If you’re interested in joining Delta Lambda Phi Beta Sigma Chapter please follow the directions below. If you are unsure and want to learn more about us check out our Instagram, Twitter, FAQ, Pictures, National History, and Rutgers History (Coming Soon). Also feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and contact our Recruitment Chair at email@example.com.
Rush is the Fraternity’s recruitment period. It’s a period of 1-2 weeks held at the beginning of the fall and spring semester, during which our chapter seeks out new members. Rush events are usually a combination of social events and information sessions. These events are some of the best ways to determine if joining Delta Lambda Phi is right for you. To get the most out of Rush, plan on attending as many events as possible. During events, take the time to get to know the Brothers and other Rushees individually.
If you would like to stay up-to-date with this semester’s Rush events please follow our Instagram or Twitter. Even if you don’t plan on joining, attending the Rush events are a great way to make new friends and to have fun in the first few weeks of school.
2. Requirements for Joining: Ensure You’re Eligible for a bid
When Rush ends, we extend bids, or invitations to join the pledge class, to Rushees we feel would make a good fit in the Brotherhood. You may, of course, decline your bid if you feel we are not the right fit for you. When accepting your bid, keep in mind that pledging is not a commitment to be taken lightly
We can only extend bids to Rushees who have met certain requirements set out by our chapter and by Rutgers Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
1. You must be registered and approved by Rutgers Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA). You can fill out the registration form on their website.
2. Rutgers OFSA will only allow us extend bids to Rushees who have at least 12 credits, excluding AP credits including E Credits. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. You must also be a full-time student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
3. We also ask that Rushees attend at least three Rush events to be eligible for a bid.
3. Pledge Class
After the new pledge class is assembled, you will begin a process called new member education. Our Chapter’s new member educator will teach you about our history, our symbols, and our values. In addition to your new member educator, you will be assigned a Big Sibling who will help guide you through the pledge period. Your pledge class will work together as a team on a number of projects assigned by the Chapter (the details of which are largely determined by you and your pledge class), such as a community service project, a fundraiser, a road trip to another Chapter, as well as participating in any fraternity traditions and local traditions our chapter has established. While the pledge process does contain a lot, we encourage you not to worry. It is highly flexible in nature and timing is determined largely to fit your schedules. We have all gone through it, many of us doing so while taking heavy course loads and working. It is also a lot of fun, and is a great chance to meet and get to know the brothers of our chapter, as well as your pledge class.
While the pledge process can be intensive, it is also very rewarding. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the pledge to cultivate strong bonds with his pledge class and learn what it is to be a Lambda Man. Pledges are assessed on their individual progress through pledge education, as well as their work as a team. At the end of the pledge education program, the Chapter may invite you to join the Brotherhood.
If you feel the pledge process isn’t working out for you, you are free to leave the program at any time without penalty. If you do de-pledge, you can still choose to rush and pledge again at a later time and may still come to most of the fraternity’s events.
1. Delta Lambda Phi and our Chapter has a No Tolerance Policy for Hazing. If you or someone else is being hazed or hazing someone else contact OFSA, (click Hazing Compliance Policy) and Delta Lambda Phi National.
2. Hands-Off Policy: There shall be no romantic, intimate, or sexual contact of any kind between those persons involved in the Fraternity that are in an unequal power relationship. An unequal power relationship shall be defined as when one person has the ability to directly influence the other’s possible acceptance into the Fraternity. Prior existing relationships are exempt from the Hands-Off Policy.
3. Membership Expectations: In Delta Lambda Phi, we strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all men, irregardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our members carry themselves with pride in our identities and community together. All of our active brothers are expected to treat everyone with the respect and kindness they would expect to receive themselves, and to uphold our standards of inclusivity and acceptance that allow us to create a strong and positive environment. In addition to this, all of our members are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to complete the pledge process, and a 2.5 GPA to remain active in the fraternity. Each semester, we work with other LGBT+ organizations and our members are expected to complete at least five hours of community service.
4. Financial Information and Expectations: All of our active members and incoming pledges are expected to pay a set amount for our fraternity dues. The dues money we bring in goes towards National Delta Lambda Phi fraternity dues, OFSA dues, and insurance requirements. The remaining funds are used for our programs, organizing rush and recruitment events, along with Summer and Winter retreats that all of the active members attend to relax and spend time together. We also regularly support our chosen philanthropy, The Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention for at risk LGBT+ youth. For members or pledges who are concerned about the payment of dues, we are more than willing to discuss payment plans, and opportunities to raise money for members who may need help. Dues for Fall and Spring 2020 new members will be $300.
5. Alcohol Policy: All chapter rush events, pledge events, meetings, and ceremonies must be “dry” (no alcohol). No underage drinking is permitted. Sale of alcohol by the chapter is prohibited. No common sources of alcohol. Chapter funds cannot be used to purchase alcohol.