Frequently Asked Questions:
How will being Greek benefit my student?
Joining a Greek organization can help enhance your student’s personal and professional development. Areas where most students see the most growth include: study skills, time management, supportive relationships, leadership positions, and opportunities for involvement. Greek organizations also have an active alumni network that can assist your student in making important professional connections.
If my student decides to go Greek, what are some helpful tips for me to know?
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son or daughter as they meet people throughout the rush process. We encourage parents to inquire about organizational academic standing, finances, involvement outside the fraternity/sorority, service and philanthropic work and opportunities for leadership and personal/professional development. Also, current members will be more than happy to tell your son or daughter (and you) about their organization. They can answer your questions or direct you to individual organization advisors or student officers that may be able to provide you with more information.
What is alcohol really like in a Greek organization?
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with Greek ideals. All fraternities are expected to uphold state, county, and city laws, as well as university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. In addition, fraternities and sororities are not allowed to purchase alcohol with chapter funds. The days of large quantities of alcohol at a social function are gone. Instead, you’ll find fraternity members participating in alcohol-free social activities like intramurals, philanthropy events, community service, lip syncs and educational events. Students who choose not to drink will know that it’s ok and feel comfortable with their decision. They will be in an environment where they can experience the same brotherhood or sisterhood as students who do choose to drink.
What about hazing?
The State of Missouri, Truman State University, as well as all governing councils and individuals chapters, have a strict no hazing policy. Any chapter that violates the no hazing policy is held accountable by the University for their behavior and is subject to disciplinary actions and/or the revocation of their charter. Please click the appropriate links for more information regarding Missouri Anti Hazing Policies or you may visit the Truman State Code of Conduct (chapter 15 located on page 13).
Will being in a fraternity or sorority affect my student’s grades?
All Greek organizations recognize the importance of academic excellence and prioritize each member’s role as a student above all of their other activities on campus. All chapters have GPA requirements and most incorporate the use of study hours/groups to help their members stay focused on their coursework. Several organizations have scholarships that are available at both the national and local level to reward academic success.
How much will it cost?
Dues range from organization to organization. The first semester is often the most expensive as one-time fees are frequently included in first semester dues. This information is provided to students going through the recruitment, rush and intake processes so they can have that information while deciding what organization they would like to join.
Will my student have to live in a Greek house?
There are several housing options for students to explore. Many of the IFC fraternities have houses located around Kirksville. While none of the Panhellenic sororities have houses, they each rent chapter rooms in Brewer Hall (BNB). A certain number of women are also able to live on their sorority floor in Brewer which is managed by the Office of Residence Life. While most organizations do not require living in the fraternity house or chapter floor, please check with individual chapters about housing requirements.
Who is in charge of the organizations my student joins?
Every chapter has students (often Juniors and Seniors) who serve as officers as well as advisors (at least one of which is Truman State University faculty/staff ). These students and advisors are supported by the Greek Advisory Board, which is made up of the Faculty/Staff Advisor for each governing council as well as University staff who are responsible for oversight of the entire Greek community.