Urgent Alert -- Fraudulent Activities
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated ("Delta") has
recently learned of fraudulent activities being conducted in the name of
Delta and targeted at prospective members. One fraudulent activity
seemingly is being conducted by active members of Delta. The other
activity is being conducted by a woman who purports to be a Delta. She
may be an active Delta, an expelled Delta, or a person who has never
been affiliated with Delta, but has gained access to certain Delta
documents and are using them to give the appearance of legitimacy to her
Members and non-members alike, please read the statements below so that
you are informed. Please assist Delta in stamping out fraud by reporting
any suspected fraudulent activity to Delta.
Delta has learned that members of Delta have created a document titled
"Hazing Contract" in which non-Deltas who may be interested in Delta are
urged to "consent" to being hazed. The document bears Delta's crest and,
to unsuspecting and un-inquiring minds, may appear to be legitimate. The
document is fraudulent. Any document purporting to have someone consent
to being hazed is a fraudulent document. Delta has not endorsed,
approved, or authorized the creation or use of any such document.
Moreover, Delta would never endorse, approve, or authorize the use of
any such document.
Any such document directly contravenes Delta's anti-hazing policy (see
www.deltasigmatheta.org and click on: policies/anti-hazing statement).
Delta remains strongly committed to the letter and the spirit of its
anti-hazing policy. Any member who engages in any form of hazing
(including creating false documents encouraging hazing) or who fails to
report hazing shall be sanctioned by Delta. Any prospective member who
allows herself to be hazed, or participates in any form of hazing, shall
be barred from membership in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
In addition to being a violation of Delta's policies, hazing is a crime
and is classified as a felony in many states. Whether an individual
purports to give her "consent" to the crime is irrelevant. Perpetrators
of hazing may be subject to fines and imprisonment -- even if the victim
"consented" to the acts of hazing. In addition, in many states,
promoting or permitting hazing is also a criminal offense. In these
states, the very act of signing a "Hazing Contract" may subject an
individual to criminal sanctions.
Extortion of Prospective Members
Delta has also received reports of a membership scam being perpetrated
by a woman who purports to be a Delta. This perpetrator targets
prospective Delta members, promising them assistance in obtaining
membership in Delta in exchange for cash payments to her.
Under no circumstances would Delta ask for a cash payment as part of the
application process. Nor would Delta ask for or expect checks or money
orders to be written to any individual. Delta employs a specific
multi-step application process, and no payment is expected until the
process has been completed. In brief, the process involves completion
of an application and submission of the application to one of Delta’s
chapters; notification of receipt of the application and participation
in an interview conducted by several members of the Sorority;
notification of acceptance for membership; requirement that any payment
be made to a recognized chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
No single individual can facilitate anyone's membership into Delta.
Delta members (including local and national leaders) are prohibited from
accepting a monetary contribution from any prospective member as a
condition of membership. Any offer of assistance in obtaining membership
into Delta in exchange for payment to an individual or individuals is
Delta is investigating both activities and has been
cooperating with, and will continue to cooperate with, law enforcement
officials to ensure that all such activities are stopped and that
violators are punished. Please report any activity in either category to
the Member Relations Specialist: Internal Policies & Procedures at
(202) 986-2400 extension 397.