Frequently Asked Questions

Greek Life at TU

The Greek Experience at TU

Joining a Greek Sorority or Fraternity

Alcohol, Hazing, and Risk Management

Academics and Scholarship

Finance, Room, and Board






Greek Life at TU

Overview

The University of Tulsa currently has 4 National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated Sororities and Fraternities, 6 National Panhellenic Conference Sororities, and 5 North American Interfraternity Conference Fraternities. All 15 chapters are part of national organizations and are overseen not only by local leaders and The University of Tulsa, but also by their National headquarters. All of our chapters stress the importance of scholarship, leadership, and service, and we find that all of our chapters live up to the high standards set forth by their founding fathers/mothers.

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What are Fraternities and Sororities?

A fraternity (or sorority) is a value-based organization, made up of a group of individuals with similar interests and living within the bonds of ritual, brotherhood/sisterhood, and common goals. Women's fraternities are often referred to sororities and all are referred to as "Greek Letter" organizations as their names are combinations of Greek letters. These letters serve as a reminder of the values of the group. The bonds between a Greek organization's members are created through rituals in which all members participate. These rituals are almost always "secret", but all rituals are based on common principles such as knowledge, truth, friendship, and honor. These principles are often found in the motto and creed of the specific Greek organization. In addition to rituals, Greek organizations work to integrate and instill these principles in their members through all of their activities and through daily life.

Greek life provides a unique balance of leadership, scholarship, social interaction, philanthropy, and networking opportunities. Greek organizations are dedicated to the development of character and leadership, offer a number of leadership positions within the chapter, and encourage active participation in other student organizations.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing council for nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. There are three sororities and one fraternity currently active on TU's campus. They are:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. AKA
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Deltas
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappas
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Omegas   

These sororities and fraternity are overseen locally by the undergraduate chapter of The University of Tulsa's National Pan-Hellenic Council (TU-NPHC), the governing council of the four national historically African-American sororities and fraternities on campus recognized by NPHC. NPHC includes representatives from each of these sororities and fraternities, an advisor, and an executive board.

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the governing body for 26 national and international sororities and female fraternities. The six chapters currently active at TU are:

Chi Omega Chi O
Delta Delta Delta Tri Delta
Delta Gamma Dee Gee
Kappa Alpha Theta Theta
Kappa Delta Kay Dee
Kappa Kappa Gamma     Kappa

These six sororities are overseen locally by The University of Tulsa's Panhellenic Council (PHC), the governing council of the six national sororities on campus recognized by the NPC. Panhellenic includes representatives from each campus sorority, an advisor, and an executive board.

The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is the governing body for many national and international fraternal organizations. The five chapters currently active at TU are:

Kappa Alpha Order                KA
Kappa Sigma Kappa Sig
Lambda Chi Alpha Lambda Chi
Pi Kappa Alpha Pike
Sigma Chi Sigs

These five fraternities are overseen locally by The University of Tulsa's Interfraternity Council (IFC), the governing body of the five national fraternities on campus. IFC includes representatives from each campus fraternity, an advisor, and an executive board.

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What does the Greek Life Office do?

The Greek organizations at TU are independently run organizations that are formally recognized by the University. The Greek Life Office serves as a liaison between the Greek chapters, the University, and the Tulsa community. The office provides resources and support for a wide range of activities including event planning, fundraising, community service, risk management, and academic development.

The Program Advisor for Greek Life, i.e. the Greek Advisor, is a full-time professional who oversees the operations and education of the Greek community, along with offering social, scholastic, and educational opportunities for its members. The Office of Student Affairs and the Greek Advisor also oversee Greek judicial affairs and parts of the housing aspects of Greek Life.

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The Greek Experience at TU

What is the Greek experience like?

Being a part of a Greek Organization offers much more than the ability to say one is Greek. As part of a Greek chapter, you will create lifetime friendships in which the bonds become similar to that of a family. These bonds are created through weekly meals and meetings, social and community service events, and the shared values of its members.

Each chapter functions in a different way, but generally each chapter holds weekly meetings, periodic chapter activities/outings, and educational events. Each member is expected to participate in these activities. However, if class schedules or other certain responsibilities conflict with some of these activities, allowances can be made. Many of the chapters have required study hours, especially for the new members. This is to encourage scholastic achievement and instill in all members the importance of academics. Finally, each chapter has philanthropy events in which they put on various activities on campus to raise money for their particular philanthropy.

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What are the benefits of membership in a sorority or fraternity?

Greek Life at TU focuses on the following five values and experiences:

  • Community Service & Philanthropy
  • Scholarship
  • Sisterhood and Brotherhood
  • Leadership
  • Social Activities

These five values and experiences help the members of the Greek community to fulfill The University of Tulsa's mission to educate "men and women of diverse backgrounds and cultures to think critically, and write and speak clearly; succeed in their professions and careers; behave ethically in all aspects of their lives; welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service in a changing world; and acquire the skills and appetite for lifelong learning" by fostering within each member:

  • A lifelong network of friends and work colleagues
  • Leadership skills
  • A desire to continue learning, exploring, and inquiring
  • A sense of civic responsibility
  • A strong and well-incorporated values system
  • An ability to think critically and act shrewdly
  • Appreciation of and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Fiscal, facility, and risk management responsibilities
  • Behavior consistent with fraternal principles
  • Pride in TU

Being part of the Greek community allows students to have a chance to create bonds with people who have similar values and goals. It also allows them to find leadership opportunities both on and off campus. But perhaps most importantly, it allows the students to become part of a smaller close-knit support group within the larger campus community.

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Community Service & Philanthropy

The Greek system as a whole recognizes the continuous need for community service. Many, if not all, of the Greek organizations put a strong emphasis on civic responsibility and community service. Each chapter supports its own philanthropic causes in addition to participation in NPHC, NPC, and IFC sponsored events, making possible the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours to numerous charitable organizations. Each chapter holds annual fundraisers and service events, including chapter philanthropy events which include both fundraisers and service activities. In addition, each chapter actively participates in service activities throughout the year. The ability to give of one's self is one of the most important qualities that members develop as an active member of a sorority or fraternity.

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Scholarship

NPHC, NPC, and IFC all stress the importance of scholarship in Greek life. Although being a part of the Greek system offers a wide variety of extra-curricular and social activities, it is important for the students to remember that getting an education is the reason they first chose to attend The University of Tulsa. Therefore, scholarship is a priority with all sororities and fraternities, and as a result, the all-Greek GPA is consistently higher than the all-undergraduate GPA.

The sororities and fraternities at TU have programs to help their members succeed in their academics. This includes study hours, peer tutoring, and educational programs regarding time management and study skills.

Many Greeks are members of numerous honor societies on campus such as Lantern, Scroll, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa. The Greek community also has its own national honor society, the Order of Omega, which has an active chapter on the TU campus.

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Sisterhood and Brotherhood

Joining a sorority or fraternity leads to life-long relationships and unending support from its members. As potential new members find a home in their chapter, they join men/women who will become brothers/sisters. The complete meaning of Greek Life encompasses not only what these members give a new member, but also what the new member contributes to the chapter as a unique individual. Within the chapter, students find a very supportive community of fellow students, creating a home away from home.

Along with the creation of friendships, joining a Greek organization offers the unique opportunity to network within the workplace. Many Greek members find, as they begin the job search, that they are able to distribute their résumé not only to Greeks whom they know, but also to Greek alumni, whom they have never met. Greeks often hire Greeks because they understand that excelling both as part of a team, as well as individually, is a founding principle of the Greek experience. They know that Greeks strive for success in and outside the classroom, and they commit to giving back to the community. Building relationships with chapter alums, therefore, can prove helpful when venturing out into the world and setting out on your career path.

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Leadership

Participation in a sorority or fraternity provides countless opportunities to learn to become better leaders, to be involved in a variety of leadership roles, and to be prepared for their professional career. Greek leaders develop skills for self-governance, responsibility, and communication.

As a chapter officer or coordinator of a chapter event or philanthropy, one can further develop his or her personal leadership skills. Each chapter also has committee structures that allow members to be involved and work with others in all operational aspects of the sorority or fraternity. National and regional leadership conferences and officer training programs are offered annually by the national sororities and fraternities. Each chapter sends members to these events every year.

Every Greek organization strongly encourages all of its members to be involved in other organizations and activities on campus outside of the Greek system. Most of our Greek members are actively involved in NCAA or intramural sports, multicultural student organizations, academic student groups, and Student Association, among others.

Overall, joining the Greek community provides members with numerous opportunities to become involved in leadership activities that help them grow personally, while benefiting the surrounding community, the University, and Greek Life.

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Social Activities

Perhaps one of the things Greeks are best known for is their ability to have a good time. After putting in long hours at school, in various organizations on campus and at community service events, Greeks like to have fun! Formal and semi-formal parties provide members with a chance to dress up and enjoy good food, dancing, and an elegant atmosphere. Sororities and Fraternities also plan frequent social functions with each other, which creates a strong bond within the Greek system. The functions are often themed events, and have included laser tag, poker nights, and outdoor games.

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Joining a Greek Sorority or Fraternity

I know I will make friends in the residence halls and in classes. What would be different about sorority and fraternity friends?

Being a member in a sorority or fraternity allows for friendships to form based on common principles and values. Relationships go beyond just friendships, and the members in the chapter create lifelong bonds that are often very similar to the bonds within a family.

Sororities and fraternities not only provide undergraduate opportunities to be involved, but they also encourage participation in alumni events. As mentioned at the beginning of the FAQ page, Greek involvement also generates a strong, and large, network of people which allows for a network of friends in any city they may move to and a network of colleagues within the workplace.

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I've heard that joining a sorority or fraternity is just a way to buy friends. Is this true?

Absolutely not! The money that is paid for dues goes toward a number of things including social and educational events, operational costs, and newsletters to parents and other activities for friends and family. Joining a sorority or fraternity certainly gives you the opportunity to make friends with people who may have common interests and goals, but the process of making friends is the same as with residence hall residents or classmates. By working and socializing together, the students find common interests and realize all of the good qualities the other members have. By joining a Greek organization, you will make friendships that are based on common interests, goals, beliefs, and respect.

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I am thinking of joining a sorority or fraternity. What is the process?

Joining a sorority or fraternity is a mutual selection process. This means that both you and the Greek chapters to which you are applying have some say and control over the process.

Each of the three governing councils have different Recruitment processes. And it is very important to note that students may only be initiated into one national sorority or fraternity. This means that if a student is initiated into an NPC Sorority, she may not also join an NPHC sorority. This also includes if the student was initiated at another campus.

NPC and IFC chapters have a "Formal Recruitment" process. The NPHC chapters on the other hand, have individual recruitment activities, and are not involved in a single recruitment process.

Recruitment is an opportunity to dispel myths about Greek life and to get to know the women/men in our community. All Recruitment processes allow the unaffiliated students to learn more about the Greek community and make decisions about membership. Students are encouraged to go through Recruitment or Membership Intake Process (MIP), even if they are unsure if they want to join. Going through recruitment and/or intake is not binding, and some students will attend these events and choose not to join the chapter. However, they have used the experience to learn more about the Greek chapters and to make a number of friends.

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NPHC Membership Intake Process (MIP)

NPHC organizations use a different recruitment or intake process than IFC and NPC. NPHC organizations have open recruitment periods called Membership Intake Process (MIP). The specific chapters set the dates and specific requirements for intake, not the NPHC Council.

NPHC Chapters hold informational meetings throughout the school year. These meetings will be advertised on campus billboards, residence halls, and at times, via email and Facebook. These meetings are the start to the intake process and will give more information about the chapter, cost of membership, specific intake requirements (minimum grade point average, etc.), and a chance to have questions answered. It is acceptable for a person to attend more than one chapter's informational meeting. And remember, membership is for life, so please take the opportunity to get to know each organization.

All NPHC organizations at TU require a minimum number of college credit hours to be completed before being applicable for membership. So, during your first year at TU, maintain a positive GPA and attend programs put on by all of the NPHC groups. This will give you a chance to get to know the members of each chapter and get a better feel for which one might be the best fit. Also, visit the national headquarters website and attend general NPHC events.

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Panhellenic Formal Recruitment

NPC has a Formal Recruitment during the weekend before classes begin. Formal Recruitment lasts from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. To begin the process and learn more about NPC Sorority Recruitment, please click Panhellenic Sororities (NPC).

Open House Day (Friday Afternoon)

During the first day of Formal Recruitment, dress is casual. A t-shirt will be provided and jean skirts, jean shorts, skirts, jeans, etc. are appropriate.

Philanthropy Day (Saturday Afternoon)

During the second day of Formal Recruitment, appropriate dress is "dress casual": khakis, capris, cotton skirts and shirts, summer dresses, but no jeans.

Preference Day (Sunday Morning)

Appropriate dress for this day is nice, "Sunday dress" clothing: skirts, dress slacks, heals, dresses, and nice tops.

Bid Day (Sunday Evening)

Appropriate dress for Bid Day includes casual shorts and t-shirts. Running shoes are a good idea!

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IFC Formal Recruitment

IFC has a Formal Recruitment during the weekend before the first week of classes. Formal Recruitment lasts from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. To begin the process and learn more about IFC Fraternity Recruitment, please click IFC Fraternities (IFC).

Day 1 (Friday Afternoon)

During the first day of Formal Recruitment, dress is Casual: jeans, khaki shorts, t-shirts, polos, etc.

Day 2 (Saturday Afternoon)

During the second day of Formal Recruitment, appropriate dress is Business Casual: khakis, polos, etc.

Day 3 (Sunday Afternoon)

Appropriate dress for this day is nice, Sunday Best: slacks, collared shirt, etc.

Bid Day (Sunday Evening)

Appropriate dress for Bid Day includes casual shorts and t-shirts. Running shoes are a good idea!

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Can I join a historically African American fraternity or sorority if I am not African American?

Certainly! All Greek-letter organizations prohibit discrimination. Membership is open to men and women who meet the membership qualifications defined by the organizations and the University. All Greek organizations are open to all undergraduate students.

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What is Stepping?

It began with singing. Brothers would gather in the quad and sing. They eventually graduated to dancing and from there, stepping. You can go to some yards down south and they call it a "Sing," instead of a "Step-show". The historical white fraternities started the singing part, but the historical African fraternities took it to another level. Much like we did with basketball and football. We do not think that any one fraternity can lay claim to stepping, rather, more than likely it evolved. One thing we do know was that they were the first to do it. Sororities did not start stepping until several years after the fraternities. Stepping began with groups of guys singing acappella. When groups like the "Temptations" and the "Four Tops" were popular in the 50's and 60's, brothers started mimicking their steps. This was how stepping evolved. This is why it is called "Stepping" now. Brothers would try to come up with the best steps while they were singing to please the ladies. If you got the ladies, you got more recruits. Much like it is today. Others say that stepping replaced the doo-wop sounds and cardigan sweaters of the 50's. At around the same time as the "Black Power" Movements and Africa centered movements of the 60's, stepping started to flourish with the incorporation of some traditional African ritual dancing and the incorporation of other elements like cheer leading, tap dance, gymnastics, etc. Over the years stepping has become very intricate and demanding, incorporating props, high levels of gymnastics and other elements found in team sports. Please note that some people want to give the credit to the South African Boot Dance, but it would be unfair to ignore everything that stepping was in the beginning and it is now. Stepping is an original art form that was influenced by many elements from our past.

Written by: Ahab El' Askeni of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (taken from http://studentlife.ou.edu/content/view/80/)

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Why do Orientation Leaders and University Ambassadors hide their Greek Affiliation?

Both groups are meant to assist students in their transition to TU and TU life. It is important that Orientation Leaders (OLs) and University Ambassadors (UAs) not share which Greek chapter they are affiliated with. The main reason for this disaffiliation is to allow the OLs/UAs and unaffiliated students to focus on the task at hand-the orientation and transition process to campus and recruiting for TU. Another reason is to help prevent unfair Greek recruiting by any particular chapter and also allow an "even playing field" for all the chapters. Being an OL and a UA brings a lot of responsibility and also a lot of influence on the incoming freshmen. The Greek community and TU try to keep that influence and mentor-relationship focused on all aspects of University life. You will most likely learn the affiliation of the UAs once you are on campus. OLs may not divulge their affiliation until the completion of Orientation.

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Alcohol, Hazing, and Risk Management

The University of Tulsa takes great strides to create and foster a safe, healthy campus community for all of its students. Along with the adherence to state and national laws, The University of Tulsa has strict policies regarding substance use and hazing activities. The University of Tulsa also takes a proactive approach to risk management by providing numerous programs and classes regarding risk management as well as a comprehensive "early alert" process to help curtail any students who may be considered at risk academically, socially, or emotionally/mentally.

Each individual Greek organization also expects its members to obey all local, state, and federal laws and to abide by the sorority/fraternity's policies, guidelines, and standards. Every Greek group allocates significant resources to educate its members about alcohol, substance abuse, and hazing.

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How much of a concern is alcohol in regards to sororities and fraternities at The University of Tulsa?

The stereotype that seems to be persistently reinforced in the United States is that sororities and fraternities enable binge drinking and reckless behavior. However, TU chapters work hard to dispel such stereotypes. Every Greek organization is expected to adhere to very strict and detailed risk management policies which are established by their respective national organizations, governing councils, and The University of Tulsa Student Code of Conduct.

In addition to strict rules and guidelines, the Greek community at TU focuses on educating its students on the dangers of drug and alcohol use and abuse. They emphasize responsible drinking behaviors and promote alcohol-free activities throughout the year.

