We look forward to having your student become part of the Greek Community!
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
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 college and university are also employed to
assist and monitor the activities. As you can see, a variety of individuals oversee
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
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 Parent's Weekend activities, and visiting chapter events.
Take time to talk to your student about Greek Life and their fraternity/sorority.
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 events.
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 of the Office for Student Engagement.
Southeastern Louisiana University Hazing Policy