Frequently Asked Questions
- Be happy with and supportive of the student's choice to join a fraternity or sorority and the organization he or she chooses.
- Remember that this is the student’s choice, and he or she should choose the chapter that feels right, regardless of legacies or family history!
- Ask Greek Life staff any questions about fraternity or sorority life.
- Don’t buy into gossip or hearsay.
- Know the names and phone numbers of the chapter president, new member educator, big brother or big sister and chapter advisor.
- Ask for details about the financial aspects of membership. Each chapter governs its finances individually. Many one time fees are paid in the first semester, so expect the first semester to be the most expensive.
- Be supportive and respectful of the student's initiation time. New member programs can range from one day to eight weeks long. Initiation dates should be made public to the new members, so please ask the student when initiation will occur.
- Talk with them! Phone calls, emails, letters and care packages are always appreciated.
- Expect to see new t-shirts, photos and other Greek paraphernalia.
- Encourage students to be a part of the Georgia State University community and take advantage of the numerous resources.
- Contact Greek Life staff with any questions about participation in a fraternity or sorority for a student with a disability.
Aren't fraternities and sororities just like the one's shown in the media (e.g., Animal House, Old School and Greek)?
Nobody likes stereotypes. Unfortunately, fraternity and sorority members have been categorized as elitist, spoiled, partiers, irresponsible and abusive since the screening of these shows and others. In reality, fraternities and sororities are values based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendships.
Should alcohol be a concern if my son or daughter joins a Greek organization? In other words, what is it really like in a chapter?
All fraternities and sororities have strict polices regulating the consumption of alcohol at social functions. All chapters are expected to uphold state, county and city laws, as well as Georgia State University's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Risk management guidelines are set by each chapter's local or national board and must adhere to Georgia State University's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. In response, the university's fraternities and sororities are sponsoring and participating in many alcohol free social activities throughout the year. Therefore, students are encouraged to ask about the risk management guidelines at each sorority or fraternity.
The Greek community at Georgia State University strives for academic excellence and improved scholastic achievement. Each chapter has chosen a grade point average requirement that each member must maintain to be in good standing. Chapters also offer academic assistance for their members, providing monitored study hours and peer tutoring. Every chapter understands that its members are students first and provide recognition to those who excel and improve their academic standing. There also is an honorary fraternity, Order of Omega, for both men and women that recognizes student leaders on campus.
The financial obligations that accompany membership differ from chapter to chapter. Each organization is self supporting, functioning from dues paid by its members. The first year of membership is generally higher due to one-time membership fees. Dues and other fees cover items such as national membership, insurance, social events, composites, leadership programs, alumni functions and new member recruitment. Each chapter will be able to provide students with specific financial information during recruitment or whenever they happen to visit.
When students join a chapter, they will participate in a period of orientation where they learn about the history and values of the organization and the university, as well as attend weekly business meetings (also referred to as chapter meetings). Hazing is opposed by all fraternities and sororities on the university campus and is not tolerated! (See the university's hazing policy in the Student Code of Conduct for more information.) Students should never be asked to do anything they do not want do to. Parents who believe that students are being hazed should contact Greek Life staff or the Dean of Students. For more information on hazing, please visit Stop Hazing.