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Resources for Parents and Families

Parents

1. What will my student get out of joining a fraternal organization that they will not get out of any other college organization?

Coming to college is one of the major life changes that your student will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help make the transition easier. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter (the local name of a nationally affiliated fraternity or sorority) helps make the campus smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility in their members.

2. How will joining a chapter benefit my student after college?

The life-long friendships your student will make through their chapter can last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience. Joining now is really an investment in your student’s future. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he/she will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of their fraternity or sorority in the area. In addition, Greeks have national networks for its members that could be helpful in finding jobs or internships.

3. As a parent, I think academics must be a top priority.  Will this be compromised by joining an organization?

The Greek Student GPA is consistently higher than the All Undergratuate GPA at UNC Pembroke with our cumulative GPA being a 2.86 and the undergraduate cumulative average being a 2.70. Academics are a top-priority in the Greek community. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at UNC-Pembroke. This group understands what the new member is facing and can provide support in many areas. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer or new member educator who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. There are various resources for members on campus, such as, The Center for Academic Excellence, time management workshops, academic advisors, etc. Studies have shown that the GPA among Greek members has been consistently higher than the non-Greek Student’s GPA.

4. What is my role as a parent?

Take the time to find out more about the Greek community at UNC-Pembroke. Ask questions about what the organizations will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Check out any information your student receives related to Greek Life.

5. What should I do if I suspect my student is being hazed?

UNC-Pembroke, as well as each fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with North Carolina state law.  The Office of Greek Life also requires the continual adherence of the FIPG, Inc. Risk Management Policy from all fraternities and sororities.  Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the Office of Greek Life. Hazing is not tolerated. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Greek Life (910) 775-4048 or campus police. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner.