Student Resources

The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life is a great resource for information about the history and tradition of the Greek community and how to become an active and successful member of the fraternitity and sorority community at OSU.

Greek Chapters

The OSU Greek community has 23 fraternities 21 sororities. There are 4 fraternities and 8 sororities without Greek houses at OSU. In total, more than 2,800 students within 44 fraternities and sororities (and growing) are in our community.


Recruitment information varies by council and by fraternity or sorority chapter. See the link directly below for general information regarding recruitment.

Risk Management

Guidelines and forms related to alcohol policies, fire safety, fire drills, crown control plans, and Police Liason Officers can be found on the Risk Management page.


Scholarships are available for students to apply, and are listed on the scholarships page.

Greek calendar

This Greek calendar is continually updated with important dates for Greeks as well as the OSU community as a whole. If you have an event planned for a certain date, this is the place to inform the community. To create a new calendar event, please follow these steps to ensure it shows up on the calendar.

Everything Greek

Are you interested in learning the Greek alphabet and other terms widely used within the Greek community?

Services provided by the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life

The CFSL provides a wealth of support for the Greek community in a wide range of areas: academic development, event planning, community-building, leadership, philanthropy, communications, advising, crisis management, and more. Wel also maintain a library of videos and publications on a wide range of subjects, including leadership, community-building, diversity issues, the rush process, OSU matriculation ceremonies, hazing, substance abuse, and sexual assault. National directories and publications related to the Greek system policy and laws are also available.

Event Planning

Event Calendar

This calendar is continually updated with important dates for Greeks as well as the OSU community as a whole. If you have an event planned for a certain date, this is the place to inform the community. Submit your event below, or contact the CFSL at 541-737-5432 or to add an event to the calendar. If you submit your event yourself, you must wait for it to be approved by Bob Kerr.

Risk Management

Please completely review information related to risk management.

Glossary of Greek terminology

Active: A fully initiated member of a fraternity/sorority. 

Alumna: A member of a women’s fraternal organization who is no longer an undergraduate. Plural: Alumnae. 

Alumnus: A member of a men’s fraternal organization who is no longer an undergraduate. Plural: Alumni. 

Associate Member: A person who has accepted a bid but is not yet initiated into a sorority or fraternity. See also “New Member” 

Badge: A “pin” worn by fully-initiated members of each fraternity or sorority that carries its official insignia. 

Bid: An invitation to join a sorority or fraternity. 

Big: Nickname for big sister or brother, a mentor assigned to a new member. Many organizations have special names for these pairings. 

Brother: An active or alumni member of a fraternity. 

Brotherhood: The common term for the bond between members of the same fraternity. 

Call: A yell used mostly by historically black National Pan-Hellenic organizations (although some National Inter-fraternity Council, National Panhellenic Council, and local organizations have calls as well). Used to promote pride in their organization and identify and greet brothers and sisters. These are to be used only by members of the organization.

Chapter: An established membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity. 

Chapter House: A physical structure where members live. Chapter houses are typically owned and operated by private corporations or organizations. 

Charter: The official document drafted by an Inter/National fraternity or sorority that allows for the creation of a local chapter that is affiliated with a college or university campus. 

Class or “New Member Class”: A term used to name new members of a Panhellenic Council or Interfraternity Council organization who all joined during the same semester. 

Colony: Known as a “trial period” for a new organization that is awaiting official Chapter Status recognition from their national to establish a letter chapter on their campus. 

Crest: Insignia used by sorority and fraternity members. Most Greek organizations reserve the crest for initiated members only. Each crest has hidden, secret meanings behind it. Also known as a coat or arms, shield or armorial bearings. 

Crossing: Ceremony during which new members of culturally-based and historically black Greek-letter organizations become active, life-long members of their organization. 

D.A. or Deactivate: A student who for some reason removes himself or herself from association with the fraternity and drops membership completely.

Depledge: A student who withdraws from an organization after accepting a bid, but before the student is initiated by a chapter. 

Dry: A fraternity which does not permit alcohol on the premises and in very rare cases, does not allow the organization to host a party involving alcohol. Some fraternities are going dry at the national level, and all sororities have different levels of "dry". For example, one may allow the sorority to attend a function hosted by a non-dry fraternity, while another sorority may not. 

Dues: The monetary costs of membership in a fraternity or sorority. These fees are used to cover the costs of operation, formal events, social activities, and other events, depending on the organization. 

Expansion: When an organization is looking to expand and open a new establishment of a Greek-letter organization at a college or university. 

Founder’s Day: An event celebrated by fraternities and sororities to highlight the founding of their organization and celebrate its history. It's not necessarily held on the day the organization was founded. 

 The name applied to Greek organizations including both men’s and women’s organizations. There are several types of fraternities at OSU, including social fraternities, service fraternities, professional fraternities, and honorary fraternities. The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life workswith governing bodies directly; Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Panhellenic Council (NPC), Unified Greek Council (UGC.) 

Formal Recruitment: A designated recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held by each NPC sorority or IFC fraternity. At OSU, this is organized and implemented by the Panhellenic Council or Interfraternity Council. 

Founders: The founding members of a Greek Letter organization.

Governing Council: Also known as an umbrella council, generally supports and acts as a voice for organizations within it, including being the official sponsored student organization as liaison between the university and the members of the member organizations.\

Greeks: Members of a fraternity or sorority. The term "Greek" is used because a majority of fraternities and sororities use Greek letters to distinguish themselves. 

Hazing: Any willful act or practice by a member, directed against a member or new member, which, with or without intent, is likely to: cause bodily harm or danger, offensive punishment, or disturbing pain, compromise the person's dignity; cause embarrassment or shame in public; cause the person to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; cause psychological harm or substantial emotional strain; and impair academic efforts. In addition, hazing is any requirement by a member which compels a member or new member to participate in any activity which is illegal, is contrary to moral or religious beliefs, or is contrary to the rules and regulations of the sorority/fraternity, institution of learning, and civil authorities. 

IFC: The abbreviation for the Interfraternity council, which is the governing body of the fraternities who belong nationally to the North American InterfraternityConference (NIC).

Informal Recruitment: A period of time after formal recruitment where Greek organizations who are not at quota can hold events to recruit new members. It is called informal because potential members need not follow a designated schedule.

Initiation: A ceremony during which new members receive lifelong membership privileges into the organization they have chosen to be a part of. 

Intake: Term for the process by which Independent Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council members are selected to become new members of an organization. This is generally much more secretive than recruitment or rush for Panhellenic Council of Interfraternity Council members, but generally includes an application and an interview process, followed by an educational program done at the regional level conducted by alumni, then an initiation (generally known as “crossing”). 

Interest Group: A group of individuals on campus in the first stage of the process leading to installation as a Greek-letter organization. 

Interfraternity Council (IFC): The OSU-based “chapter” of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. A student-led governing body that supports 18 of the men’s fraternities who are part of the NIC. IFC strives to provide communication between the fraternal organizations and connects organizations to the local Corvallis and OSU community.

Legacy: Each organization has its own definition of a "legacy." It is generally defined as an immediate family member of an initiated member, such as a sister/brother or daughter/son. Some sororities also recognize extended family members as legacies as well. 

Letters: The first Greek letter of each Greek word that makes up the motto of a particular fraternity or sorority; these are generally displayed on clothing and other Greek paraphernalia. 

Line: A term used by culturally-based and historically black organizations to name a group of new members who all joined during the same term, semester, or pledge class (similar to the term to “class” which is often used by Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council organizations). They are the potential new members of the organization. Lines are often given names. 

National Order of Omega: This is a National Honor Society for Fraternity or Sorority members who maintain a grade point average above the All-Greek average, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the OSU Greek community, have exemplary character, and are either juniors or seniors. 

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): The governing body of the nine traditionally African American fraternities and sororities, also known as the "Divine Nine."

National Panhellenic Council (NPC): A national organization comprised of 26 women’s fraternities and sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek- letter-society of college women.

Nationals: Fraternity and Sorority members often refer to their national/international headquarters or offices as "Nationals". These offices are responsible for making policies for the individual organizations at all of colleges and universities where their organization recruits members. 

