College: many opportunities, many challenges. You may have some unanswered questions going through your mind whether you're a new freshman, a continuing student, or a transfer student.
- Will I fit in and make friends?
- How can I succeed academically?
- Will I get lost in the crowd and become just another number?
- Will I be able to get involved on campus and better my leadership skills?
- How can I get a good job when I graduate?
- Where can I find other people who like to do the same things that I do?
These concerns are very common. Every one likes to belong to and feel a part of something. Fraternities offer you the chance to meet people who share your interests and values as natural friends.
Fraternities will help you find your niche on campus, be your home away from home, offer resources to help you achieve your academic goals, encourage you to get involved in campus organizations, let you play on that winning intramural team, and give you a group of friends that will cheer you on when you're successful and who will support you when the going gets tough.
To help you understand the basic expectations of being a fraternity member, here is a basic statement of fraternal values and ethics:
Nine Basic Expectations for Fraternal Members
In an effort to lessen the disparity between fraternity ideals and individual behavior and to personalize these ideals in the daily undergraduate experience, the following Basic Expectations of fraternity membership have been established by the 73 NIC member fraternities:
- I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity ritual and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life.
- I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
- I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
- I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
- I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
- I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
- I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol.
- I acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is properly cleaned and maintained.
- I will challenge my members to abide by these fraternal expectations and confront those who violate them.
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For more information contact the North-American Interfraternity Conference at (317) 872-1112.