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Resources for Parents

The following is a list of suggestions that may ease your student’s transition to fraternity/sorority membership

  • Be happy and supportive with your student’s choice to join a fraternity or sorority and the organization that he/she chooses.
  • Remember that this is your student’s choice, and he/she should choose the chapter that feels right, regardless of legacies or family history.
  • If you have a question about fraternity or sorority life, go to the source and ask the staff within the Office of Greek Life. Don’t buy into gossip or hearsay. We want you to have the best information possible. Our staff can be contacted at 843.953.6320.
  • Encourage your student to attend programs sponsored by the Office of Greek Life and other campus offices.
  • Know the names and phone numbers of the chapter president, new member educator, big brother/big sister and the chapter advisor.
  • Ask for details about the financial aspects of membership. Each chapter governs its finances individually. If you are paying, you deserve to know. Many one-time fees are paid in the first semester, so expect the first semester to be the most expensive.
  • Initiation is an important time for the new members. Be supportive and respectful of your student during this time. New member programs can range from one day to a full semester. However, most programs are six to eight weeks. Initiation dates should be made public to the new members, so please ask your student when initiation will occur.
  • Talk with your student! Phone calls, e-mails, letters and care packages are always appreciated.
  • Attend the College of Charleston Parents Weekend in the fall!
  • Expect to see new T-shirts, photos and other Greek paraphernalia.
  • Encourage your student to be a part of the College community and take advantage of our numerous resources.

The following links will help provide more information about fraternity and sorority life.