Neo or Neophyte: A new member of a culturally-based or historically black organization which usually defines that stage between the completion of new member/pledge requirements and being initiated

North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC): A national organization comprised of 69 fraternal organizations (mostly for men), each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter-society of college men. 

New Member: A person who has accepted a bid but is not yet initiated to a sorority or fraternity. 

New Member Educator: The liaison between the new members and the chapter, they are responsible for implementing and monitoring the new member program and preparing the new members for initiation. 

New Member Program: The time period where the new member learns about their new sorority and fraternity before initiation. This time frame lasts from Bid day until Initiation. Formerly called pledge period (and still called this in some fraternities).

Officers: Initiated members who currently hold positions within their Greek organization or governing body.

“On the Yard”: A phrase used by culturally-based and historically black organizations meaning that a fraternity or sorority is currently chartered and able to recruit new members on campus. 

Open Recruitment: A designated recruitment period during which each of the men’s fraternal organizations in the IFC host recruitment events at their own houses. This type of recruitment is considered “informal” because potential members need not follow a designated schedule. 

Panhellenic Council: An umbrella council comprised of the NPC women’s housed sororities. A student governed council at Oregon State University which strives to provide communication between the organizations and connects organizations to the local Corvallis and OSU community through academic, social, and service events.

Philanthropy: This is a community service project/s held by a fraternity, sorority, or both. OSU Greek students perform a number of these projects each year, and most Inter/National Fraternities and Sororities require their organizations to do one large project per year. Our chapters are extremely involved in university and community service participating in such events as Relay for Life, canned food drives, clothing drives, and many more. 

Pin: (2 types) the active pin or badge, a distinctive insignia worn on the chest designating an active member of a particular fraternity. The pledge pin, an insignia used to designate a pledge of a particular fraternity.

Pledge: A person who has accepted a bid but is not yet initiated to a sorority or fraternity. This term is believed to be outdated by some and can be offensive. See also “New Member” 

Potential New Member: A person who is interested in joining a Greek-letter organization, and will participate in rush, intake, or recruitment; often abbreviated to PNM. 

Preference: The final parties held by Panhellenic Council organizations during Recruitment. These events are more formal than the previous parties and usually include a ritual that potential new members can participate in. Also known as Pref, or Final Dinners 

Preference Cards: Potential New Members sign this after preference, indicating in order, which sororities of the ones whose parties they attended they liked the most. These cards, along with the organizations’ lists of members they would like, are used to match the PNMs and sororities with one another in a mutually selective process. 

Probate: An official public presentation of initiation used by culturally-based and historically black organizations. The presentation may consist of knowledge learned, skills gained, and values understood. This is a proud moment of historical significance for new members of these organizations. In most cases, this is the first time when newly initiated members of each fraternity/sorority are revealed to the rest of campus.

Quota: A specific number of women to which each Panhellenic Council sorority may extend membership during a formal (fall) recruitment period. This number is determined by the Panhellenic Council each year in conjunction with the National Panhellenic Conference. 

Recolonize: A process where a fraternity or a sorority that was previously on campus receives another charter to recruit members on the same campus. Recolonization can happen because a chapter died out due to low numbers, or had their charter revoked. 

Recruitment: The process through which sororities and fraternities get new members. Potential New Members tour each house, are invited to different events and choose the new members for their organization (students seeking membership in a fraternity or sorority “rush,” while the Greek organizations “recruit” new members). 

Rho Gamma: A Panhellenic representative who has no contact with her own chapter during formal membership recruitment and is available to guide women through the recruitment process and answer questions. 

Ritual: The traditional rites and ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority; these are almost always private and known only to initiated members of a fraternal organization. 

Rush: The process of attending recruitment events held by houses with the intent of meeting people and participating in a particular fraternity or sorority (students seeking membership in a fraternity or sorority “rush,” while the Greek organizations “recruit” new members). 

Sister: An active member of a sorority. 

Sisterhood: The common term for the bond between members of the same sorority. 

Step Show: A show often performed by National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations. Also called stepping. 

Stroll: A dance, normally done in a line of active members that displays pride and knowledge of their organization and its values. Organizations usually have national strolls and local strolls that incorporate a variety of different moves and hand signs that are unique that organization. 

