Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the benefits of joining a chapter?

Joining a fraternity or sorority at SIU gives students a college family and a sense of having a “home away from home”. Involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life provides a local and national support network for each student to be used for financial, emotional, scholastic, leadership and career development, and networking support.

Does being in a fraternity or sorority affect academic performance?

Involvement in a fraternity or sorority can affect academics in a positive way. Our fraternities and sororities typically have higher average GPAs than non-Greek students. Over 50% of our fraternity and sorority members achieve semester GPAs above the non-Greek students.

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How much does it cost?

Financial obligations vary from chapter to chapter, so we advise you to encourage your student to ask current members about the realities of their financial obligation. Check out our How to Join and Parent and Family Resources section of this website for more details.

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What about hazing?

At SIU, our student’s safety is of the highest importance. The University has a zero-tolerance policy with regard to hazing and all other activities that interfere with the personal liberty of an individual.

SIU defines hazing as "Any action required of, suggested to, or imposed upon current or potential members of a group which produces, or is reasonably likely to produce, bodily harm, humiliation, ridicule, substantial interference of academic efforts, significant impairment, or endangerment of physical, mental or emotional well-being, regardless of the consent of the participants."

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What is pledging?

Pledging is an outdated term used for the new member education or membership intake processes. This period of time usually lasts 6-10 weeks or a full semester and is designed to educate new members on chapter operations, fraternity and sorority culture on campus and the values of the organization.

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Does being Greek end at graduation?

In addition to the numerous benefits during college, fraternities and sororities provide a many opportunities to their members after graduation. Fraternities and sororities provide a strong network for your student locally, nationally and abroad for career development and advancement. Furthermore, the leadership and organizational skills members learn in college will be invaluable in their future careers, and the friends they make will surely last a lifetime.

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What is the time commitment?

Time commitments will vary from chapter to chapter, but the first semester will likely be one of the busiest times. After initiation expectations vary, but each chapter has weekly required meetings as well as other mandatory events (community service, initiation, etc.) that are scheduled well in advance. As with any commitment, the more time you put into being involved in your chapter, the more you will get out of the experience

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What is philanthropy?

Philanthropic events are events in which fraternity and sorority members will raise money for a particular charitable cause. Many chapters hold events to raise money for campus-wide events, such as Up 'til Dawn, and most have particular charities associated with their inter/national headquarters.

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How do I get involved?

Students wishing to join a fraternity or sorority are encouraged to attend events sponsored by the Inter-Greek Programming Board or individual governing councils and chapters.  Attending events does not obligate a student to join an organization. Check out the How To Join portion of our website for more details. 

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Are there staff members supervising the chapters? 

Fraternity and Sorority Life is staffed by a full time Coordinator, three 1/4 time Graduate Assistants, a designated NPHC Advisor and a shared Office Coordinator. In addition to the support and structure the office provides for the students, chapters also elect undergraduate chapter officers to run the day-to-day operations, have alumni and faculty/staff advisors, and are responsible to report to an inter/national headquarter.

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Do members have to live in the chapter house?

At SIU, approximately 2/3 of our organizations do not maintain an official chapter house which are all privately managed and off campus. First year students are required to live on campus but after they have completed their SIU Housing contracts, they are eligible to move into a chapter house if their organization has one and has vacancies. Most chapter members will be able to live in their chapter house, however individual chapters have their own live-in guidelines. This would be an excellent question for your student to ask the chapter members before joining an organization.

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