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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Frequently Asked by Parents

Why should my student join a Greek organization?

At first glance, the college experience can seem overwhelming. The Greek community gives students the chance to have a support network away from home. The individual chapter will become like a family, and friendships will last a lifetime. By choosing to become a member of a Greek organization, your student will meet people who will grow to be close friends, people who will cheer your student on when he/she is successful and who will support him/her when the going gets tough. Greek organizations promote the development of close ties between members through living, studying, working and having fun together. Members also meet new people through community service projects, participating in campus events and chapter events.

How can Greek life help my student succeed academically?

Academic success is an important part of college life. One of the central purposes of fraternities and sororities is to promote academic excellence. Each organization requires members to maintain a minimum grade point average in order to remain an active member of the chapter. All chapters emphasize the value of academic success and will help their members achieve this success with scholarship programs, study halls, incentive programs and study buddies. Because the Greek community puts so much emphasis on scholastics, it usually has a higher cumulative grade point average than the non-affiliated students, and has established the Order of Omega and Rho Lambda Honor Societies to recognize the outstanding members of our Greek community.

Are Greek students involved on campus?

Greek organizations allow members the opportunity to expand and develop their leadership skills. Members of the Greek community are represented in most campus groups and participate in a variety of campus and community events. As a Greek member, your student will have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of Greek organizations outside of his or her chapter including: the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Panhellenic Council.

Do Greeks participate in community service?

Every year, Greek-affiliated students give thousands of hours of service to the community. Members donate time to help with a number of campus and local service projects. Greek-affiliated students also sponsor fundraising activities for charitable organizations. Each fraternity and sorority chapter has its own national philanthropy, which it supports on an ongoing basis. Chapters have special events to raise money for their particular projects. Some of the projects that chapters are involved with include raising money for the Medical University of South Carolina, women with breast cancer and victims of domestic violence.

Does being a member of a Greek letter organization have benefits after graduation?

With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, a college degree no longer guarantees a successful career. In today's job market, it is not only important what your student knows, but who your student knows. When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, he/she not only becomes friends with the members of that chapter, but also begins building relationships with the families and friends of those members and alumni from all over the country. By joining a Greek letter organization, a person can tap into an entire network of people, from which could possibly come a future employer, a spouse or a lifelong friend.

Does it cost a lot to be Greek?

Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is 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 parent(s) before deciding to join.

Does hazing still exist as part of the pledging process for fraternities and sororities?

The College of Charleston, as well as each national fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with South Carolina state law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community at the College of Charleston. Hazing is not tolerated. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Greek Life 843.953-6320. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner.