Fraternity and sorority life at the UW-Eau Claire offers many opportunities for fun, friendship, personal growth, professional networking and, above all, a great connection to the rest of campus. Our community is made up of diverse and well rounded individuals who are actively involved at the university and beyond. The UWEC fraternity and sorority community is currently made up of three men’s chapters and three women’s chapters.
The Four Pillars of Fraternity and Sorority Life
The four pillars that guide fraternities and sororities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are fraternal values that provide a strong foundation to support a student's personal development during the undergraduate years.
The fraternity and sorority community understands that students come to UW-Eau Claire for academics first. Each chapter at UW-Eau Claire has a required grade point for members to remain in good standing with the organization. Each chapter also provides a variety of academic support services to assist members in achieving their academic goals. Some of these services include study partners, study hours and scholarship programs. Each chapter also has an elected officer for overseeing the academic progress of members and to serve as a resource for members who may be struggling academically.
Joining in a fraternity or sorority provides numerous opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community. Each chapter elects or appoints officers for their organization in a variety of roles, providing opportunities for the most experienced leader to the emerging leader. In addition, chapter members have the opportunity to serve the entire fraternity and sorority community as a member of the Interfraternity or Panhellenic Councils, the governing bodies for the men’s and women’s organizations, respectively. Fraternity and sorority members at UW-Eau Claire are involved in a number of other student organizations, volunteer with several community agencies and have individual jobs and internships. With members who are so involved in the campus and community, it is easy to see how joining a fraternity or sorority can get you connected and help create a great college experience.
Giving back to the community is an important part of being a fraternity or sorority member. The chapters at UW-Eau Claire are involved with a number of service and philanthropic projects, including volunteering at community agencies like Longfellow Elementary School, Special Olympics, Bolton Refuge House, the Community Table and the Girl Scouts. In addition, most chapters host a philanthropy event each year to raise money for a special cause.
Joining a fraternity or sorority provides individual members with their own built-in support system right here on campus. Being part of a chapter means developing a sense of closeness and community, while also providing opportunities to broaden your horizons. The experiences you are able to share with fraternity brothers or sorority sisters will result in friendships that last far beyond the college years.
- Alpha Xi Delta
- Delta Zeta
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Delta Tau Delta
- Phi Gama Delta
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of joining a chapter?
The fraternity or sorority experience is multifaceted and offers numerous opportunities for friendship, leadership, scholarship and service. Joining a chapter helps connect students to a smaller community in which they develop lifelong friendships with the members in their chapter and others. For many members, these organizations become a home away from home.
Oftentimes, the friendships students establish within their chapter and the larger fraternity and sorority community last beyond the college years. Membership in a chapter is a lifelong experience, and joining as an undergraduate is an investment in the future. Wherever a member decides to reside after college, there is a national network of support, and chances are he or she will be able to find other members of their organization nearby.
In addition to developing lasting friendships, each chapter emphasizes leadership, scholarship, philanthropy and service, and financial responsibility through various programs and opportunities. It is up to each member to determine the level of involvement they want to have in the organization and to shape the experience he or she wants to have. Fraternities and sororities are great places for students to find extra support and a sense of community on campus.
Is there an alcohol policy?
The National Panhellenic Conference (the international governing council for women’s chapters) has never allowed alcohol in chapter houses, therefore all sorority houses at UW-Eau Claire are alcohol free. Some fraternities also prohibit the use of alcohol on their chapter property. Each chapter has an inter/national alcohol policy, which requires yearly educational programs for members. Inter/national organizational policies override any campus alcohol policies.
Is there a hazing policy?
Hazing is an act that stands in direct contrast to the ideals, practices, and rituals of fraternities and sororities and is therefore not tolerated. The Interfraternity Council, the Inter-Greek Council, and the Panhellenic Council at UW-Eau Claire uphold the following hazing standards:
No chapter shall allow any of its pledges, members, or other persons to participate in any pre-initiation or hazing ceremony or practice which involves physical exhaustion or abuse, or would in any way interfere with the person’s mental or physical ability to perform college work effectively or tend to reflect unfavorably upon the fraternity or sorority in the eyes of the public, or is of a dangerous, rude, or vulgar nature, whether taking place within or without the chapter house.
Any allegations of hazing or like practices in violation of these standards by fraternities or sororities or their individual members shall be reported to the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and/or the Dean of Students Office, as appropriate.
What is the role of parents/guardians?
The most important thing parents/guardians can do is to be supportive and keep an open mind. Though parents/guardians may not have been members of a fraternity or sorority, membership in a fraternity or sorority could be a great opportunity for students. If students are interested in becoming a part of the fraternity and sorority community, parents/guardians and students should do their research. Look at information about each organization. Parents/guardians should encourage their student to ask questions about what the different organizations can offer.
Parents/guardians should discuss the financial commitment of joining a fraternity and sorority with their student. Clarify what expenses will be supported by the parents/guardians and what expenses will need to be paid for by the student.
If a student decides fraternity and sorority life is a good fit, allow the student to make their own decision about which organization to join. Fraternities and sororities are different at every campus, and it is important for the student to choose a group with whom they feel the most comfortable. Once the student chooses to join a chapter, there will be plenty of opportunities for parents/guardians to be engaged, whether it’s having conversations with their student about his or her chapter experience, or visiting for a Family Weekend activity.
Will academics be compromised by joining?
The transition from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college can be difficult for many new students. Fraternities and sororities seek to assist their members by providing a number of services ranging from scholarship programs to study partners to study hours to time management workshops. Each chapter also elects or appoints a scholarship chair who assists members who are struggling and helps them to set goals for future success. By joining a chapter, members also have access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, tutors, computer labs and academic advisors. Despite the plethora of resources, nothing takes the place of discipline, focus, and hard work. It is up to each member to make sure he or she is managing time well and using the resources available.
What is the time commitment?
Time commitment varies from chapter to chapter, but members can normally expect to attend a weekly membership meeting, meetings for new members, and meetings for executive board. In addition, members may be asked to attend special events such as philanthropies, socials, recruitment and initiation. Check with each chapter about its individual member requirements.
What does it cost to be a member?
Like most other organizations, fraternities and sororities charge member dues to help support services and initiatives provided by the organization for its members. Dues directly support both the local chapter and the national organization with which the chapter is affiliated. Fraternities and sororities are quite affordable with the help of monthly payment plans and various scholarships or grants that may be available.
You are encouraged to ask individual chapters specific questions about finances and the resources available to help supplement the cost. Each chapter is individually responsible for determining dues, as well as one-time new member and initiation fees. The financial officer for the chapter can provide a detailed breakdown of what dues help support.
How do I get involved?
Women’s recruitment takes place at the beginning of the fall semester. Any woman interested in joining a sorority is encouraged to register for and attend the fall recruitment events. Men interested in joining a fraternity should contact the chapter’s recruitment chair(s). Contact information is available on the local chapter websites.
Additional questions? Contact us!
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