Will Greek membership affect my child's grades?
Academic achievement is a priority for all Greek organizations. Greek organizations have grade point average requirements and offer study sessions, tutoring, and other programs to assist members to succeed academically. At WKU, the average GPA of Greek students is consistently above the all university average. Students who take advantage of the academic opportunities available and properly balance their time between academic and extra-curricular pursuits will find that Greek membership will enhance their academic performance. Studies have consistently found that fraternity and sorority members are significantly more likely to graduate from their program and report more satisfaction with their university experience than for unaffiliated students.
How does my son or daughter join a fraternity or sorority at WKU?
WKU fraternities and sororities recruit new members at different times throughout the school year, through three different processes. These processes are Fraternity Formal Recruitment, Sorority Formal Recruitment and Individual Chapter Recruitment. Each Fall, the Panhellenic sororities host Formal Membership Recruitment, a fun and informative system to guide women to the best sorority fit for them, and some sororities continue to accept additional new members through Continuous Open Bidding through the academic year. Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities also host their Formal Membership Recruitment at the beginning of each semester. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters observe their own individual processes (referred to as intake) for welcoming new members during the academic year. There is more information under the council tabs on the left hand navigation bar, click on the council and then recruitment or intake.
What is the hazing policy?
Hazing is strictly prohibited by WKU and all fraternities and sororities. Hazing is defined as any action or situation with or without consent that recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk or injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a chapter or colony of any sorority or fraternity. Hazing is not tolerated. If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Student Activities at (270) 745-2459.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by alumni who act as advisors. Each chapter is also responsible to report with their Inter/national organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. At WKU, staff members within the Office of Student Activities are the primary contacts for the Greek community.
What is the financial obligation?
It is important for students and parents to be as informed as possible regarding the financial obligations associated with fraternity and sorority membership. Like some opportunities for involvement in college there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as living in or out of a chapter house. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. While your son or daughter is participating in the recruitment process, make sure that he or she asks about the financial obligations of membership. For more information finances click here.
How will joining a chapter now benefit my student after college?
The life long friendships your student will make through their chapter can last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience. Joining now is really an investment in your student's future. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he/she will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of their fraternity or sorority in the area. In addition, Greeks have national networks for its members that could be helpful in finding jobs or internships.
What can I do as a parent or family member?
Be supportive, and learn as much as you can by asking your student questions before they join. Allow your student to make their own choice (especially if you yourself were Greek). Your support should not end after the recruitment period but continue throughout your student's years in school. Once your student joins a chapter, take advantage of events and activities for parents and during the fall participate in WKU's Parent and Family Weekend. These are great opportunities for you to see your student interacting with their chapter members, and one more way for you to spend time with your student.