership and personal growth. Both have the choice to become involved in other activities on campus and within the community. The difference between the two revolves around the knowledge about Sigma Phi Delta and its values and principles. These are things that you will be taught during your Rook Education Period, at most twelve weeks in length.

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