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What is a Greek Organization?

A Greek organization is a group of individuals bonded together by common goals, interests, and friendship. These bonds are created through ritual in which members participate. Rituals are based on common principles such as honor, friendship, truth, and knowledge. Each group works to instill and support these ideals in their members through their everyday activities. It is referred to as a Greek organization because the name consists of Greek letters that serve as a reminder of the values of the original founding members. Fraternity is a name applied to all Greek organizations, but specifically men’s groups, while sorority is the name applied to only women’s organizations.

What is involved in being a New Member?

New members all experience a period of orientation. During this time your son/daughter will participate in weekly meetings to learn about their organization and the chapter they are joining. During the first week a majority of organizations plan activities to get to know their new members better and start forming the bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood. Other events they will participate in include retreats, community service projects, and other activities designed to build friendships among the new and the older members of the chapter.

Does Nicholls Tolerate Hazing?

Hazing is prohibited by Nicholls State University, state law, and our Greek governing organizations. There is a hazing policy in place and it is strictly enforced. Educational seminars about hazing are conducted every year and all organizations are required to attend. No one (individual or organization) has the right to inflict physical or mental harm on a person or to demean, disgrace,or degrade a person. Hazing is prohibited and defined in the Nicholls Code of Student Conduct. All forms of hazing by any university student, student organization, or employee, are expressly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

How much time does a Fraternity or Sorority take?

Being a member of a Greek Organization does take some time out of their day, yet Greek affiliated students graduate with a higher grade point average than their peers. Greek members also report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one’s time. Participating in a Greek organization is like any co-curricular activity; it requires a time investment. In addition, students in the Greek community at Nicholls State University have the opportunity for a well-rounded college experience that includes learning how to balance academics, work, campus involvement and social commitments.

I’m Concerned About the Impact on my Child’s Grades…

It is overwhelming for some students as they move from the structured world of high school into college life. Greek membership assists in that transition by offering scholarship programs that may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops. Your student can also access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, the writing lab, computer labs and academic advisers.

Is it True That All They do is Party?

Not at all. Each group does sponsor social events, but none of them are mandatory. No one will ever be forced to participate in a social event if they do not want to. The University is also opposed to the use and abuse of drugs and/or alcohol for any purpose other than legitimate use.

Who’s in Charge of A Greek Organization?

Each organization elects members to hold officer positions and manage the social and business operations of their organization. Their are many different positions in each organization and they differ in each groups. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who acts as advisers and a Greek Management Team whose job is to assist and promote Greek Life. In addition fraternities/sororities are part of inter/national organizations that offer support, advice and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers.

How much will it cost?

Each chapter is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, your son/daughter’s only expenses will be their regular dues.

What are the benefits to being Greek?

  • Academic Success… Our Greek students succeed in the classroom. The overall GPA for men and women in Greek organizations is higher than that of non-Greeks.
  • Leadership…The majority of campus leaders at Nicholls are Greek members.
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood… This is the greatest thing that a Greek organization can give you: a home away from home and a ton of brothers or sisters.
  • The Experience of a Lifetime… Being a member of a Greek Organization is an experience like no other and it doesn’t end at graduation.