Frequently Asked Questions
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity/sorority ideals. All fraternities/sororities are expected to uphold state, county, and city laws, as well as university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. Due to the fact that Greek organizations comprise the largest student organization nationwide, Greek communities are constantly in the media spotlight. Social problems such as binge drinking and drug use occur in nearly every facet of society. The Office of Greek Affairs provides continuing training and preventative programs on substance abuse to our community to combat this.
Alcohol consumption has never been a requirement for Greek membership and there are a significant percentage of Greek men and women who do not drink. All sororities and some fraternities at Georgia Tech offer alcohol free housing and all have strict regulations on the use of alcohol. In addition, no fraternity or sorority is allowed to purchase alcohol for members.
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities and sororities assist in that transition by offering scholastic programs which might include study partners, study hours, time management workshops, exam and paper libraries, and scholarships. Members can access the network of Greek members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills centers, computer labs, and academic advisors. Georgia Tech Greek organizations all have minimum GPA requirements for their members and will help each member achieve it, but members are still ultimately responsible for utilizing the resources made available.
Every Greek organization is different and unique, but at Georgia Tech, we have yet to come across any Tri-Lambs, 90210 KEG houses or John Belushi Animal House types.
Georgia Tech and every Greek organization has a firm stance against hazing as it is easily the most dangerous and destructive practice that an organization can take part in. Although many people automatically associate the term "hazing" with the idea of mistreating or abusing pledges or new members, any member can actually be a victim of hazing. Hazing can be defined as singling out an individual or group of people and forcing them to do something that is psychologically, physically, or emotionally harmful or damaging. Potential members of fraternities and sororities are never forced to do anything they do not feel comfortable doing.
New fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation. During this time, new members will participate in weekly meeting to learn about the university and the fraternity/sorority, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older members of the chapter and to instill a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members.
In addition, The Office of Greek Affairs provides continuing training and preventative programs on hazing to our community to prevent hazing from happening and to help new members identify if hazing is occurring and how to address it.
While most new member classes are comprised of mostly freshmen, students of any class standing (whether it be freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, or even graduate students) are welcome in the Greek community. When you decide to join depends on you. Some people like to get acquainted with campus and the college life before entering into the Greek community. Other people see Greek life as a way to help them do just that. A few organizations even have a minimum credit hour requirement, so you may need to be a sophomore or junior to join.
Fraternities and sororities are comprised of men and women from varied backgrounds and interests and must they learn to respect each others individuality and differences. For this reason, Greek men and women are incredibly well rounded. Greek communities offer limitless opportunities for individual growth and development.
First, the resources to aid in academic achievement are readily available. Members have access to older, more experienced students, mentors, and scholarship programming within their chapters. Every Greek organization understands that academic responsibilities take priority over all other programming or requirements.
Second, leadership opportunities are innumerable. There are leadership positions available within each fraternity and sorority and within the Greek community at large. Greeks are exposed to mentors and role models in every facet of campus life.
Third, a very active and planned social calendar helps members of the Greek community to fine tune interpersonal skills. Constant interaction with members of their own chapter and other organizations help members to network and build long-lasting friendships.
Finally, individuals are able to learn important lessons about themselves from experiences in the Greek community. They can discover their own strengths and weaknesses and learn how to utilize their talents for the future. Time management skills, the importance of cultural diversity, and interpersonal skills are all included in the variety of programming within Georgia Tech Greek life.
Not true. If we were, then why are we here trying to get you and everyone else to join? Fraternity men and sorority women come from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds. ANYONE can join a Greek organization!
Georgia Tech Greek life welcomes people of all backgrounds and actively educates all members about the importance and value of diversity. Programming is inclusive of Greeks and non-Greeks alike. The recruitment process for men and women is one of "mutual selection." This means that fraternities and sororities are interviewing prospective members while at the same time prospective members are able to interview the organization.
The belief that membership in a Greek chapter prevents friendship with non-Greeks is absolutely ridiculous. Interaction with students in and out of the Greek community happens all the time. Friends are made in the classroom, in all types of extra-curricular activities, and the list goes on and on. Many members of the Greek community have lived in either residence halls or in an off-campus living arrangement. Students also maintain strong friendships from high schools or hometowns.