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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of joining a Greek organization?
Part of the mission of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is to provide a superior liberal arts education, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to a student's development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities. A positive fraternal experience provides students with a complement to their academics at UVa-Wise and attends to their development as adults, by providing them with study groups, values-based programming, service opportunities, leadership positions, social outlets, lifelong friendships and a career network. Most fraternal organizations seek to uphold the tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, and brotherhood or sisterhood. These values-based organizations challenge their members to instill these principles into their own lives through their activities and interaction with their collegiate brothers or sisters, and alumni
What Greek chapters are recognized by UVa-Wise?
UVa-Wise currently recognizes eight chapters on our campus. Each recognized chapter is affiliated with a national or international organization that provides support and guidance for local chapters. Each chapter belongs to either the Interfraternity Council (IFC) or the Panhellenic Council (PHC).
When is Recruitment/Intake and how does it work?
Formal Recruitment, for unaffiliated students interested in IFC or PHC, takes place at the beginning of the fall semester each year. Interested students are required to register prior to Greek Recruitment. Registering in no way obligates a student to accept a bid from a chapter, it simply allows the councils and the Office of Greek Life to know which students are interested in participating in the Recruitment process and need more information. Recruitment is comprised of rounds where potential new members visit all the chapters. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices each round until they finally select a chapter by the last night.
For Delta Sigma Theta, UVa-Wise’s only NPHC group, the “intake” process is individual by the chapter, not coordinated by the councils, and is more personalized. Interested students should contact the chapter or the Office of Greek Life for more information on Delta Sigma Theta intake.
How does the new membership process work?
Most chapters have a period of time, not to exceed ten weeks, and to be completed one week prior to finals, where their newest members are exposed to the history, traditions, and values of the organization. New members will typically be involved in leadership retreats, community service projects, and other activities that will offer them opportunities to better know the organization and its other members.
Will I have to worry about hazing being a part of the new membership process?
UVa-Wise considers hazing a serious infraction of College regulations. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off College grounds, that is harmful or potentially harmful to an individual’s physical, emotional, or psychological well-being, regardless of an individual’s willingness to participate or its bearing on his/her membership status. Should you see or hear of ANYTHING that might be construed as a violation of the guidelines, please contact the Office of Greek Life. Any information you may provide will be taken seriously and investigated fully.
What are the costs involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?
As private organizations, fraternities and sororities are self-sufficient entities that require membership dues. Membership dues are used to sponsor social events, membership recruitment, programming in support of scholarship and leadership, and philanthropy projects. Financial obligations vary by chapter. Panhellenic affiliated sorority dues range from about $240 to $310 a year. IFC affiliated fraternity dues range from about $215 to $500 a year. Additionally, chapters assess local dues based upon the events they would like to have and what they feel is affordable for the members. Moreover, new members often are required to pay several one-time fees their first semester including a new member fee ($140 to $260 on average) and an initiation fee ($85 to $250). Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority should inquire about each chapter’s fee structure during the Recruitment/Intake process. Most chapters provide their members with several payment plan options. If you’re worried about the financial commitment, you should speak with the chapter treasurer to find a solution prior to accepting a bid.
What is the time commitment involved with membership in a Greek organization?
Students can make their Greek experience as extensive as they like. Some members spend many hours a week with their chapters participating in intramural athletics, holding an executive office, or attending social functions while others may limit their time to chapter meetings and events. The more time a member spends with the members in their organization and at chapter activities, the more benefits a student will receive from their membership. Just like any other activity, the more you put into it, the more you will get out.
Does UVa-Wise offer Greek Chapter Housing?
UVa-Wise does not currently offer Greek housing on campus. Any off-campus residences occupied by members of Greek organizations are not recognized by the College as Greek housing.
Who do I contact for more information?