Kappa Sigma Lethbridge
Kappa Sigma Lethbridge
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F.A.Q.

What is a Fraternity Anyways? 
Simply put, a fraternity is an organization of women or men bound together by friendship, aspirations, and common goals. On a university campus a student will find many opportunities to get involved in an array of different fraternities, whether they are solely based on academic honorary, academic major, community service, religion, ethnicity; or whether they are social fraternities such as Kappa Sigma. However, Kappa Sigma is the first men's fraternity at the University of Lethbridge. 

Kappa Sigma's main objective is based on building a better man, while encouraging him to participate in as many other campus organizations that he may choose. More specifically, Kappa Sigma looks to provide the opportunity for the male student to enhance his fellowship circle, leadership skills, scholastic involvement, and service contribution to the local community.


When Was Kappa Sigma Founded?
Kappa Sigma traces its origins to the writer and teacher Manuel Chrysoloras, who taught at the University of Bologna in the very late 14th century. In 1869, the traditions of Kappa Sigma were brought to the University of Virginia, from where the fraternity spread across the United States and into Canada.


When Did Kappa Sigma Come to The University of Lethbridge?   
A group of interested students began functioning as an unofficial colony in the spring of 2005. That fall, the University of Lethbridge colony was made official. The colony was chartered as the Omicron-Xi chapter of Kappa Sigma on December 2, 2006, with 44 members.


What is Your Stance On Hazing?
Hazing doesn't create brotherhood, it creates distrust, anger and confusion. Like almost every other fraternity today, Kappa Sigma has a very strict anti-hazing policy that is enforced by the chapter executive, as well as Kappa Sigma headquarters.


How Do Kappa Sigma Chapters Benefit Their Host Institutions?
The benefits fraternities like Kappa Sigma provide to the university they are associated with are multiple. Despite being a "social" fraternity, Kappa Sigma requires community service/volunteer hours from its members. These activities may directly serve the university, or may simply spread the good name of the university outside in the community. Kappa Sigma places a great emphasis on scholarship - we have regular, required study hours, and we enforce minimum academic standards. At the same time, we help members become more actively involved in campus life. Fraternity members are able to look back on their university days with pride, having done so much more than just get a degree. As students become more involved in campus life, the likelihood of dropping out decreases. As a major student group on campus, Kappa Sigma creates school spirit. Finally, Kappa Sigma helps students pay for their education – more on this below.


I Heard I Can Get A Scholarship From Kappa Sigma?
The Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund provides over $300,000 in scholarships to members every year. To get one takes a combination of academic achievement, and involvement in the fraternity and other extracurricular activities.provides over $300,000 in scholarships to members every year. To get one takes a combination of academic achievement, and involvement in the fraternity and other extracurricular activities.


What's Kappa Sigma's Situation in Canada?   
In Canada, Kappa Sigma chapters exist at the University of British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, Carleton University and the University of Lethbridge. A colony has been formed at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. This makes Kappa Sigma the fastest growing fraternity in Canada and among the top three in size, and the largest in the western provinces.


What is Kappa Sigma Looking For?
We are devoted to finding men who will enhance and improve our brotherhood. If you are committed to participating in our fraternal activities, chapter meetings, community service projects, and leadership programs, we are looking for you.


What is Rush?   
The term "rush" is another term for new membership recruitment. It is a great way to learn more about Kappa Sigma and the Greek Community that exists throughout North America. During rush, you will have the opportunity to meet the Kappa Sigma members and ask any questions to determine if Kappa Sigma is right for you.


Through recruitment events, information sessions, and spending time with the members, you can become acquainted with the fraternity and see what it has to offer. After a period of time, if friendship exists, and the fraternity believes that there would be mutual benefit from your association, you would receive a "bid," which is a formal invitation to pledge as a Kappa Sigma. After accepting the bid, you would then become a pledge of the organization and spend a pledge period learning the history of the organization and getting to know its members.


What is a Pledge?
A pledge is an associate member of the fraternity. Pledges go through the pledge process (probation) to fulfill their requirements of becoming a brother. It is a term used to differentiate between someone who has attained full membership in the fraternity. It is by no means demeaning. All members, regardless of membership status, work hard to promote the values of fraternity and live up to its standards.


What Happens During The Pledge Period?   
You will learn Kappa Sigma's history, traditions, and values. Pledges will have the opportunity to attend our meetings so you can get familiar with all of the brothers and how our fraternity works. Pledges are encouraged to come out to all our events and participate with us as much as possible. At the end of the pledge period, you are then initiated and become a full member of the fraternity.


How Long is Kappa Sigma's Pledge Period?
Kappa Sigma has a 60 day pledge period. You may pledge in the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters.


What is a Fraternity? What does it do to further the goals of today's undergraduate men? 
Simply put, a fraternity is an organization of women or men bound together by friendship, aspirations, and common goals. On a university campus a student will find many opportunities to get involved in an array of different fraternities, whether they are solely based on academic honorary, academic major, community service, religion, ethnicity; or whether they are social fraternities such as Kappa Sigma. However, Kappa Sigma is the first men's fraternity at the University of Lethbridge. 


