As an active Greek parent you want to ensure your student's academic and social success. Here are a few questions you might have…
How are Greek organizations different than any other college organization?
Coming to college is one of the major life changes that your student will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help make the transition easier. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter (the local name of a nationally affiliated fraternity or sorority) helps make the campus smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility in their members.
How will joining a chapter benefit my student after college?
The life-long friendships your student will make through their chapter can last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience. Joining now is really an investment in your student’s future. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he/she will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of their fraternity or sorority in the area. In addition, Greeks have national networks for its members that could be helpful in finding jobs or internships.
Will my student’s academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?
Academics are a priority in the Greek community. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at Cal State Fullerton. This group understands what the new member is facing and can provide support in many areas. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer or new member educator who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. There are various resources for members on campus, such as learning centers, time management workshops, academic counselors, etc. The GPA among Greek members has been consistently higher than the all university student’s GPA. Each chapter also has an established GPA requirement
What is a Philanthropy or Service Project?
It is part of the Greek mission to support national philanthropies (Not-for-profit causes) financially and physically. Throughout the year, each chapter spends time fundraising and volunteering to help their respective philanthropy. Some of the philanthropies that can be found on CSUF's campus are: Breast Cancer Research, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Alzheimer's Research and Literacy. Service events have benefited the campus and the Champaign-Urbana community. Some of the service opportunities are: Adopt-A-School, Achieving You, Greek Food Share, and Habitat for Humanity. The time spent together on these events is one of the many times that fraternity brothers and sorority sisters can bond, while making a difference in someone's life.
How much time does Greek membership require?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first semester is most time intensive as new members participate in chapter education programs. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and allow them to become involved with other organizations. After initiation into a chapter, expectations will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies, service, and initiation) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more your student puts in to the chapter the more they will get out of being a member!
What does it cost to be a member?
The Greek Experience is an investment in your student’s future. The leadership skills, the academic assistance, and friendships will benefit your student beyond their college days. The perception that fraternities and sororities are only an option for “rich” students is widespread and false. Greek organizations are quite affordable and fees go to services that will positively impact your student. To assist members, chapters may offer scholarships and grants. We encourage all interested students to ask for financial information prior to joining as each chapter varies.
Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature?
There is a social aspect to the Greek community and these “social” events include educational programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, Parents Days, Homecoming Parade and dinner exchanges in addition to parties and socials. Today’s Greek communities across the nation have adopted a stringent approach to socializing creating a safer, more beneficial environment for members. Each governing council has a risk management and alcohol policy. In addition, each organization may have national rules to follow regarding the hosting of social events. All organizations sponsor education on alcohol misuse and abuse. Panhellenic sororities do not permit alcohol in their facilities.
What about hazing?
California State University, Fullerton expects that all members of recognized student organizations will observe and fully comply with university policy and State of California Penal Code Section 245.6 requirements on hazing. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state.
What is my role as a parent?
Take the time to find out more about the Greek community at CSUF. Ask questions about what the organizations will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Once your student joins a chapter, there will be many opportunities to get involved such as parent activities, volunteering, cash contributions, or joining parent associations. Coming soon Titan Parent website.
“Greek life is an enriching opportunity which opens many exciting doors and allows for personal growth. You learn to balance school, work, and a social life--all while getting involved and developing school pride!” - Gladys Loza, Delta Zeta Sorority