Frequently Asked Questions about Fraternities and IFC

1. Is there hazing in a Fraternity?

There is no hazing allowed in an IFC affiliated Fraternity. If any IFC fraternity fails to abide by these rules then they will be refered to the IFC and University conduct process. Incidents of hazing should be reported to the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life or Student Conduct and Community Standards.

2. Does being in a Fraternity hinder my academics?

No, in fact, the average greek-men hold higher GPA's on average than the all-male average at Oregon State University. All IFC chapters vehemently support academic endeavors and stress academics as a core part of their brotherhood.

3. What is Interfraternity-Council?

Interfraternity-Council is the ruling governing body over the 23 affiliated IFC chapters. IFC is responsible for governing recruitment, fraternity regulations, hazing issues, fraternity problems, and other fraternity obligations.  All chapters must be registered through IFC to have an impact in on-campus Fraternity & Sorority activities.

4. How do I join a Fraternity?

Fill out the recruitment sign up form and browse respective fraternity websites and contact recruitment chairmen of their respective Fraternities.

5. Do Fraternities offer scholarships?

Yes, each affiliated IFC chapter has their own scholarship process. Members can receive more than $5,000 per year in academic scholarships and leadership trainings.  These are great opportunities to collect funds for schooling. 

6. What is an affiliated IFC Fraternity Chapter?

A IFC fraternity chapter is a Fraternity that is affiliated with Inter-Fraternity Council at Oregon State University and is recognized as a Official Social-Fraternity at Oregon State University.

7. What is recruitment and how does it relate to me or my son?

Recruitment is the formal process in which a fraternity recruits a new member to their fraternity. Usually it is a freshman that are being recruited in the process, however; international students, upperclassmen, and transfer-students can also be recruited. This formal process of recruiting varies in structure from fraternity to fraternity. The IFC sets the dates and timeframe for Recruitment Weeks and recruitment which traditionally occur during the first week of each quarter; however recruitment is ongoing throughout the year.  All IFC affiliated chapters are not allowed to haze, force, or make your son choose their respective fraternity. Recruitment is a process where your son is being introduced to individual fraternities and he is deciding for himself if he would like to join a certain fraternity.

8. How is the recruitment process governed?

During all IFC recruitment events, all fraterntiies are required to follow a cetain set of bylaws pertaining to recruitment. These can be found here. To reaffirm their commitment to a fair and safe recruitment process, fraternities are given the option to sign the "Values Based Recruitment" pledge every year. The fraternities that have chosen to sign this can be found here. Any violations of these rules can be and should be reported using the Violation Report Form found on the front page or the "Social Event Information" tab.

9. What if my son joins a fraternity?

If your son joins a fraternity then he will sign or accept a bid card, which will state he has accepted membership into the respective fraternity. From then on he is a member of that fraternity and thus is responsible for his individual obligations as a member of that fraternity. Basically, signing a membership with a fraternity is signing a contract with an organization. An organization where he is responsible for his respective duties and roles. The parents may provide support however being in a fraternity is an adult choice and thus it is up to your son to keep in good standing with his fraternity.

10. Are Fraternities allowed to have alcohol?

IFC affiliated Fraternities are required to follow the rules and regulations of the State of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Interfraternity Council at Oregon State University. By-Laws of IFC affiliated chapters can be found under the About Council link, which under itself should have the BYLAWS link.

11. Does my son have to live at his respective Fraternity?

As mentioned in Question #8, your son has now signed a contract with his respective fraternity and must now work with his respective fraternity on that issue. Each fraternity is different on whether or not you have to live-in. If this is a matter of concern, you should ask during recruitment about individual chapter policies on living-in.

12. What is philanthropy and how are IFC chapters affiliated with it?

Philanthropy is the process in which the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations is done by respective IFC chapters. IFC Chapters do philanthropy because it is part of their core belief to give back to humankind and society. Philanthropy also looks very good on applications when applying for jobs, organizations, and various other opportunities.

