What are the benefits of joining a Greek organization?
A truly rewarding fraternal experience provides our students with a complement to the academic mission while they are students at Shepherd University and attends to their development, both ethically and academically, by providing them with peer groups, values-based programming, service opportunities, leadership development, social outlets lifelong friendships, and a career network. Our fraternal organizations seek to uphold the tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, and brother/sisterhood. These values based organizations challenge their members to instill these principles into their own lives through their activities and interactions with the collegiate brothers or sisters, and alumni.
What fraternities and sororities are at Shepherd University?
Currently there are eight chapters at Shepherd University. Each Chapter is affiliated with a national or international organization that provides support and guidance for local chapters. Each chapter belongs to the either the Interfraternity Council (IFC) or the Panhellenic Council (PC).
Alpha Sigma Tau
Delta Zeta (or Dee Zee)
Sigma Sigma Sigma (or Sigma)
Lambda Chi Alpha (or Lambda Chi)
Tau Kappa Epsilon (or Teke)
Phi Kappa Tau (or Phi Tau)
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfornia (or PMA)
When is Recruitment and how does it work?
Formal recruitment for the sororities is currently held in the spring semester every year. Formal recruitment is very structured. You would be put in a group and have a Recruitment Guide who is someone you can ask questions to about the whole process. Since you're in a group, you won't be alone, so it's okay if your friends won't be there. During the first round of recruitment, you'll visit all the chapters. After each round you rank the sororities, and each round you visit less and less, typically ending with 1 or 2 on preference night. You'll rank those again (not just pick one!), and on bid day you find out where you got a bid to. Almost everyone gets a bid from somewhere during formal recruitment, so don't worry about that! There is a set quota of how many bids the chapters can give out, so they are usually a little more selective than they would be during informal because there are usually so many qualified women looking to join. But don't worry about that, the process pretty much always seems to work out and have people end up where they belong.
Recruitment for the fraternities is an informal recruitment each semester. Though their recruitment is not as structured as the sororities, the fraternities still have rules and regulations they have to follow. Events with alcohol and women are strictly forbidden by their national policies and by the University as well. Your time as a potential new member should be spent getting to know the men in the chapter and learning about the respective organization you join and not socializing. You will have plenty of time for that later.
Whether or not to join a fraternity is one of the biggest decisions you can make as a student and it should not be made on a whim. Take your time, meet everyone and make an informed decision because if you decide to join you will be making a lifelong commitment to your chapter and to the national organization.
How does the new membership process work?
Most chapters have a period of time, normally no more than 8 weeks, where their newest members learn the history, traditions, and values of the organization. New members will typically be involved in leadership training, community service projects, and other activities that will often offer them opportunities to better know the organization and its other members.
Will I have to worry about hazing being a part of the new membership process?
“Shepherd University unconditionally opposes any action taken or any action taken or situation created, intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off premises owned or leased by the organization, which has the effect of producing psychological or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities or situations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Use of alcohol or other drugs;
- Paddling in any form;
- Creation of excessive fatigue;
- Physical and/or psychological shocks;
- Quests, treasure hunts, or scavenger hunts;
- Coercing members to carry pledge books/interviewing books and mandating that new members participate in interviews and/or signatures;
- Line ups, standing in formation, or any variation thereof that includes but not limited to any activity where individuals are forced to answer questions or to endure any personal indignity;
- Road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of an organization’s facility or living unit (e.g., house);
- Wearing of apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste;
- Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery;
- Morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and
- Any other activities that
impede academic achievement are inconsistent with the constitution,
regulations, policies, or ritual of the national governing
organization, or violate University policies or applicable State law
- Activities including, but not limited to, those listed above that humiliate, degrade, abuse, or endanger a person’s physical or mental health for the purposes of affiliation with, membership in, or initiation into any organization – regardless of the person’s willingness to participate – will result in the club or organization being prosecuted to the fullest extent allowable under Shepherd University’s Student Conduct system. (Class I Offense)
- Activities including, but not limited to, those listed above that are implicitly or explicitly required of any prospective, new, or associate member but not required of active or full member – regardless of the person’s willingness to participate – will result in the flub or organization being prosecuted to the fullest extent allowable under Shepherd University’s Student Conduct system. (Class II Offenses) Adapted from: Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group (FIPG), 1998.” (Student Handbook, pp. 141-142).
What are the costs involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?
As private organizations, fraternities and sororities are self-sufficient entities that require membership dues. Membership dues are used to sponsor social events, membership recruitment, and programming in support of scholarship, leadership, and philanthropy projects. Financial obligations vary by chapter and many chapters provide their members with several payment plan options. If you’re worried about the financial commitment, you should speak with the chapter treasurer to find a solution prior to accepting a bid because your first semester and initiation fees can come as quite a financial shock to some students.
What is the time commitment involved with membership in a Greek organization?
Students can make their Greek experience as extensive as they like. Some members spend many hours a week being involved with their chapters by participating in intramural athletics, holding an executive office, or attending social functions while others may limit their time to chapter meetings and events. The more time a member spends with the members in their organization and at Chapter activities, the more benefits a student will receive from membership. Just like any other activity, the more you put into it, the more you will get out.
Does Shepherd University offer Greek Chapter Housing?
Shepherd University does not currently offer Greek housing on campus. Any off-campus residences occupied by members of Greek organizations are not recognized by the College as “Greek housing.”
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact, Director of Greek Affairs at 304-876-5105 for more information.