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Frequently Asked Questions

Will joining a fraternity or sorority compromise my academics?
On the contrary, a central mission of all Greek-letter organizations is academic excellence. Fraternities and sororities understand that their members are students first and foremost. Fraternities and sororities pride themselves in having outstanding scholarship due to the importance placed on academics. The University has placed a policy on academic performance standards for Greek-letter organizations which requires members and those interested in becoming members to maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher each semester. All chapters have scholarship programs that include required study hours, tutoring, recognition for academic success, etc.

Is hazing considered a tradition among fraternities and sororities?
Hazing has no place in any organization. Reinhardt University will not tolerate hazing in any student organization. In addition, hazing is against the law in the State of Georgia. All fraternity and sorority members know that hazing is against their national policies, university policy, and the law. All reports will be taken seriously. You may choose to remain anonymous or identify yourself and ask for confidentiality. We greatly appreciate your care, concerns and insight. If you feel you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities, you should contact the Office of Student Activities immediately at 770-720-5540 or email Dr. Walter May, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities at wpm@reinhardt.edu

What is the financial commitment associated with fraternities and sororities?

Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting with revenue coming from members who pay dues. When students join a Greek-letter organization, they agree to pay dues and fees while enrolled at Reinhardt University in order to maintain membership. While membership is affordable, some chapters are able to make accommodations for special circumstances, but students should discuss the financial obligations with you before they join.

Who is the outside representative for each of these organizations? What is their role?

The fraternities and sororities have local representatives who will assist in the establishment of a chapter at the University. Thereafter, all organizations are required to have an advisor to support the providing of community, stability, information, training, discipline, leadership, business expertise and maturity.

What are the fraternity’s/sorority’s views on drinking?

The University’s organizations will receive training from the Student Activities staff, as well as their national organizations, concerning alcohol and risk management. Most organizations have strict policies regarding alcohol. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with organization funds or on the organizations behalf.

Can athletes join?

Yes, athletes are encouraged to join fraternities or sororities to become more involved on campus. There are no restrictions from athletes joining Greek-letter organizations as long as they are able to attend and participate in required events.

Are there leadership opportunities within fraternities and sororities?

Members of fraternities and sororities on campus have several opportunities to get involved in leadership both in and out of their chapter.

Does being a member of a Greek-letter organization have benefits after graduation?
Absolutely. Membership is a lifelong commitment. Once you are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. As such, each organization has an extensive alumni network. Being a fraternity or sorority member means having an immediate connection with thousands of other members. There are many successful alumni all over the country who are always looking to hire the best and the brightest that our community has to offer. In addition, there are alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan areas across the country. If you find yourself in a new city, you can start your networking with your brothers or sisters in the local alumni group. Relationships with alumni are one of the unique aspects of Greek membership. Opportunities for mentoring, career networking, fundraising and collaborating with alumni are some of the most meaningful experiences that last for years after college.

Questions

Questions regarding fraternities or sororities? Contact Dr. Walter May, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities at wpm@reinhardt.edu or 770-720-5540.