Rights of New Members

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?
  • What 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 are involved are your alumni members?
  • How is your chapter different than the others?
  • Why did you join your chapter?