There are four classes of membership in the Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity: undergraduate, alumni, faculty and
honorary. An Undergraduate Member is one who is an undergraduate student at the college or university at which
the Chapter is located. An Alumnus Member is one who had been an undergraduate at the time of graduation or
withdrawal from school or who is a regularly enrolled graduate student at a college or university at which an active
chapter is located. Faculty Membership is conferred upon members of the Engineering and allied faculties of the
university or college where the active chapter is located. Honorary Members are outstanding engineers elected to
the Fraternity-at-large by the General Convention.
Active and Alumni members may not hold dual membership in any other general or professional fraternity.
Faculty and Honorary Members may be members of other fraternities, either general or professional.
REFERENCE: Constitution, Article VI; Statutory Code, Title IX.
To be eligible for pledgeship, a man must be a regularly enrolled student working toward a degree in
Engineering at the school where the Chapter is located, or, with special permission from the General Convention,
working toward a degree in a four-year ABET accredited engineering technology curriculum at the School where
the chapter is located. Before a man may be initiated, he must have been enrolled at the School for at least one term,
he cannot be on probation, his grades must be equal to those required for graduation, he must be in good standing in
the school, and must have been a pledge for a prescribed minimum period of time. No person may remain
continuously a pledge for more than two semesters or three-quarters. At the end of such time, a pledge is
automatically rescinded. A man must be a Pledge for at least three-fourths of a semester or one full quarter prior to
initiation, except that the Supreme Council may approve a shortened pledge period for cause. Time of pledging is
from the time of formal pledging at the time of initiation, provided an established pledge training program is in
effect during that time.
Each undergraduate chapter is required to maintain a pledge training school, for which this Manual is
prepared. Prior to initiation, the pledge must be examined on his knowledge of the Fraternity and must pass an
examination by a grade of at least 70%. No pledge may be subjected to any indecent or dangerous ordeal during his
pledgeship. Pledges will not be hazed, as defined in an earlier section of this Manual. At the same time, the pledge
is prohibited from destroying or appropriating property belonging to others, to other chapters or to the National
Fraternity. The single exception to this is the Rip-Off Trophy which each Chapter is expected to maintain for this