Total: The maximum number of members a Panhellenic Council sorority can have on a given campus. Groups can only exceed total during formal recruitment if in the process of extending bids to quota, the chapter size grows beyond this number. Conversely, if a sorority has obtained quota during recruitment and is still below total, that sorority may continue to ask new members to join, but only up to total.

Unified Greek Council: An umbrella council which is a fusion of culturally rich and distinct Greek Letter Organizations at OSU, including but not limited to those focused on the celebration of race, ethnicity, nationality, career and professional advancement and sexual orientation. It is a student governed council at Oregon State University. UGC strives to connect our organizations and the local Corvallis and OSU community through academic, social, and service events.


Greek Organization Websites

Fraternities - 24

Sororities - 18

Monday Note

Here you will find current and past editions of the Greek Life Monday Morning note, the method which the office of Greek Life uses to relay information to Greek presidents for the week. This is in supplement to our facebook page. Please fan the Office of Greek Life to get connected for daily updates.

Fall Term 2011

 Week 1 - September 26, 2011 (NEW)

Spring Term 2011

Week 8 - May 16, 2011
Week 5 - April 25, 2011
Week 3 - April 11, 2011
Week 2 - April 4, 2011
Week 1 - March 28, 2011

Winter Term 2011

Week 10 - March 7, 2011
Week 9 - February 28, 2011
Week 8 - February 21, 2011
Week 7 - February 14, 2011
Week 6 - February 7, 2011
Week 5 - January 31, 2011
Week 4 - January 24, 2011
Week 3 - January 18, 2011
Week 2 - January 10, 2011
Week 1 - January 4, 2011

If you have anything you would like to contribute to next week's Monday note, please contact Mike Shingle, Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Office of Greek Life at


Fraternity and sorority recruitment varies depending on the organization and its council. The information below is general, but should you give you a good idea about the recruitment process for each group.

Fraternity Recruitment

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Unified Greek Council (UGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (Divine Nine)

Sorority Recruitment

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

Unified Greek Council (UGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (Divine Nine)

Things to Know about Joining

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fall Formal Recruitment?

This describes the structured activity of IFC and Panhellenic. IFC concludes their activities with JUMP and Panhellenic concludes their program with the Introduction to Panhellenic. Please check out the Recruitment Section of this website for details and dates of Fall Formal Recruitment for both fraternities and sororities.

If you are interested in joining a National Pan-hellenic Council (Divine Nine), Multicultural, Service-based, or Academic-based Greek organization, please browse the Chapter Profiles above and use the contact information provided from these organizations.

If I don’t participate in formal recruitment, can I still join a chapter?

Yes. There is Informal Recruitment for IFC and Continuous Open Bidding (COB) for Panhellenic the remainder of the academic year. Please contact the Unified Greek Council or NPHC (Divine Nine) organizations to get specific recruitment information.

Do I have to identify as a student of color to join a culturally based Greek Organization?

No. Greek organizations within the Unified Greek Council and the National Pan-hellenic Council pride themselves by having students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds including, but not limited to, students who identify as White, Caucasian, Latino/a, Chicano/a, Hispanic, Southeast Asian, Asian-American, African American, Black, Native American, bi-racial, multi-racial, mixed race, and all racial and ethnic identities.

What are the best chapters?

The answer to this question is completely subjective. Before joining, a person should look at the academic performance of the chapter, housed or un-housed status, alcohol status, and philanthropic contributions, along with any other qualities deemed important.

Is hazing permitted?

Oregon State University, IFC, UGC, NPHC, and Panhellenic all agree that hazing is unacceptable in the Greek Community. Should hazing be reported, it will be dealt with through the judicial processes of the Greek Community and OSU.

What are the costs of joining a Greek organization?

The Greek Experience is an investment in your student's future. The leadership skills, the academic assistance, and friendships will benefit your student beyond their college days. The perception that fraternities and sororities are only an option for the "rich" students is widespread and false. Greek organizations are quite affordable and fees go to services that will positively impact your student. To assist members, chapters may offer scholarships and grants. The cost to join will vary from chapter to chapter. There are three kinds of costs: one time costs (pledge & initiation fees), recurring costs (membership dues, room and board rates) and special costs (tee shirts, social functions, etc). Ask the various chapters specific questions about each area. You may also refer to the "Financial Information" section of this website for cost information on the various fraternities/sororities. We encourage all interested students to ask for financial information prior to joining.

