Letter to Parents
As a parent, it’s a good idea for you to learn about fraternities so you can help your son make the best decision about whether or not he should be part of the Greek life. Educate yourself by checking out this parents’ guide to fraternities and sororities.
Academics should be your child’s number one focus while in college. That’s why SAE require a minimum GPA in order to remain a member. There is an elected official for keeping track of members and your son’s academic performance. Furthermore, SAE has educational programs, such as tutoring and study sessions, which can assist the entire chapters in excelling academically. Most chapters also offer member scholarships, our is called “The True Gentleman” scholarship and is selected to a lucky Freshman. Since obtaining a degree is the main reason for attending college, make sure your student realizes that he must keep up his grades if he wants to participate in a Greek organization.
Your child will have financial responsibilities when it comes to joining a fraternity or sorority. At NIU, there is a one-time new member/initiation fee as well as semester membership dues. If your child is really interested in becoming a member of the Greek life, you need to sit down with him or her and work out a college budget to determine whether or not joining a frat or sorority is affordable.
In the past, fraternities and sororities have received a bad rap for participating in hazing, which is any action taken that produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Today, all fraternity and sorority policies strictly prohibit any type of hazing activity. In fact, the organizations have taken on a zero-tolerance stance on this issue. Some states, including Illinois, even have legislation that makes hazing a third-degree felony. There is a zero-tolerance hazing policy at SAE.
On average, your student should expect to contribute two to four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. If your student has the time, he can also choose to participate in optional activities, such as holding an office, attending social events (strongly encouraged), helping out with various projects, etc.
Fraternities and sororities participate in many different activities. The kind of activities your student may participate in will vary depending on which chapter he/she joins. Possible activities may include:
- Fundraising for charities
- Tutoring elementary school students
- Conducting environmental and neighborhood cleanups
- Sponsoring blood drives
- Organizing clothing and book collections
- Volunteering at shelters
- Participating in intramural athletics
- Attending social mixers
If your child decides to go Greek, you should stress how important it is to balance social activities and academics. If your son decides to go SAE, he will create friends for life and a college experience he will never forget. Membership in SAE is for life.
Any questions? Feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAE President: Bryan Collins
v Phone: 847-338-7070
v Email: email@example.com
SAE Rush Chair: Lucas Marinello
v Phone: 630-613-0869
v Email: firstname.lastname@example.org