What is a pledge?
Sigma Chi, like many organizations, employs a probationary period for prospective members before their initiation into full membership. This period, called "pledgeship" serves to begin his lifelong journey and to educate the potential brother in Sigma Chi before he joins. The essence of the journey is the Sigma Chi experience and the objectives of Sigma Chi can be achieved only when members have a thorough understanding of the extent and depth of their obligations as brothers. Therefore pledgeship extends for an adequate period to allow potential brothers to fully grasp these important elements.
The process of pledgeship consists of intellectual exercises, shared experiences and cultivation of friendships of a higher order - all working toward enlisting worthy men in a meaningful commitment of lifelong duration. Learning the history, operational workings and support programs of the Fraternity is an important aspect of pledgeship. Pledges are asked not merely to consume facts, but to thoughtfully consider the relevance of those facts to Sigma Chi and to their own lives.
While the overriding purpose of pledgeship is to prepare men for brotherhood in Sigma Chi, there are other important objectives that coincide with the aims of higher education; including success in academic endeavors, development of leadership skills and social responsibility, and service to the community.
What is NOT a pledge?
A pledge is not subserviant. Hazing and humilitation does not promote brotherhood and are in direct conflict with the ideals we espouse - as such, these activities are not permitted in Sigma Chi nor in the Iota Omicron chapter at WIU. While we do host parties, they are a celebration of our brotherhood - not the objective thereof - so you will never be required to drink. Click here to see our official policy against hazing.
How do I become a pledge?
If we feel like we know you to be a man of good character, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, who meets the criteria of the Jordan Standard; we will vote to offer you a bid.
A bid is a formal offer to pledge Sigma Chi, but it is not a guaruntee of membership. If you accept the bid, you will begin your pledgeship, which usually takes eight weeks. Pledging, of course, culminates in initiation into Sigma Chi Fraternity. During pledging you may choose to quit for any reason, just as we may choose to remove you from the program. There is no age requirement for membership, so we welcome freshmen, transfer students, veterans, and male students at any level of their undergraduate studies.
In order to participate in Greek recruitment, our governing body, the Interfraternity Council, would prefer if you filled out this form. You can learn more about Western Illinois fraternities at the Greek Life page of the WIU website.