What will students get out of Greek Life that they would not get out of any other college organization?

Coming to college is one of the major life changes that your student will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help make the transition easier. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter helps make the campus smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility in their members.

Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?

Academics are a priority in the Greek Community. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at OSU. This group understands what the new member is facing and can provide support in many areas. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. There are various resources for members on campus such as time managment workshops, academic advisors, the career center, etc. Specific academic information about the chapters may be found elsewhere on this website under "Academic Achievement".

What is expected of an associate member or prospective member?

The number one priority is to achieve academically. Secondly, associate members are expected to learn the local chapter history and national history as well as to get to know the current membership. The length of the associate membership period varies from chapter to chapter.

How much time does a chapter take up?

The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first semester is the most time intensive as the new member goes through the chapter's education program. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and allow them to become involved with other organizations. After the initiation into the chapter, expectations will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies, service, and initiation) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more your student puts into the chapter, the more they will get out of being a member.

What is a Philanthropy or Service Project?

Greek members take it as part of their mission to support their national philanthropies (not-for-profit causes) financially and physically. Throughout the year, each chapter spends time fundraising and volunteering to help their particular philanthropy. The time spent together on these events is one of the many times that fraternity brothers and sisters can bond, while making a difference in someone's life.

Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature?

There is a social aspect to the Greek Community and these "social" events include education programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, Dad's Weekend, Mom's Weekend, Homecoming, and dinner exchanges in addition to parties and socials. Today's Greek Communities across the nation have adopted a stringent approach to socializing thereby creating a safer, more beneficial environment for members. Each governing council has a risk managment and alcohol policy. In addition, each organization may have national rules to follow regarding the hosting of social events. All organizations sponsor education on alcohol misuse and abuse. Housed sororities do not permit alcohol in their facilities.

What are the roles of my parents?

Your parents can take the time to find out more about the Greek Community at OSU. Ask questions about what each organization will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Check out any information your student gets in the mail over the summer related to Greek Life. Once your student joins a Greek organization, there will be opportunities for your involvement as a parent such as Mom's and Dad's Weekend activities, or joining the chapter's Mom's Club, etc.

How do I get involved?

Your student may receive information about Recruitment in the mail. Please browse the different fraternity and sorority chapters pages to get a feel for which organization you would like to join. At the START sessions, there will be an interest session on Greek Life for students and parents. Check out the websites listed above. Recruitment and Membership Intake are mutual selection processes with the hope there is a place for everyone.

Questions for Students to Ask Prior to Joining

This is a list of questions that potential student members should ask the fraternity or sorority that they are looking at joining.

  • Does your Greek organization have a house or any live-in requirements?
  • Do I want to live in a fraternity or sorority house? (many OSU fraternities and sororities do not have houses, for example: NPHC and UGC Greeks)
  • What can your fraternity/sorority offer a student?
  • How does your chapter perform academically?
  • What type of Scholarship Program do you have to help a student with grades?
  • What types of leadership opportunities do you offer?
  • What are the grade requirements for intiation into membership?
  • What are the other requirements for initiation into membership?
  • Do you have a system of fines?
  • Are there "house meetings" held at the chapter?
  • Is the Associate Member allowed in meetings for house policy decisions?
  • What are the majors of your members?
  • Are your alumni active in the chapter?
  • Do you have a "big brother/big sister" program?
  • What are the costs (all costs) involved in joining your organization?
  • How many members live in your chapter house?
  • What are the living arrangements?
  • Where would I sleep?
  • Where would I study?
  • Do you have quiet hours?
  • What are the costs of living (Room & Board) in your chapter house (if it has a house)?
  • Do you permit hazing? Do you have a difficult Associate Member program?
  • Do you have an open kitchen (can I have a snack when I'm hungry)?
  • Do you have a good cook? Are meals nutritious? How many meals are offered per week?
  • What are the costs (what do they cover) of being a member but not living in the chapter house?
  • What is expected of an Associate Member?
  • What things happen during the Associate Member period?
  • When can I move in?
  • Is there a set length of time that I must live in?
  • Are there regularly scheduled study hours for associates? members?
  • Are your brothers/sisters active on campus? How?
  • Is you chapter active on campus? How?
  • What philanthropies does your chapter support?
  • What are your chapter's philanthropical activities to give that support?
  • What makes your chapter unique and sets it apart from other chapters?
  • What are some of your social activities?
  • How much emphasis does your chapter place on intramural sports?
  • What type of Community Service does your chapter participate in?
  • What are the advantages of living in the chapter house as opposed to living out?
  • How much time commitment is expected?

