Potential New Member FAQ’s
Why should I join a fraternity or
Joining a fraternity or sorority at
Ship will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
Sororities and fraternities have a
rich history at Ship dating back to the 1950s. These organizations are rooted
in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement,
community service, and life-long friendships. Fraternities and sororities are
groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of
individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a
well-rounded college education. Advantages include:
- A support group to help make the adjustment to college
- Scholastic resources to help student achieve their
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience
- Encouragement to get involved and maximize their
potential on campus
- Opportunities for active participation in community
The real question is why wouldn’t
How will joining a fraternity or
sorority affect my studies?
Fraternities and sororities serve as
a great resource for students academically through study hours and tutoring
programs. Most chapters require a certain grade point average for initial
membership into the organization.
Aren’t fraternities and sororities just
like the ones in the movies and tv?
Unfortunately, individuals without
complete information often define the image of Greek life. Since only a small
percent of the population is Greek, most people don’t have first-hand
experience and stereotypes are the norm. Greek organizations do hold social
events, but most of these do not include alcohol. These “social” events include
educational programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports,
Greek Week, and date events.
Doesn’t membership cost a lot of
The perception that fraternities and
sororities are only an option for “rich” students is widespread and false.
Greek organizations are quite affordable and fees go towards services and
events that will positively impact your child. Each chapter is self-supported
through dues charged to all members. Also, chapters have payment plans that can
be arranged to reduce to ease that responsibility.
Who actually is in charge of the
organization, and is there outside support?
Students elected to officer
positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers
are assisted by members serving on committees, so everyone is involved in and
exposed to leadership positions. Each member learns cooperation, communication,
and planning skills. Each group is governed by its inter/national headquarters,
which established their chapter’s regulations, and offers advice and direction
through professional staff and volunteers. The Office of Fraternity and
Sorority Life staff consists of professional liaisons to the Greek community,
offering support, advice and guidance to governing councils, chapter officers,
advisers, and members.
What about pledging or hazing?
All new fraternity and sorority
members experience a period of orientation. During this time, new members will
meet to learn about the fraternity’s local and national history as well as the
active brotherhood. They may participate in community service projects and
activities designed to build friendships among new members and initiated members.
Shippensburg has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent
with state law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Hazing includes any
activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical
exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of
the fraternity and sorority community and the University; therefore, it is not
tolerated. If you sense you may be participating in inappropriate activities as
a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life immediately. All calls will be handled
in a discreet manner.