Greek Life FAQ

1. WHAT IS RECRUITMENT?
Recruitment is the process by which fraternities and sororities on campus introduce themselves to Prospective New Members (PNM’s).  You may have to register in order to participate.
 

2. HOW DO I DETERMINE WHICH ORGANIZATION IS BEST FOR ME?
Whether you join a large or small chapter, a culturally based group, a newly formed chapter or one that has been around for years, it is simply a matter of personal preference.  Each organization has its own advantages.  Selecting a group is like selecting your friends.  Identify the group that fits you best and in which you feel most comfortable.


3. HOW DO I JOIN?
Anyone interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or a sorority is encouraged to attend information sessions or other Greek Life sponsored events.  This will provide prospective members an opportunity to find out more about Greek Life at HBU.


4. DON’T GREEKS HAZE?
Hazing is neither permitted nor tolerated at Houston Baptist University.  Physical and mental hazing is prohibited by both the University and the national fraternal organizations.  Greek members understand the importance of not hazing and strongly inhere to the policies set forth by nationals and the University as a whole. 

The HBU student Handbook states that “Hazing is defined as annoyance of a student by playing abusive or ridiculous tricks, harassing or aiding or abetting in such behavior, which would cause physical, mental or emotional harm, or which involves violation of a statutory law, shall not be allowed. A student or an organization may be found to have engaged in acts of hazing even when the acts are not subject to the provisions of state law. Hazing offenses may be either personal (including engaging in hazing and failing to report hazing, both of which as Class B Misdemeanors are punishable by fine and/or jail time) or organizational (including activities of organization alumni -subject to a fine of $5,000 to $10,000). Consent is not a defense against a hazing charge and immunity from prosecution is available where there is a formal investigation and involved students testify for the prosecution.”


5. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMBER OF A SOCIAL SERVICE FRATERNITY OR SORORITY?
Every student should consider the financial costs when planning their personal budget.  Each chapter has differing costs related to joining their group.  It is strongly recommended to ask each group or the Office of Student Involvement what the dues would be like before joining.
 

6. HOW MUCH TIME DOES FRATERNITY OR SORORITY MEMBERSHIP REQUIRE?
Like most extra-curricular activities, how much you get from the group depends on how much time you are willing to put into it.  On average, expect to put in about two to four hours a week for meeting and events.  Other optional activities such as holding an office or attending social events will take additional time.  With good time management, your Greek activities will easily fit into your schedule.


7. WILL GREEK MEMBERSHIP AFFECT MY GRADES?
Academic achievement is a priority to each organization.  All Greek organizations enforce grade point average requirements.  They also offer study sessions, tutoring and other programs to assist members in achieving their potential.  Members that take advantage of the academic support will find that Greek membership will enhance their academic performance.  On average, Greek members have higher grade point averages compared to non-Greek members and have higher retention rates.