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Parents

As a parent, you are undoubtedly concerned about your student’s college experience and the choices he or she will make. For your student, making the transition to Georgia State University may seem like a challenge. Fraternities and sororities exist as a proven support network for your student as he or she embarks on this new period in life. Over 750,000 students across North America are currently members of the fraternity and sorority community. This information is to help give you more insight into for what fraternities and sororities stand. Frequently Asked Questions will answer questions you may have. If you still have any questions after reviewing these pages, please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Mitchell, Coordinator of Greek Life, at 404-413-1580.

Academics
Academics should be your student’s number one focus while in college. That’s why most Greek organizations require a minimum GPA in order to remain a member. Usually, each individual chapter has an elected official who is responsible for keeping track of members and their academic performance. Furthermore, many fraternities and sororities have educational programs, such as tutoring and study sessions, which can assist their entire chapter in excelling academically. Since obtaining a degree is the main reason for attending college, your student needs to realize that he or she must keep up their grades if he or she wants to participate in a Greek organization.

Financial Responsibility
Your student will have financial responsibilities when it comes to joining a fraternity or sorority. The amount of dues he or she will have to pay each semester depends on which organization your student wants to join. If your student is really interested in becoming a member of the Greek life, you can sit down with him or her and work out a college budget to determine whether or not joining a fraternity or sorority is affordable.

Hazing
In the past, fraternities and sororities have received a bad reputation for participating in hazing, which is any action taken, or situation created, that produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright or ridicule. Today, all fraternity and sorority policies strictly prohibit any type of hazing activity. In fact, the organizations have a zero tolerance stance on this issue. Some states even have legislation that makes hazing a third-degree felony. If you feel that your student may be participating in inappropriate activities associated with hazing, please contact the Matthew Mitchell, the Coordinator of Greek Life, at 404-413-1580 immediately.

Time Commitment
On average, your student should expect to contribute two to four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. If your student has the time, he or she can also choose to participate in optional activities, such as holding an office, attending social events, helping out with various projects, etc. Some organizations require more time than others. Your student should ask questions regarding time commitments during recruitment. If your student decides that joining an organization is the right decision, he or she should thoroughly research the different councils and chapters located on Georgia State University’s campus to determine the best match for him or her. Discussing the options with your student will determine if your student’s decision is right for him or her. Then, you can support them through the process.