UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Parents and Family Members

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Parents and Family members play an important role in helping their student succeed at UW-River Falls. Getting involved on campus is an important part of student success in college and the Office of Student Involvement would like to partner with all of our parents and family members to encourage students to get involved.  The video that appears below highlights everything parents and family members need to know in order to help their student get involved and connected at UW-River Falls.

The PowerPoint presentation given by Director of Student Involvement Paul Shepherd highlighting student involvement at UW-River Falls during registration can be found by clicking the following link:  Learning Outside the Classroom: Student Involvement at UW-River Fallsdocument

Is your student considering joining a Fraternity or Sorority?

We are excited to welcome you and your student to UW-River Falls. Entering college is an exciting time in a student's life. College provides amazing opportunities for learning, personal growth, and relationship building. The challenge and rewards of this new life can be enhanced through the fraternity or sorority experience.

Fraternity and sorority life provides opportunities for leadership, scholastic support, networking, community service, and philanthropy. Fraternity men and sorority women are some of the most active leaders on campus, and can introduce your student to a multitude of other student organizations and leadership opportunities. Participation in fraternity and sorority life is a great way to ensure a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

The fraternity and sorority life community at UWRF has been on campus since the 1960s. It is comprised of 7 inter/national and local organizations and over 200 current students as members. Staff members with the Office of Student Involvement provide general oversight and advising for the fraternity and sorority community. Each group maintains their own advisory board as well.

Your student is about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of his or her lifetime. We hope that the fraternity and sorority experience will be a part of that journey. As a parent we hope that you will find this information useful in understanding the fraternity and sorority life community.

 

 

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about Fraternities and Sororities. If you don't see your question on this list, don't hesitate to contact usmail.

How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?

Attending college is a major life change creating a big transition period for many students. Fraternities and sororities enable students to meet many people through social events, service projects, recruitment, and leadership programming. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Greek organizations are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages of membership include:

  1. A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.

  2. Scholastic resources to help students achieve their academic goals.

  3. Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.

  4. Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.

  5. Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

 

How do I know which organization is right for my student?

It is important that your student finds the place where they feel they are comfortable and can be themselves. To do this, we recommend that you encourage your student to keep an open mind when considering different fraternities and sororities and make the decision by themselves and for themselves. Each of the fraternities and sororities at UWRF will provide a similar experience in terms of founding values, activities offered, and support resources.

IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities take in new members through a process called recruitment. Recruitment is a mutual selection process with the hope that there is a place for all. Recruitment takes place at the beginning of each new semester. Encourage your student to check out the 'Looking to Join' page. Or they can check out the UWRF Chapters page for contact information.

How will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my student's academics?

Fraternities and sororities realize the importance of a quality education and academic excellence is a priority. These organizations serve as a great resource for students academically through study hours and tutoring programs. All fraternities and sororities have a GPA requirement for initial membership and to remain active in the organization. These requirements are often higher than the general campus campus average. Organizations often regulate study hours, maintain resources files, reward those who do well and offer help to those experiencing difficulties. chapters have both faculty and alumni advisors who focus on the scholastic achievement of each member.

What is my role as a parent?

Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking your student(s) questions prior to and throughout their membership. It is important that you understand the financial commitment your student(s) is/are making including cost of membership, when monies are due, how the bill is paid, etc.

Be an advocate for your student(s) and encourage them to take advantage all the opportunities their membership in the fraternity or sorority provides. Your awareness and education of their participation allows you to understand their experience, providing benefits to you and your student(s). Your student(s) should never be asked or required to do anything that is in violation of local, state, or federal laws, UWRF Code of Conduct, or do anything that would cause them harm.

There will be several opportunities for you to participate in your student's fraternity or sorority through Homecoming, community service opportunities, awards recognition services, formals, etc. We recommend you take advantage of these opportunities and attend events as appropriate.

 

What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?

Fraternities and sororities are inherently social, and can assist members in the pursuit of social experiences through social events including: Homecoming, Bid Day, Formals, Mixers/Socials, Greek Week, Greek Awards, and brotherhood and sisterhood events. All fraternities and sororities are held accountable to the UWRF Code of Student Conduct, local, state, and federal laws. In addition, fraternities and sororities also have insurance policy guidelines and regulations from their inter/national organizations which work toward providing safe and responsible social programming.

Can I be assured that my student will be safe in the Greek community?

UW-River Falls is dedicated to promoting a safe and healthy campus environment for our students. In addition, UWRF is committed to promoting an environment that fosters respect for the dignity and rights of all its community members. As such, the university will not tolerate hazing activities by any individuals, groups, teams, or recognized student organizations. All chapters are expected to uphold all federal, state and local laws as well as university policies regarding alcohol consumption and use. 

How is UWRF educating students about risk management?

The UWRF Office of Student Involvement requires each student organization to go through a mandatory training each year to remain a recognized student organization on campus. Within that online training is a risk management component. Specifically for the fraternity and sorority community, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council provide risk management training to new members as well. Risk management education should also be provided to your student(s) through their new member education process through the respective chapter that they have chosen to join.

Hazing is considered an illegal act and will not be tolerated by the University or any of the inter/national organizations. All chapters are expected to uphold all federal, state, and local laws and university policies in regards to hazing and alcohol use.

What types of activities should my student participate in?

As a member of a fraternity or sorority, your student(s) should be participating in a variety of positive activities that will enhance their academic and co-curricular experience at UWRF. Participation in a fraternity or sorority should enhance your student's collegiate experience, not be an obstacle to academic achievement or personal development. Your student(s) should have opportunities to:

  • Enhance their leadership development;
  • Serve the community and make an impact;
  • Socialize and build bonds with their peers;
  • Participate in university-wide activities;
  • Gain education on healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and resources; and
  • Network with alumni, university and local community leaders.
Does being a member of a fraternity or sorority have benefits after graduation?

Fraternity and sorority membership is a lifelong commitment. One you are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. As such, each inter/national organization has an extensive alumni network. Fraternity and sorority membership provides an immediate connection with thousands of other members. There are many successful fraternity and sorority alumni all over the country who are always looking to hire the best and the brightest that the fraternity and sorority community has to offer. In addition, there are alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan areas across the country. If your student(s) find themselves in a new city, they can start networking with their brothers/sisters in the local alumni group.

I am not a member of a fraternity or sorority, how can I learn more about it?

Contact the Office of Student Involvement at 715-425-4444.

Please check out any and all of the website listed under "Other Helpful Websites" located on the right side of the page.

To learn more about the specific chapters at UWRF, please check out the UWRF Chapters page.

Who should I contact if I have more questions about a specific organization?

 The best way to learn more about the specific chapters here at UWRF is to check out the UWRF Chapters page. This page will provide you with links to each of their FalconSync portals with the most up-to-date contact information as well as their inter/national organization websites.