In addition to the Personal Essay potential new members are required to submit a 250-500 word essay on the following topic:
How did you learn about Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity and what made you even more intrigued to become a member?
In addition to the Short Essay potential new members are required to submit a 250-500 word essay on one of the following topics below:
Fraternity Anti-Hazing Policy/Anti-Pledging Policy
No chapter of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Incorporated shall indulge in any physical abuse or undignified treatment (hazing) of its members or prospective members. Hazing is defined as: any action taken or situation created intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off Fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.
Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to:
Hazing is forbidden by the Organization's Constitution and by public laws of the various states.
PROSPECTIVE MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ANTI-HAZING POLICY AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT
The undersigned, a candidate for membership in Psi Sigma Phi, Multicultural Fraternity, Incorporated. (herein after referred to as “the Organization”), acknowledges that he understands and agrees as follows:
GENERAL DEFINITION OF HAZING
“Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; ethically degrading or shameful games and activities; and any other behavior which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.”
SECTION I – DECLARATION OF PURPOSE
A) The purpose of this Agreement is to contractually state and declare Psi Sigma Phi’s commitment to its constitutional Anti-Hazing Policy and its intent to obtain every assurance possible to prevent acts of hazing from occurring.
B) The organization will take every measure to hold a member accountable for any acts of hazing in which he allows himself to become involved alone or in the company of others who are members or claimed members and knowingly protects those who engage in acts of hazing. For purpose of knowledge in this content we mean anyone who knows or should have known.
C) No applicant for membership in the organization is required to subject himself to any form of hazing; the Prospective Member is specifically prohibited from tolerating or going along with any improper conduct during his Membership Intake Process in the form of hazing; and the Prospective Member is expected and requested to immediately contact a local, regional or national representative of the Fraternity by telephone, fax, e-mail or regular mail and notify him of said conduct. The contact information for the National Headquarters is as follows:
Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity Inc.
P.O. Box 3613
Jersey City, NJ 07303-3062
Vice President of Fraternal Affairs: Sir James Waiters – firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Administrator: Sir Garrett Bates – email@example.com
SECTION II – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ANTI-HAZING POLICY
The statements in this Section are to expressly acknowledge each Prospective Members’ understanding of the Fraternity’s Anti-Hazing and Anti-Pledging Policy as follows:
“Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Incorporated. shall not permit its members to engage in any form of physical or mental brutality against any prospective new member/interest, or any other fraternity member. Any person found in violation of this clause shall be under review by the Executive Board and/or Judiciary Board of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc. All proper school officials as well as the Dean of Students shall be notified.” Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to: paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, wearing publicly apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in any public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; late work sessions (past 12 Midnight) which interfere with scholastic activity; and any other activities which are not consistent with Fraternal Law, Ritual, or Policy or with Regulations and Policies of the educational institution. Hazing is forbidden by the Fraternity’s Constitution and by public laws of the various states.”
SECTION III – ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY
The undersigned Prospective Member understands that his involvement in any Membership Intake Process is of his own volition and strictly voluntary in nature. Participation in the process as a stated Member of the organization does not and will not absolve the Member of any responsibilities and liabilities imposed by law and of duties owed by one human being to another to hold inviolate personal, human and civil rights and not engage in conduct injurious to the physical and mental well-being of another. Therefore, the undersigned Prospective Member understands that Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Incorporated. does not condone such activities or behavior defined as hazing and his failure to inform any such activity against his person or that occurs in his presence, during the course of any assembly or come across with a member of the Organization or during his Membership Intake Process, will result in appropriate disciplinary action against the Prospective Member, including , but not limited to dismissal of the Prospective Member from consideration for membership in the organization and the forfeiture of all fees paid to date.
SECTION IV – INDEMNITY AND HOLD-HARMLESS CLAUSE
The undersigned Prospective Member agrees that where he allows himself to be subjected to prohibited action or unlawful demeanor or other activity measured to be hazing, resulting in mental harm or physical injury, including death, he agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Incorporated and all of its Regional, State and Local Body, Entity, Organization, Chapter, Advisor, Officer or Member thereof, for any claim of injury and/or damages arising there from, including legal fees incurred to the organization.
SECTION V – PROPERTY
I concede that upon concluding or terminating the intake process of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc., I will return all property (Uniform, Book Bag, Notebook OR any property) issued to me by Psi Sigma Phi upon request. Failing to do so will result in breach of this contract. I also acknowledge that the intake fee of $500 paid to Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc. will not be returned to me.
SECTION VI – SEVERABILITY
In the event that any section of this Agreement is rendered void as against civic Policy or as against the laws of any particular jurisdiction, it is agreed that the remaining clauses of this Agreement, will remain in full power and result.
SECTION VII – AFFIRMATION
The undersigned Prospective Member affirms that he has read this document, which includes the Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Incorporated Anti-Hazing and Anti-Pledging Policy and that he fully understands the contents thereof, and verifies that he has not in any way, form or fashion been coerced, forced or made any promises to sign this document and that he has signed the same of his own accord and of his own free will.
I have agreed to submit this application by electronic means. By signing this application electronically, I certify under penalty of perjury and false swearing that my answers are correct and complete to the best of my knowledge, including information provided about the citizenship or alien status for each household member applying for benefits.I also certify that: