It is a good idea for parents to learn about fraternities and sororities so that you are able to assist your son/daughter in making the best decision about whether he/she should consider joining an organization. If your son/daughter does decide to join a Greek organization, you should stress the importance of finding a balance between Greek Life and academics. Participation in Greek Life can enhance the college experience, but academics are important in order to continue involvement.
What are the dues associated with joining a fraternity?
Each fraternity and sorority sets its own budget which will dictate the cost of dues; therefore dues will vary for each organization. The collection of dues enables the fraternity or sorority to host various events on campus as well as pay the dues for the national organizations. Remind your students to get more information from the individual chapters they are considering joining.
Will members be living in a house? If so, where?
Currently, no organization will own or rent a house or facility off campus for housing. Instead, organizations will obtain housing from the University in the same manner as other University students.
Who is the outside representative for each of these organizations? What is their role?
The fraternities and sororities have local representatives who will assist in the establishment of a chapter at the University. Thereafter, all organizations are required to have an advisor to support the providing of community, stability, information, training, discipline, leadership, business expertise and maturity.
How much emphasis will be put on grades?
Fraternities and sororities pride themselves in having outstanding scholarship due to the importance placed on academics. Most organizations usually require a minimum GPA of 2.0. However, the University has placed a policy on academic performance standards for Greek organizations. The average GPA for each organization must be 2.7 or higher each semester.
What are the fraternity’s/sorority’s views on drinking?
The University’s organizations will receive training from the Greek Life staff, as well as their national organizations, concerning alcohol and risk management. Most organizations have strict policies regarding alcohol as it is often not allowed in chapter houses. Alcohol is not permitted during a fraternity or sorority event or endorsed by the organization. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with organization funds or on the organizations behalf.
Can athletes join?
Yes, athletes are encouraged to join fraternities or sororities to become more involved on campus. There are no restrictions from athletes joining Greek organizations as long as they are able to attend and participate in required events.
How will the University handle any type of hazing?
No organization, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. All members of an organization are subject to the provisions concerning harassment contained in the Campbell University Student Handbook. Students should be aware that hazing is a misdemeanor under North Carolina state law. See North Carolina General Statute § 14 35.
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