Joining a Greek Letter Social Organization

Becoming a fraternity or sorority member can be a wonderful and life-changing experience. Some things to keep in mind:NMU Greeks

  • Fraternities and sororities at Northern Michigan University have a tradition of providing great service to the community. Greek organizations also offer excellent opportunities for members to grow as individuals and leaders. If you become a member of a fraternity or sorority, take full advantage of the opportunities available to you; at the same time make a commitment to contribute to the organization and to leave it better and stronger when you graduate. Greek community service projects and leadership experiences are excellent activities for Northern’s Superior Edge.
  • You need a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in order to become a member. You are encouraged to help make scholarship and academic achievement a defining characteristic of your fraternity or sorority.
  • Each Greek organization has its own “personality.” You should consider checking out all of them before deciding which one to join.
  • Hazing has never been a major problem at Northern Michigan University and we are all working to ensure that it never becomes one. Hazing is defined as “any intentional act(s) which embarrasses, injures, frightens, degrades, or endangers any member or prospective member of an organization or group.” If you ever have a question or concern regarding hazing, please contact Greek Affairs staff in the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center, 227-2439, cse@nmu.edu).
  • Responsible use of alcohol is expected by the members of Greek organizations. This includes abiding by all institutional, state, local, and FIPG guidelines regarding the possession, consumption, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages on a fraternity’s or sorority’s premises or at any entertainment or function given in the name of or for the benefit of the fraternity or sorority. If you have a question or concern regarding the responsible use of alcohol, please contact Greek Affairs staff in the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center, 227-2439, cse@nmu.edu).
  • Once you become a new recruit/associate/new member of a Greek Letter Social Organization, you will be required to attend a Risk Management Workshop. This workshop will cover topics such as alcohol related issues, hazing issues, dating miscommunication and violence concerns, and sexual health issues.