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Fraternity FAQ

How do I obtain more information about joining?

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How much does it cost to be a member of a chapter?

Being in a fraternity does require a payment of dues. This money is used to fund the operations, social events and programming for the chapter. It also allows the inter/national organization to continue to provide resources and support for the chapter. Dues vary between chapters. Contact individual chapters for more info.

How much time does chapter membership take?

Everyone is different when it comes to time management. Many Greek students are able to manage chapter responsibilities, jobs or internships, academics and involvement in other campus organizations. The time commitment for joining a chapter varies, but all chapters have frequent chapter meetings and other mandatory events throughout the year that are planned out well in advance.

What will I get from Fraternity life that I would not get from any other student organization?

At UNI, we take great pride in all that fraternity membership has to offer. Greek membership provides students the chance to enhance their college experience. Unlike other student organizations, fraternities are values-based organizations and expect their members to uphold the values established by their founders. Joining a fraternity will allow students to develop leadership skills, achieve academically, and make a difference through philanthropic or hands-on service. Membership offers a sense of belonging and provides students with a home away from home.

I’ve heard that fraternities and sororities haze their members. Is that true?

University of Northern Iowa has a zero tolerance for those who allow and/or facilitate hazing activities. Additionally, each chapter abides by strict anti-hazing policies from their inter/national organization. All University of Northern Iowa students and student organizations must adhere to the Student Conduct Code.  The university defines hazing as:

An act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of intimidation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene, to prevent, to discourage, and/or failing to report those acts may also constitute hazing.

Violation of this university policy may result in disciplinary actions against the student(s) and or organization(s) charged with such acts.    For more information regarding university discipline procedures, visit:  In addition to university sanctions, a person who commits an act of hazing may be subject to criminal charges under section 708.10 of the State Code of Iowa.

All students will sign that they understand this policy when they sign their membership card with the Student Involvement Center for the chapter that they join. The students will also receive a copy of this policy. Hazing may be reported on campus to the Student Involvement Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, or UNI Public Safety and anonymously by calling 1-888-NOT-HAZE.


Active Member - An initiated member of a chapter

Alumni/Alumnae - A member who has graduated

Bid - A formal invitation to join a chapter

Chapter - The local collegiate group of an inter/national sorority or fraternity

Colony - A group of students who have started a new fraternity or sorority

Initiation - A formal ceremony in which a new member becomes an active member

Legacy - A potential new member whose mother, sister, or grandmother (for women) or father, brother, or grandfather (for men) is an alumnae or initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

New Member - A member of a chapter who is not yet initiated

Philanthropy - charitable project to raise money and awareness for a particular cause sponsored by a chapter

Potential New Member (PNM) - A non-Greek undergraduate student who participates in the recruitment process

Recruitment - Social experience organized by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils in which mutual selection allows each potential member to determine chapter membership

Ritual - The traditional, secret ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority