WHAT IS FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE?
Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations that provide friendship, academic support, opportunities for civic engagement, and leadership development for many college students. Fraternities and sororities have been a part of South Dakota State student life for more than fifty years and the Greek community continues to grow today
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PARENT OR FAMILY MEMBER?
Be supportive of your student. Learn more about the organizations your student is thinking about joining and do not be afraid to ask questions. Feel free to contact Vice President of Recruitment, Jayma Benda at 765-421-1324 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO GO THROUGH RECRUITMENT?
Any student enrolled at South Dakota State University may go through recruitment. This includes first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, and transfer students. Most chapters also have GPA requirements for potential new members.
DO ALL MEMBERS LIVE IN THE HOUSE?
Ceres and Alpha Xi Delta have official facilities where members live together. Chi Omega has apartments in Meadows South blocked off for chapter members generally in their sophomore year. Each organization has its own policies for living in the facility. Students are encouraged to ask about live-in policies and housing contracts before joining an organization. Even if chapters do not have official housing, it is common for members of the same chapter to live together.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT OF A SORORITY?
Sorority membership is a significant time commitment. Members of typically expected to attend a weekly house/chapter meeting, as well as several special events each year (such as recruitment, philanthropy events, and initiation ceremonies). Members can choose to take on leadership roles that require further time commitments and they also choose to participate in a variety of optional activities like social functions and intramural sports. Education is the tope priority for South Dakota State students and classes and exams always take precedence over organization events. Many sorority members do find time to participate in other student organizations and/or have a job, in addition to the commitments of their organization and being a student.
WHAT KIND OF FINANCIAL COMMITMENT DOES A SORORITY REQUIRE?
Organizations collect dues and membership fees or house bills from every member. Most groups have one-time initiation fees, plus semester or monthly dues. Dues are spent on philanthropic events, social events, scholarship programming, membership recruitment, and parent/alumni programming. Most organizations offer payment plans and scholarships to help their members meet their financial obligations.
WHAT ABOUT HAZING?
Hazing is contrary to the missions and values of fraternities and sororities and a violation of South Dakota State University policy. There is a strict no-hazing policy that is followed by all Greek Organizations