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A Parents’ Role

  • Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and new member period. Be supportive and involved by learning as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he or she meets members in fraternities and sororities.
  • Keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to keep an open mind about each organization that they come into contact with. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
  • Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
  • Understand that the fraternity/sorority recruitment at Mizzou is competitive, and not everyone who wants to be Greek will find a chapter that fits them.
  • Do not become overly involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process; this is your son or daughter’s decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations.
  • Too often, parents do not allow their students to “fight their own battles.” It helps the student mature and gain assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.
  • Keep the Office of Greek Life contact information on hand. If you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life at Mizzou feel encouraged to contact our office.
How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?
How will joining a Greek organization affect my student's academic pursuits?
What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?
What is the financial obligation?
Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at Mizzou?
Who is actually in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
What is Rush/Recruitment/Intake?
What is pledging?
What is a philanthropy or service project?
How will joining a chapter now benefit my student after college?
What can I do as a parent or family member?
How do I get more information about Greek Life? How do I contact the Greek Life office?