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Parent Information

Dear Parents,

We would like to offer you the answers to some of the questions you might have concerning the Fraternity and Sorority community at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  Fraternities and sororities at any university offers your son or daughter a "home away from home", providing friendship, scholastic support, leadership experience, involvement, and opportunities for the future.

At UMKC, the fraternity and sorority community is strongly united and growing in numbers. On campus, the students affiliated with Greek letter organizations are viewed as a great asset, and many of the members are active campus leaders.

UMKC currently has 7 inter/national sororities, 1 local sorority and 8 inter/national fraternities. All organizations have unique qualities, well suited to each of its members. Your son or daughter will have no trouble choosing an organization to join.

If you have any questions concerning fraternities or sororities, please do not hesitate to contact Shelby Coxin, Assistant Director, Office of Student Involvement by phone at 816-235-1407, or by email at coxons@umkc.edu

 


What do fraternities and sororities have to offer? 

Friendship

At the University of Missouri – Kansas City fraternities and sororities enable men and women to establish strong friendships, often lasting beyond the collegiate years. Affiliation provides students with an opportunity to interact with members of all ages, and meet people within their fraternity and sorority community and other student organizations. Membership also offers students a network of support while making the transition to college life.

Leadership and Involvement

Fraternities and sororities are self-governing bodies in which the members take on the responsibilities and offices of the chapter. This hands-on experience teaches leadership skills, and allows them to interact and make connections with other organizations and departments on campus. This experience is valuable for the future in that the student learns the importance of working with others, and responsibility for their actions. The Order of Omega, a fraternity and sorority Honor Society, recognizes a select number of members who excel in leadership, involvement, academics, and service to the community.

Service

One of the most gratifying aspects of fraternity and sorority life is the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes from involvement in community service. Fraternities and sororities throughout the nation recognize local and national organizations in need of aid, and donate time and money through their special philanthropies and service projects. Members at UMKC are heavily involved with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Relay for Life, Make-a-Wish, Harvester’s Food Bank and mentoring programs. Whether raising money or donating time, service is an important part of the fraternity and sorority experience. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I want my son or daughter to succeed academically. Will his/her membership hinder those efforts?

The fraternity and sorority community at University Missouri –Kansas City strives for academic excellence and improved scholastic achievement. Each chapter has chosen a grade point average requirement which each member must maintain to be active. Chapters also offer academic assistance for its members, providing study areas and peer tutoring. Every chapter understands that its members are students first, and provide recognition to those who excel and also improve their academic standing. Every chapter as a minimum GPA requirement for members to update as well of at least a 2.25 or higher 

What will it cost for my son or daughter to join?

Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a fraternity or sorority, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join. Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Interfraternity, National Pan-Hellenic Council or Panhellenic Councils, social activities, and miscellaneous costs. 

What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?

There is no minimum or maximum time that a student must spend with the fraternity or sorority. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time, balance academics, work and other commitments. Members find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time that they put into it.

What about pledging and hazing?

Each new member participates in a period of orientation, where they attend meetings and learn about the history of the chapter, the university, and the values shared by each chapter across the nation. Hazing is opposed by all sororities and fraternities at UMKC, and is not tolerated. UMKC and all inter/national headquarter have strike anti-hazing policies that all chapters must adhere to.

Should alcohol be a concern if my son or daughter joins a fraternity or sorority?

All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol at all functions. These risk management guidelines are set by each chapter's national board, and adhere to the Missouri State and University of Missouri – Kansas City policies. The Panhellenic sororities and any chapter renting from UMKC are not allowed to possess alcohol in their living environments. The fraternities and sororities on campus also conduct programs to educate and instill standards and expectations for their members.

 

 

We are happy to provide you with as many resources and as much information as you need to assist you son or daughter in learning about fraternity and sorority membership. In addition to the information on our website we would like to direct you to the following information:

SororityParents.com - A great resourse to answer questions about your daughters experience.

FraternityInfo.com - A great resourse to answer questions about your son's experience.

National Interfraternity Council – The governing body for all Interfraternity Council fraternities.

National Panhellenic Conference – The governing body for all Panhellenic Council organizations.

National Pan-Hellenic Council – The governing body for all National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations

 




Additional Info:

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