If you are considering joining a Greek organization at Minot State University, have a son or daughter interested in membership or are just curious about what sororities and fraternities have to offer, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. If your questions aren’t answered by the responses below or would like to connect further, please contact Aaron Hughes, aaron.hughes@minotstateu.edu or by phone at 701-858-3987.

How many Greek organizations exist currently on campus? Currently there is one fraternity, Mu Sigma Tau, and two sororities, Beta Theta & Sigma Delta.

What is the difference between the Beta Theta Sorority and the Sigma Delta Sorority? The best way to find out is to ask them yourself! Both sororities value friendship, service to others and academic excellence. To learn more about how they differ, attend informational meetings held early in the Fall & Spring semesters. 

What is the difference between a local and a national chapter? The biggest difference is that local sororities and fraternities are one of their kind, whereas national organizations have other chapters in colleges across the country. National organizations may have additional rules, dues, or alliances that local organizations do not necessarily regulate. 

Who is actually in charge of the fraternity or sorority? Members are elected to officer positions and manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees. All clubs and organizations at Minot State University are required to have an on-campus faculty or staff advisor and many Greek organizations also choose to have additional alumni advisors. Additionally, Greek Life Council, the Student Activities Coordinator and the Office of Student Affairs also oversee Greek Life at Minot State University.

What activities do Greek members do together? Students who belong to Greek organizations find themselves volunteering regularly in the community, hosting campus events and spending time together at off campus events. Their pastimes are similar to any other group of college friends: they shop, go bowling, grab late night appetizers and go to the movies!

What happens during the pledging period? "Prospective New Member" is the term has replaces the term “Pledge” and refers to an individual that is newly inducted as a member of an organization. The term pledge is no longer used as it has the connotation of servitude or obedience. New members all experience a period of orientation, sometimes referred to as pledging. During this time, new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity or sorority, leadership activities, community service projects, and events designed to build friendships among the new members and with the older members. New member programs often mirror the operations of the active chapter. A new member class may be expected to plan a social or philanthropic event. Often, fraternity new member classes will complete a house project involving raising money or building something for a chapter house.

I don't drink and I have heard that sororities and fraternities party a lot. Will I fit in? All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state, county, and city laws, as well as university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. In addition, fraternities and sororities are not allowed to purchase alcohol with chapter funds. Greeks at Minot State University also participate in many alcohol-free social activities, including intramural sports, philanthropy events, community service projects, and our week long culminating event. Students can feel comfortable in an environment where they can experience the same brotherhood or sisterhood, regardless of their decisions concerning alcohol and partying.

What about hazing? Minot State University Greek Community enforces a strict NO HAZING policy in conjunction with the Minot State University Student Conduct Policy, found within the Student Handbook. Don't believe "Animal House" and "GREEK." In reality, fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendships. Organizations have public standards regarding academics, behavior, and community. We offer the following statement on hazing:

“Hazing by university groups is prohibited on or off campus. Hazing is defined by North Dakota Century Code 12.1-17-10. A person is guilty of an offense when, in the course of another person’s initiation into or affiliation with any organization, the person willfully engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to that person or a third person. As used in this section, “conduct” means any treatment or forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of that other person or a third person, or which subjects that other person or a third person to extreme mental stress, and many included extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, overexposure to the weather, and forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance. The offense is a class A misdemeanor if the actor’s conduct causes physical injury, otherwise the offense is a class B misdemeanor.”

I'm concerned that my grades will suffer if I join. Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Greeks assist in that transition by offering programs which might include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops. The network of their Greek brothers and sisters who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills centers, computer labs, and academic advisors are invaluable! Greeks can also take advantage of the knowledge older members have about their major, classes, professors, internship and other academic opportunities.

I'm a junior this year, I'm afraid it's too late to join? It’s never too late to join! What makes Greek organizations great is that they are made up of students from all different backgrounds, with different interests, different majors and at various stages in their educational careers. 

How much time is typically spent on sorority/fraternity activities, meetings and events each week? The time commitment varies from organization to organization but typically each chapter holds one meeting per week and participates in a handful of service projects or social events a month. 

If I join a Greek organization, will I have time to be involved in other campus activities? Yes, in fact, it's encouraged! Many of our members participate in other organizations outside of Greek life including, academic clubs, special interest clubs, athletics and campus sponsored event.

Can I afford to join? Each Greek organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, the only expenses will be regular dues, necessary Greek apparel and possibly rent.

My parents don't want me to join. How can I convince them differently? Your involvement will be much more fun with the support of your parents. Find out where their fears, concerns or reservations derive from before pressing the issue. Take those topics to a Greek informational meeting and see how other current Greek members secured the support of their friends and family to join.