Hello Parents and Guardians:
Congratulations on your student's selection of Eastern Kentucky University as his home for the next four years! We are doubly excited your student has expressed interest in joining a fraternity. Joining a fraternity while in college encourages men to achieve academic success, to develop leadership skills, to serve the community, and to develop lifelong friendships.
Joining a fraternity also means your student is making a commitment to his chosen organization. We would like to help you as parents/guardians understand this commitment.
Here is a brief list of the commitments your student will be making by joining an organization. We encourage you to discuss these with him as he participates in the fraternity recruitment process.
- Values: Fraternities are values-based organizations and educate members to strive to emulate their shared values. Each organization will have an accountability process for members to encourage them to achieve their best. Encourage your student to ask about each organization's values. In general, fraternities value scholarship and lifelong learning, brotherhood, philanthropic service and civic engagement, leadership, and social excellence.
- Minimum Expectations: Each organization will have minimum expectations of their members including academic performance, service hours, and involvement in a registered student organization. One additional expectation may be the requirement to live on the fraternity's floor in Dupree Hall for a designated amount of time. Students are encouraged to inquire about these expectations during fraternity recruitment.
- Time: Membership in a fraternity does take a significant commitment of time. Members are expected to attend regular meetings, to serve on committees, to participate in ritual and community service events, and much more. Fraternities understand students are here to get a degree first; however, students are expected to develop superior time management skills in order to balance obligations. If a student has a commitment that requires an absence from a fraternity event (regular work schedule, family event, class, midterm, etc.), the answer is communication! Students should inform the appropriate officer prior to the event in order to avoid a potential fine.
- Finances: Men will be assessed dues for each semester they are members. Please note the Interfraternity Council is not privy to chapter financial information and cannot answer questions about specific organizations. You are encouraged as a parent/guardian to discuss the cost of fraternity membership with your student prior to his accepting a bid to join. Members of the chapters are trained to be able to have financial conversations with Potential New Members (your student) during recruitment. Dues include but are not limited to inter/national organization dues; insurance coverage for organization events; IFC dues; cost of community service, social and brotherhood events; cost of leadership and education programming; selected apparel; etc. Payment plans are sometimes available on a limited, as-needed basis. It is not wise to depend on a payment plan. Additionally, one-time expenses exist. These include purchase of the initiation certificate and badge/pin, participation in certain chapter events, voluntary purchase of clothing or fraternity paraphernalia, etc. Please be sure of the financial commitment prior to bid acceptance.
The Interfraternity Council is also concerned about the health and safety of fraternity and sorority members. Hazing in any form is strictly forbidden. If you have a concern about your student or other students and believe he/they are being hazed, please report it here. Anonymous reports are accepted. Please be as detailed as possible. The University's Hazing Policy is available here.
Being a member of a values-based organization means being a part of something bigger than yourself and can be life changing. While all the commitments above can seem overwhelming, what your student will gain in return is immeasurable because membership is not just for four years but for a lifetime.
Congratulations again, and GO COLONELS!
The Interfraternity Executive Council and Advisors