How can membership assist my son or daughter in succeeding academically?
Your student's academic success is important to the fraternities and sororities at UNT. Most chapters have a specific grade requirement in order for a new member to be initiated into the chapter. All chapters have a minimum grade point average to remain a member in good academic standing. During their first semester, new members are encouraged to attend study halls and seek assistance from tutors both inside and outside the chapter. All chapters typically have a workshop on study skills to assist the new student in transitioning from high school to college. Recognition is provided from both the chapter and the University. Two Greek Honorary Societies, Order of Omega and Rho Lambda, are in place at UNT to recognize academic excellence, leadership and giving back to the community. If you are interested in learning more about UNT's tutoring resources you can learn more about the Learning Center.
What are the benefits of membership in a fraternity or sorority?
Leadership: Fraternities and Sororities provide ample opportunities for students to gain leadership skills. Greek letter organizations are essentially self-governing communities. New members have the opportunity to serve on a number of committees within the chapter. Committee members and chapter officers are responsible for the operation of the chapter.
Community Service: Each semester fraternity and sorority members participate in a wide variety of community service projects. Many of these projects are guided by the national philanthropies of each individual organization and by the four governing councils. Because our mission includes a commitment of service to humanity, the community and outreach opportunities for members of our Greek Community are vast.
Integrity: All fraternities and sororities are based upon values, ethics and standards. Individually, the organizations hold their members accountable for their own actions and behaviors.
Diversity: Membership in the fraternity and sorority community allows for the opportunity to interact with people from the many different walks of life. This creates a diverse environment in a multitude of aspects.
Networking: Greek alumni organizations can provide your student with a strong system of support after college. Many chapters provide connections within the community through jobs and internships. This networking opens doors to students for post-college opportunities all around the nation and the world.
My son or daughter will make friends in the residence halls and in classes. What would be different about sorority and fraternity friends?
Membership in a sorority or fraternity is a living and learning experience for women and men with shared values and objectives. Chapter members develop a special bond of sisterhood or brotherhood. These friendships last beyond the college years and are nurtured by alumnae and alumni activities and networking programs that provide opportunities for continued camaraderie, service, and personal development.
What is the cost of membership?
Cost of membership varies among the groups but does not add measurably to the cost of campus life. All chapters are supported by membership. Typically, the first semester is more costly for incoming members, as some one-time fees apply such as new member and initiation fees. Where housing is available, costs are competitive with campus options. Many chapters offer payment plans to assist with the financial obligation of membership.
What about the use of alcohol and controlled substances, irresponsible behavior and hazing?
Every individual group expects its members to obey all local, state and federal laws and to abide by the fraternity or sorority's policies, guidelines and standards. Most organizations allocate significant resources to educate its members about alcohol and substance abuse. Furthermore,
- Chapter funds may not be used to purchase alcohol.
- The illegal use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances are not tolerated.
- Hazing is against the law, and all inter/national fraternities and sororities prohibit hazing in any form.
Inter/national organizations provide extensive guidelines for hosting social events, and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment for their members. If an incident occurs where policies are violated, the organization intervenes with disciplinary measures and further education to achieve a higher level of safety at chapter events.
The UNT Greek Life Office has a no tolerance policy for misconduct and violations of the university's Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, hazing is illegal in the State of Texas and is not tolerated by the Greek community, or by the University. Anyone can report alleged misconduct to the Dean of Students Office by visiting report.unt.edu. You can learn about our hazing policy here.
As Greek men and women, our community extends efforts for the development of each member, while promoting and encouraging responsible behavior.
How would my son or daughter get involved?
Students wishing to participate in recruitment may do so by contacting the Greek Life Office at (940) 369-8463 for information relative to the appropriate council.
If you have a question that is not seen here, you may contact the Greek Life office.