Sigma Chi at Iowa State University

As a parent, your main concerns about your son joining a fraternity are probably these:

  • Alcohol
  • Hazing
  • Cost
  • Impact on Academics

Sigma Chi members at ISU are not allowed to have alcohol in the fraternity house.

The Sigma Chi Fraternity has long recognized the need to engage in a conversation with our members regarding high-risk substance use and abuse on college campuses.

This conversation began in the form of a program called Choices. The Choices program was an afternoon educational retreat promoting an open environment in which to learn and discuss alcohol and drug use. Choices has been delivered to thousands of undergraduate Sigma Chis over the past 12 years. From our experiences with Choices came the realization that a conversation about alcohol and/or drug use cannot take place without first having a conversation about the values that guide our decision making.

Crossroads is an instructional process that challenges Sigma Chi brothers to consider their personal value system and the value system of the Fraternity in order to make informed decisions regarding the use of alcohol and drugs. Crossroads aims further to provide the Fraternity’s undergraduates with the tools needed to engage others in conversations about risky substance use. Through teaching difficult conversation skills and values-based decision making, Crossroads will help our undergraduate brothers relate their values to their behaviors in deep and meaningful ways.

  • HAZING

Hazing is the harassment of prospective members as a rite of passage, by giving them meaningless, difficult, dangerous, or humiliating tasks to perform, exposing them to ridicule, or playing practical jokes on them.

We subscribe to a zero-tolerance stance on hazing. All national fraternities, including Sigma Chi, most colleges, and 44 states have strict anti-hazing rules or laws. Our members at ISU are well aware of the damage from even an accusation of hazing.

When Order of Constantine Sig Mike Greenberg, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 1982, was elected Sigma Chi's 68th Grand Consul at the 2013 Grand Chapter in Washington, D.C., he assumed the office with a goal that is as easy to describe as it is difficult to accomplish: Simply put, Greenberg wants to eliminate hazing in all of its forms from the Fraternity's practices.

"Sometimes, our undergraduates can feel invincible, and think that no bad consequences can come from their actions. But hazing has the potential to ruin [their] reputation, and make it virtually impossible for [them] to find a job after graduating," says Greenberg. "College should be about having the time of your life, not wrecking your life."

To that end, Greenberg has made the Jordan Initiative the centerpiece of his term as Grand Consul. By providing ways for the General Fraternity to help prevent hazing and rehabilitate chapters in which it has taken place, he says, Sigma Chis everywhere can ensure that their chapters function in a way that the Founders would have approved.

  • COST

After all is said and done, living in and being a member of a fraternity generally costs about the same as dorm or apartment life. There are a few initial costs upon pledging and activating to full membership, but otherwise our costs are competitive with the dorms. For those that live in the house, the semester dues are included in the room rental fee. Click here to see the cost breakdown.

  •  FRATERNITY IMPACT ON ACADEMICS AND SUCCESS

Sigma Chi fosters, promotes, and encourages academic achievement and success. Many of our members, past and present, credit the Fraternity experience and support as a primary reason for their personal academic collegiate accomplishments - especially helpful during that first semester as a freshman.

The Beta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Chi at Iowa State can boast a long line of successful alumni in every profession imaginable: engineers, lawyers, farmers, bankers, businessmen, doctors, teachers, school administrators, corporate executives, accountants, military officers, public servants, elected officials, company owners, and corporate presidents, amongst other noble professions. A few are millionaires.

Gallup recently released a study on Greek life in partnership with the North American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference.  The survey of more than 30,000 college graduates across the U.S. finds that those who were members of fraternities or sororities are more likely to be “thriving” in their well-being and engaged at work than college graduates who did not go Greek.