- For students joining a fraternity or sorority chapter during their first year, membership can aid in their transition into UCCS by supporting them in developing brotherhood/sisterhood, enhancing leadership, encouraging academic success, and promoting philanthropy and community service efforts. Students who join a fraternity or sorority often feel as if they have found a home away from home. All members receive academic support, opportunities for leadership and personal growth, and experiences specifically created to provide an opportunity to give back to the community. After graduation, students have access to alumni networks to support their post-college transition.
Furthermore, national studies conducted annually consistently indicate that students who choose to join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:
* Greek students are more likely to stay in college than non-greek students.
* College graduates who belong to a sorority or fraternity tend to be more financially successful than other college graduates.
* Greek alumni give both more money and more frequently to their alma maters than non-greek alumni.
* Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities. Upon graduation, these members are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations.
Chapters at UCCS campus practice either recruitment or intake. There are two forms of recruitment: formal and informal. Formal recruitment is often held early in the fall semester each year for IFC and Panhellenic groups. The formal process allows students to explore the full range of organizations before committing to one. However, throughout the remainder of the calendar year, students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with fraternity and sorority members. Our multicultural chapters participate in membership intake processes at various times throughout the year at the discretion of each organization. It is heavily encouraged that students do research into the organizations by visiting their websites prior to contacting the respective organization.
- There are formal recruitments in the Fall and Spring for Fraternities. These take place at the beginning of every semester.
- Sororities have a formal recruitment in September. Some may choose to host continuous open bidding during the Spring Semester. That is at their discretion
- All fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation that lasts on average about 4-8 weeks. During this time, your student and other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and fraternity/sorority history and are part of leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendship among new members (also referred to as pledges/associates/candidates) and the initiated members. We encourage students to contact the chapter presidents or the Department of Student Life to better understand the process of joining.
- Our community offers over 8 different chapters as options for students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority.
- The Interfraternity Council (IFC) consists of 3 chapters. Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity should visit the Interfraternity Council page on Mountain Lion Connect to learn more about their purpose, leadership, and governing documents.
- The College Panhellenic Council (CPH) consists of 2 chapters. Students interested in joining a Panhellenic sorority should visit the Panhellenic Association page on Mountain Lion Connect to learn more about their leadership team, mission and creed, and governing documents.
- At UCCS, we require all fraternity and sorority functions to remain alcohol-free. In terms of education for new members, many chapters require their new members to participate in alcohol programming through chapter-specific training or online modules such as GreekLife.edu.
- More widely, alcohol use is addressed through educational programs offered to chapters and individual members, often times through a partnership with Dean of Students Office. Fraternities and sororities are required to obtain approval from the University prior to any event where alcohol is served and are required to follow federal and state law, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Student Conduct Code expectations, and their (inter)national organization’s policies. Chapters are restricted from using chapter funds to purchase alcohol.
- UCCS Club and Organization Code of Conduct
- UCCS Fraternity and Sorority Standards
- UCCS Student Code of Conduct
- Fraternity and sorority members are elected to officer positions and manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers serve as the leadership team and are supported by various committees and advisors. All of our fraternities and sororities are also part of an (inter)national organization that offers support, advice, and direction through professional staff members and regional volunteers. Additionally, the Department of Student Life oversees all functions, operations and management of the community.
- All fraternities and sororities require an investment of time, including weekly new member meetings (first semester of membership), weekly chapter meetings, participation in chapter and community events including philanthropy and service events, educational programming, and social events. In addition, many members serve on chapter committees or hold leadership positions, which increases the time commitment. However, the time commitment is what your student chooses to invest. Some students put all of their time into the fraternity/sorority, while others spend some time in their chapter and some time experiencing other opportunities on campus.
- There are some required events, but students can generally choose their level of involvement in programs. Over 50% of fraternity and sorority members are involved in at least one student organization outside of the fraternity/sorority experience and a majority of fraternity and sorority members also work. Parents, please note if you feel your student is devoting too much time to a fraternity/sorority, talk with them to better understand the required expectations and feel free to contact the Department of Student Life to discuss concerns. We also encourage students to fully discuss time commitments prior to joining a fraternity or sorority during the recruitment or intake process.
- We hope you will learn as much as you can by asking your student questions before and as they join a chapter on the UCCS campus. Many groups provide written statements concerning activities, finances, and policies; students should be encouraged to obtain and read this information. We encourage families to participate in family events within the chapter, as you are able to do so. For example, many chapter family weekends coincide with UCCS’ Homecoming Weekend, or UCCS’ Family Weekend each fall. If you have questions about terminology, culture, activities, or organizational standing, don’t hesitate to call the Department of Student Life at 719-255-3540.
- UCCS has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with Colorado antihazing legislation. Visit the Dean of Students page to read specific definitions of hazing to which students are expected to abide at the council, University, and state level. This can all be found in the Student Code of Conduct. If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, we encourage you to call our office at 719-255-3540.
You are in college to get an education, and that is our first priority. Each of our chapters has a GPA requirement to remain an active member. They also have several scholarship programs in place. All new members must attend a "Study Smarter, Not Harder" workshop through First Year Experience during their first semester. Overall, Greek college students enjoy higher GPAs than non-Greeks.
No. You do pay dues to your chapter and to your national organization. These dues cover everything from chapter apparel, to programming, to educational speakers and broad fraternity and sorority life programming. Each chapter offers payment plans.
Not at this time.
Because the Greek community at UCCS contributes to the social activity on campus, the University, Department of Student Life, council executives and national organization have worked toward the creation of a responsible and safe environment for its members. All sororities and fraternities have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol by underage members and guests. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the University of Colorado Alcohol Policy and Colorado state laws.
Stephen Cucchiara, Director of Student Activities and Community Service. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Currently, UCCS is not open to expansion/extension. However, we want to hear your feedback on our current organizations and why they do not meet what you are seeking in a Greek organization. Please contact Stephen Cucchiara, Director of Student Activities and Community Service to discuss more.
- The Greek President’s Council consists of a weekly gathering of the chapter president’s to create the direction and make decisions on the functioning of the Fraternity and Sorority community as a whole. Each chapter and/or council president is represented and other representatives from the community may join in as well.