UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Student Involvement

Fraternity and Sorority Life at UW-River Falls

UW - River Falls currently has four sororities and three fraternities. For more information about each chapter, visit FalconSynctheir personal websites attached below, or private message the Greek Life Facebook page for more recruitment information here

               UWRF Sororities:                   UWRF Fraternities:                 

               Alpha Omicron Pi                    Alpha Gamma Rho                     

               Alpha Sigma Alpha                  Delta Theta Sigma                      

               Phi Mu                                      Theta Chi                                   

               Sigma Alpha  

Are you considering joining a Sorority or Fraternity?

College provides amazing opportunities for learning, personal growth, and relationship building. The challenge and rewards of this new life can be enhanced through the Greek Life 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 our campus, and can introduce you 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.

Although each chapter on our campus is unique and has their own values and ideals, they all possess a strong bond between their members. Whether you are simply hanging out in the chapter room or going out to dinner, you are creating bonds that will last a lifetime. Each chapter is made up of a diverse group of people and they all have something unique to offer.

Greek Life is an amazing way to gain a leadership experience. There are countless ways to get involved and take on leadership roles in Greek Life. Holding an officer position, or simply being a role model are all examples of ways for you to develop your leadership and organizational skills. You have the chance to make a difference in the lives of your Greek community and on our campus. Almost all individuals on our campus are involved in things outside of Greek Life and almost half of them hold leadership positions in these other organizations.

Each chapter strives for academic excellence for all of its members. Chapters engage their members in mentoring programs and minimum GPA requirements to ensure academic success. Each semester, the chapter with the highest grade-point average is recognized.

Philanthropy plays a large role in the lives of River Falls Greeks. Not only does each chapter on campus support their own philanthropies, but also other organizations philanthropies on this campus. They go far beyond this and participate in other fraternity and sorority philanthropy events, campus wide service events, volunteer in the community, as well as team together with each other to compete to raise the highest amount of money for the Greek Week philanthropies. Whether they give monetary donations or spend time volunteering, Greeks are proud to devote their time and energy to worthy causes.

The sorority and fraternity 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.

We hope that you will find this information useful in understanding the sorority and fraternity life community and we look forward to meeting you!

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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 us.

How will I benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?

Attending college is a major life change creating a big transition period for many students. Sororities and fraternities enable you 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 you make the adjustment to college easier.

2. Scholastic resources to help achieve your academic goals.

3. Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.

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

5. Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

How do I know which organization is right for me?

It is important that you find a place where you comfortable and can be yourself. To do this, we recommend that you keep an open mind when considering different fraternities and sororities and make the best decision for yourself.  Each of the sororities and fraternities 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. Some chapters also continuously recruit throughout the semester. We encourage you to check out the FalconSync page or the UWRF Greek Life Facebook page for information.

Would Joining a Sorority or Fraternity affect my academics?

Academic excellence is one of the most important aspects of Greek Life at River Falls. Each chapter strives to foster an environment of academic success through academic mentoring programs, incentive programs, and minimum GPA requirements. All sororities and fraternities have a GPA requirement for initial membership and to remain active in the organization. These requirements are often higher than the general 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.

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 such as Homecoming, community service opportunities, awards recognition services, etc. We recommend you take advantage of these opportunities and attend as many events as possible.

 

What are the social aspects of sorority and fraternity 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 sororities and fraternities 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 I will be safe in the Greek community?

UW-River Falls is dedicated to promoting a safe and healthy campus environment for all 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 Greek 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 sorority and fraternity 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 would I participate in as a member?

As a member of a fraternity or sorority, you would be participating in a variety of positive activities that will enhance your academic and co-curricular experience at UWRF. Participation in a sorority or fraternity should enhance your collegiate experience, not be an obstacle to academic achievement or personal development. You will have the opportunity to:

Enhance your 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?

Sorority and fraternity membership lasts a lifetime. 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 sorority and fraternity 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 you find yourself in a new city, you can start networking with your brothers/sisters in the local alumni group.

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

To learn more about the specific chapters at UWRF, please check out the FalconSync page or send a private message to the Greek Life Facebook page for contact information. 

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 FalconSync page and contact their current president. This page will provide you with links to each of their FalconSync portals with the most up-to-date contact information otherwise their Facebook and/or Instagram pages are also a great resource to direct message.

How much time is required?

There are mandatory commitments that are set in advance per chapter, such as weekly meetings, philanthropy events, and new member education sessions, but beyond that each member can be as involved as they chooses to be. The old saying, “You get out of it what you’re willing to put into it,” could not be more true.

Would I lose touch with friends who choose not to join Greek Life?

Absolutely not! Many Greeks and non-Greeks remain close. You would widen your circle of friends and contacts by joining a Greek organization. Joining a sorority should not interfere as long as you are committed to your friendships.

Contact Us

Student Involvement
studentinvolvement@uwrf.edu
715-425-4747
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