Greek Life FAQ

1. What is Greek Life?

2. What do students have to gain from becoming
involved with Greek Life?

3. What are the financial obligations involved
with Greek Life?

4. What impact does Greek Life have on academics?

5. What about hazing and other risk management issues?


Q: What is Greek Life?
A: Greek Life means being a member or a community of fraternities (men) and sororities (women) who use letters from the Greek alphabet for their names. These organizations are selective and often have a long history with the college. Greek organizations were created as a place to foster academic, community service and social initiatives which may be unique to each chapter.

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Q: What do students have to gain from becoming involved with Greek Life?
A: While the benefits may vary depending on the chapter there are many skills a student can develop while being a member of a supportive peer community. Participation in Greek Life allows for the development of time management, interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills just to name a few. Along with these skills students will be participating in organizations that are known campus wide for their community service involvement and students will be developing lifelong friendships.

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Q: What are the financial obligations involved with Greek Life?
A: While the costs involved in being a member of a Greek chapter vary it is important to know that each organization does collect dues and some have initiation costs as well. The price of membership can vary depending on if an organization is local or national, if they have a house or not and depending on their involvement with community service and chapter events. It is important to ask about costs prior to accepting a bid.

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Q: What impact does Greek Life have on academics?
A: Most Greek chapters were formed as academic or community service societies with a deep belief in having members excel within the classroom. However, pledging a Greek organization does take time and a student needs to be able to balance the rigors of affiliating with an organization and classroom responsibilities. Students should ask about the time involved with pledging different organizations during Rush and make sure they can balance their academic needs along with involvement responsibilities prior to pledging a Greek organization.

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Q: What about hazing and other risk management issues?
A: In accordance with New York state law, SUNY Oswego adamantly prohibits any form of hazing conducted or condoned by any member of the campus community. Organizations and their members who participate in hazing are subject to sanctioning from Student Conduct and prosecution in a criminal court under New York state law. Student Involvement, in The Point, also provides risk management training for Greek organizations which focuses on the issues of hazing and use of alcohol with organizations. The campus policy on hazing is available to all students in their Student Handbook.

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