Information For Parents & Families
Do you have a student considering joining a Greek organization in college? Learn more about the benefits of them joining in this video.
Read about the benefits of fraternity life specifically on the My Fraternity website.
Fraternity & sorority life recruitment and the membership experience are centered around the student - but that doesn't mean that parents and families do not play a role in the process. We've created a resource specifically addressing the Family's Role in FSL at Linfield University. Please read this document and further explore our website to learn more about our FSL community.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at (503) 883-2511 or email@example.com
My Student is Thinking of Joining a Sorority/Fraternity
Your student has embarked upon a great adventure by choosing to attend Linfield University. Your student has many opportunities ahead of them as they learn to navigate the campus, classes, and life.
It is not uncommon for students to feel overwhelmed in this new environment and the search for a sense of community. Some students will explore joining traditional collegiate social organizations, such as fraternities and sororities for that community. By joining a fraternity or sorority, your student is joining hundreds of other student members who can offer an environment of friendship and familiarity.
Linfield University's priority is the safety and well-being of all students, which are explained in detail in documents such as the Student Policy Guide and the Guide to Living. In addition, the College is committed to fostering the positive aspects of fraternities and sororities, such as leadership, character, development, and scholarship.
Linfield University students can join fraternities and sororities after having completed a full semester at Linfield OR another higher education institution as a transfer student. College officials believe that the first semester is a time for students to focus fully on their academics and acclimate to the College as well as mature in their decision-making abilities.
Overall, the members in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer their time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other fraternity and sorority members.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my student's academic pursuits?
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great resource for students academically through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high grade-point average for initial membership into the organization. All chapters at Linfield are required to hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to be in good standing; however, many of our chapters pride themselves on their outstanding academic achievements and hold grade point averages much higher than the minimum requirement. Visit the Community Factsheets page to learn more about each chapter’s academic performance.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
Fraternities and sororities operate under a self-governance model with the belief that it is a growth opportunity for students, who can learn, develop, and mature through these leadership opportunities by overseeing their own operations. However, to increase the safety for members and others on campus, the College also provides oversight and standards, which include College oversight of the fraternity and sorority organizational misconduct and disciplinary process. Other measures include strict social restrictions and monitoring the registration of all chapter events.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Linfield Panhellenic Council (LPC) both serve as the governing bodies for fraternity and sorority chapters on campus, helping to unify and oversee the groups, and serve as a link to campus, community, and College administration. Fraternities and sororities at Linfield University, as at most colleges and universities in the U.S., are considered private, independent, social entities that freely associate and determine their own membership. Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by alumni chosen by the chapters, who act as advisors. In cases where there are fraternity houses, those dwellings are located off campus and are generally privately owned by the fraternity’s alumni board or other third-party landlord. Each non-local chapter also is responsible to its Inter/national organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. The professional staff in Linfield University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life serve as advisors to the two governing councils and serve as the primary contacts with the College for the fraternity and sorority community.
How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?
Sororities and fraternities have a rich history at Linfield University dating back to the early 1900s. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Fraternities and sororities are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar values, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:
- A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier
- 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 and philanthropy fundraisers
Is hazing a part of the fraternity and sorority culture at Linfield University?
Hazing, which is against Oregon Law, should not be a part of joining any organization, and Linfield University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. If hazing is found to have occurred, it will result in immediate an conduct investigation conducted by College professional staff, and the recognition of the chapter under investigation will be called into question. Individuals may face disciplinary action for their involvement in hazing activities. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the fraternity and sorority community and the College, and it is not tolerated.
If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life immediately. All calls will be handled in a discreet manner. Or, you can confidentially report the hazing incident online.
What is the financial obligation?
There is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity or sorority. The fees (called “dues”) go toward the local and Inter/Nationals chapter operating expenses. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent semesters. Additional costs throughout the semester will go toward chapter events, pictures, fundraisers, conference trips for leaders, t-shirts, etc. While your student is participating in the recruitment process, encourage them to ask about the financial obligations of membership. The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils at Linfield University also assess council dues to each new and active member of the fraternity and sorority community at Linfield University. These dues are charged to chapters each semester your student is a member of a Greek organization. The fee is $15 for Interfraternity & Panhellenic Council members. The fee goes toward increased safety initiatives and resources as well as educational and Greek unity activities.
Click here for a detailed financial transparency document for our sororities (women's organizations)
Click here for a detailed financial transparency document for our fraternities (men's organizations)
What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?
The fraternity and sorority community at Linfield University is making serious efforts to create a more responsible and safe environment for its members at social events. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests, and all organizations are held accountable for violations of their respective governing council's social policy by the College and their governing council and advisor(s).