Information for Parents & Family Members
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college. Greek membership assists in that transition by offering scholarship programs that may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops.
Your student can also access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills center, computer labs and academic advisors.
What is a Philanthropy or Service Project?
Greek members accept as part of their mission to support philanthropies (not-for-profit causes). Throughout the year, each the chapter spends time fundraising and volunteering to help their particular philanthropy. The time spent together on philanthropic and service events is one of the many times that fraternity and sorority members have the opportunity to bond while making a difference!
How much time does a chapter take up?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first semester is most time intensive as the new member goes through the chapter's new member program. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships with their new member class, as well as the rest of the chapter, and allow them to become involved with other organizations. After the initiation into the chapter, expectations will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropic, service, initiation) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. The more your student puts in to the chapter, the more they will get out of being a member!
What does it cost to be a member?
The Greek Experience is an investment in your student's future. The leadership skills, academic assistance, and friendships will benefit your student beyond their college days. The perception that fraternities and sororities are only an option for "rich" students is false. Greek organizations are quite affordable and fees go to services that will positively impact your student. Many students work to supplement funding for their dues. Dues, which range from $60 - $100 per month, directly support the betterment of the chapter and the national organization. To assist members, many chapters offer scholarships and grants. We encourage your student to ask questions related to finances during the recruitment process. We also encourage you to be "hands-on" in this decision if you have any questions about the obligations regarding finances.
Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature?
There is a social aspect to the Greek community but these "social" events include education programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, Parent's Days, Homecoming, and dinner exchanges in addition to parties and socials. Today's Greek communities across the nation have adopted a stringent approach to socializing, thereby creating a safer, more beneficial environment for members.
Is there an alcohol policy?
All student organizations must follow the University of New Orleans Alcohol and Drugs Policy (AP-AA-30.3). Each fraternity and sorority has an inter/national alcohol policy, which requires members to follow all federal, state, and local laws governing alcohol consumption and to participate in which yearly educational programs about alcohol use and abuse.
What about hazing?
Louisiana law, the UNO Student Policy Manual, and each of the national fraternities and sororities prohibit all forms of hazing. The director of Student Accountability and Disability Services works to investigate all hazing reports.
What is my role as a parent?
Take the time to find out more about the Greek community at UNO. Ask questions about what the organizations will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Once your student chooses to join a chapter, there will be opportunities for Mom's and Dad's weekend activities or joining the chapter's Parents Club.