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      Frequently Asked Qestions

      How do I determine which organization is best for me?

      Whether to join a large or small chapter, a culturally-based group or an international sorority, a newly formed chapter or one that has been around for twenty years, is simply a matter of personal preference. Each organization has its own advantages. Selecting a sorority is like choosing friends—pick the group with which you feel the most comfortable. You will see going through recruitment that both chapters are just as different as its members.

      How much does it cost to be a member of a sorority?

      Given the benefits provided, sorority membership is a bargain. However, students should consider the costs when planning their personal budgets. Chapter dues can range between $100 and $300 a quarter. Every organization has their own budget and believes that members should not be excluded for financial reasons. First, you should ask each sorority about costs and methods of payment (and whether or not payment plans are available). In some cases, chapters will hold a fundraiser or help you find a job to help alleviate these costs. Bottom line—money should not be an issue in your decision to join.

      What is the membership indoctrination process?

      Most Greek organizations require their members to complete a new member period prior to initiation for the purpose of orientation and membership development. During this time new members learn the history, traditions and operating procedures of the organization and participate in activities to get to know the members better. The current term for pre-initiates is “new members”, but in the past have been referred to as “pledge”, “candidate”, or “associate member”. The duration of the new member period varies from four weeks to an entire semester.

      What is hazing and is it permitted at CSUB?

      Hazing is defined as any action taken which produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Once a common tradition, hazing has been banned by all national fraternal organizations and institutions of higher education. California State University, Bakersfield rigorously enforces this policy, and organizations that violate the policy are subject to immediate suspension of campus recognition and privileges.

      How much time does fraternity or sorority membership require?

      Like most other extra-curricular activities, how much you get out of your Greek membership is related to how much you put in. On average, expect to contribute four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. Optional activities such as holding an office, attending social and community events, playing on an intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects will of course take additional time. With good time management, your Greek activities will easily fit into your weekly schedule and allow plenty of time for classes, studying, family, work, and participation in other campus activities and sports.

      Will Greek membership affect my grades?

      Academic achievement is a priority for most organizations. Many organizations enforce grade point average requirements and offer study sessions, tutoring, and other programs to assist members achieve their potential. Students who take advantage of the academic support available and properly balance their time between academic and extra-curricular pursuits will find that Greek membership will enhance their academic performance. Several national studies have consistently found that retention rates are significantly higher for fraternity and sorority members than for unaffiliated students.