Q: What am I going to get out of this?
A: You'll be amazed at what you will get from your fraternity experience. Joining a fraternity rounds out the collegiate experience. We often say that you get a complete education in a fraternity. Here's what a fraternity offers: lifelong friends, leadership opportunities, social and sports activities, academic support and excellence, and networking opportunities.
Q: How will my grades be affected?
A: Ideally, they should shoot way up! Academics must be your first priority. The fraternity can offer support in time management, tutoring, study enhancement and incentives, and class assistance. It's up to you to make sure that you do well.
Q: What are the total costs to be a member of a fraternity?
A: A good, but difficult, question. Each fraternity's dues structure is going to be different. It will also depend on whether or not the fraternity has a house. Joining a fraternity will usually require some sort of one time fee. Insurance will also be a major expense. Don't forget regular dues. What you shouldn't be paying for - ever - Alcohol. Visit the chapter contact information page or call the national headquarters if you still have questions.
Q: What is a “Bid”?
A: This is an important part of fraternity vocabulary. The short answer is a "bid" is an invitation to membership in a fraternity. The term bid is most often used to describe a piece of paper from the chapter that formally invites a man to join the organization. You should know that every fraternity is unique and there are various methods used to invite someone to join. You should remember that the decision you make will be an important one. Do not rush or feel pressured into making a decision that will affect not only the remainder of your college career but also the rest of your life. Recruitment can be a very exciting time for a new student on campus or an upperclassman who has decided to make fraternity part of his college experience. Fraternities normally make a large push at the beginning of each semester to market themselves and spread the word about what they do around campus and in the community. Take advantage of this time to learn about the chapters on your campus and make an informed decision about which fraternity is right for you.
Q: Will I be hazed?
A: You absolutely should not be hazed. You should never participate in any activity that you feel uncomfortable with. If ever in doubt, don't hesitate to contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and ask for Nick Kehrwald 785-864-9141 firstname.lastname@example.org can also contact your fraternity headquarters for more information or clarification. PreventHazing.ku.edu is a great resource.
The Interfraternity Council recognizes the many great social experiences that come along with being a member of a Fraternity. It also recognizes the need to ensure that chapters must act responsibly when preparing to fraternity events. The Social Policy of Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council is our guiding policy in order to safeguard our members from activities that could be possibly harmful to individual chapters and/or the Greek Community. Nothing comes before the safety and well-being of our members. Please click the link to the right to learn more about this policy.
Event Notification Form
The Event Notification Form (ENF) is a form reflecting the Social Policy of our members that chapters are required to submit prior in any chapter event. The purpose of the form is to ensure that our members:
1) Notify IFC that a chapter event is being planned and
2) That the planning and execution of the event is in line with our Social Policy.
ENFs must be filed four business days prior an event with alcohol and 48 hours prior to a non-alcohol event. ENFs are to be filled out online via IFC’s Rock Chalk Central webpage. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.