Parents often have questions about the Greek Community on campus, so we have worked with the leadership of the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils to address some of the most commonly asked questions. For more information, please fill out the form on the contact page.
Q: My student is thinking of joining a fraternity. What is the process?
A: Joining a fraternity is a mutual selection process. It is best for your son to visit several chapters in order to find the best fit for him. Chapters often host a recruitment week where potential and current members can get to know each other. After multiple visits the chapter may choose to offer your son a bid.
Q: What are the benefits for my student in joining a fraternity or sorority?
A: The University of Central Missouri is a large campus, and joining a chapter allows your student to become part of a close, tight-knit support group within the larger campus. By being part of the Greek community, students have a chance to create bonds with people who have similar values and goals, while also finding leadership opportunities throughout the campus and the Warrensburg community. Both current and alumni members say that they have met some of their best friends and created some of their favorite memories while being a part of their chapter.
Q: What are the financial obligations of Greek membership?
A: A common misconception is that being a part of a fraternity or sorority is financially burdensome and unaffordable. There are membership dues that your son or daughter will be responsible for paying each semester, but the upside is that there are several opportunities to receive scholarships within the community. National organizations, councils, and individual chapters offer scholarships. If your student chooses to live in the chapter house, dues and living expenses may turn out to be lower than the cost of living in the residence halls.
Q: Can my son or daughter be a part of a chapter if they live at home?
A: Of course! Greek membership can be a valuable experience, regardless of whether the student is living at home, in a residence hall, or in a fraternity or sorority chapter house. As a commuter, your son or daughter would be responsible for paying his or her chapter dues, but would not be responsible for paying room and board. Off-campus students find Greek membership provides them with a place to hang out between classes, a place to study, and a support group of friends.
Q: How much of a concern is alcohol at fraternities at the University of Central Missouri?
A: While it's true that alcohol can be a problem on college campuses, University of Central Missouri fraternities are required to follow strict and detailed risk management policies established by both their respective inter/national organizations and governing councils. In addition, fraternities provide educational opportunities for their members to make good choices through partnerships and programs with the Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Office, Warrensburg Police Department, and more. Additionally, the University requires their members to participate in the AlcoholEdu and Haven online course.
Q: Is hazing a concern for fraternities at the University of Central Missouri?
A: Sigma Tau Gamma has a strict no hazing policy. Read our Risk Management Policy. Members of Sigma Tau Gamma are taught respect and understanding of all of their brothers and as a result hazing is not tolerated. Each year, every chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma, must agree not to haze. Sigma Tau Gamma opposes hazing and is committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members.
Q: Why are there some things fraternity members can’t talk about? What’s the big secret?
A: It is understandable that you as parents might be concerned if you hear that some of the things that go on during your son or daughter’s initiation are to be kept secret. Initiation into a fraternity or sorority is an exciting, yet serious, ceremony that conveys the purposes and special values of the respective fraternity or sorority. These ceremonies often are referred to as rituals. Greek chapters pride themselves on the rituals that their chapters were founded upon. These rituals are full of the traditions and values that make the chapters unique. However, these rituals should not be confused with hazing, and other inappropriate activities. Fraternity initiation ceremonies are, in most cases, single day events.
Q: How will being Greek affect my student’s grades?
A: Some parents worry that the extra social events and responsibilities of being in a fraternity might take away from their student’s time for academics. Being Greek is a time commitment, but one of the core values of fraternities and sororities is academic excellence. Each chapter sets standards for academic expectations. If members do not meet their requirements, there are several resources available for students to receive assistance. Often chapters organize incentives and awards for the most improved GPAs or the best GPAs. Study exchanges and competitions are also very common. The Greek community realizes the importance of a quality education, and academic excellence is a priority.
Q: Are there specific honor societies for Greek students?
A: Your student will have the opportunity to join Rho Lambda, Order of Omega, and other Greek honor societies. Membership for these groups is based on academic excellence as well as student involvement.
If you have any questions about Sigma Tau Gamma, Greek Life, UCM, please contact us.