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What is fraternity and sorority life?
A values-based organization characterized by a ritual, pin, and a strong tie to friendship and moral principles. Many have Greek letters as their names.

What is the parent or family role?
Take time to find out from your son or daughter what it means to them to be in a fraternity or sorority. Be happy and supportive of their choice and keep in touch with them. Attend parent and family weekend that their organization may put on. Also, encourage them to attend the many educational opportunities.

How will this benefit my child?
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.

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."

What is the financial obligation?
Each fraternity and sorority have different financial obligations. The money goes to different programs the chapter puts on for their members, brotherhood/sisterhood events, alumni gatherings, traditional celebrations and more. Additional fees could be for initiation, t-shirts, and for those with houses they may also have a fee for that. The best way to know the cost is to talk to the specific sorority or fraternity in which your child is looking to join.     

Does my child have to live in the house?
Not all our organizations do maintain an official chapter house, those that do 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.

What is recruitment? Intake?
Recruitment is the process used by fraternities / sororities to select new members. Intake is the process MGC and NPHC organizations perform to recruit, select, and educate new members.

How does this affect academics?
Our organizations have higher GPA’s then the overall campus GPA. We do this through study hours, mentorship and incentives. Each fraternity and sorority also require each of its members to maintain a certain GPA.

Who’s in charge of fraternities and sororities?
Fraternity and Sorority Life is staffed by a full time Coordinator and Graduate Assistants. 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.