Academics should be your student's number one focus while in college. This is 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 the entire chapter in excelling academically. Most chapters also offer member scholarships. Since obtaining a degree is the main reason for attending college, It is important for your student to realize that academia is a cornerstone to the fraternity and sorority life experience.
Your college student will have financial responsibilities when it comes to joining a fraternity or sorority. At most schools, there is a one-time new member/initiation fee as well as semester membership dues. Depending on the organization your student joins, will determine the amount of dues they will have to pay each semester. If your student is really interested in becoming a member of the Greek Life community, you should sit down with them and work out a college budget to determine whether or not joining a fraternity or sorority is affordable.
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, they 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. Advise your student to ask questions regarding an organization's time commitments during recruitment.
Fundraising and Service
Fraternities and Sororities participate in many different activities. The kind of activities your student may participate in will vary depending on which chapter they join. Possible activities may include:
Fundraising for charities
Tutoring elementary school students
Conducting environmental and neighborhood clean-ups
Organizing clothing and book collections
Volunteering at shelters
Zero Tolerance for Hazing
In the past, fraternities and sororities have received a bad reputation for participating in hazing, which is any action taken 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 taken on 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, you should contact the hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293)
As a parent, learning about fraternities and sororities alongside your son or daughter, can help them make the best decision about being part of the UNLV Greek Life community. This section of our website will help give you more insight as to what fraternity and sorority life is all about.