Parents Guide

We welcome you and your student to Southeastern! We are excited that your student is interested in becoming a member of a Greek organization. Joining a fraternity or sorority is any important decision. As with many important decisions it helps to have the support of your family and friends. As you and your student start the process of learning more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at Southeastern Louisiana University, refer to our website for some helpful information. Encourage your student to take the time to learn what every organization has to offer. Each organization is unique and will provide your student with a lifetime of opportunities.

We look forward to having your student become part of Fraternity and Sorority Life!

Parent Frequently Asked Questions

I'm concerned about grades. What impact would membership have?

Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities and sororities assist in the transition by offering scholarship programs which might include study partners, mandatory study hours and time management workshops. Members can access the network of friends who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills centers, computer labs and academic advisors. While fraternities and sororities are concerned about the academic achievement of their members, your son/daughter is still ultimately responsible for utilizing the resources made available.

Who is actually in charge of the fraternity or 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 fraternities and sororities are part of a national organization which offers support, advice, and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from the University are also employed to assist and monitor the activities.

Doesn't it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity or sorority?

Each organization is self-supported though dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, the only expenses will be regular dues. A variety of payment plans are offered. Greek organizations are quite affordable and fees go to services that will positively impact your student.

My student will make friends in the residence hall and classes. What would be different about being a member of the Greek community?

Membership in a Greek organization is a living and learning experience for men and women with shared values and objectives. Chapter members develop a special bond of brotherhood and sisterhood. These friendships last beyond the college years and are nurtured by alumnae activities and networking programs that provide opportunities for continued camaraderie, service, leadership development, and scholastic support.

What is my role as a parent?

Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions prior to and throughout the membership recruitment process. Once your child chooses to join a chapter, there will be opportunities for family activities, and visiting chapter events. Take time to talk to your student about Fraternity and Sorority Life and their respective chapter.

Are fraternities and sororities just like the ones in the movies and television?

The images portrayed in the movies and television shows do not reflect those attitudes at Southeastern Louisiana University. Greek organizations do hold social events, but most of these do not include alcohol. These "social" events include educational programs, community service events, intramural sports, Homecoming, Greek Week, date parties and mixers. Today's Greek communities have adopted a stringent approach to socializing by creating a safer, more beneficial environment for its members. There are strict guidelines and procedures concerning the availability of alcohol at chapter events. These policies are enforced by the University, national organizations, and local chapters.

How much time is needed to be involved in a Greek organization?

As a new member, your student can expect to attend weekly meetings, community service projects, sisterhood and brotherhood events, and social functions. These activities continue in the organization after your student's new member period is over. Your student's Greek experience will be what they make of it the more they put in to it, the more they will get out of it!

What about the use of alcohol, controlled substances, and hazing?

Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state, parish, and city laws and university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. The days of large quantities of alcohol at a social function are gone. Instead, you'll find members participating in alcohol-free social activities like Strawberry Jam, Mocktails and Homecoming Week.

Southeastern Louisiana University Alcohol Policy

The Southeastern Greek Community has a strong, zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. New members are educated on the dangers of hazing. Hazing of any type is seen as a serious violation of the university's policies and should be reported to the Director or Assistant Director for the Office for Student Engagement.

Southeastern Louisiana University Hazing Policy