Role of the Parent
What is my role as a parent?
Encourage your son or daughter to attend as many campus events as possible during their time here. Being involved is the best way to meet active Greek members and learn about their chapters. Involvement in other student organizations is looked favorably upon during the membership selection process of Greek Organizations.
Students need support throughout the process of recruitment and new member education. Be supportive and learn as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he/she meets members in fraternities and sororities.
Keep an open mind… Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you have been a fraternity/sorority member does mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter. The same can be said if you were not a member of a fraternity/sorority.
Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Groups that may have been strong on the campus where you, a family member, friend, colleague attended school may not be the same at Shepherd University. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
Know that the system of fraternity/sorority recruitment is competitive. Not everyone who wants to be Greek will receive a bid.
Do not become too involved in the sorority/fraternity recruitment process. This is your son/daughter’s decision. Too often, parents do not allow their students to “fight their own battles.” By allowing your son or daughter to make their own decision, helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness.
Keep the Greek Affairs Office contact information on hand if you have any questions or concerns about Greek life at Shepherd University.