The purpose of pledge education is to formally present Fraternity history and information to our potential members. In addition, pledges will learn the business operational requirements of the Fraternity through the planning and participation in various projects described in this program. The pledges will become familiar with the opportunities and obligations available and expected through membership, including: knowledge of basic local and national Fraternity history and operations; meeting procedures, etiquette and organizational skills; special event and fundraising planning skills; and the Fraternity’s emphasis on personal and professional development of the individual.
The course is typically 6-9 calendar weeks (no more than 10) and is coordinated with the academic calendar of Fresno State. This is a time for pledges to get an in-depth preview of membership and make a final decision on their pursuit of membership. Likewise, the evaluation methods described in this program will be implemented by members of the chapter to determine which candidates will best represent the Fraternity and uphold its professional objectives.
The vice president-pledge education (VPPE) is an elected officer of the chapter and has a primary responsibility for the implementation and development of the pledge education program.
To be eligible for membership in Delta Sigma Pi, pledges must be enrolled in a “qualified” academic program as defined in the Fraternity Bylaws (generally 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 Pi Sigma Epsilon marketing fraternity, and all general/social fraternities and sororities are eligible for Delta Sigma Pi membership.
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.
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 and Conduct 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 75%. 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. Absolutely no harassment, shouting or undue pressures of any kind will be permitted.
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 is $136 per collegiate & 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 $10 per collegiate. (This fee covers supplies, copies and pledge folders)
**Other costs associated with pledging might include social events, initiation banquet and/or mementos, an optional jeweled badge, etc. Chapters and pledges are encouraged to conduct fund raisers to help offset any or all costs associated with the pledge and initiation process.
Attendance at Initiation is Mandatory
Fund Raising Event
Evaluate Recruiting and the Pledge Program
Big Brother Program
Each pledge will be evaluated individually by the vice president-pledge education and subsequently by the whole chapter throughout the program. Pledges successfully meeting the evaluation criteria will be initiated.
Any of the following methods, or any combination of these, may be utilized to determine the success of the pledge and their ability to enhance the objectives of the Fraternity.
Attendance and Participation
Quizzes and Final Exam