Parents are concerned about their student’s college experience and the choices he or she will make. Making the transition to Georgia State University may seem like a challenge. Fraternities and sororities exist as a proven support network for students as they embark 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 parents more insight into for what fraternities and sororities stand. Frequently Asked Questions will answer questions parents may have. Any parent who still has questions after reviewing these pages should not hesitate to contact Matthew Mitchell, coordinator of Greek Life, at 404-413-1580.
Academics should be students’ 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, students need to realize that they must keep up their grades if they want to participate in a Greek organization.
Students who join a fraternity or sorority will have associated financial responsibilities. The amount of dues students have to pay each semester depends on which organization they want to join. Parents can sit down with their student to work out a college budget to determine whether or not joining a fraternity or sorority is affordable.
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. Any parent who believes that his or her student may be participating in inappropriate activities associated with hazing should contact Matthew Mitchell, coordinator of Greek Life, at 404-413-1580 immediately.
On average, students should expect to contribute two to four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. If a 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. Student should ask questions regarding time commitments during recruitment. Students should thoroughly research the different councils and chapters located on Georgia State University’s campus to determine the best match for him or her. Parents also can support students through the search and decision process and discuss the options with them to determine if the decision to join is the right one.