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Welcome to our frequently asked questions section, below are common questions with answers. Simply click the + located at the end of each question to view the answer.
What is a "Fraternity"?
Fraternities are values-based organizations that provide friendship, academic support, opportunities for civic engagement, and leadership development for many college students. Fraternities are made up of groups of individuals of similar interest bonded together by common goals and aspirations. These bonds are created through rituals (commonly based on common principles such as honor, friendship, truth, and knowledge) in which members participate. Each group works to instill and support these ideals in their members through their everyday activities. Membership in a fraternity is a lifetime obligation and the choice to join the fraternity community means working with a group of men who can exchange and stand for common goals and ideas while being held to a higher standard than other college students. Each chapter develops a special bond that is nurtured thorough common work, laughter, service projects, intramurals and the shared success and frustrations of all.
How do I join a fraternity?
Individuals who wish to join a fraternity go through a recruitment process, which varies by council and by organization. Once an individual has gone through recruitment and decided to join an organization, the individual will go through new member education where they learn about history, traditions, and values of the organization. At the end of the new member education process, the new members are initiated into the organization.
When can I join an organization?
Most recruitment events happen within the first month of the semester. Most fraternity chapters recruit in the fall, and many also recruit in the spring.
What are the requirements to go through recruitment?
Any student enrolled at Indiana State University may go through recruitment. This includes first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, and transfer students. Most chapters have GPA requirements for potential new members.
How long does pledging take?
The new member education process differs between organizations but typically ranges between but ranges between 4 and 12 weeks. Ask the brothers/sisters of the organization you are looking to join for more specific information. Any New Member Education program must be complete prior to the last day of classes and cannot extend into another semester.
Will I be hazed?
Hazing is prohibited at Indiana State University and by all inter/national fraternities and sororities. Those who believe they are being hazed, have witnessed hazing in any form, or have questions of what constitutes hazing should contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (812) 237-3852, the Office of Student Conduct & Integrity (812) 237-3800, or the Inter/National Headquarters of the specific group involved.
If I rush/go through recruitment, am I obligated to join?
No. Going through the rush/recruitment process is non-binding. If you receive a bid to a Panhellenic Association organization and choose not to accept it, you will be ineligible to pledge another Panhellenic Association organization for one calendar year. Additionally, if you are initiated into a fraternity and choose to discontinue your membership, you will be ineligible to join a different fraternity.
I am a legacy, is there anything I should know?
A legacy is a student whose has a family member that already joined a particular fraternity or sorority. Students are free to seek membership in any organization they wish, and someone who qualifies as a legacy is not required to join any particular organization, nor is that organization required to offer the legacy a bid. All potential new members are considered individually.
Can I join more than one social organization?
No. Though you can get to know most, if not all, organizations through the rush/recruitment process, you can only accept one bid. There are however other Greek letter organizations that are based around certain professions, academic honors, or community service. Students are welcome to join both a social organization as well as these.
After joining, are there housing options with my organization available?
Several organizations have facilities where members live together. Students who join organizations with houses typically move into the house during their second year of membership. Each organization has its own live-in requirements. Students are encouraged to ask about live-in policies and housing contracts before joining an organization. Several fraternities do not have facilities, and their members do not have obligations to live in a particular place. Likely, you will want to live in the fraternity housing to take advantage of the opportunities it presents.
What is the time commitment of a fraternity?
Fraternity membership is a significant time commitment. Members are typically expected to attend a weekly 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 can also choose to participate in a variety of optional activities like social functions and intramural sports. Education is the top priority for ISU students, and classes and exams always take precedence over organization events. Many fraternity 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.