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JOIN SIGMA LAMBDA BETA

We are so excited that you are interested in joining that special and distinctive community of Sigma Lambda Beta men.  We also want to acknowledge that joining a fraternal organization such as Sigma Lambda Beta is a significant decision in one’s life.   Because of this, it is important that you have as much information as possible so that you can make the best decision for yourself.  It is imperative that you do your due diligence and learn about those fraternities that you believe are of interest to you.  For example, it is important to know the organization's history, mission, and values so that they align with your own.  There is no one formulaic equation that anyone can provide you.  It simply has to be “right” for you.  What we have learned as this process will require that you be candid and honest with yourself!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Be passionate about Sigma Lambda Beta’s history, mission, and values

  • Membership is available for collegiate men who are enrolled full-time at a college or university where there is an active collegiate entity of Sigma Lambda Beta

    • If your college/university does not have a chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta, check out our Expansion information to see if starting a new chapter is the right thing for you

  • Interested men must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application

    • If this is your first semester in college, you must show that you graduated high school with an unweighted G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • While not required, you are encouraged to attend informational meetings hosted by the entity where you wish to join

  • Contact the brothers at your school to learn about specific requirements upheld by our local entity (e.g. application packet requirements, interview, etc.)

  • Membership is only available to collegiate men who have received an official bid by a collegiate entity of Sigma Lambda Beta

 

MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION

  • Sigma Lambda Beta conducts membership intake via our membership education program.  The length of the membership education process will vary from campus to campus based on individual schedules, your school’s Fraternity and Student Life requirements, academic calendars, holiday calendars, etc., but will typically last an average of eight (8) weeks and will not exceed ten (10) weeks. We encourage you to reach out to the officers at our collegiate entity on your campus to get specific information.

  • We take great pride in our membership education program. Through our membership education program, you will be taught the history, mission, and values of Sigma Lambda Beta as well as the local entity.  Through the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to meet brothers from the local entity as well as from nearby entities to start building the bonds of brotherhood that holds our nation together.  Additionally, you will receive leadership training and development to ensure that you will be successful not only on your collegiate campus, but in your professional endeavors later in life.

  • As you go through the membership education process, you will be required to pay new member fees.  Please contact the treasurer of our local entity for current fees.

 

REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Once you have become a brother of Sigma Lambda Beta, you will be expected to maintain the following standards:

  • Maintaining a term GPA of at least a 2.50

  • Abide by the rules set forth by the Fraternity

  • Follow the rules and bylaws set by the local entity

  • Follow the rules and guidelines set by your college/university

  • Fulfill your membership dues obligations per semester (Please contact the treasurer of our local entity for current fees)

  • Attend National and Regional conferences (this requirement is per entity)

 

ANTI-HAZING POLICY

To be on point any behaviors related to “hazing” as defined by State and Federal authorities in concert with college and university policies which are clearly stated in student handbooks have no place at Sigma Lambda Beta.

 

The purpose of fraternity education is just that – education about the Fraternity, about the chapter, it’s history, ethos, reason for being, campus history and the Fraternity synergy with institutional history.  It is an education about what makes a good member, or better put, “a Brother.”  The senseless act of hazing not only creates liability risks for individuals, the entity or chapter, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity and the University itself but also hinders the development of those relationships and friendships that define the Brotherhood.

 

It should come as no surprise that most States consider hazing to be a felony.  What this means is that lawsuits resulting from a hazing activity may often exclude insurance coverage for members who were aware of and/or condoned a hazing activity and/or behavior.

 

Hazing carries many risks including but not limited to:

  • A civil lawsuit.

  • Criminal prosecution for an illegal act.

  • Discipline by the Fraternity.

  • Discipline by the College/University.

  • Possible loss of insurance coverage.
     

Put another way, hazing has no place at Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Sigma Lambda Beta stand for?


Sigma Lambda Beta is a social fraternity that promotes the awareness of the Latino culture as well all other cultures that make up the rich diversity found within society. Additionally, Sigma Lambda Beta believes in advancing young, collegiate men to become better men. This organization prides itself in upholding Brotherhood, Scholarship, Community Service, and Cultural Awareness as its principles. Every member of the organization lives out these beliefs in their school work, job, and community.




What are the requirements for membership eligibility?


In order to be eligible for membership, a collegiate student must be a full-time student at the institution of the chapter where he is pursuing membership.

Membership shall be granted regardless of ability, age, citizenship, color, creed, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation, social-economic status, or political party affiliation.

Additionally, the interested gentleman must have at least a 2.50 cumulative Grade Point Average (3.0 graduating high school GPA for first semester students).




Will I have to live in a fraternity house?


No, Sigma Lambda Beta does not have any traditional fraternity houses. While it is not uncommon for Brothers to become roommates during their collegiate experience, there are no mandates that members must live together.




What would be my financial obligation?


Sigma Lambda Beta is one of the most affordable fraternities you can join. We are keenly aware that our membership is price-point sensitive. Our fraternity, unlike other organizations, does not have campus living arrangements or large overhead to support. In addition, local chapters typically provide opportunities for you to fundraise for a portion if not all of their financial obligation.

As of Spring 2021, the new member fee is $350 and is a one-time non-refundable payment that will be broken into an induction fee ($200) at the beginning of the new member’s education process and an initiation fee ($150) collected about half-way through the educational process. This fee covers materials each member receives as well as the general liability insurance the fraternity is required to maintain per member and the overall general operating costs of the fraternity.
As a fully initiated Brother, the membership fee is $135 per semester which helps fund the fraternity’s general operating costs, resources available to our members, our full-time staff, as well as the liability insurance the fraternity is required to maintain per member.
In addition, the local chapter you will be joining may also have fees that would be required of you.




How long will it take before I am an official member?


The membership education process can last between 7 and 10 weeks which is dependent on a number of variables such as your local college or university requirements and academic workload.




Who can I speak with if I have more questions?


Please reach out to our Executive Director Xavier Romano. If you feel more comfortable communicating in Spanish, please reach out to Erik Ortega-Marquez.




What type of time committment will the fraternity require of me?


A typical entity will have a weekly chapter meeting. Throughout the semester a chapter hosts a number of cultural, educational, and community service programs.

Additionally, we encourage our members to take active roles within their campus community by involving themselves in student government, collegiate sports, and other student organizations.





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