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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 do not deserve to have 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. We bridge the social gap through events and philanthropy. 

Are we an online sorority?

Though we operate virtually, we are NOT an ONLINE sorority. We are a sorority for those pursuing a degree online. We aim to connect in person locally and nationally. 

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. Students who are pursuing an associate degree, bachelor's, master's, or doctorate. We also extend membership to students at community and technical colleges. There are thousands of collegiate sororities and fraternities, however, there are significant gaps that leave out the MAJORITY of students pursuing or who have pursued higher education in a non-traditional manner. 

Are we part of the divine nine?

No, Sigma Chi Psi sorority is not affiliated with the divine nine. We are an independent multicultural organization. 

What type of nonprofit organization is Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc.?

Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. is a real national sorority and a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization in Maryland as of 11/05/2020. An organization in support of those who pursue or pursued higher education in a non-traditional manner.  

When was Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. established?

Sigma Chi Psi Sorority, Inc. was formed in November of 2019, established federally on October 14, 2020, chapter charter day October 28th for their founding student-approved chapters, and an approved 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization on November 5, 2020. Sigma Chi Psi sorority considers October 14th to be org day which the founding of the organization is celebrated. However, November 19th, 2019 is the official founding date. 

 

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 is a collegiate sorority that offers membership ONLY to non-traditional college students. You must terminate your membership with them before applying to our organization and will need to submit documentation to support@sigmachipsi.org. If you are part of a D9 sorority or any collegiate sorority you may still apply if you are pursuing or pursued a post-graduate degree online. 

 

How much is membership?

Sigma Chi Psi has affordable fees compared to other sororities and fraternities and several options to pay.  Their initial fees are not disclosed publicly. The fee is provided only to those who receive an invitation to complete intake. Annual dues are due the second year and are $150 (subject to change/until further notice). The initial fee is ONLY provided at the time of an invite to intake. All payment options, fees, and how we spend the initial fee are provided at that time. We no longer offer the covid reduced initial fee. Paying your fee does not guarantee membership. 

 

What is SCP's application process?

The application process can be found after selecting the application request button on the apply tab of this website. There is a fee to apply and a transcript sent to us directly from your school or a third-party transcript processing company is required. This means we do not accept transcripts sent to us directly from you. Information on where to send the transcript is provided on the application. Transcripts must be received within 30 days of submitting your application (unless we state otherwise). If you do not receive the application after paying the required fee, please email support@sigmachipsi.org for assistance. Applications are good for 30 days. After 30 days you will no longer be able to access your application. You must pay the application fee again to receive a new application. After submitting your application, if all requirements have been satisfied, you will receive an invitation to intake. If denied, we will inform you and the reason.

When is SCP's intake and what is intake?

Intake is a process that each one must go through to determine if you are a good fit for membership. It is similar to pledging for a Greek letter organization. However, we do not condone hazing, bullying, or any form of intimidation tactics that jeopardize your values and beliefs. Dates of intake are not shared with the public. We provide this information at the time you receive an invitation to complete intake. Receiving an invite to intake does not guarantee membership. Participation in intake is required. It is typically for five to eight weeks. Sigma Chi Psi Sorority has an informal application process (meaning they accept applications year-round). However, intake is held three times a year (summer, spring, and fall). Intake is set up to build character and values while learning about traditional greek letter organizations, sisterhood, our organization, and genuinely bonding with the members who join the organization at the same time. 

Does Sigma Chi Psi pay fees for their 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 others that aren't privileged to have opportunities to join a sorority due to the path taken to pursue their higher education. However, there are options to join some D9 organizations as an online graduate student or affiliate. As a member of sigma chi psi, if eligible to apply for a divine nine sorority, In the past Sigma Chi Psi reimbursed their members 30 to 70 percent of the initial fee they paid. This service to members was discontinued on August 1st, 2022. In the future, the organization hopes to create a new funding program to reinstate this service.

Are members required to complete a certain number of community service hours a year?

Yes, to remain an active member, community service hours must be met on a quarterly and or annual basis. There is a lot of time commitment that comes with joining a sorority. Considering that factor and other reasons one chooses to pursue a degree online. Sigma Chi Psi offers those that don't have a lot of time to dedicate the opportunity to become an affiliate instead of a member.  

Disaffiliation / Inactive Status

Disaffiliation is completed through the menu option on our website. 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 or any private social member platforms, you are no longer a member, or your membership is inactive. We only terminate membership to those that violate our organization's policies, procedures, or bylaws. Inactive status can be due to not paying financial annual dues, non-participation in your chapter, or not meeting community service requirements for our organization and or your chapter. You may email support@sigmachipsi.org if you did not receive an email notification.

 

Who are the founders of Sigma Chi Psi Sorority?

The founders are Hildra AnnaJean and Stephanie Robinson. Hildra AnnaJean and Stephanie Robinson graduated undergrad from traditional universities. Hildra AnnaJean worked in many departments at the University of Memphis as an undergrad student and began working with college students again in 2018 via a company called Credentials Solutions which is now part of a company called Parchment. That same year, she also began her career as an independent private contractor for educational slogans and research. Sigma Chi Psi Sorority was formed in November 2019. However, while pursuing her second Masters's degree, Hildra AnnaJean first mentioned Sigma Chi Psi Sorority during her last semester at Strayer University in October 2020 via the school's community forum. According to Wikipedia, Strayer University is a private for-profit university with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Strayer University operates under the holding company Strategic Education, Inc., which was established in 1996 and rebranded after the merger with Capella University. The university enrolls more than 50,000 students through both its online learning programs and 64 campuses located throughout 15 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. The university specializes in degree programs for working adults and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, education, health services administration, information technology, and public administration. 

Does Sigma Chi Psi Sorority have chapters?

Sigma Chi Psi sorority has members located throughout the US and abroad. Our chapters are not based on location, they are based on the school one attends. Sigma Chi Psi currently has student-approved chapters. Though most online universities and community colleges are not structured to have sororities and fraternities as part of student life, Sigma Chi Psi is actively working to change the game and convert their chapters to school-approved chapters.  

General questions for those unfamiliar with sororities and fraternities.

Click here for commonly used sorority and fraternity terminology.

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?

Click Here To View Sofia Solis- 5 Reasons Why I Decided to 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...

Click Here Learn about Greek Pronunciations 

What is a chapter in a sorority?

Sigma Chi Psi's chapters are based on the school one attends. 

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.

 

Click Here: Symbols and colors of other sororities and fraternities.

 

Click Here: Mottos of other sororities and fraternities.

Most sororities and fraternities are held under councils or association. Sigma Chi Psi is an independent multicultural sorority not held under any councils or associations. 

Interfraternity Council

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.

Multicultural Greek Council

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 Divine Nine - National Pan-Hellenic Council

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.

 

Panhellenic Association

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. 

 

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