Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment?
The amount of required time to be a member of a fraternity or sorority can be significant. Sororities and fraternities both have new members go through a new member education program which varies organization to organization. This is a period to learn about the history and core values of the organization while strengthening bonds with current members and pledge class brothers or sisters. Expect to have at least one new member education meeting, a full chapter meeting, and one or two social and/or philanthropic events a week. Please be aware that many members of fraternities and sororities are student athletes, involved in other organizations on campus, hold jobs, and a variety of other commitments yet still earn some of the top GPA’s at the school. With proper time management, it is more than possible to join a fraternity or sorority.
Where would I live?
Many fraternities and sororities at SIU have a chapter house where a portion of their members live. All chapter houses are located on or nearby campus. Students in contracts with SIU Housing cannot move into chapter houses until the contracts have been completed.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity or sorority?
Joining a fraternity or sorority will have a cost, and each chapter varies in the particular amount of dues. These dues are paid to the organization and help pay for activities such as special programming, brotherhood / sisterhood events, dances, formal dinners, and alumni gatherings. Additional costs may include a one time initiation fee, t-shirts, and insurance policies. The money spent, however, should be viewed as an investment for you or your student’s future success. Room and Board will vary chapter to chapter. When considering joining a particular fraternity or sorority, ask them to be up front about all costs incurred during the school year.
What about hazing?
Hazing is considered forcing someone do anything against their will. This can include drinking alcohol, public humiliation, and physical abuse. SIU does not tolerate hazing; fraternities or sororities caught doing so will go through the judicial process. Anyone who thinks themselves as a victim of hazing is encouraged to contact Fraternity and Sorority Life and the matter will be handled discreetly.
If I start the joining process, do I have to finish?
No. Recruitment, New Member Education and/or Membership Intake are times for prospective members to decide if fraternity or sorority membership is right for them. Once you begin a process, there may be financial obligations you need to meet before quitting. If you decide to leave prior to initiation, you may be eligible to join another organization at a later time.