Just for Parents
Thank you for your interest in Sorority Life at Grand Valley! We welcome you to look over our website and contact us with any questions you may have.
Here are some frequently asked questions that parents may have when their daughters express interest in joining an NPC sorority!
Q. What is a sorority/women's fraternity?
A. NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) member sororities/women's fraternities are values-based Greek-letter organizations that have been in existence for over 150 years! They are located on accredited college and university campuses across the United States and Canada.
Q. What are the benefits of membership?
A. Women's fraternity membership offers many practical benefits to its members. All NPC groups provide scholarship opportunities, loans and other financial aid to members. there are numerous chances to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through attending seminars and holding officer and committee positions within the chapter. Volunteering within the community sets a pattern of lifelong service to others. On top of that, women's fraternities offer a lifetime of networking with women of all ages throughout the world.
Q. What is the cost of membership?
A. Each group has certain fixed expenses including dues, new member fees, initiation fees and housing fees (determined by local facilities). Average costs can be found in the campus recruitment brochures and the campus Panhellenic office will provide this information on request.
Q. What about the use of alcohol and controlled substances, irresponsible behavior and hazing?
A. Every NPC group expects its members to obey all local, state and federal laws and to abide by the organization's policies, guidelines and standards. Each group allocates significant resources to educate its members about alcohol and substance abuse.
- Alcohol is not allowed in any chapter facility, house, lodge or suite.
- Chapter funds may not be used to purchase alcohol.
- The illegal use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances is not tolerated by any of the NPC member groups.
- Hazing is against the law, and all of the inter/national organizations have policies prohibiting hazing in any form.
NPC groups provide extensive guidelines for hosting social events, and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment for their members. If an incident occurs where policies are violated, the organization intervenes with disciplinary measure and further education to achieve a heightened level of safety at events.
In addition, Grand Valley State University outlines its hazing policy in its Student Organization Handbook. The Student Code States, in Section 221.00:
Hazing: The University prohibits any student, acting alone, or with others to conspire to engage in hazing or to participate in hazing. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off campus, for the purpose of initiation or affiliation with any organization or team which jeopardizes the physical and/or mental well being of any individual, or is, presumably, an illegal activity.
Freedom from humiliation and danger of hazing is guaranteed to every student on this campus. This policy includes individuals as well as whole organizations. Any violation of this policy should be reported immediately to Santiago Gayton, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, in which the situation will be referred to the appropriate judicial body and appropriate action will be taken.
Q. How can membership assist my daughter in succeeding academically?
A. All NPC sororities expect every member to strive to fulfill her academic potential. Groups offer assistance in varying ways such as study resources, quiet study areas and tutoring. Chapters also acknowledge improved and high scholastic achievement with various awards and forms of recognition.
Q. My daughter will make friends in her residence hall and classes. What would be different about sorority friends?
A. Membership in a women's fraternity is a living and learning experience for women with shared values and objectives. Chapter members develop a special bond of sisterhood. These friendships last beyond the years of college and are nurtured by alumnae activities and networking programs that provide opportunities for continued camaraderie, service and personal development.
Q. How does my daughter get involved?
A. Women wishing to participate in recruitment should do so by registering at sorority recruitment registration.