Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the role of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA)?

OFSA works with students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and other invested constituents to enhance the development of Lehigh University students through Greek membership. Our staff works with fraternity and sorority members to provide support and educational, cultural, and leadership development programs which meet their needs beyond the classroom.

 

Q: What are the requirements to join a fraternity or sorority?

Deferred Recruitment:

First-year students cannot join a fraternity or sorority until their second semester. Knowing that membership in a fraternity or sorority is an organizational obligation and potentially a residential obligation, Lehigh University believes it is important for students to acclimate to University life before making such an important decision. 

Academic Requirements:

The Greek governing council minimum requirement is completion of 12 Lehigh University credits and a 2.25 GPA for IFC fraternities, a 2.3 GPA for Panhellenic sororities, and a 2.5 GPA for MGC organizations.  Many organizations have individual GPA requirements that are higher than the Greek governing council minimum. Please click here to view the list of GPA requirements for individual chapters.

Transfer Students/January Admits:

Students transferring in from another college or university with GPA and credit hours that meet Greek academic requirements, are eligible to immediately join a fraternity or sorority.  Please note high school advanced placement credits are not applicable.  First year Lehigh students admitted in January will be ineligible for recruitment until the following fall semester.

Greek Membership Policy:

Certain violations of the Student Code of Conduct will affect membership eligibility in a fraternity or sorority.  For specifics click here.

 

Q. Can I join more than one chapter?

Membership in a fraternity and sorority is a lifetime commitment upon initiation into a chapter.  If an organization loses their active status, you will be unable to join another chapter.  Additionally, if you transfer to another institution, you may affiliate with your chapter at that institution or work to establish your chapter.  Under very rare circumstances, you may petition your chapter's Inter/National Headquarters to disaffiliate from membership.

 

Q: What are the benefits of fraternity or sorority membership?

Fraternities and sororities provide multiple opportunities for personal and professional development on a regional and national level. An investment in fraternity or sorority membership provides academic support, leadership experiences, life-long friendship, career networking, civic engagement opportunities, and the benefits of life-long affiliation. For more information about our chapters, please refer to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website.

 

Q: What options do students have for joining a fraternity or sorority?

Our community offers 31 different chapters as options for students whom are interested in going Greek.

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) consists of 17 chapters, including residential and non-residential options. Students interested in joining a fraternity of IFC can contact the IFC Recruitment Chair for more information about Open Houses and the IFC recruitment process. This recruitment process occurs in the spring and consists of events hosted by individual chapters. Students will attend events hosted by chapters they are interested in, and if the chapter expresses interest, the student will receive an invitation to begin new member education.  Questions can be directed to the IFC Advisor, Corey Gant, at jcg216@lehigh.edu.           

The Panhellenic Council (Panhel) consists of 9 residential sororities during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students interested in joining a Panhellenic sorority can participate in the formal recruitment process the week prior to the start of classes in January. Events to assist students in understanding the process and to introduce them to sorority women will occur in the fall. Questions can be directed to the Panhel Advisor, Brigette Gardner, at bcg216@lehigh.edu or the Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Steph Behrens, at scb217@lehigh.edu.  For more information, please access the Panhellenic Council website at https://lehighpanhel.squarespace.com/.

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) consists of 5 non-residential chapters that are founded as culturally-based organizations. Students interested in joining an organization of the MGC should contact a member of a specific organization for more information and attend informational sessions that will be advertised by that organization. There are no specific time periods for intake.  Also, there is also continual interest to establish new culturally-based organizations on campus and those interested in joining an organization should consider these opportunities as well.  Questions can be directed to the MGC Advisor, Malcolm McDaniel, at mamd16@lehigh.edu.

 

Q: When does a student interested in the Panhellenic Council’s formal sorority recruitment process have to return and how long does formal sorority recruitment last?

Students participating in recruitment may return to campus no earlier than Monday, January 16, 2017.  The formal recruitment process begins on the evening of Tuesday, January 17 with an Orientation meeting  and concludes with Bid Day on Sunday, January 22, 2017.  Should the student not be able to be on campus at this time, contact the Panhel Advisor, Brigette Gardner, at bcg216@lehigh.edu and your Rho Gamma as soon as possible.  Please click here for a list of the 2016 -2017 Rho Gammas.

 

Q: Where will a student stay during sorority recruitment? Will there be food?

All participants in sorority recruitment are able to move back into their residence hall for sorority recruitment. While the dining halls will not be open for the duration, participants will receive food throughout the week’s events as part of their registration fee.

 

Q: My relative/family member is a member of a fraternity/sorority. Will students get an invitation to join from that sorority/fraternity as a legacy?

No student participating in recruitment or intake for any council or chapter is guaranteed a bid to a Lehigh University chapter. In regards to formal sorority recruitment, Panhel does their best to place each woman who completes the entire recruitment process. For IFC and MGC chapters, it is in the best interest of the potential new member to participate in recruitment and/or intake events to show interest.  Students are always welcome to send a letter of recommendation to the chapter. This letter can be submitted to the OFSA.

 

Q: Will students be required to live in a fraternity or sorority facility?

All students affiliated with a residential chapter, will be required to live in that on campus fraternity or sorority facility. Should you have any questions about this expectation, contact the Office of Residential Services at 610-758-3500 prior to joining a fraternity or sorority.

           

Q. How can I receive daily information about OFSA and the Lehigh Greek community? 

OFSA maintains a strong social media presence, please click on the links below:

On Blogspot: http://lehighgreeks.blogspot.com/

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Lehigh-Greeks/