There are many benefits to being a member of a fraternity or sorority. Below is a list of how membership can shape your student’s college experience to being more than the average student at East Carolina University.
The number one goal for your student at East Carolina University, should be to graduate. Fraternities and sororities can help your student achieve this as long as they work hard and commit themselves to being successful in the classroom. Most Greek organizations not only have a minimum GPA requirement to join but also to remain a member. Typically, 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 chapters in excelling academically. Most chapters also offer member scholarships. Since obtaining a degree is the main reason for attending college, our organizations are working to help all of their members be successful in the classroom.
On average, your student should expect to contribute a few hours per week for meetings and activities. If your student has the time and desire, 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 child to ask questions regarding time commitments during their recruitment/intake process.
Your student will have financial responsibilities when it comes to joining a fraternity or sorority. In most organizations, there is a one-time new member/initiation fee as well as semester membership dues. Depending on which organization your students wants to join will determine the amount of dues they will have to pay each semester. If your students is really interested in becoming a member of an organization, we suggest that you sit down with him or her and work out a college budget to determine whether or not joining a fraternity or sorority is within reason.
The dues that are paid cover a wide range of areas to keep the organizations in existence. These dues are used to pay for community service and philanthropic projects, social events, chapter houses (organization pending), parent and alumni events, insurance and national fees as well as general chapter expenses. We feel that is important to share a general breakdown of the costs and averages based on each council membership. Below is the average breakdown and we encourage students who are interested in joining to ask questions to clarify what is expected of them before they join.
It is important to understand that hazing is not an activity or behavior that is supported by East Carolina University. In addition to this, it is important to recognize that hazing happens in a variety of different organizations and venues on college campuses. Hazing may include the actions that produce 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 fill out an incident report.
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 their Inter/national organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. At ECU, four professionals make up the Office of Greek Life staff and serve as Greek Advisors and primary contacts for the Greek community.