Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a commuter; can I join a fraternity or sorority?
Because Southeastern is a large commuter school, the majority of men and women involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life are commuters. Each organization works with its members to accommodate their schedules. The chapters usually have their meetings on the same night, and it is known before classes are scheduled.
I want to join a fraternity or sorority, but I am scared of hazing, what do I do?
The Southeastern 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 Office for Student Engagement or the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability.
How much time is needed to be involved in a social Greek organization?
As a new member, you can expect to attend weekly meetings, community service projects, sisterhood and brotherhood events, and social functions. These activities continue in the organization after your new member period is over. Your experience in your chapter will be what you make of it the more you put in to it, the more you will get out of it!
Is it a lot of money to join a fraternity or sorority?
Though financial commitment is necessary, that commitment comes with many benefits. Most of the organizations will offer payment plans, allowing you to spread payments throughout the semester. There are many opportunities on campus for scholarships, work study programs, and financial aid. Do not let the money factor stand in the way of an opportunity of a lifetime.
Can I live in the fraternity or sorority house my first semester?
As stated in the housing section, if a freshman woman is planning on going through sorority recruitment and would like to have the opportunity to be near the sorority houses, the Village M Residence Hall is an option. For both men and women if there is an open spot in the house of the particular fraternity or sorority that they become a member of and the chapter allows new members to live in the house, then they are able to switch from the residence hall to the fraternity or sorority house after recruitment.
Will being a member of a social Greek organization make my grades suffer?
The all Fraternity and Sorority Life average consistently exceeds the all-campus average. Many of the fraternities and sororities offer a scholarship program which promotes academic excellence. Chapters offer incentives for having good grades, provide study hall hours, save notes for classes, and offer sessions to help each other schedule classes.
Will I be able to work while in a fraternity or sorority?
In today's world, very few students can attend college without outside employment. Chapters recognize this and work with members to meet financial and attendance obligations. Many students are able to find employment by networking with alumnae.
How do I register for recruitment and what are the requirements?
Men interested in fraternity membership must be a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 hours and must have a 2.5 cumulative high school or collegiate grade point average.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (Historically Black Greek Letter Fraternities and Sororities)
NPHC member fraternities and sororities conduct recruitment drives individually throughout the academic year. Membership selection into the NPHC chapters is referred to as the intake process. Each NPHC member fraternity and sorority has their own specific intake process that they may vary in time, content, and expense.
NPHC chapters on campus do not recruit first semester freshman. Most chapters expect potential members to have a minimum of 12 hours of college credit hours earned and a grade point average of 2.5 or better.
Collegiate Panhellenic Council
The application can be turned in with a $50 nonrefundable processing fee online. The requirements are: full-time student (12 hours minimum), and must have a minimum cumulative high school or collegiate grade point average of 2.5. Several sorority chapters require higher GPA averages for membership eligibility.
The Basic Expectations talk about alcohol. What is it really like?
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.
What are some frequently used terms in Fraternity and Sorority life?
Active: An initiated collegiate member who is currently paying dues to a fraternity or sorority.
Bid: An invitation to join a Greek organization.
Big Brother or Big Sister: An active member who serves as a mentor to a New Member during their New Member Program.
Brother: A form of address when one initiated member refers to another member in a fraternity.
Call: A vocal sound (sometimes high-pitched) used by members of NPHC and cultural-based Greek fraternities and sororities to acknowledge one another.
Chapter: The local group of undergraduate students on a particular campus recognized by the university and the national organization.
C.O.B. (Continuous Open Bidding): The time period in which chapters may select new members at any time during the school year other than Formal Recruitment.
Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC): The governing body of five sororities on campus affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference.
Crossed: The actual date of initiation into a NPHC or cultural-based sorority or fraternity.
Divine Nine: Term used to describe the nine NPHC affiliate chapters. Also the title of the book that chronicles the history of NPHC fraternities and sororities.
Formal Recruitment: A designated membership recruitment period during which each sorority or fraternity holds a series of organized events. It is mutual selection process.
Fraternity: Name that applies to all Greek-letter organizations, characterized by a ritual, pin, and strong ties of friendship*. Informally, women's fraternities are called sororities. *Although the full name of a sorority may include either sorority or fraternity, informally all women's fraternities are called sororities.
Recruitment Counselor: A member from a sorority chosen and trained to assist during Formal Recruitment events and to advise potential new members throughout the process.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of the eight fraternities on campus affiliated with the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
Initiation: A ritual-based (non-hazing) ceremony that marks the acceptance of a lifetime commitment to a Greek org.
International/National Headquarters: The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority.
Legacy: Someone whose grandparent, parent or sibling is a member of a particular Greek letter organization. Being a legacy does not guarantee membership.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): The governing body of all eight historically African American fraternities and sororities on campus who are affiliated with the NPHC on a national level.
Neophyte: A member of the last line to cross in the local chapter of a NPHC or cultural-based fraternity or sorority.
New Member: A new member of a fraternity or sorority aspiring to become an initiated member.
Philanthropy: A charitable project supported by a fraternity or sorority.
Potential New Member: A non-member who is eligible to participate in the recruitment process, visiting fraternities or sororities with an interest in possibly affiliating with one organization.
Probate Show: The introduction of a line to campus. This is usually the first full step show/exhibition performed by members of the new member class of a NPHC or cultural-based Greek fraternities and sororities.
Quota: System used to equalize, in general, the number of members in each Collegiate Panhellenic Council sorority. It means the number of women who may be offered bids in the recruitment process by each group. The quota is set by CPC and depends on the number of potential new members and sororities on a particular campus.