Start or Reactivate a Collegiate Chapter

Start a Chapter

If there isn't a Delta Sigma Pi chapter on your campus, you can help to start one. New groups are forming all the time. First, check the list of current colonies  and expansion effort. Can’t find your school? Review the list of requirements for new chapters. If your school meets the requirements, students and/or faculty may call a meeting of interested students to discuss the possibilities of starting a chapter.

The Delta Sigma Pi Central Office helps guide start-ups through the process—offering assistance and materials to help make starting a new chapter simple. Before you hold your interest meeting, ask the Central Office for informational packets to share with faculty and interested students. You may also want to get in touch with area alumni for help with informational and organization meetings. The Central Office can also coordinate staff or volunteers to help locally or over the phone, in addition to other resources. Once enough students are interested, your group can officially become a Delta Sigma Pi colony.

Forming a Colony

To form a colony, students must send a formal letter of intent with the signatures of two or more interested students to the Central Office. Once the request is reviewed and approved, the colony is established. The new colony must plan and implement a variety of activities that demonstrate they are functioning like a Delta Sigma Pi chapter by doing the following:
  • Hold weekly meetings and report monthly to the Central Office.
  • Continuously recruit new members. In order to become a chapter, the colony must have 25 or more student members, with a minimum of 20 members returning to campus the two semesters or quarters following the installation. Ideally, the group should have 40 or more students and several faculty members.
  • Maintain an updated roster of colony membership and provide this roster to the Central Office.

  • Elect colony officers, including a colony advisor, and submit their names online to the Central Office at the beginning of each school term and summer. Officers should meet weekly to plan for the colony meeting and to review the status of all objectives.

  • Appoint necessary committees, such as fundraising, social, and faculty relations.
  • Each student member must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Prepare local bylaws and submit them to the Central Office using a template provided. Copies should be made available to each colony member.
  • Prepare a calendar of activities and conduct programs including professional, service, fundraising, and social events similar to those of an active chapter.

  • Complete eight professional activities per academic year.

  • Complete six service activities per academic year.

  • Report all activities to Central Office online.
  • Attend LEAD events.  Encourage members to take advantage of Delta Sigma Pi events and conferences.

  • Communicate with the Central Office and any local volunteers, such as your District Director and Regional Vice President, on a regular basis.

Once the colony has met all of the requirements and has been in operation for at least one academic year, the colony may apply for a chapter charter. The official application and request for a charter includes:

  • A petition and cover letter to the National Fraternity.
  • Payment of the charter fee, initiation fee for each member, and badge lease fee for each member.
  • A complete and accurate historical reference for all activities of the colony since its founding, as well as other supporting materials.
Once the petition is received, the Board of Directors votes whether to approve the charter. If approved, the colony determines an installation date, conducts a Pledging Ceremony at least 30 days prior to the installation date, initiates all of the colony members, and completes the chapter installation.

For more information on starting a new chapter, contact the Central Office or call 513-523-1907.