Policies, Constitution, & Bylaws
Sigma Pi understands the importance of managing risks to keep our members and community safe.
Our members are expected to abide by the guidelines and policies laid out by the Fraternity.
Hazing is contrary to the Creed, standards, ideals, mission, and goals of Sigma Pi Fraternity and such activity by our members is hereby prohibited. Sigma Pi Fraternity addresses hazing in the Constitution of Sigma Pi Fraternity under Section 4 of Bylaw 4.
No chapter shall encourage or conduct hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined as:
“Any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to pro- duce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any such activities carried on outside or inside the confines of the chapter house, wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliation games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulation and policies of the educational institution.”
As a result of a violation of this section, a Chapter or Colony member is subject to being denied membership in the Fraternity. As a result of a violation of this section, a Chapter or Colony of the Fraternity is subject to being suspended and denied a charter, pending reorganization of the Chapter or Colony, in accordance with provision of Article VII, Sections 4 and 7 of the Constitution of the Sigma Pi Fraternity.
Sigma Pi Fraternity also has a toll free anti-hazing hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293). The line is available to those who think they, or students they know, have become victims of hazing. Callers may remain anonymous, or they can provide personal information so that their concerns can be responded to directly. The hotline connects directly to a dedicated voice mailbox at the Cincinnati law firm of Manley Burke, the publisher of Fraternal Law.
- Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse and harassment are contrary to the Creed, standards, ideals, goals, and mission of Sigma Pi Fraternity; such activity by our members is hereby expressly prohibited. Sexual abuse is defined by Sigma Pi Fraternity in Bylaw 4, Section 20.
The definition of sexual abuse and harassment shall include, but not be limited to, any actions which are demeaning to women and/or men, which including but not limited to, date rape, gang rape, verbal harassment, lewd gestures or offensive touching.
In accordance with the Creed of the Fraternity, no Chapter shall deny membership to an individual meeting the criteria outlined in this article and the academic standards of both the Fraternity and the Chapter’s host institution based on race, color, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
- Alcohol Policy
In any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by a Sigma Pi Entity, including those that occur on or off its Premises:
- Sigma Pi Entity, members, and guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws. No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide, or be provided alcoholic beverages.
- Sigma Pi Entity, members, and guests must follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances while on Premises or at any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the Sigma Pi Entity.
- Alcoholic beverages must either be: (1) provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.); or (2) brought by individual members and guests through a bring your own beverage (“BYOB”) system.The presence of alcohol products above 15% alcohol by volume (“ABV”) is prohibited on any Sigma Pi Entity Premises or at any event, except when served by a licensed and insured third-party vendor.
- Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities, which are not being served by a licensed and insured third party vendor, are prohibited (i.e., amounts of alcohol greater than what a reasonable person should consume over the duration of an event).
- Alcoholic beverages must not be purchased with Sigma Pi Entity funds or funds pooled by members or guests (e.g., admission fees, cover fees, collecting funds through digital apps, etc.).
- A Sigma Pi Entity must not co-host or co-sponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol.
- A Sigma Pi Entity must not co-host or co-sponsor an event with a bar, event promoter, or alcohol distributor; however, a Chapter may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a Sigma Pi Entity event.
- Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present must be by invitation only, and the Sigma Pi Entity must utilize a guest list system. Attendance at events with alcohol is limited to a 3:1 maximum guest-to-member ratio, and must not exceed local fire or building code capacity of the Premises or host venue.
- Any event or activity related to the new member joining process (e.g., recruitment, intake, rush, etc.) must be substance free. No alcohol or drugs may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into Sigma Pi, including but not limited to “bid night,” “Big/Little” events or activities, “family” events or activities, and any ritual or ceremony.
- Sigma Pi Entity members or guests must not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.
- Good Samaritan Policy
A member who immediately obtains appropriate professional medical care for a person experiencing a medical crisis or emergency, including emergencies related to the use or consumption of alcohol or drugs, will not, along with anyone else who assists, be subject to individual disciplinary action by the fraternity with respect to the incident. This is the case even if the member who is assisting was a contributing factor to that emergency. This policy shall not apply if the fraternity determines that the member provided false or misleading information in the course of an investigation, or otherwise acted in bad faith.
A chapter that immediately obtains appropriate professional medical care for a person experiencing a medical crisis or emergency, including emergencies related to the use or consumption of alcohol or drugs, may be eligible for mitigation of charges related to violations of organizational policies. To be eligible for this potential mitigation, members of the chapter will be required to meet in person or by phone with a national staff member or an alumni volunteer designated by the fraternity. This policy shall not apply if the fraternity determines that the chapter, through its leadership, provided false or misleading information in the course of an investigation, or otherwise acted in bad faith.
- Transgender Policy
Those who self-identify as men and otherwise meet the requirements for membership as stated in the Fraternity’s Constitution and Bylaws are welcome to seek membership in the organization.
- Fire, Health, and Safety
- All chapter houses shall, prior to, during and following occupancy, meet all local fire and health codes and standards.
- All chapters must have posted by common phones emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and must have evacuation routes from chapter houses, common areas and sleeping rooms posted in said areas and on the back door of each sleeping room.
- All chapters shall comply with engineering recommendations as reported by the insurance company.
- The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive devices of any kind within the confines and premises of the chapter house is expressly forbidden.
- The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive devices of any kind at events that have alcohol present are strictly prohibited
- Non-Financial Reinstatement Policy
For non-financial reinstatement requests, the individual or Chapter must complete the following:
- Documentation that the individual has abided by all sanctions put in place with the expulsion
- Letter from the Chapter explaining in detail why the individual should be reinstated
- Any documentation to show how the individual is worthy of being a Brother again
If the individual who submitted the reinstatement request is not the individual who submitted the expulsion request, the individual who submitted the request must be contacted to supply their opinion for the reinstatement.
All information must be sent to the Executive Office, which will compile the information to be sent to the Judicial Committee of the Grand Council. The Judicial Committee will review the membership reinstatement request and supply the Grand Council a recommendation for the request. The information will then be sent to the Grand Council for a final review and vote.
While an individual or Chapter may submit an appeal request, it does not mean that the individual will be reinstated. If an appeal is denied, the member may not resubmit a new appeal for a minimum of five years.