FAQs

Is Greek life for everyone?
We think it is! There is a place for anyone who truly wants to be part of our community. The chapters range in values, missions, ritual, and personalities. We encourage you to educate yourself on the Fraternity and Sorority Life community, as well as the numerous opportunities for involvement in other campus organizations.

How can I become a member of a fraternity or sorority organization?
Membership is based on scholarship, leadership and community service. Fraternities and sororities host membership recruitment events and information sessions during the fall and spring semesters. The events and information sessions provide an opportunity to explore the organizations and a chance to get to know the members.

Does it cost to join a Greek-letter organization?
There are dues and fees associated with membership in a Greek-letter organization. The fees vary from organization to organization. For specific information, contact the Student Involvement Office at (703) 993-2909.

What are the benefits of membership in a fraternity or sorority?
Different members of the Fraternity and Sorority community benefit in different ways. For some, the lifetime friendships and group experience are invaluable. For others, the focus on academics, the leadership development opportunities and community service are important. Either way becoming Greek will have lasting positive benefits that suit all students that join!

Can I join a historically African American or Multicultural fraternity or sorority if I am not African American or Multicultural?
Greek-letter organizations prohibit discrimination. Membership is open to men and women who meet the membership qualifications defined by the organizations and the University.

Does the University support the Greek community?
A full-time George Mason University employee advises the Fraternity and Sorority community. The organizations receive guidance and support on academics, leadership development and compliance with the University and National policies. The Fraternity and Sorority community also has access to financial resources, meeting space, and chapter advising that the University provides to all recognized student organizations.

What is hazing?
Hazing is a broad term that encompasses a multitude of actions or activities. The term hazing refers to any actions or activities that do not contribute to the positive development of a person or an organization; which cause mental or physical harm; or which subject individuals to harassment, embarrassment, ridicule, or distress. Examples of situations that are considered hazing include but are not limited to tests of endurance, physical abuse, psychological abuse, morally degrading or humiliating activities, forced ingestion of any substance, activities which interfere with academic pursuits, and servitude. Hazing is typically associated with membership selection and initiation into an organization. It is possible for hazing to occur before, during and after membership selection and initiation.

Hazing in any form is strictly prohibited. George Mason University will investigate all hazing allegations. Individuals and organizations found in violation of the GMU hazing policy will be sanctioned and turned over to the proper law enforcement agency. If you believe you have been a victim of hazing or know someone who has been a victim, contact the Student Involvement Office at (703) 993-2909.