This statement of the rights and responsibilities of those individuals who are applicants for membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ("Sorority") is for the dual purpose of:
The Membership Intake Process of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. and the Ritual outline required activities for ceremonial
dress. Our governing documents contain absolute prohibitions against
hazing related activities before, during and after the membership Intake
Program and provide for specific sanctions against the members and the
chapters for violations of these prohibitions.
The Code of Conduct is embodied in this Applicant Rights and Responsibilities Statement and sets forth the types of improper conduct on the part of sorors, applicants, and candidates which the Sorority considers unacceptable. Such improper and unacceptable conduct is subject to the sanctions or fines or both as listed in the Code of Conduct.
1. Pre-initiation and/or underground activities are
in violation of the Sorority's most sacred trust. Underground is
anything that is contrary to approved activities.
2. HAZING and abuse are expressly prohibited. These include, but are not limited to:
3. Unapproved work and/or other activities. Any road
trip that would make it necessary for an applicant or candidate to
travel extreme distances or under hazardous conditions or any
activity that would endanger an applicant or candidate.
4. Requiring any association with other
organizations that would be demeaning and indecent.
5. Running errands, buying food, gifts, or personal
items, etc. for chapter members or other sorors.
If an applicant for membership in the Sorority allows herself to be the subject of such abuses, or participates in any activity, including the observation of same, and/or fails to report such abuses to appropriate Sorority officials -- Chapter Officers, Regional Officers, National Officers and National Headquarters -- she may be barred from admission to membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.