FAQ

What distinguishes Sigma Phi Epsilon from other fraternities?

The Balanced Man Program

SigEp revolutionized the fraternity movement in 1991 by unveiling the Balanced Man Program (BMP), a concept of single-tiered membership and continuous development that begins the day a brother joins.  SigEp believes the stereotypical fraternity experience does not fulfill the needs of today’s college male.  The BMP offers an experience focused on scholarship, leadership, professional development and life skills. Members learn to live their best lives through unique, rewarding programming tailored to fit their needs and prepare them for the journey of life ahead.

Residential Learning Communities

As many fraternities draw the glare of the media spotlight for unacceptable behavior, educators have begun to question the role of Greek life on their campus.  SigEp has continued to stand out within the Greek world by working to partner with higher education institutions, a partnership that is more vital now than ever.  Colleges and universities are facing enormous cost pressure from federal and state cuts that can affect course offerings and out-of-classroom programming. At the same time, we see a growing disparity between men and women in key measures of academic success: grades, graduations rates and campus leadership. 

More than 45 chapters are designated as Residential Learning Communities for their efforts to work with faculty members to create unique academic programming for their brothers. And each year, more SigEp chapters meet the requirements for this profound living learning experience.


My son has been asked to become a brother. What can I expect?

When a young man joins Sigma Phi Epsilon, he discovers something unique. In joining a Balanced Man Program (BMP) chapter, he immediately becomes a brother. The BMP eliminates pledging from the chapter experience, and puts an emphasis on continued development throughout college and beyond. Your son would be surrounded by peers who are also role models and mentors, and are committed to his success.

What is the cost of membership in SigEp?

Each brother pays a $275 registration fee. 
This fee covers:
•   
 Lifetime Responsibility of Brotherhood, the manual of SigEp.
•    Fraternity pin.
•    Membership card.
•    Membership certificate.
•    Subscription to the 
Journal, SigEp’s alumni magazine.

Additionally, each chapter has its own local dues that cover costs required by the national organization and support the chapter's operating budget. The SigEp MT Beta RLC chapter dues are $390/semester for both new and returning brothers. For new brothers, this includes the $275 registration fee.

What is Sigma Phi Epsilon’s stance on hazing?

SigEp does not tolerate hazing in any form.

What is Sigma Phi Epsilon's perspective on alcohol and substance abuse?

Sigma Phi Epsilon does not promote the use of alcohol in any manner whatsoever. 
Through national programming and widely available resources, Sigma Phi Epsilon helps its members understand the consequences of one’s choices when alcohol is involved. SigEp also promotes risk management guidelines to help chapters and members make smart decisions about alcohol, and it even provides financial incentives to complete alcohol education programs.

SigEp MT Beta RLC is unique in that our chapter house and all fraternity events are alcohol and substance free by choice. The brothers feel that the use of alcohol and/or drugs has a negative effect on the brotherhood that we are constantly striving to build. The chapter also works to encourage responsible decision-making and healthy behavior in regard to alcohol consumption outside of fraternity events.

Do the brothers live in the house?

Our Lodge is not a live-in fraternity house. Instead, it is a community Lodge that our brothers can access at any time and is equipped with all the commodities of a live-in including: kitchen, weight-room, wi-fi, laundry appliances and even a 52-in HD TV. Our Lodge has also been recognized nationally by SigEp and has won Chapter Home of the Year in 2010 and 2011.


What kinds of leadership opportunities are available?

Sigma Phi Epsilon offers local, regional and national leadership events, which include a balance of self-development and team leadership skills training.  Through self-discovery, analysis and interaction, brothers develop skills necessary to lead balanced lives and to continue leading the fraternity world.  

Who are some of SigEp’s alumni, and what do they say about the SigEp experience?

Sigma Phi Epsilon has initiated nearly 300,000 men since 1901. Among them are business executives, world leaders, renowned artists, celebrities, selfless civil servants, military heroes and all-star athletes.  Many of SigEp’s alumni credit their fraternity experience as their first true taste of leadership.

Thousands of alumni continue to volunteer to help chapters and members. They donate generously to the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation for leadership events and scholarships. SigEp alumni believe that the SigEp experience is a lifetime commitment, and that is why they support SigEp and its endeavors, and why they maintain the irreplaceable relationships they forged in their undergraduate days. 

Who can I contact if I want to know more?

We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about SigEp and its programming to contact chapter leaders, alumni, and/or the Greek life professional on campus. For more information, feel free to contact any one of the following:

MT Beta RLC President: Corey Schmidt- sigep.msu.president@gmail.com

MT Beta RLC VP Communication: Caleb Bryson- sigep.msu.communication@gmail.com

MT Beta RLC Faculty Fellow: Dr. Brian Kassar - bkassar@montana.edu

MSU Assistant Dean of Students: Erin Macdonald Peck - erin.macdonald3@montana.edu