Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS RUSH?
Rush is a time for girls interested in joining SYZ to meet the active sisters and learn more about our sorority. This is your chance to ask any questions you ever had about SYZ, the intake process, or sorority life in general. Rho Chapter conducts two rushes annually, during Fall and Spring Quarter. Our rush period is two weeks and all Sigma Psi Zeta's rush events are dry. If you decided to participate, you become a rushee. No commitments or promise are made during the rush, so relax, and just have a good time!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER RUSH?
Rho Chapter requires rushees interested in joining SYZ to attend a least one General Interest Meeting and two rush events of choice to receive a bid. After rush, Rho Chapter will invite rushees who have met the rush requirements for an interview. SYZ require a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and must not be a member of another general national college sorority. At the end of the rush process, sisterships will extend bids.
WHAT IS A BID?
A bid is an official invitation for individuals to become a member of our sorority. You have the choice to accept or decline our offer. When accepting the bid, one is required to follow through an intake process.
WHAT IS THE INTAKE PROCESS?
During this time, intakes participate in activities that build leadership and sisterhood with their fellow line sisters and the active sisters. The entire process is dry, meaning alcohol and drugs are prohibited. Sigma Psi Zeta strictly follows the University and our own National rules against hazing and the mistreatment of intakes.
THIS IS AN ASIAN-INTEREST SORORITY. ARE NON-ASIAN ALLOWED TO JOIN?
Absolutely! Sigma Psi Zeta would like to emphasize that we are an Asian-interest sorority, not Asian-exclusive. We encourage all ethnicities who believe in our mission to rush. Our sisters come from all cultures, including but not limited to Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino, Thai, Laos, African American, Indian, Italian, Latina and Caucasian.
DOES SIGMA PSI ZETA HAZE?
Sigma Psi Zeta National enforces a strict non-hazing policy. Our organization's national philanthropy is "to combat the violence against women." With this in mind, we are against the disrespect of women in all its myriad forms. The purpose of the intake process is to help stimulate a bond between the members of an intake class and the sisters that have already been initiated. It is a challenge and a commitment during which trust is placed in both the intakes and the sisters. Subsequently, we do not mentally, physically or emotionally degrade our pledges. To do so would work against the ties of loyalty,allegiance and dedication that we aim to create. Please refer to our policies on risk management and hazing for more information.