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Frequently Asked Questions
Q) How do I determine which organization is best for me?
Whether to join a large or small chapter, a culturally-based group or a general fraternity or sorority, a newly formed chapter or one that has been around for years, is simply a matter of personal preference. Each organization has its own advantages and areas for improvement. Selecting a fraternity or sorority is like choosing friends - pick the group with which you feel most comfortable.
Q) Do fraternities and sororities provide housing?
There are no fraternity or sororities houses on the UIC campus.
Q) How much does it cost to be a member of a social fraternity or sorority?
Given the benefits provided, Greek membership is a bargain. However, students should consider the costs in planning their personal budgets. All the organizations have different rates for member intake and semester dues. Depending on the organization, they can run anywhere from $50 to $500 a semester.
Q) What is the membership indoctrination process?
Most organizations require their members to complete a probationary period, sometimes called "pledgeship" prior to initiation for the purpose of orientation and member development. During this time you'll learn the history, traditions and operating procedures of the organization and participate in activities to get to know the members better. Organizations use various terms to refer to their pre-initiates, including "pledge," "new member," "associate member," and "candidate." The duration of the new member period varies from four weeks to an entire semester. Some organizations require new members to achieve a certain grade point average during their "pledge" semester in order to qualify to be initiated.
Q) What is hazing and is it permitted at UIC?
Hazing is defined as any action taken which produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Once a common tradition, hazing has been banned by all national fraternal organizations and institutions of higher education. UIC rigorously enforces this policy, and organizations that violate the policy are subject to immediate suspension of campus recognition and privileges.
Q) How much time does fraternity or sorority membership require?
Like other extra-curricular activities, how much you get out of your Greek membership is related to how much you put in. On average, expect to contribute four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. Optional activities such as holding an office, attending social events, playing on an intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects will of course take additional time. Greek activities should easily fit into your weekly schedule and allow plenty of time for classes, studying, work, and participation in other campus activities.
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