Frequently Asked Questions
A social organization for ONLINE colleges and universities, NOT COMPREHENDING?
For some, taking online classes can create a sense of isolation. Queen Latifah said it best while speaking at a commencement ceremony for Strayer University, "What is amazing to me is those who pursue their education online are truly more than just students. They are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, caregivers, employees, and still finding time to go back to school and climb that ladder to the top". Because we take online courses, does that mean we are not deserving of having long-lasting friendships? Are we not worthy of creating genuine bonds with those we attend school with virtually? So, why not create an inspirational space to bridge the social gap that some may feel? A collegiate greek space to connect with others who can relate and want to get away from their demanding lives from time to time.
Are we an online sorority?
No, we operate virtually and connect women locally through state contacts for social meet-ups and/or community service events. We also have national and chapter meetups, retreats, activities, and events. Due to covid most events and activities have been virtual. After covid, we will continue to have virtual and in-person activities and events.
Are we the first sorority to provide a sisterhood for women taking online classes or attending non-traditional colleges and universities?
Yes, based on research and fact-finding, Sigma Chi Psi Sorority is the first organization open to women attending ALL accredited online colleges and universities. We also extend membership to students at community and technical colleges. Since making our presence known other organizations have come behind us creating sororities for women receiving their education the nontraditional way. Our founders are passionate about providing a sisterhood to those who don't have the option/opportunity or the option/opportunity is limited because of how they're pursuing higher education.
Are we part of the divine nine?
No, we are not affiliated with the divine nine nor any of the other three councils. Unfortunately, long-established organizations do not extend Greek chapters to online-based colleges and universities. However, some well-known sororities allow you to apply for membership through a legacy or once you graduate from an online university as long as it is accredited and recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. We are very grateful for the councils that hold sororities and fraternities for traditional colleges and universities. Without their existence, there would be no thought of The Beautiful Jades of Sigma Chi Psi. We are not in competition. We want to create our own lane of student services to cater to the expansion of ways a degree can be received. We are independent of greek councils therefore, even if a member of a D9 organization wanted to apply for membership, they may do so as long as they received their degree online. Please also see the question below: Does Sigma Chi Psi pay fees for any of our members that join a D9 organization?
What type of nonprofit organization is Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc.?
Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization in Maryland.
When was Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. established?
Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. was formed in November of 2019, registered federally on October 14, 2020, chapter charter day October 28th, and a state-approved 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization on November 5, 2020.
Who are the founders of Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc., and what are their backgrounds?
Hildra AnnaJean is the founder. She attended Lane College, Southwest Tennesse Community College, The University of Memphis, Strayer University, and Morgan State University. She has a bachelor's in Business, MBA, MEd, & Ph.D. in higher education. Her career background is in engineering, aerospace, customer service, hospitality, government, and higher education. Stephanie Robinson is the Co-founder. She attended LeMoyne-Owen College. She has a bachelor's in Business and her background is in air traffic control, government, customer service, and hospitality management.
Can I join Sigma Chi Psi if I am a member of another sorority?
You can not join Sigma Chi Psi if you are currently an active member of a SIMILAR sorority. A similar sorority means a sorority that offers membership to women attending online colleges/universities or any non-traditional schools. You must terminate your membership with them before applying with our organization and will need to submit documentation to
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are part of any other sorority held under the four greek councils you may join.
How much is membership?
Sigma Chi Psi has several options to pay initial fees. Annual dues are due the second year and are $150 (subject to change/until further notice). The initial fee (which is ONLY provided at the time an invite to intake is extended) covers the line/crossing jacket, two shirts, certificate, lapel pin, and potential new member fee. All payment options, fees, and how we spend the initial fee are provided at the time an invite to intake is offered. We no longer offer the covid reduced initial fee. An invite to intake does not guarantee membership. Ultimately, our goal is to only have the initial fee for SCP items and to eliminate annual dues once we obtain consistent third-party funding. The founders are believers in not having to pay annually to remain an active member of a sorority.
When is SCP's intake?
Receiving an invite to intake does not guarantee membership. Participation in intake is required. It is typically for two weeks. Sigma Chi Psi Sorority has an informal application process (meaning they accept applications year-round). However, intake is held seven times a year (subject to change). SCP has created an amazing virtual intake program that builds character and values while learning about traditional established sororites, sisterhood, our organization, and genuinely bonding with the members who join the organization at the same time. We generally do not share dates of intake. The best way to know of the next intake is to attend an interest zoom, call 443-331-9122, or complete the application (communication is provided after submitting part two). Intrest zooms are not announced, but you can monitor https://linktr.ee/Sigmachipsi for the date and time. Interest zooms are for anyone interested in joining the beautiful jades of Sigma Chi Psi.
