Sigma Chi McGill holds two recruitment periods, one at the beginning of the fall term and the other at the beginning of the winter term. Rush is a period ranging in time from 1-2 weeks where prospective members attend events organized by the active chapter. During rush, brothers and rushees have the opportunity to meet each other and determine if Sigma Chi is a good fit for them. Rush is free and comes with no commitment to membership. If the active chapter decides to offer a rushee a bid at the end of the rush period, the prospective member will be contacted. If they choose to accept the bid for membership, they will then move into the pledge program which lasts 6-8 weeks before they are initiated as a brother.