Alcoholic beverages at fraternity houses event are limited to 3.2 beer. As such, drinks containing hard liquor and/or wine are prohibited. Each chapter member or guest 21 or older is limited to bringing one six pack of 12 ounce cans to an event. In addition, the sorority houses and property are alcohol-free. Any events held by TU organizations that take place on or off the TU campus must be registered through the Office of Student Affairs. These events have strict limits on the amount of beer allowed, security guards are required to be present, and wristbands and ID checks are given/done at the door of every fraternity party where alcohol is permitted. Due to both national fraternity policies and university policies, chapter funds may not be used to purchase alcohol. The University also immediately and strongly addresses any incidents relating to inappropriate distribution of alcohol and/or the use of illegal drugs or other substances.

One of the things that we pride ourselves on at TU is that students do not perceive the use of alcohol as a necessary and required component of campus social life. If alcohol is present, students do not feel pressured. In addition, the Greek organizations along with other student groups and the University provide a significant amount of alcohol-free programming as well as risk-management courses.

For more information on our alcohol policy, proactive measures, and other information relating to alcohol, please visit the student affairs website.

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Is hazing a concern for fraternities and sororities at The University of Tulsa?

The University of Tulsa, NPHC, NPC, NIC, and all national Greek organizations have a zero tolerance policy with regard to hazing. No member is allowed to take part in any form of hazing as a new or current member of his or her chapter. Hazing is also against the state law of Oklahoma.

For more information on what hazing is and how it is defined, please visit: State laws and hazing definitions - http://www.stophazing.org/laws/ok_law.htm

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TU, NPHC, NPC, and NIC policies on hazing

The national Greek organizations provide extensive guidelines for new member activities and programming and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment for all of their members. In addition, all of the incoming chapter presidents are trained on understanding what hazing is and alternative activities that promote group unity rather than the creation of a power differential between member and new member groups. All new members are required to attend an extensive program on hazing where we discuss what hazing is, how to address it, and where to report it.

The Greek Life Office works hard to establish trusting relationships with each Greek chapter. It is important to us that we allow a safe space for chapter presidents to come to discuss current practices and look at ways to improve them, as well as offer a place for all members to come to report any violation of the student code of conduct.

Students who feel they are being subjected to hazing are urged to speak up immediately or to notify the Office of Student Affairs (918-631-2327) or Campus Security (918-631-5555).

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What is the New Member Education/Intake Process and does it include hazing?

During the New Member Education process, new members learn more about the Greek organization they will join, its traditions, and the active members. This process takes place after being recruited and signing a bid card with a specific Greek chapter. At the conclusion of this process, new members are initiated and become active members.

Each national Greek organization has strict guidelines on appropriate new member education. In addition, The University of Tulsa also places guidelines on its chapters regarding the time between intake and initiation. These guidelines are as follows:

  • Provide the University with a general topic outline of the subject areas of the new member education/intake program, submitting a new outline as changes are made.
  • Provide positive developmental experiences for new members.
  • The new member education period/intake process will be no longer than twelve weeks and this twelve week process must be completed before the start of reading days.
  • During new member education/intake events there will be no alcohol present.
  • Each semester, all new members will be required to attend anti-hazing and alcohol education program provided by the University.

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Why are there some things fraternity and sorority members can't talk about? What's the big secret?

Often when something is "secret", parents and friends can become concerned that something disruptive or negative is happening, especially when it relates to the initiation ceremony into a Greek organization. However, these initiation ceremonies are very serious and follow a very specific agenda. These ceremonies are meant to convey the purpose, values, and principles of the specific sorority or fraternity the student is joining. The actions within the ceremony are considered a ritual, and Greek organizations uphold the rituals that their organization was founded upon, with the actions and words unique to their chapter and its values.

These rituals are founded upon principles and values often similar to those mentioned a few sections ago in this guide, and are not considered hazing. The initiation ceremonies generally last less than one day and do not involve any illegal substances or activities. If your initiation period lasts for a long period of time, if you are not permitted to speak with your family and/or friends for extended periods of time, or if alcohol/drugs or negative activities are involved, hazing could be an issue. In these cases, we ask that you contact The Office of Student Affairs (918-631-2327), Campus Security (918-631-5555), or another appropriate authority immediately.

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Academics and Scholarship

Will membership assist or hinder my academic success?

One concern that many parents and students have when considering joining a Greek organization is the time commitment to non-academic activities that membership may require. While members are required to attend weekly dinner and meetings, all of our Greek students at TU recognize that academic achievement is the reason for attending The University of Tulsa and is the basis for future success.