Values of Fraternity and Sorority Members

Things You Should Learn as a New Member:

  • The PURPOSE of your organization.
  • The VALUES of your organization.
  • Which ACTIVES are committed to living 1 and 2.
  • How to chair a house committee.
  • How to work with alumni.
  • The HISTORY of your organization.
  • Who your personal ROLE MODELS are & why.
  • How to successfully recruit.
  • How to SING and know WHY we sing.
  • How to lead an event that satisfies risk management needs.
  • How to resolve conflict without violence or shouting.
  • How to speak in public.
  • What the seven rules of writing are and how they can help you get a better job.
  • How to confront a member who is not meeting their obligations.
  • That it is up to you to make your chapter stronger.
  • How to facilitate positive change in your life, your chapter and your world.
  • The only tradition is the tradition of the rituals.
  • Everything/everyone can be improved with time and love.
  • The chapter needs you more than you need the chapter.
  • The name and contact person of your National Office. You should call or write them at least twice before initiation.
  • All pre-initiation activity should be of a reflective nature. There is no need for fear/intimidation/physical activity or sleep deprivation.
  • Membership is a journey, not a destination. The real work starts after initiation.
  • Always know how to find the centers of influence in a group.
  • How to participate in Semester at Sea, etc., and then go.
  • How to discover the fear that is the underlying source of all anger and hatred.
  • Learn how to disapprove of the behavior, not the individual.
  • Uncover your special gift and then nurture it and share it.
    • REASON
  • Your job is to find people better than you and get them in your chapter. Always remember that and never treat them with anything short of love, devotion and respect.
  • If alumni come over to drink and tell war stories – learn how to ask them to help you with your career over a cup of coffee.
  • Never trust anything anyone tells you once they have had a sip of alcohol or any mind-altering substance (pot/cocaine/etc.)
  • If men – you should learn how to shop and cook; If women – you should learn how to fix a flat and basic car repair costs.
  • How to dance the Tango/Waltz/Flamenco.
  • How to establish and keep good credit.
  • How to buy a house/life insurance/diamonds/business.
  • How to invest in the stock market/commodities.
  • Meet the University President, City Mayor, etc.


  • Cut no more than one class a week.
  • Earn a 3.0 GPA.
  • Know the meaning of their name.
  • Have a mission/purpose in life.
  • Have written goals they keep with them.
  • Commit random acts of kindness.
  • Remove their hat for ritual and class.
  • Have a list of 100 goals for their lives.
  • Have an adult mentor.
  • Always play fairly and cleanly.
  • Respect all Greek chapters and their members.
  • Have a job before graduation.
  • Help clean their chapter house, pay their bills on time, serve on committees, and have constant interaction with alumni their entire time in the undergraduate chapter.
  • Practice sober/safe sex 100% of the time.
  • Always look for the good in others.
  • Always help new members without raising their voice or requiring foolish acts.
  • Lead by example.
  • Seek solutions as opposed to finding someone to blame.
  • Always praise publicly and reprimand privately.
  • Always tell the truth.
  • Obey their oath of membership and require it of all who belong to their chapter.
  • Practice “team” on a daily basis.
  • Stand up for what is right, not what is popular.
  • Understand the true benefits of membership come after college.
  • Are good citizens and uphold the law.
  • Are proactively humble, patient and loving.


  • We wear hats to class.
  • We don’t take showers before we come to class.
  • The only day we choose to wear our fraternity sportswear is on the above-mentioned days. And when we make the choice to make t-shirts or party favors, the ones we wear are very alcohol-centered and/or sexist, racist, and homophobic.
  • We typically are not prepared for class because the social and/or intramural calendar does not allow us ample time for studying.
  • We fall asleep in class. (Especially the pledges that we have kept up all night the night before, but then demand that they wear their letters.)
  • The only things they read about us are in Newsweek, the campus newspaper, and/or the stalls in the restrooms.
  • We don’t attend class regularly.
  • We ask if we missed anything important on the days we skip class.
  • We don’t have any toes because we have shot ourselves in the foot so many times.
  • Bottom line – we are not delivering on what our founders said were the important things of fraternity and the faculty are going to hold us accountable until we do.

M. Hayes, 1995
AFA President
Director of Alumni Affairs
Indiana State University


Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. - H. G. Wells

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development afforded an individual. - Albert Einstein

No great idea ever entered the human mind through an open mouth. - Unknown

73% of injuries resulting in lawsuits happen in Greek houses.
59% brought by members.
90% of fights, sexual assaults, etc., involve alcohol.
88% of all injuries involve alcohol.
81% of all paralyses involve alcohol.
78% of all psychological damage involves alcohol.
66% of all serious injuries involve alcohol.

Risk Management

Crowd Control

A key element in hosting a safe and enjoyable social event is ensuring your house does not get over crowded - creating an unsafe environment for both residents & their guests. The key to ensuring this doesn’t happen is to appoint the right people to maintain the appropriate occupant load & general safety throughout the event. These individuals must be sober at all times and be dedicated to their responsibility throughout the entire event on their responsibilities prior to the start of the event.

Corvallis Police Department Liaison Program

The Corvallis Police Department (CPD) assigns a police officer to each fraternity and sorority at OSU. For further information on this program, please contact the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life at 541-737-3660.

Greek Social Event Information


The CFSL provides a wealth of support for the Greek community in a wide range of areas: academic development, event planning, community-building, leadership, philanthropy, communications, advising, crisis management, and more. Wel also maintain a library of videos and publications on a wide range of subjects, including leadership, community-building, diversity issues, the rush process, OSU matriculation ceremonies, hazing, substance abuse, and sexual assault. National directories and publications related to the Greek system policy and laws are also available.

Monday Note Archive

Each week, the CFSL sends out a Monday Note to all Presidents on the listserve, the method which the office of Greek Life uses to relay information to Greek presidents for the week. This is in supplement to our facebook page. Please fan the Office of Greek Life to get connected for daily updates.

Videos and Publications

Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life Support Services

Assessment Tools

Organizational Support

Individual Support

Training & Facilitation

Communication Services


Graduate Assistant Services

Tips for a Successful Recruitment Experience at OSU

During recruitment, ask lots of questions. There are no foolish questions.

Clearly understand the obligations of being member, especially the financial obligation.

If the chapter has a house, clearly understand what your commitment to live-in will be as a member.

Alcohol is not permitted at any recruitment activity. Play by the rules.

The decision to join a fraternity/sorority is a life-long commitment. Be clear what you expect and what you are prepared to give to this commitment.

Understand the academic support programs of the chapter. Quiet hours, study tables and test files are basic elements. You will need more support to achieve your academic potential.

Understand the total costs, beyond dues and room/board of membership.

Examine the new-member program.

E-mail the faculty advisor.

Discuss the community service program of the chapter.

Understand the educational programs the chapter sponsors and participates in on campus.

Review the Chapters Strategic/Annual Plan.

Familiarize yourself with chapter names and the Greek alphabet; it will make the recruitment process much easier for you

Remember that affiliation in a fraternity/sorority takes commitment, effort, money and time.

Be yourself!

Ignore belittling and derogatory remarks you may hear

Take advantage of the "open houses" during Formal Recruitment

Seek to affiliate with a chapter which you feel you can benefit from and which you feel you can contribute your time, energy and talents for a lifetime

Your decision as to which chapter to join should be "your" decision; don’t be pressured by anyone else

Have fun; enjoy the experience!