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 fraternity?
No, we operate virtually and aspire to connect locally as a way of bridging the social gap. Due to covid most in-person events and activities have been virtual. After covid, we will continue to have virtual and in-person activities and events.
Are we the first fraternity to provide a brotherhood for men taking online classes or attending non-traditional colleges and universities?
Yes, based on research and fact-finding, Gamma Sigma Gamma Fraternity is the first organization open to men attending ALL accredited online colleges and universities. We also extend membership to students at community and technical colleges.
What type of nonprofit organization is Gamma Sigma Gamma Fraternity?
Gamma Sigma Gamma, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.
When was Gamma Sigma Gamma Fraternity, Inc. established?
Gamma Sigma Gamma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on October 14, 2020.
How much is membership?
We provide 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 is ONLY provided at the time an invite to intake is extended. 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.
What is the application process?
Applications are currently being accepted by email request. Beginning January 2022 a fee will be required to receive an application. A transcript sent to us directly from your school or a third-party transcript processing company is required. This means we do not accept applications 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. Applications are good for 30 days. After 30 days you will no longer be able to access your application. After submitting your application you will be notified by a board member if your application is approved. If approved, you will receive an invite for the next upcoming intake.
What and when is intake?
Receiving an invite to intake does not guarantee membership. Participation in intake is required. It is typically five to eight weeks. Gamma Sigma Gamma has an informal application process (meaning we accept applications year-round). However, intake is held three times a year (subject to change). The intake program builds character and values while learning about traditional fraternities vs our organization, and genuinely bonding with the members who join the organization at the same time. We generally do not share dates of intake with the public.
What do Gamma Sigma Gamma's motto and crest symbols mean and why Greek letters?
Gamma Sigma Gamma Fraternity, Inc. provides this information to members only as well as other fraternity secrets. Because our membership organization is considered a"fraternity", we wanted to keep the tradition of fraternities and use greek letters. However, we are the "Stones". This is why some refer to us as the Handsome Stones of Gamma Sigma Gamma.
Are members required to complete a certain number of community service hours a year?
Yes. A minimum of 30 hours of community service annually is 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. Gamma Sigma Gamma 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, email, or letter in the mail. If you realize that you no longer have access to the members' area only or any private social member platforms, you have been terminated or are in the process of being 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 if you violate our organization's bylaws.
Why do members pay per semester, quarterly, chapter, or annual dues in a sorority?
When you join a Greek organization, 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.
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 and fraternities is to create strong friendships between members. Hosting activities is just one way those relationships are fostered and strengthened. That is why we refer to these chapter meetings as a sisterhood or brotherhood 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. Click here to read more.....
Why do fraternities have symbols and mottos?
Fraternity organizations have their own set of beliefs, values, mottos, and symbols. Their heritage says a lot about who they are today, and every symbol is chosen carefully to reflect that.
Gamma Sigma Gamma is an independent multicultural organization, therefore, we are not part of the following 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.