While being Greek is a time commitment, academics is one of the values to which our Greek organizations are committed. Each chapter has a minimum required GPA to become a member of the group as well as a minimum GPA requirement to remain an active member. If a Greek student is unable to meet the minimum requirement, or is close to going below the minimum required, every chapter offers a number of resources to help them improve their grades.

All chapters provide academic programming to all of their members, including sessions on time management, study skills, and stress management. Many chapters have study hours and pair new members with older members who have the same or similar major to become their mentor. In addition, most of the chapters set semester GPA goals and offer awards and incentives for students who have most improved, received good scores on a certain number of tests, or for highest GPAs.

The Greek governing bodies recognize outstanding individual and chapter scholarship each year at their annual awards banquet, and the University also offers a number of academic excellence programs open to the entire campus.

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Are there specific honor societies for Greek students?

You will have the opportunity to join Order of Omega, a Greek honor society. Membership for this group is based on academic excellence, student involvement, community involvement, and leadership positions held.

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Finance, Room, and Board

How much does it cost to belong to a sorority or fraternity?

Since the inception of Greek Letter societies, Greek organizations have been self-sufficient. Each chapter, council, and national office collects dues and membership fees from all members.

There are membership dues that you will be responsible for paying each semester, but most of the chapters offer a few scholarships to help cover dues. In addition, many of the chapters offer payment plans and online bill pay options. Both of these choices help spread the cost of dues out over the semester and can make it easier to budget the cost of membership into your daily life.

During the recruitment process/informational, all potential new members should be informed of all the specific chapter fees and payment plans. Dues vary from chapter to chapter. Most groups have a one-time new member fee, plus semester dues.

One-time new member fees are used to cover new member dues to the national organizations and campus councils. These fees also cover the new member pin, initiation costs, and other fees and costs relating to their inception into the chapter.

Dues are used to pay the ongoing national dues which cover national operating costs and are also used for sisterhood or brotherhood, philanthropic, and social events as well as operational expenses.

Rent and meal plans also vary depending on the chapter and whether the member is residing in the chapter house. Currently, NPHC chapters do not have housing or meal plans. NPC sororities have meal plans and the housing/residing portion of the house is run and owed by University Housing. The IFC fraternities have houses that are completely run by separate housing corporations.

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What happens if I want to move out of the resident hall and into a sorority or fraternity house?

As mentioned above, NPC and IFC chapters have houses. Housing fees/rent and meal plans vary depending on the chapter. All houses are located on campus. Housing arrangements for each sorority and fraternity are determined by the financial and organizational responsibility of the chapter, i.e. each chapter will have different live-in requirements for its members.

Housing assignments for NPC and IFC chapters may occur at the same time it would be allowed within the residence halls, i.e. within the first week of classes in the fall, and spring to fall semester.  During the Winter Break (fall to spring semester), ONLY first year freshmen are allowed to make changes to their housing assignments.

NPC sororities have houses which are divided into two parts, the "front" and "back" of the house. The front portion is the "lodge" and this part contains the meeting space, kitchen, and dining room for the sorority chapter. This portion of the house is owned and operated by a chapter housing corporation. The "back" of the house is the residential portion, which is owned and operated by University Housing. The rooms are set mostly in suite style, double rooms. Each house has anywhere from 26-32 beds.

Because the back of the NPC sorority houses are operated and run by University Housing, moving into the house will be considered the same as a room change within the residence hall. Costs for housing will be similar to a double in Lottie Jane or Fisher Hall. In addition, housing costs will continue to be billed to your university account.

Sorority housing does close when University housing closes. So you will not be able to reside in the sorority house over long university breaks including winter and summer.

IFC fraternity houses are completely run by separate housing corporations. Room setup and sizes vary greatly depending on the fraternity house. Because the houses are completely owned by separate housing corporations, if you move into the fraternity house, you will no longer be billed through the University. Rather, all rent and fees will be billed to you through the housing corporation. Often the costs of living in the fraternity house are comparable or lower than living in a residence hall/campus apartment.

Some of the fraternity houses may remain open over breaks. However, this varies greatly depending on the chapter. Many times the houses close to help ensure the safety of its members.

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Can I be a part of a chapter if I live at home?

Of course! Greek membership is a valuable experience for every student, regardless of where they live. Commuter students can especially benefit from Greek involvement as this helps integrate the commuter student into part of the campus population, which can sometimes be difficult to do. Greek membership can also provide a place to hang out between classes, a place to study, and a support group of friends.

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