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Greek Life FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Aren't fraternities and sororities just like the ones shown in the movies "Animal House" and "Old School"?
Nobody likes stereotypes. Unfortunately, after the showing of those movies, Greek members have been categorized as partiers, irresponsible, and abusive. In reality, fraternities and sororities are value-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendship. The following code of ethics represents some of the basic expectations of fraternal membership: Basic Expectations of Fraternal Membership*: I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity,  I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, I will not physically, mentally, psychologically, or sexually abuse or haze any human being, I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property,I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs, I will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol, I acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is properly cleaned and maintained, I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternal expectations and will confront those who violate them.

I'm concerned about grades - what impact would membership have?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities and sororities assist in that transition by offering scholarship programs which might include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops. Members can access the network of friends who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills centers, computer labs, and academic advisors. While fraternities and sororities are concerned about the academic achievement of their members, your son/daughter is still ultimately responsible for utilizing the resources made available.

What about pledging or hazing?
New members all experience a period of orientation. During this time, you and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the chapter, retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older members. All fraternities and sororities oppose hazing and are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members. This period will assist them in overcoming some of their concerns about success in college.

Doesn't it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity or sorority?
Each organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, the only expense will be regular dues. If housing is offered, lodging is competitive with other housing options. A variety of payment plans are offered.

Being in a fraternity or sorority sounds like it takes a lot of time.
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate, and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Members will learn how to balance their academic, work, campus involvement, and social commitments.

*Info provided by the North-American Interfraternity Conference.