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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Welcome to the JSU family!

We are so thrilled that your son/daughter has decided to come to here and become a member of our outstanding fraternity and sorority community. Our community is the home of 20 nationally affiliated fraternity and sorority chapters.

JSU's fraternities and sororities strive to create well rounded individuals through their involvement within our organizations. A quality fraternity and sorority experience will provide your student with some of the most rewarding and memorable experiences that last a lifetime.

Naturally as an involved parent you want what's best for your student. Today's perception of fraternity and sorority involvement is all but flattering with images of "Animal House, Stomp the Yard, or ABC Family's GREEK." However, men and women associated with these organizations strengthen bonds with the community through philanthropic endeavors, form a campus network, offer high ideals of leadership development, strive and maintain high academic standards, and promoting social responsibility.

As a parent, you will have many questions concerning your student's involvement in a fraternity or sorority. Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son or daughter throughout the recruitment process. Once your student is a member of a Greek organization, there are many opportunities for you to share in this aspect of his or her college life. Almost all of the chapters on campus host events such as family weekend or special parent functions. Chapters recognize that when your student comes to college, you, as a parent, also become a part of the university family! Ask questions and get involved!

If you have any questions regarding our fraternities and sororities, please do not hesitate to contact Marshonntri Reid, Assistant Director of Student Life - Greek Life at

Check out the ABC's of Fraternity and Sorority Life at JSUā€¦..

A cademics are very important in our community, and are stressed by chapters and governing councils constantly beginning at recruitment. There are several resources and opportunities that are provided include scholarship awards, study sessions, files of materials, and tutoring assistance. Many chapters and national Greek organizations recognize and reward their members' scholastic excellence. Additionally, according to retention data, members of Greek organizations are more likely to complete their degree than their non-Greek counterparts.

A lumni advisors play a major role in advising chapters. Each chapter is required to have an on campus advisor, which may not be affiliated with the chapter, and has at least one chapter advisor which helps with the day-to-day operations of the chapter and provides networking and resources for efficient chapter management.

C ommunity service and philanthropic projects provide chapter members with the opportunity to support many causes. Chapters support both the local and national charitable organizations from our annual Toy Drive to the American Cancer Association. Our fraternities and sororities have donated over 9,000 hours of hands on service and over $46,000 dollars to a vast variety of local and national projects this past year; and continues to work together not only to serve the community but also to foster personal growth and greater unity by giving back.

G lossary of Terms

Active a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.

Bid an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
Brother / Frat a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.
Chapter refers to an individual fraternity or sorority.
Fraternity a Greek organization for men.
Greek a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Initiation the ritual that brings a new member to full membership.

Interfraternity Council (IFC) the coordinating body of fraternities.
Legacy a potential new member who is a son/daughter, brother/sister or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a fraternity or sorority.
National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) a conference composed of 62 member fraternities.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) a conference composed of 26 member women's fraternities.
National Pan - Hellenic Council (NPHC) a council of 9 historically Black member men's and women's fraternities and the coordinating body of the historically Black Greek-letter organizations.

Panhellenic Council (PC) the coordinating body of sororities.
Potential New Member (PNM) a person interested in being a member of a chapter.
Ritual the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional organizational ceremonies.
Recruitment the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional organizational ceremonies.
Sister a term used by sorority members when referring to each other.
Sorority a Greek organization for women.

ees vary from chapter to chapter. Each chapter and their national office collect dues and membership fees from every member. Most chapters have a one time initiation fee, plus semester or monthly dues. It is very important for each student and parent to ask about the specific chapter fees while going through the recruitment/intake process.

H azing is any act or situation causing physical or mental harm to any member or any student affiliated with an organization. Jacksonville State University, each national organization and the State of Alabama prohibit hazing. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please refer our student handbook or contact the Office of Student Life at 256.782.5491.

M embership in a fraternity or sorority is one of the best ways to become involved at JSU. Many of the SGA leaders and officers of numerous other organizations are involved with a fraternity or sorority. Those members already involved can assist fellow members in taking an active leadership role. Research has shown that involved collegiate students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience.

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