Greek Letter Fraternities are extracurricular organizations chartered by the College. The College encourages fraternities to contribute to the fulfillment of its mission by promoting academic excellence, exercising collegial spirit, celebrating pluralism, recognizing the interdependence of campus organizations, and respecting the dignity of the entire College community. The College does not recognize fraternities as secret societies because secrecy is incompatible with the College's mission to maintain an open exchange of ideas and information.
To be classified as a fraternity and operate on campus, organizations must be nationally affiliated and adhere to various rules and regulations established by the College. Compliance with College policies, procedures and regulations always supersedes any oaths of secrecy fraternity members may take. The College recognizes the following Greek Letter organizations:
|Alpha Phi Alpha||Phi Beta Sigma|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||Iota Phi Theta|
|Omega Psi Phi|
Coordination of Greek Life on Campus
Greek letter fraternities are governed by the Office of Greek Life. The Office is charged with such activities as policy making, policy enforcement, training, conduct monitoring, and coordinating College activities and policies with the local, state, regional/district, and national representatives of each fraternity. In addition, the National Pan-Hellenic Council will be the umbrella organization for the five (5) historically African American fraternities. The Office of Greek Life in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities, will conduct a mandatory in-service training seminar at the beginning of each school year for fraternity members, Chapter Advisors, and organizational representatives. The Office of Greek Life will also conduct a Greek Rush Seminar for students interested in Membership-Intake at the beginning of each semester.
Fraternities and sororities are there basically to enhance and support the college experience. They do everything from charitable events to intramural sports to study groups to social events. Greeks encourage all of their members to get involved on campus. They are also a good way for people to make friends.
The fraternity experience can help personalize your college experience by offering scholastic support system; hands-on experience in leading committees, managing budgets, interacting with faculty and administrators; exposure to potential careers through educational programs and discussions with alumni; the opportunity to give back to the community through service projects; and close friends who will cheer you on through successes and provide support during tough times.
This is one of the most important aspects of college life. Academics are emphasized by all fraternity and chapters from Intake through graduation. Each fraternity provides some form of scholastic assistance, such as, study areas, tutoring awards, study sessions and incentives such as scholarships, to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Fraternity and members usually maintain a higher grade point average than non-members. While fraternities do not hold any magical keys to scholastic success, studies have shown that members of Greek organizations are more likely to obtain a degree than non-affiliated students.
Fraternities exemplify democracy in action. They are families, communities, and may have legal corporations for alumni who support these activities. New members live and learn to work within these communities. Officers within each chapter are elected to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. In addition, many national organizations have regional and national leadership conferences where students can learn a variety of leadership skills. Fraternities provide a solid foundation in leadership training that prepares them for the demands and responsibilities needed for the future.
Community service is an important aspect of fraternity life. Each Greek organization was founded upon community service and offers unique opportunities for members to serve their community. From volunteering in elementary schools to giving blood to raising money for charities such as the American Heart Association and the Ronald McDonald House, fraternities are lending a helping hand.
For many students, the Greek social life helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Greek organizations provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, mixers, step shows, and other special events. Fraternities can offer more of a family atmosphere and go beyond ordinary friendships… often lasting a lifetime.
The role of the alumni as advisors or national Greek officers and consultants is substantial. Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the national and international Greek Life community. Alumni organizations help students network for potential employment opportunities after graduation, and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence meeting, and special alumni events.
A WORD ABOUT HAZING
Physical and mental hazing is banned by the College, the national Greek organizations (which have closed chapters for this practice), and by laws of the State of Georgia. Fortunately, most student members of Greek groups recognize that hazing has no place in their organizations and have eliminated it. All acts of hazing by any group, member, or alumni are specifically forbidden and will not be tolerated by the College.