Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the role of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs?
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs works with students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and other invested constituents to enhance the development of Lehigh University students through Greek membership. Staff works with fraternity and sorority members to provide support and educational, cultural, and leadership development programs which meet their needs beyond the classroom.
Q: What are the academic requirements to join a fraternity or sorority?
First-year students can not join a fraternity or sorority until their second semester. While some organizations hold their members to a higher standard, the Greek governing council minimum requirement includes completion of 12 Lehigh University credits and the maintenance of a 2.25 GPA for IFC fraternities, a 2.5 GPA for MGC organizations and a 2.0 GPA for Panhellenic sororities. Students are encouraged to contact the leadership of the specific fraternity or sorority for more information.
Q: What are the benefits of fraternity or sorority membership?
Fraternities and sororities provide multiple opportunities for personal and professional development on a regional and national level. An investment in fraternity or sorority membership provides academic support, leadership experiences, life-long friendship, career networking, civic engagement opportunities, and the benefits of life-long affiliation. For more information about our chapters, please refer to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website.
Q: What options do students have for joining a fraternity or sorority?
Our community offers 31 different chapters as options for students whom are interested in going Greek.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) consists of 18 chapters, including residential and non-residential options. Students interested in joining a fraternity of IFC can contact the IFC Recruitment Chair for more information about Open Houses and the IFC recruitment process. This recruitment process occurs in the spring and consists of events hosted by individual chapters. Students will attend events for chapters they are interested in, and if the chapter expresses interest, the student will receive an invitation to begin new member education.
The Interfraternity Council will be adding a new non-residential fraternity in spring 2013. This fraternity, yet to be selected, will be advertising and recruiting new members following the Interfraternity Council’s formal recruitment period. Information about this organization will be available before the end of the fall 2012 semester. Questions can be directed to IFC advisor Jessi McPherrin at email@example.com.
The Panhellenic Council (Panhel) consists of 9 residential chapters. Students interested in joining a Panhellenic sorority can participate in the formal recruitment process the week prior to the start of classes in January. Events to assist students in understanding the process and to introduce them to sorority women will occur in the fall. Contact the Panhel Vice President of Recruitment or your Rho Gamma Coordinator for more information. Questions can also be directed to the Panhel advisor Danny Grzesik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) consists of 4 non-residential chapters that are founded as culturally-based organizations. Students interested in joining an organization of the MGC should contact a member of a specific organization for more information and attend informational sessions that will be advertised by that organization. There are no specific time periods for intake. Contact the MGC President for more information. Questions can also be directed to the MGC Advisor Ashley Baudouin at email@example.com.
There is also continual interest to establish new culturally-based organizations on campus and those interested in joining an organization should consider these opportunities as well. Contact the MGC President for more information. Questions can also be directed to the MGC Advisor Ashley Baudouin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Does membership cost a lot of money?
There is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority, including one-time initiation fees. Additional membership costs during the year go towards Inter/National Headquarters’ fees and other local chapter operating expenses. There may be payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships within the individual chapters. Financial commitments differ among fraternities and sororities, so potential members are encouraged to ask specific questions prior to joining.
Q: How much of a time commitment is fraternity/sorority membership?
Fraternity or sorority membership definitely requires a time commitment. Time commitments vary among the different fraternities and sororities, but students should expect weekly occurring meetings during the academic year. New member education tends to be a busy time for new and initiated members. Potential new members are encouraged to ask fraternity and sorority leadership this question for more specific information.
Q: When does a student interested in the Panhellenic Council’s formal sorority recruitment process have to return and how long does formal sorority recruitment last?
Students will need to arrive by Sunday, January 6th to participate in recruitment. The formal recruitment process begins on Monday the 7th with an Orientation Meeting and concludes on Sunday, January 13th. Should the student not be able to be on campus at this time, contact Panhel advisor Danny Grzesik at email@example.com and your Rho Gamma as soon as possible.
Q: Where will a student stay during sorority recruitment? Will there be food?
All participants in sorority recruitment are able to move back into their residence hall for sorority recruitment. While the dining halls will not be open for the duration, participants will receive food throughout the week’s events as part of their registration fee.
Q: My relative/family member is a member of a fraternity/sorority. Will students get an
invitation to join from that sorority/fraternity as a legacy?
No participant in recruitment or intake for any council or chapter is guaranteed a bid to a Lehigh University chapter. In regards to formal sorority recruitment, Panhellenic does their best to place each woman who completes the entire recruitment process. For Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council chapters, it is in the best interest of the potential new member to participate in recruitment and/or intake events to show interest.
Students are always welcome to send a letter of recommendation to the chapter. This letter can be submitted to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
Q: What is New Member Education?
New Member Education is the formal orientation to the organization they have decided to join. The organizational history, mission, values, and purpose are taught during this maximum six week period. New Members have an opportunity to develop meaningful skills that will assist them both in college and beyond. Interested individuals can find all new member education plans on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website.
Q: Will students be required to live in a fraternity or sorority facility?
As a second year student, affiliated students will be required to live in a fraternity or sorority facility. Should you have any questions about this expectation, contact the Office of Residential Services at 610-758-3500 prior to joining a fraternity or sorority.
There are fraternities and sororities under the IFC and MGC that do not have an affiliated residential facility on campus.
Q: What is the policy on hazing?
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Greek Community, and Lehigh University have a zero tolerance policy for hazing in any fraternity or sorority activity. Every precaution is taken to ensure that each individual is educated on the harms of hazing and how to report an incident should it occur. For more details regarding our training and policies, please refer to our website.
Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule...which the admission into or affiliation with an organization is directly of indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced or coerced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity not with-standing."
alcohol a large part of joining a fraternity or sorority?
adheres to local, state, and federal laws regarding the legal age to
consume or purchase alcohol. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority
Affairs also partners with fraternity and sorority Inter/national
Headquarters to uphold expectations. All new member education
programs are approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority
Affairs and forced alcohol consumption is not permitted or condoned.
All those affiliated with Greek Life are encouraged to report any
activities they are uncomfortable with to a Lehigh University
Q: Should students be worried about their grades when joining a fraternity or sorority?
Being part of a fraternity or sorority is a commitment to higher standards. Our chapters take academic success seriously. As a result, each chapter works to provide academic support systems to each member, including academic plans to assist individuals who wish to improve or maintain their grades; academic incentives to encourage participation and good work; resources such as faculty office hours in the chapter facility; or by working with the Center for Academic Success.
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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
29 Trembley Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-4157
Fax: (610) 758-6692
8:15 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Monday through Friday and by appointment