Parents FAQ

Aren't fraternities and sororities just like the one shown in the movie "Animal House?"

Nobody likes stereotypes. The best way to get to know a fraternity or sorority is to get to know its members. Fraternities and sororities are made up of a wide variety of undergraduate students, along with thousands of Alumni, each one a unique individual. At the heart of every fraternity or sorority is a set of value-based principles related to the development of character, leadership, scholarship, service, and lifelong friendship.

What is alcohol use really like in fraternities and sororities?

Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to obey all federal, state and city laws in addition to any university, fraternity/sorority, and governing council policies regarding consumption of alcohol. In addition, fraternities and sororities are not allowed to purchase alcohol for members or guests. The days of open keg parties at social functions are gone. Instead, you'll find fraternity and sorority members participating in alcohol-free social activities like moonlight bowling, dinner exchanges, and lip sync contests. Students who choose not to drink will know that it's ok and feel comfortable with their decision.

What impact will fraternity or sorority membership have on my son or daughter’s grades?

Students often find it difficult to manage their time 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 may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops. Your student can access and network with members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, tutors, computer labs, study lounges, and academic advisors.

What about pledging or hazing?

New fraternity and sorority members all experience a period of orientation to the organization that they choose to join. During this time, they will participate in leadership retreats, community service projects, weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity/sorority history, and activities designed to build friendships among members of the organization. ALL FRATERNITY AND SORORITY POLICIES FORBID HAZING and all chapters are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members.

Hazing is something that we do not tolerate; if you have concerns about your son or daughter being involved in any hazing activities, please contact Jesse Koch, Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. For detailed information on regarding our stance on hazing, download our fraternity and sorority hazing policy.

Who is actually "in charge" of the fraternity or sorority?

Fraternity and sorority members are elected to officer positions and manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by Alumni serving as advisors. All of our fraternities and sororities are also part of an (inter) national organization that offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff members and regional volunteers. Professional university staff is also employed to assist, educate, and monitor the activities of fraternities.

Doesn't it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity or sorority?

Each fraternity and sorority 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, your student’s only expense will be semester dues. Housing is offered for twenty of the twenty-eight fraternities and sororities on campus, and a variety of payment plans are usually offered.

Does being a member of a fraternity or sorority take up 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. Through their fraternity and sorority involvement, your student will learn how to balance academics, work, campus involvement, and social commitments.

How does my student go about joining a fraternity or sorority?

Fraternities and sororities utilize a process commonly referred to as "recruitment" or "intake" in order to meet prospective members. Recruitment offers non-affiliated students an opportunity to meet a number of other people on campus and learn what each group has to offer. For more information on recruitment, please visit our recruitment page.

Do you have additional questions?

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