Kappa Sigma's main objective is based on building a better man, while encouraging him to participate in as many other campus organizations that he may choose. More specifically, Kappa Sigma looks to provide the opportunity for the male student to enhance his fellowship circle, leadership skills, scholastic involvement, and service contribution to the local community. 

Why does Kappa Sigma call itself a "values-based" fraternity?

Far too often a parent may have a preconceived notion that a fraternity is based purely on an "animal house" party atmosphere. It is not within Kappa Sigma's ideals to promote the party, but instead our four cornerstones of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. Through these principles a male student will enhance his university career and become a better man for joining the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

My son is considering joining the University of Lethbridge chapter of Kappa Sigma, what can I expect him to be involved in?
Instantly, a parent will find his son meeting a whole new social circle which will put him in contact with various student leaders, teachers, and alumni in the community.

As your son begins his membership in Kappa Sigma, he will initially begin as a pledge. The term pledge is in no way meant as a degrading term, but as a term to describe his period of membership in which he evaluates Kappa Sigma. During the pledging process, your son will be considered a prospective member and will undergo a pledging period. 

At the end of the pledging process, your son will be asked by the chapter if he would like to join the members and undergo initiation. In no way is the initiation to be construed as hazing or degrading, but rather the opportunity for the pledge to learn the founding and history of Kappa Sigma. Again, your son will be given a choice of which he is free to choose from; and his answer will be respected. 





What is Kappa Sigma's anti-hazing stance?
Membership in Kappa Sigma is a privilege. Each member, pledge or initiate, undergraduate and alumnus, is bound by this Code of Conduct.

Each member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity is responsible for seeing that he:
• Acts as a gentleman, setting an example of moral behavior;
• Conducts himself as a good student, good neighbor, and good citizen;
• Obeys the laws, rules and regulations of his country, state or province, city and county, and college or university;
• Understands and abides by the Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, including the Standards of Conduct, the acts and resolutions of Grand Conclaves, and his chapter’s by-laws; and
• Does not engage in, permit or tolerate hazing , or the unlawful use of alcohol or possession of controlled substances;

When the Fraternity finds that any member fails or refuses to abide by this Code of Conduct, the Fraternity may take such actions as permitted in the Constitution, By-Laws and Rules up to and including removing the individual from membership in Kappa Sigma Fraternity.


What is Kappa Sigma's perspective on alcohol?
Kappa Sigma promotes only responsible drinking to students of legal drinking age. Kappa Sigma goes even further to promote responsible drinking by use of Kappa Sigma's "My Brother's Keeper" program. Leadership among Kappa Sigma members is also fostered and encouraged through Kappa Sigma's new value and character-based training called the "Kappa Sigma University." Kappa Sigma members is also fostered and encouraged through Kappa Sigma's new value and character-based training called the "Kappa Sigma University."


I'm Sold, How Do I Sign Up? 
If you have shown interest in us and we are interested in you, you will be offered a bid. You can decline if you are not interested in joining, but accepting makes you a pledge.


What is a Pledge?
A pledge is an associate member of the fraternity. Pledges go through the pledge process to fulfill their requirements of becoming a brother.


What Happens During The Pledge Period?   

You will learn Kappa Sigma's history, traditions, and values. Pledges will have the opportunity to attend our meetings so you can get familiar with all of the brothers and how our fraternity works. Pledges are encouraged to come out to all our events and participate with us as much as possible. At the end of the pledge period, you are then initiated and become a full member of the fraternity.


How Long is Kappa Sigma's Pledge Period?
Kappa Sigma has a 60 day pledge period. You may pledge in the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters.


Will I Be Hazed?
Kappa Sigma has a national anti-hazing policy. Our pledge program is free of hazing of any sort and we discourage any type of behavior.

What Is Kappa Sigma Looking For?
We are devoted to finding men who will enhance and improve our brotherhood. If you are committed to participating in our fraternal activities, chapter meetings, community service projects, and leadership programs, we are looking for you.


What is the Initiation?
The initiatory process happens after you have successfully concluded your 60 day pledge program. At this point, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your experience meeting the members of the fraternity, and will have a much deeper sense of what we're all about and who we are. If you feel that the organization is something you would like to commit to and become a member of, and the brothers select you as a worthy candidate you will be initiated at this period. The process involves a time honored formal ceremony of which all true and lawful Kappa Sigmas have submitted themselves to before you. Following which, there will be a formal banquet and after party to welcome you into the brotherhood of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.


What Happens Next?
Upon successfully initiating as a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, you will have an endless amount of opportunity to increase your involvement within the chapter. You will have the opportunity to run for a large variety of positions within the chapter, and get involved in committees to improve both our presence on campus, as well as fellowship within the chapter. You will have the opportunity to travel to leadership conferences, as well as attend our national convention of all Kappa Sigmas known as the biennial Grand Conclave, an event characterized as the "the finest hour" of Kappa Sigma. 

One of the greatest rewards you will experience as a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity is being enabled to travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada and meet members of other chapters, who welcome you into their homes and social circles not simply as a friend - but as a brother of an order whose existence is nearly a century and a half old, and whose roots are over six centuries deep. Not to mention all of the workshops, and leadership experience opportunities you'll encounter as a member.