Resources if your student is thinking about Going Greek
A great concern for parents when sending their child to college is how well they will transition from high school to college life. Fraternities and Sororities provide students with an amazing college experience by offering hands-on leadership development, academic support, service to the community, and ever-lasting friendships.
Questions You May Have About Your Student's Membership In A Fraternity Or Sorority:
Will my student be hindered academically if she/he joins a Greek-letter organization?
Coastal Carolina University's Fraternity & Sorority Life Community strives for academic excellence. Scholastic achievement is top priority for fraternal organizations. First and foremost, students come to CCU for academics. Each Greek-letter organization has grade point average requirements which each member and chapter must maintain to be active. Individually each chapter offers academic assistance such as peer tutoring, positive reinforcement, and study halls.
Should alcohol and/or drugs be a concern if my student joins a Greek organization?
Coastal Carolina University has a strict alcohol policy within the Student Code of Conduct and our Student Organization Manual. The University recognizes that substance use and abuse can adversely impact its greatest concerns: academic performance and student development and safety. All fraternal organizations have stringent policies regulating the consumption of alcohol at all times. These risk management guidelines are set by each inter/national headquarters. Greeks at Coastal Carolina University also participate in many alcohol-free social activities, including intramural sports, philanthropy events, community service projects, and our week long culminating event. Students can feel comfortable in an environment where they can experience the same brotherhood or sisterhood, regardless of their decisions concerning alcohol and partying.
What about Hazing?
The University has a strict policy on hazing which can be found in detail in the "Documents for Chapters" section of this web site. This policy is enforced to the fullest extent with support from the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Student Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities. Don't believe what you see in "Animal House" and "GREEK." In reality, fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendships. Organizations and governing councils have public standards regarding academics, behavior, and community.
How much does it cost?
Each fraternity and sorority is supported by the dues paid by its members. The cost is slightly more during the first year of membership due to one-time initiation fees. Dues are used to fund educational speakers and experiences, social functions, and retreats.
What is the time commitment?
Participation in a fraternity or sorority is like participating in any co-curricular activity; it requires a time investment. Research has proven that those students involved in their college communities are more likely to graduate and have a greater college experience. The national average graduation rate for Greek-affiliated students is 20% higher than non-affiliated students. Coastal Carolina Greeks have the opportunity for a well-rounded college experience including academics, campus and community involvement and social events.
What is my role as a parent?
Be supportive! Try to learn as much as you can by asking questions of your student as they meet people through the recruitment or rush process. Greeks will be more than happy to tell them (and YOU) about their organizations. Parents can get involved in a number of ways, including talks with chapter members during parent's weekend, reading the latest news in our publication, Greek Columns, and keeping up to date with the community through our website and various social media sites.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity or sorority?
Members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisers. Collectively, the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Panhellenic Association oversee the policies and the recruitment processes for fraternities and sororities. Coastal Carolina University also has a dedicated professional that provides direction and advisement to the Greeks on campus. Our staff works within the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, and can be reached via phone, 843-349-2301. In addition to this local support, each chapter also has a national and/or regional organization that they report to for governance, guidance, and resources.