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FAQ's for Fraternities
What is a fraternity?
A: A fraternity is an organized society of men associated together in an environment of companionship and brotherhood; dedicated to the intellectual, physical, and social development of its members.
I have heard being in a fraternity takes a lot of time. Will my student be able to manage it all?
A: 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 report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through his fraternity involvement your student will learn to balance his academic, work, campus involvement, and social commitments.
Doesn't is cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity?
A: Each fraternity 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 his regular dues. A variety of payment plans are usually offered.
My student is attending college to earn a degree- what impact will fraternity membership have on my student's academics?
A: Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college. Fraternities assist in that transition by offering scholarship programs which might include study partners, test taking skill development, and time management workshops. Your student can access the network of fraternity members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skill centers, computer labs, and academic advisors.
What about pledging or hazing?
A: All fraternities oppose hazing and are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in a new member. New fraternity members all experience a period of orientation. During this time your student and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the fraternity, as well as attend leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the members. This period is designed to assist your student in overcoming some of his concerns about success during college.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity?
A: Fraternity members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and alumni who act as advisors.
What is my role as a family member?
A: Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your student as he meets people through the recruitment process. Fraternity members will be more than happy to tell him (and you) about their group. Become involved in the parent and family activities. You'll be glad you did!