Interested in joining Delta Lambda Phi and becoming a brother? No problem, you can find all the basic information you need to know here. If you still have further questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.
You are allowed to rush/pledge our multi-campus-based chapter as long as you are currently attending any two-year or four-year accredited education institution in San Diego area.
Membership in Delta Lambda Phi is open to men of all races, colors, creeds, and sexual orientation, upon the approval of the local Chapter and after fulfilling membership requirements prescribed by the National Fraternity and the individual chapter.
The journey to becoming a brother in DLP can be an extremely rewarding experience for you. As in almost any situation, your individual journey will be based upon the enthusiasm, effort and spirit that you put into your own personal experience.
The path to Brotherhood can be simplified to:
INTEREST → RUSH → PLEDGE PROCESS → BROTHERHOOD
Basically, to begin the journey, all you have to do is show up to the Rush events, have a great time and make your presence known . It’s that easy.
Our chapter currently holds two Rush periods per year:
Fall Rush (generally starting in September) and
Spring Rush (generally starting in late January).
The Rush period is a time (usually about 2 to 3 weeks) for those men who are interested in joining DLP to get to know the Brothers and the Brotherhood, and for the Brothers to get to know the Rushees — potential future members of the fraternity. Rush consists of a series of social events, including parties, informal get-togethers, and activities in the community, all of which are open to the public.
At no time is Rush period a commitment to join the Fraternity. However, it is strongly encouraged that Rushees attend as many events as possible in order to get a more complete picture about the Fraternity and the Brotherhood. Additionally, attending several events allows the Brothers a better chance to ensure that the Fraternity is a good fit with a Rushee’s personal interests and schedule.
At the end of the Rush period, the chapter offers a limited number of Bids — invitations to move forward into the next step of becoming a Brother. Those Rushees that are offered Bids have an opportunity to ask questions of the Brothers before deciding whether or not to accept the bid and enter into their Pledge process.
Upon accepting a bid, you will enter into a period of education and evaluation called Pledge. The pledge period begins with your pledge induction ceremony, and will typically lasts from 7 to 10 weeks with pledge education classes/meetings once a week.
Pledge education classes take place under the supervision of the Pledge Educator, who will challenge pledges as a group to work amongst one another at all times. Pledges should feel free to approach the Pledge educator at any time with questions or concerns about their progress as a pledge.
There are several elements and requirements in the pledge period that are necessary to complete the experiential journey from pledge to Brother. During this time you will learn the history, symbols, and traditions of the Fraternity, as well as plan and conduct social, service, and fundraising projects. These events and activities are meant to build teamwork and the bonds of Brotherhood.
Although there are many elements to the Pledge Education period, the most important element is to have fun! DLP is chiefly a social group, so we want to make sure that you are getting the best experience possible.
At the end of the period, pledges who completed all their requirements and acquired the meaning of Brotherhood will be chosen to cross over and become a “Lambda Man”.
Hazing or informal initiations in connection with any Delta Lambda Phi function are prohibited. Mistreatment of pledges, members, or other persons at any time is considered a violation of the principles of Delta Lambda Phi.
The “Hands-Off” Policy
Because of the unique nature of Delta Lambda Phi, the organization observes a strict brother-pledge relations policy. While the words “gay fraternity” may tempt the imaginations of some, sexual relationships between Brothers and pledges are forbidden. This policy governing these relationship, known colloquially as the “Hands-Off Policy,” states that Brothers and pledges may not engage in “extra-fraternal relations” during the course of the rush and pledge education periods. The policy ensures that bid distribution remains fair, that pledge education remains focused on fraternal bonding, and that sexual harassment is eliminated. The policy also bolsters chapter morals and enables the fraternity to uphold high standards of fairness and dignity.
No policy exists prohibiting members from engaging in extra-fraternal relations after becoming brothers. Because the student-teacher relationship that existed during the pledge education process no longer exists, all brothers are regarded as peers and are encouraged to exercise their best judgement.