It is important that your student finds the place where they feel most comfortable and can be themselves. To do this, we recommend that you encourage your student to keep an open mind when considering the different fraternities and sororities and make the decision by themselves and for themselves. Each of the fraternities and sororities at Shawnee State University provides a similar experience in terms of founding values, activities offered, and support resources.
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great resource for students academically through study hours and tutoring programs. Most have a GPA requirement for initial membership and to remain active members in the organization. These requirements are often higher than the general campus average. Organizations often regulate study hours, maintain resource files, reward those who do well, and help those experiencing difficulties.
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking your student questions prior to and throughout their membership. It is important that you understand the financial commitment your student is making including the cost of membership, when monies are due, how the bill is paid, etc.
Be an advocate for your student and encourage them to take advantage of all the opportunities their membership in the fraternity or sorority provides. Your awareness and education on their participation allows you to understand their experience, providing benefits to you and your student. Your student should never be asked or required to do anything that is a violation of the State, local, or Federal law and Shawnee State University's Conduct Code, or do anything that would cause them harm.