What are the benefits of joining a sorority or a fraternity?
As a member of the Greek Life community at Augusta University, an individual is provided with a home away from home, leadership opportunities and skills development, lifelong friendships and connections that are formed and will last long after your college years have ended, and great opportunities to give back through philanthropic and service opportunities.
What is the financial obligation to joining Greek Life?
Cost to be a member of a fraternity or sorority can vary greatly by chapter, but it is important to know ahead of time that there is some cost associated with being a member of a Greek organization. The dues go toward inter/national fees, chapter operation costs, social functions, among other miscellaneous costs. New members should expect to pay higher dues their first semester due to initiation fees. When in doubt, ask chapters you are interested in about their dues before you commit to their chapter.
What is the time commitment like?
Time commitment generally varies from chapter to chapter and from member to member, but you can expect to invest more time into a fraternity or sorority during your first semester as you go through your new member education program. After a new member has been initiated, chapter meetings generally occur once a week. There are also requirements throughout the semester like service projects, philanthropy events, ritual ceremonies, officer elections, etc. that may require more of your time in preparation of and during those events.
It should be noted that although the time commitment can be time intensive, a Greek organization should not interfere with your academic commitments.
What about social events - What should I expect?
Sororities and fraternities enjoy spending time with each other through social events like brotherhood/sisterhood retreats, formals, homecoming, themed events, CREW events, etc. Fraternity and sorority members are dedicated to their academics at Augusta University but also believe in rewarding themselves with opportunities to socialize and enjoy each other’s company.
Are there safety risks associated with membership in a sorority or a fraternity?
Although the media often negatively depicts Greek Life, it is important to know that Augusta University is extremely committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure that any organization on campus adds to the educational value of a student’s college experience. Greek organizations at Augusta University are required to follow alcohol and risk management policies in according with the state, local, and federal laws, which are enforced by University administrators and chapter advisors as well as the members themselves.
What are the rules regarding alcohol?
Each sorority or fraternity on campus has inter/national alcohol policies, which require members to follow all federal, state, and local laws, governing alcohol consumption. The University also has policies for all students regarding alcohol consumption and drug.
What are the rules regarding hazing?
No organization may participate in the activity of hazing. Hazing is any activity undertaken by a group or organization or a member of that group or organization in which members or prospective members are subjected to activities which harass, intimidate, physically exhaust, impart pain, cause undue metal fatigue or mental distress, or which cause mutilation or alteration of the body or parts of the body. Such activities include but are not limited to – tests of endurance, submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances, activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury, or any activity which by its nature is so profound that it would have a potential to cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, degradation, or public embarrassment. Registered organizations and groups shall be permitted certain initiation ceremonies and activities, which when examined by the ordinary University student, would seem reasonable under the circumstances and justified in view of the purpose for which they are conducted. It shall not constitute as a defense to the charge of hazing that the participants took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered.