Does it cost a lot to be Greek?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting through dues paid by its members. When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join. Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, due to the Panhellenic, social activities, resources and other miscellaneous costs. Before you join an organization, be sure to ask about the cost and what the payment plans are.
What about hazing and alcohol abuse?
Hazing is a big concern to parents. Armstrong does not allow or tollerate hazing of any kind. New members experience a period of orientation. Each new member is asked to sign an anti-hazing statement stating that they will not allow themselves to be hazed and will report any such wrongdoing.
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state, county and city laws, and university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. In addition, most chapters are not allowed to purchase alcohol for their members due to national risk-management policies.
Won't working while in school conflict with participation in a fraternity or sorority?
Fraternities and sororities recognize that it is important for members to be able to meet their financial obligations and that many students will work to help finance their educations. Working students can still take advantage of the opportunities available through the Greek community.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity or sorority?
Fraternity and sorority members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. In addition, all Greek organizations at Armstrong are part of a national organization, which offers support, advice and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. The Associate Director of Student Life and Judicial Affairs assists and monitors Greek organizations.
What is my role as a parent?
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son or daughter as he/she meets people through the recruitment/intake process. Also be an active parent during your child's years in a fraternity or sorority. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the chapter advisor.