As a potential new member and new member you have the right to:

  • Be treated as an individual.
  • Be yourself. Don't try to impress fraternities or sororities by being someone you're not; you will wind up with a fraternity or sorority that's not quite the right fit for you.
  • Be fully informed about the recruitment process.
  • Ask lots of questions! Active members of an organization are always willing to answer questions and tell you what you want to know. You shouldn't join a fraternity or sorority blindly.
  • Be treated with respect.
  • Make informed decisions without undue pressure from others.
  • Keep an open mind! Just because your friend or someone told you one fraternity or sorority is the best, doesn't mean that it is for you.
  • Be fully informed about any binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing.
  • Have and express opinions to recruitment guides.
  • Have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors.
  • Use your own judgment. A fraternity or sorority that you may love may not be the best for your best friend; just like one that your best friend loves may not be the best for you. It's OK!
  • Make your own decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.
  • Visit Meet the Greeks at the beginning of the semester.
  • Have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience.  

As a potential new member you have the right to ask:

  • What is expected of fraternity or sorority members?
  • How will membership affect my academics?
  • What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and initiated members?
  • Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often? Does the fraternity or sorority require members to live in the facility (if housing is available)? If so, for how long?
  • What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary?
  • What type of member is the chapter looking for?
  • What values does this organization promote?
  • Is the organization officially recognized by the university? If not, why is this the case?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • Describe the new member orientation process. What are the expectations of new members?
  • Why should I join your fraternity or sorority?
  • How well do you know the members in your chapter?
  • What benefits can your chapter offer me now and after I graduate?
  • How involved are your alumni members?
  • How is your chapter different than the others?
  • Why did you join your chapter?