Frequently Asked Questions

Associate Members

1. How much does it cost to join Sigma Tau Gamma?

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity charges a $50 Association Fee due during the second week of membership and a $235 Initiation Fee due during the fourth week of membership. Individual chapters may also charge local dues during the first semester of membership. For more information, consult your chapter's Vice President of Finance.

2. Can I wear "letters" as an associate member?

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity's Constitution, Laws & Policies do not require that a member be initiated before wearing Fraternity apparel. Many chapters provide t-shirts to new members as a welcome gift after deciding to join.

3. How much time will I need to plan on doing Fraternity "stuff?"

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity was founded by campus leaders that valued academics. Membership should never negatively impact your ability to perform well academically and get involved in other organizations on campus. The amount of time you spend doing Fraternity "stuff" will vary from chapter to chapter, however you can count on a weekly meeting lasting about an hour, a weekly brotherhood meal, a weekly brotherhood activity, study hours, and any other chapter activity you may decide to attend. Your experience as an associate member should never feel overwhelming or place a burden on your other responsibilities.

4. My chapter isn't using this program. Is that ok?

The Path of Principles is THE membership program of Sigma Tau Gamma. All chapters must use this program to be truly a part of the Fraternity. McDonalds isn't McDonalds if it sells Whoppers, and for the same reason, all chapters of Sigma Tau Gamma must use the program. The purpose of the Fraternity tells us that the Path of Principles isn't just a program of the Fraternity, rather it IS the Fraternity. Sigma Tau Gamma... a Path of Principles.
Chapter Leaders

1. How does my chapter get copies of the "Member Record and Manual?"

Each chapter should maintain a stock of the manuals that is sufficient for each associate to be provided one. Once the Fraternity Headquarters receives the Membership Application for a new member, he will be mailed a copy of the manual (the cost is included in his $50 Association Fee) that the chapter may use to replenish its stock for the next class.

2. How do we "make" the new members do stuff after initiation?

This question is fundamentally flawed. You should never have to "make" your new members do anything. They should want to. If the expectations and standards for your members and associates are clearly communicated during recruitment then you will have no trouble with your associate members needing to be "forced" to attend events, pay their bills, or live up to the expectations of membership.

If during recruitment we host meetings, events, and explain the financial requirements, then the men that join will be expecting meetings, events, and the financial requirements you explained. If during their first 8 weeks of membership we hold meetings, events, and require them to pay their fees on time, then once initiated they will be expecting to attending meetings, events, and pay their dues on time.

Apathy and feeling the need to "make" associates do things are a negative by-product of lost expectations and standards for members and an uninformed recruitment process.

3. How do I get my chapter to start using the Path of Principles?

The first step is to become familiar with the program. Then, analyze the real issues behind any complaints your chapter may have. Work with chapter leaders, associate members, and Fraternity staff to develop an implementation plan. Don't let your chapter completely ignore the program because they have 1 or 2 issues that need to be addressed. Call the Fraternity Headquarters and ask to speak to your chapter's Leadership Consultant for more help with getting your members on the Path.

4. Can we keep our "local traditions?"

Activities that are in keeping with the spirit of the program are fine to include, even if they aren't in the Manual. Examples of activities other chapters have done: going to a University ropes course for team building, have a brotherhood retreat, and filming a video about the meaning of the six principles. For additional ideas, contact your campus's Fraternity/Sorority Advisor or call the Fraternity Headquarters and ask to speak with your chapter's Leadership Consultant.

Activities that are not in keeping with the spirit of the program should not be used. Refer to the risk management policy for a definition of hazing. Any activity that is a violation of the policy must be immediately discarded.

Alumni & Friends

1. How can I get involved with the Path of Principles?

The first step is to fill out the Path of Principles Advancement Record to find out the level of achievement you have attained in the program. To acquire more points in the program as an alumnus, you can participate as a dues paying member of an alumni association or alumni chapter, serve as a chapter advisor, serve as an officer of an alumni association or alumni chapter, attend a Fraternity conference, serve as a volunteer officer, and support the Fraternity by making a donation to the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. For more information on how to be involved after graduation, please call Fraternity Headquarters.

2. Is this the program I did as an undergraduate?

Unless you graduated after 2005, it is unlikely you participated in the Path of Principles program. But there is no reason you cannot participate in the program now, since the Path of Principles program is not only for new members – it is a lifelong membership program. But, rest assured, the principles you learned in the past are the same today.
Parents & Advisors

1. What about hazing?

Hazing is defined as any activity taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule. Examples of such activities are paddling, creation of excessive fatigue, any public embarrassment or ridicule and activities which interfere with scholastic achievement and any other activities of this type which are not consistent with the Laws of the Fraternity, Ritual or policy, or the regulations and policies of the educational institution. If you suspect hazing, contact the Fraternity Headquarters immediately.

2. How can I get involved with my son or student?

We encourage the involvement of parents and advisors in our chapters. Each chapter should have a chapter advisory board, and we encourage each chapter to have a parent's club. For more information on getting involved or if you would like to volunteer for service, please contact the chapter's president or Fraternity Headquarters.

3. Where can I get more information? Can I get a copy of the program?

Most of the content of the Path of Principles program is contained on this site for your browsing. To discuss the program, feel free to contact a member of our staff at the Fraternity Headquarters. Aside from the Ceremony of Initiation, the Path of Principles is a public program that can be strengthened with the involvement of parents and advisors.