As a parent or family member, there is a lot you can do for your student during their Georgia Tech Greek experience. First, ask your student about their chapter and new brothers or sisters. Greek experiences range from campus to campus and chapter to chapter, so leaning in to hear their personal experiences is key! Here are more tips that can help guide your conversation with your student:
- Be supportive of your student’s choice to go Greek and/or the chapter they are wanting to join.
- Attend Parents Weekends and learn about opportunities to volunteer, regardless if you are a member of a Greek organization.
- Learn about the fraternity/sorority by visiting the chapter’s website and the official website of the fraternity/sorority headquarters.
- Review the fraternity/sorority mission, values, and tenants of membership. Ask the chapter how they uphold those statements through their actions and chapter programming.
- Encourage your student to take advantage of chapter services, leadership opportunities, and scholarships.
- Encourage your student to attend educational programs in the chapter and on campus.
- Know the contact information for the chapter, big brother or big sister, fraternity/sorority Headquarters, and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
- Find out the details of the financial obligations and payment options of the fraternity/sorority.
- Encourage your student to take a leadership role(s) in their Chapter.
- Encourage your student to get involved in other campus organizations and volunteer organizations.
- Know the grade requirements for new AND active members. Ask about their scholarship plans and resources to keep your student from slipping on grades or practices to help them get their grades back up!
At no time should your student’s membership in a fraternity or sorority detract from their academic performance, job or co-op duties, nor their ability to be a successful student at Tech. Unfortunately, there are activities that can be divisive to the growth and development of your son or daughter. Alcohol misuse and hazing are common issues that plague fraternities and sororities across the United States and Canada. At Georgia Tech, we work diligently to eliminate these issues from our community. However, we cannot fully address issues without your support. If risk management concerns you, please feel free to contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life or the fraternity/sorority headquarters.
The Parents Program office provides resources and support to parents and families of Georgia Tech students. To learn more about the Parents Program, important contacts, resources, and frequently asked questions, visit them at www.parents.gatech.edu.