Frequently Asked Questions
As a parent, what role do I play?
We encourage parents of Fraternity & Sorority Life students to get involved with their child’s organization and to stay connected to their student throughout their college career. Many of our organizations offer Parent/Family Weekend activities where parents can come to San Angelo and meet the other members and alumni of their student’s organization. Oftentimes, parents serve as the link between a student’s school life and home life. Parents offer stability and encouragement to their child as they work to balance their social life and academics, so we encourage parents to be present and involved with their student’s fraternity or sorority involvement.
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking your student questions prior to and throughout their membership. It is important that you understand the financial commitment your student is making including the cost of membership, when monies are due, how the bill is paid, etc.
Be an advocate for your student and encourage them to take advantage of all the opportunities their membership in the fraternity or sorority provides. Your awareness and education on their participation allows you to understand their experience, providing benefits to you and your student. Your student should never be asked or required to do anything that is violation of the state, local or federal law, Angelo State University Code of Student Conduct, or do anything that would cause them harm.
There will be several opportunities for you to participate in your student’s fraternity or sorority through Parent/Family Weekends, community service opportunities, awards recognition events, etc. We recommend you take advantage of these opportunities and attend events as appropriate.
Is hazing a part of the fraternity and sorority culture at Angelo State University?
Fraternities and sororities were founded on strong moral, social, and academic principles. Hazing, or any activity which subjects members to harassment, intimidation, physical exhaustion, or mental distress is entirely contrary to those founding principles. Each of the Greek-letter organizations at the Angelo State University as well as the University Code of Student Conduct and state law forbid hazing in all student activities at the University.
Angelo State University expects that all members of all recognized student organizations will observe and fully comply with Texas State Statutes on hazing. In addition, all students are expected to adhere to regulations set forth by their respective (Inter) National Fraternities or Sororities, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and university policies concerning practices commonly referred to as hazing.
For more information: Angelo State’s Statement on Hazing
When can we expect our student to be initiated?
Initiation dates and the time they occur is up to each individual chapters discretion. However, it is recommended that you stay up to date with your student on how the process is going. Typically, initiations occur in late October to late November.
I am not part of a Fraternity or Sorority, how can I learn more?
We encourage everyone to research the current topics and trends being addressed within this community to set expectations for what the experience may look like. Fraternity and sorority culture has changed quite a bit in the past decade, and it is critical that even those who were involved in a fraternity or sorority in college understand that times have changed. The following websites might be helpful in setting the stage.
Can membership help my student be academically successful?
Fraternity and Sorority organizations were founded on the principle of academic achievement. Scholastic success is in the student’s favor when you factor in help from fellow brothers and sisters, study sessions, workshops about study skills, test taking strategies, time management, and class scheduling assistance. Each fraternity or sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance to their members; tutoring, awards, and academic scholarships are just a few of the many incentives used to challenge members to reach their highest academic potential. Ultimately, the responsibility for succeeding in the classroom is up to the individual student. But, with the broad range of resources and incentives provided by the Greek community and the university, students can better achieve their academic potential.
Will Fraternity & Sorority Life assist my student as they begin their careers?
One of the tremendous assets of affiliation with a Greek organization is the nationwide network of alumni/ae members of the organization. As our student prepares for entry into the career world, alumni/ae members can assist in job placement through their knowledge of where jobs are and who is hiring. In addition, Fraternity & Sorority Life will assist students in developing transferable skills that will be needed in the career world, such as management, leadership development, communications, and more!
Isn’t there a lot of alcohol and substance abuse associated with fraternities and sororities?
Alcohol and substance abuse is NOT tolerated. Most organizations have mandatory educational sessions on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse, and precautions are taken at all events to ensure a safe environment. Whether or not to consume alcohol is a decision made by each ASU student. Being in a fraternity or sorority has no bearing on that decision. While the social aspect of Fraternity & Sorority Life is one of the major reasons that students get involved in fraternities and sororities, there is more to being in a fraternity/sorority than “partying.” Fraternities and sororities have some of the most active students on campus. Every organization devotes countless hours to community service, raises money for its national philanthropies and encourages involvement in a wide variety of campus organizations. Chapters also have frequent organized brotherhood/sisterhood events for their members.
What experienced guidance and support do fraternities and sororities receive?
Student members elect their own officers who oversee the operation of the chapter on the college campus. The University requires all fraternities and sororities to have a Faculty/Staff Advisor to work with the chapter; this is in addition to an Alumni Advisor that is appointed by the organizations. The Multicultural Center Office also have staff members who work with the chapters and their governing bodies to make sure they are getting the most from their experience in a safe manner.
How do I become involved with Fraternity & Sorority Life?
Each semester, the two governing councils of all Greek letter organizations host a number of organized “Recruitment” events – opportunities for non-affiliated students to become acquainted with the Greek community. During recruitment, non-affiliated students have the opportunity to visit all fraternities and sororities to meet the members and decide which, if any, of the chapters best suit their needs. The Recruitment process is one of mutual selection in which fraternity and sorority members invite individuals to be a part of their organizations, and likewise, potential members select the chapters that are best suited for them. Some recruitment processes are very casual, while others are more formal in structure. Even if students are unsure about joining the Greek community, recruitment offers a great opportunity to meet new people!
If I go through recruitment, do I have to join a chapter?
Students are not obligated to join any of the chapters. This is an opportunity for you to check out Fraternity & Sorority Life Life at ASU. You will also have the opportunity to meet other students with similar interests. Fraternity & Sorority Life may not be for everyone, but we encourage students to take a look.
How much time commitment does a Greek letter organization require? What if I work?
Each chapter varies in time commitment. The first semester of your membership, known as “pledging,” may require a greater time commitment as you learn the history and founding principles of your chosen chapter. Throughout the year, you will have philanthropic, social and recreational functions, chapter meetings and other activities, such as study halls. Many Greek students at ASU balance academics, full- or part-time jobs, relationships and chapter commitments. Be sure to ask questions during recruitment about time commitments.
Is being in a Greek letter organization expensive?
Joining a fraternity or a sorority does have a financial commitment. The chapters are self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parents or guardians before deciding to join.
Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Greek governing council, your membership badge, social activities, resources, and other miscellaneous costs. Many chapters also offer payment plan options for those interested.
Do I have to join as a Freshman/First-year?
Absolutely not! Recruitment is open to any matriculated Angelo State University who is attending school full-time.
Does ASU have fraternity/sorority houses?
ASU does not have your typical fraternity house system. One of our fraternities has an off-campus lodge, which serves as a common gathering place for chapter meetings and social functions. Sororities do not have off-campus housing. Chapters without lodging currently meet on campus for most of their chapter functions.
How do I know if I am “Greek type?”
There is no such thing as a “Greek type.” Most of the stereotypes about Fraternity & Sorority Life membership are myths. Members of ASU’s Greek community are very diverse in their interests, backgrounds, ethnicities and personalities. What they all have in common is a devotion to their organizations and the principles upon which they were founded.