Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
The Greek community is committed to developing students
How will a student benefit from joining a social fraternity or sorority?
Sororities and fraternities have a history on campus dating back to the early 1970s. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service and lifelong friendships. Fraternities and sororities are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education.
- A support group to help with the adjustment to college
- Scholastic resources to help students achieve their academic goals
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience
- Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects
How will joining a fraternity or sorority affect a student’s academic pursuits?
Sororities and fraternities serve academically as great resources for students through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high grade point average for initial acceptance into the organization. The minimum GPA required to participate in recruitment/intake is as follows:
- Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities: each chapter has a requirement for high school GPA and/or college GPA for students enrolled full time (12 credit-hours at Austin Peay).
- College Panhellenic Council (CPC) sororities: each chapter has a requirement for high school GPA and/or college GPA for students enrolled full time (12 credit-hours at Austin Peay).
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities: 2.5 college GPA and must be enrolled full-time (12 credit-hours). Each individual chapter may have a higher minimum GPA requirement set by its national organization.
What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?
All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs staff to conduct safe social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs risk management guidelines, their national organization regulations and Tennessee laws.
What is the financial obligation?
The costs go toward the inter/national fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones.
Additional costs throughout the semester will go toward events, educational programs, pictures, gifts, T-shirts, etc. There are payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships within individual chapters. While participating in the recruitment process, make sure to ask about the financial obligations of membership.
Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at Austin Peay?
Austin Peay State University has a zero-tolerance policy that is consistent with Tennessee laws regarding hazing. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse or mental distress. If you are asked to participate in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Calls will be handled in a discreet manner.
Who is in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by alumni, whose organization offers support, advice and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers.
Each fraternity or sorority is also held accountable by one of three governing councils: the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, or the National Pan-Hellenic Council.