Information for Parents
As a parent, you might wonder whether or not joining a fraternity
or sorority is right for your student. Unfortunately, the media
often highlights stereotypes and portrays Fraternity and Sorority Life as
nothing more than expensive clubs that party. USC Upstate boasts a diverse and
growing Greek Community. Our members are engaged in both campus and community
organizations, and our Chapters provide opportunities for members to create
life-long friendships and create a home away from home.
Deciding to “Go Greek” can be a difficult decision for most students,
and as a parent you should keep the following in mind as your student navigates
- Support your student as they decide if
Greek Life is for them. Learn more about our Greek Community and the resources
offered by the Office of Student Life so you can refer your student to us
should they have questions.
- Encourage your student to keep an open
mind while they make their decision. It is easy to get caught up in the events
and “flash” associated with affiliation; however, joining an organization is a
life-long commitment. Encourage your student to take his/her time getting to
know the members and researching the organizations.
- Respect your student’s decision. Often,
students decide to join an organization that is different from the one their
parent or other family member belongs too. Going Greek is a personal decision,
and students should find the best fit for them, regardless of their Legacy
status. Additionally, should your student decide they don’t want to join a
fraternity or sorority that is perfectly, okay, as well. Greek Life isn’t for
everyone and there are numerous other opportunities for students to get
involved on campus.
- Recognize there are financial obligations
associated with joining fraternities and sororities. Have an honest
conversation with your student beforehand to determine who will be responsible for
paying their dues, membership fees, etc. or if there are any limits to what you
are able to afford.
- Allow your student to advocate for his
or herself as they navigate this process. Encourage your student to contact the
Office of Student Life if they have questions about membership, Greek Life
information events, etc.
- Understand joining a fraternity or sorority
is a competitive process based on various criteria such as academic
performance, campus and community involvement and interactions with current members.
Although the University establishes policies regarding the operation of
all registered student organizations, the membership selection criteria are
determined by each individual fraternity or sorority based on the policies and
procedures of its inter/national headquarters. Any questions regarding
selection criteria should be directed to the Chapter.