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WELCOME PARENTS 

 

We are delighted that your son or daughter is interested in joining our fraternity and sorority community here at the University of North Florida.  While at UNF, your student will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of their classroom experience.  In fact, research has shown that 60% of all learning happens outside the classroom.  One way that students choose to be involved at UNF is through joining a fraternity or sorority. 

  

Fraternities and sororities were originally founded to enhance students’ academic experiences and to broaden their horizons more than was typical in the classroom.  Today, the mission is nothing different.  Our fraternities and sororities pride themselves on excellence in the five values of Fraternity & Sorority Life at UNF: Scholarship, Integrity, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Community Engagement.  If your student is looking for a community, where they will grow personally and intellectually, we encourage you to look into fraternity and sorority life here at UNF.  

Additionally, we understand that you may have concerns or questions regarding fraternity and sorority life, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff is more than happy to address these.  In fact, we offer opportunities for you to interact with our staff during New Student Orientation and during Week of Welcome each fall semester.  Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable with your child joining one of our chapters at UNF.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD BEFORE JOINING: 

  • What are the expectations of fraternity/sorority members?
  • How will membership affect my academics?  What programs does the chapter have in place to support academic success?
  • What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and active members?
  • What type of member is the chapter looking for?
  • What values does this organization promote?
  • What is the time commitment needed to be considered an active member?
  • Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often?
  • Does the fraternity or sorority have a nationally recognized philanthropy?  If so, what is it and is this something they (the student) wants to support?
  • What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary as a new member?
  • Does the chapter host events in which parents or family members may attend?

YOUR ROLE 

When your son or daughter chooses to join a fraternity or sorority at UNF, it’s not only for their undergraduate career.  Membership in any fraternal organization is a lifetime commitment – a means to hold all members to the organizational expectations and standards.  For many of our UNF students, it remains the best decision they made during their college days, and we certainly wish that for your student as well!

Your role as a parent is important.  You have regular contact with your student and know them to select the right chapter and make the best decisions for themselves.  The most important thing you can do for your student is to be as supportive as you can.

Here are several ways to ensure that you are being an active and informed supporter of your student as they become involved in a fraternity or sorority:

 

  •  Learn about the fraternity or sorority that your student is interested in by visiting the official website of the fraternity/sorority (inter)national headquarters.  Review the fraternity/sorority mission, values, and tenants of membership. 
  •  Know the grade requirements for new and active members.  Ask your student how they’re doing in their classes to fulfill and exceed these requirements. 
  •  Find out the details of the financial obligations of the organization; both as a new member and post-initiation. 
  •  Ask your student when important dates are within his or her chapter. (i.e. recruitment, initiation, formals and semi-formals, etc.) 
  •  Know the contact information for the chapter, big brother/big sister, fraternity/sorority headquarters, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. 
  •  Encourage your student to take advantage of chapter services, such as leadership opportunities and scholarships. 
  •  Encourage your student to attend the educational programs hosted by the chapter and through the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. 
  •  Stay involved with them by attending appropriate chapter-sponsored events. 

 

If your student joins a fraternity or sorority, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have and to provide you with additional information.  Call the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at (904) 620-2526 for more information.