Going Greek at Kennesaw State University is an important decision for your student and one that you need to be comfortable with as well. Your student will be part of a self-governing community that provides a multitude of opportunities for both personal and professional development, all of which will help lead your student to a bright and successful future.
Tips for supporting your student during the recruitment/intake process:
- Allow your student to make his/her/their own decision.
- Learn as much as you can about fraternity and sorority life and the membership experience.
- Keep an open mind.
- Talk to your student about the financial obligations and membership requirements.
- Many students feel pressured or obligated to join the fraternity or sorority based on your FSL experience. Ensure your student selects their desired fraternity or sorority based on their own values and passion.
- Keep the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life contact information available and contact us if you have questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a fraternity or sorority?
- FSL members promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, scholarships, and awards.
- FSL members' GPAs are traditionally higher than their non-affiliated peers.
How much time does the membership process take?
- The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter.
- The first semester is generally a weekly meeting as your student goes through the chapter's member education program.
- Most chapter new member programs are 6-8 weeks; these programs allow your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and become more involved.
- Each chapter has a weekly chapter meeting and other required events including initiation, recruitment/intake, professional workshops, socials, and philanthropies throughout the year.
Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature?
- Social events include educational programs, community service events, intramural sports, Homecoming activities, mixers, parties and other socials.
- Each governing council has risk management and alcohol policies. In addition, each organization may have national rules to follow regarding the hosting of social events.
How is alcohol use managed in FSL chapters? Will my student be pressured or forced to drink?
- The University, Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, governing councils and national organizations, continue to promote and foster responsible and safe social environment.
- All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol by underage members and guests.
- All organizations are held accountable to local, state, federal, university, governing council and national policies.
- The use of alcohol is a personal choice that your student will need to make.
What about hazing?
- Kennesaw State University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing.
- The FSL community shares the university definition of hazing, "Hazing is any intentional, knowing, or reckless action, request, or creation of circumstances that: endangers the health or safety of any individual, causes or presents a substantial risk of physical injury, serious mental distress, or personal humiliation to any individual, or involves the destruction or removal of public or private property in connection with initiation or admission into, or continued membership in, any group affiliated with the university, including but not limited to, any student, campus, fraternal, academic, honorary, athletic, or military organization. It is not a defense to the violation of this section that the hazing participant provided explicit or implied consent. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations."
- Your student will sign that he/she understands this policy when they sign their membership acceptance card (bid card) with the chapter that they join.
- Hazing may be reported to the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Kennesaw State Police Department, and/or the Dean of Students.
How are chapters managed? Are their staff members responsible for the chapters?
- Individual chapters elect officers to manage the daily operations of the organization.
Officers are assisted by alumni advisors..
- Chapters at Kennesaw State University are required to have a university advisor that is a staff or faculty member working on campus.
- Each chapter is also responsible to report to their inter/national organization; which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers.
- Individual chapters elect officers to manage the daily operations of the organization. Officers are assisted by alumni advisors..