Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a fraternity/sorority?
- A fraternity/sorority is a group of men/women who adhere to the same ideals and principles, work together toward common goals, and are bound together by rituals and the highest possible level of friendship.
These organizations strive to develop the individual talents of members and each member uses these talents for the benefit of the whole.
- How will joining a sorority or fraternity affect my student academically?
- Your student’s academic success is important to the sorority and fraternity community. Some organizations have specific grade point requirements for new members.
All organizations have a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement to remain a member in good standing.
Currently, our FSL Community has over a 3.1 semester GPA which is almost .2 above the all University GPA for the Spring 2012 semester.
- Why do fraternities and sororities pay dues?
- These organizations pay for a chapter’s dues to its Inter/National Organization, dues to the respective governing UT Dallas Council, liability insurance, scholarship incentives, tuition at leadership conferences, supplies, and social activities.
- What is the cost of membership?
- Cost of membership varies among the groups but does not add measurably to the cost of campus life. All chapters are supported by membership dues.
Typically, the first semester is more costly for incoming members, as some one-time fees apply such as new member and initiation fees.
Before joining any chapter, we strongly encourage you to talk to individual members about the costs and how they pay for them. Every chapter should be open and willing to share this information.
- If I go through recruitment, do I have to join an organization?
- Although most students who participate in recruitment decide to accept a bid, you are not required to join. Many students participate in Recruitment activities because the average potential new member meets between 10 and 30 new people at the first event.
This is an excellent chance to get acquainted with UT Dallas’s most outstanding student population. By participating in Recruitment activities, you are by no means under any obligation.
Most chapters do recruitment during the Fall and Spring semesters so if you decide not to join during your first semester, you will have many more opportunities after that to meet more people.
- What about the use of alcohol and controlled substances, irresponsible behavior and hazing?
- Every individual Greek organization expects its members to obey all campus, local, state and federal laws and to abide by the sorority or fraternities policies, guidelines and standards. Most organizations allocate significant resources to educate its members about alcohol and substance abuse.
All recruitment events at UT Dallas are alcohol and substance free.
The UT Dallas Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life has a no tolerance policy for misconduct and violations of the Code of Conduct.
Additionally, hazing is illegal in Texas and is not tolerated by the Greek community, University or National Headquarters.
- Is it required to live in the chapter facility?
- The fraternities and sororities at UT Dallas are non-residential, meaning there are no chapter-owned housing facilities.
- What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a Greek-letter organization?
- While there are certain attendance requirements, a well-balanced schedule is encouraged for all members.
Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time by balancing academics, work, and other commitments. Academic commitments are the first priority and many Greek members hold student jobs as well.
Greek organizations are conscientious of the full schedules that most students have and offer flexibility as much as possible. Students find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time they put into it.
- How can my student get involved?
- Students wishing to participate in recruitment may do so by contacting the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at 972-883-2946 for information relative to the appropriate council.
We also post all our dates as soon as they are available on the Events page.