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Expectations of Membership

 

Financial Responsibility 

Membership fees vary from organization to organization. There are national fees; some are one time fees, while others are annual or semi-annual fees. Each chapter is self-supported by local dues paid by members. Financial obligations are a major consideration when joining a fraternity or sorority. It is essential that each member take responsibility for his or her commitment to a particular organization. The first year of membership in a Greek organization is the most expensive due to the one time fees every new initiate must pay. The following are the expected fees:

  • New Member Fee: Covers costs for manuals, notebooks, materials and new member pins.
  • Initiation Fee: Covers costs for national dues, subscription to the national magazine, lifetime membership dues and the initiation ceremony.
  • Social Dues: Covers costs for events such as recruitment/intake, officer budgets, social service projects, social functions and special events.

Hazing

Hazing is absolutely forbidden. No member, new or seasoned, should be hazed or participating in hazing another person. Hazing is something that we will not tolerate and has no place in creating bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood. Also, silent participation or acquiescence in the presence of Hazing, as well as failure to report Hazing when a Student has knowledge or suspicion of Hazing, are not neutral acts; they are violations of these Policies: 

According to North Carolina law (NCGS § 14-35):

“It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college or school in this State to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section Hazing is defined as follows: ‘to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group.’ Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor.”

Code of Student Life or other applicable rules, including the following: 

Engages in hazingHazing by university groups is prohibited on or off-campus. Hazing is defined as a covert or overt action, occurring on or off-campus, by an individual or group of individuals in connection to recruitment, initiation, rite of passage, or membership in a fraternity, sorority, UNCW sport club, group, organization or athletic team; that subjects any other member of the university community, voluntarily or involuntarily, to activity which creates an atmosphere for potential or actual humiliation, degradation, verbal, emotional or 24 physical distress, abuse or injury; or compromises the academic mission and/or reputation of the university.  

In order to report a hazing incident please click here or if you have any questions call the Office of the Dean of Students at 910.962.3119

Time Commitment 

Joining a fraternity or sorority involves a weekly time commitment. The amount of time spent weekly with the organization varies with each member. Typically, each chapter holds at least one (1) meeting each week. There are mandatory events for the individual chapters and Fraternity and Sorority Life as a whole; however, members should be given at least two (2) weeks' notice to these events. Some members choose to participate in optional activities, such as holding an office, attending social events, helping out with various projects, committees, etc. Some organizations require more time than others, so it is important to ask for information on time commitment during the recruitment/informational process. 

Academics 

  • Maintain a GPA that is at or above the average for all undergraduate student's GPA
  • You are a student first and foremost 
  • Supporting each other to academic success 

Service 

  • Completing community service hours to give back in your community 
  • Bringing awareness to your chapter's local and/or national Philanthropic partners 
  • Fundraising for local and/or national Philanthropic partners

Chapter Commitments

  • Attending weekly chapter meetings 
  • Paying dues 
  • Recruiting for chapter membership 
  • Supporting other chapter members 
  • Attending National/Regional conferences 
  • Holding leadership positions in your chapter
  • Building relationships within your chapter 
  • Holding yourself and other members accountable 

Community 

  • Attending community-wide events (Homecoming, Greek Week, Talent Show, etc.) 
  • Supporting other members within the larger FSL community 
  • Building relationships within other chapters/councils 
  • Supporting and attending other chapters/councils events 
  • Holding other chapter and council members accountable