What do Sigma Chi Psi's motto and crest symbols mean and why Greek letters?
Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. provides this information to members only as well as other sorority secrets. Because our membership organization is a "sorority", we wanted to keep the tradition of sororities and use greek letters. However, we are the Jades. This is why some refer to us as the beautiful Jades of Sigma Chi Psi.
Does Sigma Chi Psi pay fees for members that become part of the divine nine?
We understand we can not compete with the longevity of Greek organizations. We want to provide an option and/or opportunities to current students and alumni. We also aim to be transparent in providing information on their options and opportunities. Therefore, as an added membership benefit, once our members graduate from their online university/college, if eligible to apply for a divine nine sorority, Sigma Chi Psi will reimburse 30 to 70 percent of their initial fee only. (The percentage is based on available funds) Becoming a member with us does not guarantee membership with them. As long as our organization remains independent, you should have no issue applying for any sorority held under any of the Greek councils. We can also be a great resource in providing credible community service hours which is required for some organizations.
Are members required to complete a certain number of community service hours a year?
Yes. However, due to covid a minimum of 30 hours of community service annually is recommended but not required. Most of our members complete well over 30 hours of community service as it is in their nature to genuinely do for their community. You will receive detailed information concerning requirements for community service/good deeds once you become a member.
How can I request documentation of disaffiliation?
Disaffiliation is completed through a self-service option when you log in through the member's area. Sigma Chi Psi automatically sends email notifications to members who willingly disaffiliate themselves from the organization. If your membership is terminated, you may or may not receive a notification. If you realize that you no longer have access to the members' area only or any private social member platforms, you have been terminated. You can request the reason and document of disaffiliation by sending your name and address to email@example.com. Attn: HR. HR will mail or email you the termination letter. We only terminate membership to those that violate our organization bylaws.
General questions for women unfamiliar with sororities.
Why do members pay per semester, quarterly, chapter, or annual dues in a sorority?
When you join a sorority, there is a financial obligation that comes along with membership. This financial commitment is often referred to as "dues."The cost of dues will look different for each campus and varies.
The women of the sorority chapter vote to approve the budget for the next semester. This vote determines how much each member will pay in dues. These dues go toward expenses and activities such as socials, fundraising events, sisterhood activities, operations, events, programming, and T-shirts in additional sisterhood or social events. Click here to read more .......
Why do women join a sorority?
Why do sororities and fraternities use greek letters?
Fraternities and sororities were established to further the social, scholastic, and professional interests of its members. ... Most fraternities and sororities adopt Greek letters to represent their organization, and as a result, they are often referred to as Greek letter societies or simply Greek organizations.
The main thought behind Greek letters' use is that fraternities and sororities have a Hellenic way of thinking. ... Click here to learn more...
Sororities and fraternities have chapters within their organization. For the most part, chapter organizations are established under the umbrella of the parent organization. The chapters share the same purpose and values, yet they operate independently. Members can only join one chapter. However, there are instances of member transfers; however, this usually occurs going from an undergrad chapter to a grad chapter. A major goal of sororities is to create strong friendships between members. Hosting sisterhood activities is just one way those relationships are fostered and strengthened. That is why we refer to these chapter meetings as a sisterhood meeting, though not all organizations will call them that. Activities at these meetings can be virtually anything that allows members to have a shared experience and bond with one another. You might see events like yoga, crafting nights, cookie decorating, or specific relationship-building activities. This is a great time to learn more about your chapter members and connect with more women. Click here to read more.....
Why do sororities have symbols and mottos?
Every sorority organization has its own set of beliefs, values, mottos, and symbols. A sorority's heritage says a lot about who they are today, and every symbol is chosen carefully to reflect that.
What and who are the four councils?
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the local governing body for National Interfraternity Conference fraternity chapters. IFC works to promote the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, and fraternalism among its member organizations. IFC provides educational programming on various topics to fraternity chapters and their members, including leadership, risk management, alcohol awareness, and scholarship.
The Multicultural Greek Council consists of both fraternities and sororities. With a focus on specific ethnicities and/or cultures or multiculturalism in general, these organizations are united to serve as a unique voice and advocate for their respective communities.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the umbrella organization for the historically African-American fraternities and sororities on campuses. The council's purpose is to promote unity and expose members to the "service for life" philosophy, and foster leadership development and scholarship. There are nine historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Collectively, these organizations are referred to as "The Divine Nine." Each of these fraternities and sororities is rich in history - ties to one or more of these organizations may be found in many college-educated Black families in the United States.
The Panhellenic Association is the organization that strives to unite National Panhellenic Conference sororities and work for their common goals. Representatives from each chapter meet regularly, share information, discuss issues of concern and interest, and vote on policies and procedures.