How will my student benefit from joining a Greek organization?
There are many benefits to joining a Fraternity or Sorority as well as a larger community at USI. Fraternity/Sorority Life (FSL) at USI is built upon five pillars of excellence. Students seek excellence in scholarship, leadership, brotherhood and sisterhood, philanthropy, and growth, personal, chapter and community. By participating in FSL at USI, your student has the opportunity to develop skills in all of these areas and to build life-long connections while serving the greater community. Members are lifelong learners, leaders with self-understanding, diverse and well-rounded community members, and citizens with a greater understanding of the world and altruism.
How will joining a Greek organization affect my student’s academic pursuits?
As scholarship is one of the main pillars of excellence upon which Fraternity/Sorority Life at USI is built, students are encouraged to not only maintain their academic pursuits, but they are challenged to excel academically. To join an IFC fraternity or a Panhellenic sorority, a minimum 2.6 GPA is required, though some chapters have a higher minimum GPA set by their (inter)national organization.
What are the social aspects of membership in a Greek organization that I should expect?
Fraternities and Sororities provide a multitude of social interactions for students. As such, the university takes great strides to ensure that there is a safe and comfortable environment for all students who choose to participate. USI has a strict policy prohibiting alcohol on campus and polices/guidelines for when organizations host events where alcohol is present.
What is the financial obligation if my student joins a Fraternity or Sorority?
As with all avenues of involvement in college, there are some financial obligations that accompany participation in fraternity or sorority life which should be considered before making the commitment to join. While each organization may have a different amount, your student should expect to pay somewhere between $250 and $400 per semester to participate in Greek life. This fee goes toward national and chapter expenses as well as the social enterprises of the organization. In some instances, as a new member, your student may pay more for that semester than any of the semesters to follow to account for specific new member fees. You should discuss the financial obligation with your student ahead of time to make it clear whose responsibility payment will be.
Is hazing part of the Greek culture at the University of Southern Indiana?
Though the Greek culture is often portrayed in film as being full of acts of hazing, the university maintains strict policies against hazing, as do the individual chapters on USI’s campus. Hazing is defined as any action taken or any situation created whether on or off chapter premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Hazing is forbidden and will not be tolerated. If your student feels that he or she has been a victim of an act of hazing, he or she can contact Fraternity and Sorority Life for assistance.
Who is actually in charge of fraternities and sororities?
Each chapter elects individuals to govern the day-to-day operations of the chapter and to oversee the enforcement of (inter)national rules and regulations on USI’s campus. Additionally, each chapter has an alumni advisor who can assist the chapter in ensuring compliance with (inter)national policies. Finally, the Program Advisor for Fraternity/Sorority Life oversees the functioning of every chapter on campus and serves as the primary contact for the USI Greek Community.
Encourage your student to get involved in the Greek Community at USI. Even if your student is unsure about whether or not Greek life is definitely for him or her, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the organizations and meet the brothers and sisters before committing.
The recruitment and intake process can be a stressful one for some students. Be supportive throughout the recruitment process and especially throughout the period in which your student is a new member.
Keep an open mind about Greek life – just because an organization was the right choice for you, doesn’t mean it is the right choice for your student. Be supportive and open about their right to make their best decision.
Greek life is different on every campus. Be sure to let your student choose the organization they are most comfortable joining. Avoid using impressions of what a specific organization is like on other campuses to color your student’s choice.
Know that recruitment is competitive and not everyone will receive a bid from their organization of choice. Be supportive if your student does not and encourage them to seek involvement in other aspects of the university or to speak with the Program Advisor if they have concerns.
Don’t get involved in the recruitment process – though it is stressful, it is the student’s task to navigate the process. Letting them “fight their own battles” is the only way to ensure they are satisfied with their efforts in the end.
Keep the Student Development Office numbers on hand in case you have questions – we are always available to help students navigate the transition.
The Parents & Family office is also an excellent resource to have on hand if you’re interested in getting more involved with USI.
Remember that college is an experience and a journey for all students. Be supportive and open to your student’s perspective and be sure to recognize their independence and individuality.
Fraternity recruitment is the process by which interested individuals have the opportunity to attend events sponsored by the fraternities. Students have a chance to meet and interact with the brothers and learn about the fraternity. Though Formal Recruitment Week occurs every Fall, there are opportunities to join a fraternity outside of these designated recruitment weeks such as informal recruitment chapters host each Spring. Formal Recruitment Week is September 17-21, 2013.
To be eligible to participate in both Fraternity Recruitment, a minimum 2.6 GPA is required, as well as a financial obligation in the form of chapter dues. Note that some chapters have a higher minimum GPA requirement as set forth by their (inter)national organizations.
Formal Sorority Recruitment is a mutual selection process that allows the student and the sorority members to become acquainted. Participating in Recruitment does not obligate the student to join a sorority; it simply provides an opportunity for the student to learn more about Greek life at the University of Southern Indiana. Formal recruitment takes place early each fall semester. There are limited opportunities to join a chapter outside of formal recruitment. In order to participate in Sorority Recruitment, there is a small fee of $20 which helps pay for supplies, food, drink, etc. throughout the weekend. Interested students must register and pay for recruitment by 6 pm on Thursday, September 12. Formal Sorority Recruitment is September 12-16, 2013.
To be eligible to participate in both Sorority Recruitment, a minimum 2.6 GPA is required, as well as a financial obligation in the form of chapter dues. Note that some chapters have a higher minimum GPA requirement as set forth by their (inter)national organizations.
If you have any further questions about Fraternity/Sorority Life, please feel free to contact us at USI1Greek@usi.edu or call the Office of Student Development Programs at 812.465.7167
Concerned your son/daughter is a victim of hazing?
Contact any of the resources below:
Office of Student Development Programs, 812.465.7167
Dean of Students, 812.464.1862
Office of Public Safety, 812.464.1845