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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is my role as a parent?

Help your student compare their personal and family values to the values of each chapter. Greek-lettered organizations were founded to create better people through membership in values-based organizations. Understanding this is a key component to helping your student choose which organization to join.

Be a consultant. Listen and learn about your student’s experience. Make suggestions and ask thought provoking questions, but encourage your student to take the lead on decision making.

Set expectations regarding membership before the recruitment/intake process begins. Discuss who will be responsible for financial obligations and consider discussing how your student will balance their time and how they might respond to peers’ influence.

Be open minded. There is a lot of myth and legend surrounding fraternities and sororities. Know that your perception or fraternity/sorority experience will be somewhat different from the experience of your student. Each Greek-lettered organizations differ from campus to campus, as campus culture and climate impact the overall fraternity/sorority life experience of students. Listen and let your student make the choice that is right for them.

Keep our office information handy. We are happy to help and committed to providing our students and their families with the best holistic learning experience possible.

Get involved! Wofford has many opportunities for parents and family members to learn more about and contribute to the college. Visit the Parent Programs website for more information.

 How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?

Fraternities and sororities are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Advantages include:

  • A support group to help ease the adjustment to college.
  • Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
  • Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
  • Encouragement to get involved, stay involved and maximize their potential on
    campus.
  • Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

 

Furthermore, National studies conducted annually consistently indicate that students who choose to join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:

  • Greek students are more likely to stay in college than non-Greek students.
  • College graduates who belong to a sorority or fraternity tend to be more financially successful than other college graduates.
  • Greek alumni give both more money and more frequently to their alma maters than non-Greek alumni.
  • Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities. Upon graduation, these members are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations.

 

How will joining a Greek organization affect my student’s academic pursuits?

Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today is no different. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of Wofford students. Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence and promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, scholarships, and awards. Chapter members know the importance of helping new students to adjust to College academics. Many chapters have a rewards system based on GPA. Prospective members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member. In fact, Greek members GPA(s) are traditionally higher than their non-Greek colleagues.

 Does hazing exist during the new member process?

Wofford College has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing and enforces all South Carolina state laws as well as Federal laws regarding hazing. Hazing may include any person or activity causing or permitting a person, incident to initiation or membership in a society, club or similar organized group, to participate in any activity that subjects that person or others to risks of physical injury or mental distress or personal indignities of any offensive nature. Whether or not such persons have consented to participation in the activity, it is strictly prohibited. Please refer to our Hazing Policy for more information, including how to report hazing incidents.

What is the financial obligation?

Like some opportunities for involvement in college there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as living in or out of a chapter house. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. While your son or daughter is participating in the recruitment process, make sure that he or she asks about the financial obligations of membership.

What are the key dates for recruitment?

During the 2015-2016 academic year, students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority will have the opportunity to choose their preferred recruitment period. Wofford will hold formal recruitment for IFC and Panhellenic organizations both in the fall and spring. Students are encouraged to take their time in getting to know the values of each organization to decide best fit. Below is a list of dates for the upcoming academic year.

Fall 2015

IFC Recruitment:

Monday, September 7 – Recruitment Orientation, 6:00pm

Thursday, September 10 – Recruitment Events

Friday, September 11 – Recruitment Events

Saturday, September 12 – Recruitment Events

Sunday, September 13 – Bid Day Ceremony, 3:00pm

 

Panhellenic Recruitment:

Tuesday, September 8 – Panhellenic Orientation, 6:00pm

Friday, September 11 – Recruitment Events

Saturday, September 12 – Recruitment Events

Sunday, September 13 – Recruitment Events

Monday, September 14 – Bid Day Ceremony, 6:00pm

 

Spring 2016

IFC Recruitment:

Monday, February 1– Recruitment Orientation, 6:00pm

Thursday, February 4 – Recruitment Events

Friday, February 5 – Recruitment Events

Saturday, February 6 – Recruitment Events

Sunday, February 7– Bid Day Ceremony, 3:00pm

 

Panhellenic Recruitment:

Tuesday, February 2 – Panhellenic Orientation, 6:00pm

Friday, February 5 – Recruitment Events

Saturday, February 6– Recruitment Events

Sunday, February 7 – Recruitment Events

Monday, February 8 – Bid Day Ceremony, 6:00pm