The Greek Community
As a parent or family member you undoubtedly are concerned about your student's experience at college and the choices they will make. For your student, making the transition from high school or a community college to a university may seem like an imposing challenge. Perhaps some questions have arisen, such as:
 
  • Will my student fit in and make new friends?
  • Will my student succeed academically?
  • Will my student be able to get involved in campus clubs and improve his/her  leadership skills?
  • How can he/she best prepare for a career and a profession?
  • Will my student feel like a part of the campus community, or will  he/she be just another number?
     
Greek Life can provide positive answers for each of these common concerns. Following are some commonly asked questions regarding membership in the largest organization on campus... fraternities and sororities.

What kind of time commitment will this take?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through his or her Greek involvement, your student will learn how to balance academics, work, campus involvement, and social commitments. Many Colorado State Greeks also work at least part-time (around 20 hours a week).

What role does alcohol play?
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state and city laws, and university, fraternity/sorority, and IFC/NPC/NPHC/LGC (the governing boards for fraternities and sororities) policies regarding consumption of alcohol. All sororities with houses and several fraternities with houses are alcohol free. No parties are allowed to be held in any chapter facility. In addition, fraternities and sororities are not allowed to purchase alcohol for members or guests. The days of open alcohol parties at Greek social functions are gone. Today's fraternities and sororities strive to promote responsibility concerning alcohol.

What about Pledging or Hazing?
All fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation. During this time, your student and other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity/sorority history, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among new members (pledges/associates/candidates) and the initiated members. ALL FRATERNITY AND SORORITY POLICIES FORBID HAZING, and are committed to a membership education period that instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members. This period will assist your student in overcoming some of the concerns about success in college. Hazing is against the law in the State of Colorado and we take that seriously!

Who is actually in charge?
Fraternity and sorority members are elected to officer positions and manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni serving as advisers. All of our fraternities and sororities are also part of an (inter)national organization that offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff members and regional volunteers. The Greek Life Director is employed by Colorado State University to assist, educate and monitor the activities of Greek organizations along with the assistance and support of other staff members within the Greek Life Office.

What can I do as a parent or family member?
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking your student questions before they join. Many groups will provide written statements concerning activities, finances, and policies; your student should be encouraged to obtain and read this information. In addition, allow your student to make their own choice (especially if you yourself were Greek). Your support should not end after the recruitment period but continue throughout your student's years in school. Once your student joins a chapter, take advantage of the Mom's and Dad's weekend activities and during the fall participate in Colorado State University’s Family Weekend. These are great opportunities for you to see your student interacting with their chapter members, and one more way for you to spend time with your student.