FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I become a part of Sigma Psi Zeta?
To become a syzter, you would need to participate in Recruitment Week and go through a New Member Education Process. We have formal Recruitment in the first weeks of each semester.
Do I have to be Asian to become a Sigma?
Absolutely not! We are one of the most diverse organizations on campus and work in collaboration with many communities and identities to advocate for issues within all our communities. We welcome women of all backgrounds to join our syzterhood. As a sorority with a history of Asian American advocacy, we promote Asian and Asian-American cultures and experiences on our respective campuses. Regardless of ethnicity, we learn a lot about other traditions and heritages, sharing them with our community.
I hear that Greek Organizations haze. Does Sigma do that?
No, Sigma Psi Zeta does NOT haze. Rather, we enforce a strict, non-hazing policy. After all, our organization’s national philanthropy is “to combat the violence against women.” With this in mind, we are against the disrespect of women in all its myriad forms. Subsequently, we do not mentally, physically, or emotionally degrade our new members. To do so would work against the ties of loyalty, allegiance, and dedication that we aim to create.
Does Sigma Psi Zeta have a brother fraternity?
No, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. does NOT have a brother fraternity. As a sorority that comprises of strong, independent women, we have made the deliberate choice to remain unaffiliated with another Greek organization.
What can I expect from a “typical” Sigma syzter?
There is no “typical” Sigma syzter. Syzterhood is not a mold for women to fit into, nor does it define a syzter's character. Each syzter contributes her talent, idealism, devotion, and energy to Sigma Psi Zeta, giving our syzterhood the character it has today. With the unique bonds and special memories formed as syzters, we hope that each syzter will change our syzterhood, helping it to grow and evolve through time.
What happens during recruitment?
Syzters and candidates participate in fun, engaging activities in order to get to know one another. During the recruitment period, candidates will learn about Greek Life, the history of Sigma Psi Zeta, what we stand for, and what we do. All events are free and non-binding.
What is a bid and how do I get one?
A bid is a formal invitation to join a sorority. In order to be eligible, a candidate must attend one General Meeting and any two other events during recruitment week.
What is an intake?
After recruitment week, a candidate who is offered a bid and accepts it will become an intake. During the intake process, new members learn about the traditions and history of Sigma Psi Zeta. They also establish bonds of syzterhood within the intake class and with active syzters. The intake process is a unique experience, a time to create lasting memories and friendships, as well as to develop leadership and time management skills. Sigma Psi Zeta strictly follows the university and our own national rules against hazing and the mistreatment of intakes.
What is the time commitment for the intake process and will it affect my academics?
The intake process is certainly a commitment but the amount of time that you devote to it depends on you. The more time you put in, the more valuable your experience will be. The intake process takes time, but it is definitely manageable. As a sorority, we strive for academic excellence and will always put your academic performance first. The syzters are there to support and help you along the way!