13. What is Fall Formal Recruitment?

This describes the structured activity of IFC and Panhellenic. Fall Recruitment occurs during the first weeks of school and allows students the opportunity to view multiple chapters. IFC concludes their activities with JUMP and Panhellenic concludes their program with the Introduction to Panhellenic. Please check out the Recruitment Section of this website for details and dates of Fall Formal Recruitment for both fraternities and sororities.

If you are interested in joining a National Pan-hellenic Council (Divine Nine), Multicultural, Service-based, or Academic-based Greek organization, please browse the Chapter Profiles on the Center for Fraternity and Sorotity Life website and use the contact information provided from these organizations.

14. If I don’t participate in formal recruitment, can I still join a chapter?

Yes. There is Informal Recruitment for IFC and Continuous Open Bidding (COB) for Panhellenic the remainder of the academic year. 

15. What are the best chapters?

The answer to this question is completely subjective. Before joining, a person should look at the academic performance of the chapter, housed or un-housed status, alcohol status, and philanthropic contributions, along with any other qualities deemed important.  Potential Members should pay attention the relationships they build with members to evaluate where they would create the best relationships throughout their college experience.

16. What are the costs of joining a chapter?

The Greek Experience is an investment in your student's future. The leadership skills, the academic assistance, and friendships will benefit your student beyond their college days. The perception that fraternities and sororities are only an option for the "rich" students is widespread and false. Greek organizations are quite affordable and fees go to services that will positively impact your student. To assist members, chapters may offer scholarships and grants. The cost to join will vary from chapter to chapter. There are three kinds of costs: one time costs (new member & initiation fees), recurring costs (membership dues, room and board rates) and special costs (tee shirts, social functions, etc). Ask the various chapters specific questions about each area. You may also refer to the "Financial Information" section of this website for cost information on the various fraternities/sororities. We encourage all interested students to ask for financial information prior to joining.

17. What will students get out of Greek Life that they would 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 helps make the campus smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. Time management is learned through having a full schedule.  In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility in their members.

18. Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?

Academics are a priority in the Greek Community. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at OSU. This group understands what the new member is facing and can provide support in many areas. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. There are various resources for members on campus such as time management workshops, academic advisors, the career center, etc. Specific academic information about the chapters may be found elsewhere on this website under "Academic Achievement".

19. What is expected of an associate member?

The number one priority is to achieve academically. Secondly, associate members are expected to learn the local chapter history and national history as well as to get to know the current membership. The length of the associate membership period varies from chapter to chapter.

20. How much time does a chapter take up?

The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first quarter is the most time intensive as the new member goes through the chapter's education program. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and allow them to become involved with other organizations. After the initiation into the chapter, expectations will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies, service, and initiation) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more your student puts into the chapter, the more they will get out of being a member.

21. What is a Philanthropy or Service Project?

Greek members take it as part of their mission to support their national philanthropies (not-for-profit causes) financially and physically. Throughout the year, each chapter spends time fundraising and volunteering to help their particular philanthropy. The time spent together on these events is one of the many times that fraternity brothers and sisters can bond, while making a difference in someone's life.

22. Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature?

There is a social aspect to the Greek Community and these "social" events include education programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, Dad's Weekend, Mom's Weekend, Homecoming, and dinner exchanges in addition to parties and socials. Today's Greek Communities across the nation have adopted a stringent approach to socializing thereby creating a safer, more beneficial environment for members. Each governing council has a risk management and alcohol policy. In addition, each organization may have national rules to follow regarding the hosting of social events. All organizations sponsor education on alcohol misuse and abuse. Sororities do not permit alcohol in their facilities.

23. What are the roles of your parents?

Your parents can take the time to find out more about the Greek Community at OSU. Ask questions about what each organization will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Check out any information your student gets in the mail over the summer related to Greek Life. Once your student joins a chapter, there will be opportunities for your involvement as a parent such as Parent's Weekend activities, or joining the chapter's Mom's Club, etc.