Greek Life FAQ
Q. What is Recruitment/Intake?
Barry University is composed of 2 fraternities and 2 women’s sororities. These include IFC fraternities, PHC sororities, and MGC member fraternities and sororities. The governing organizations at Barry are the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Multicultural Greek Councils. Each governing body has specific guidelines and requirements related to the recruitment of new members. Additionally, each member organization has additional requirements of students seeking membership in their specific organizations.
Recruitment (also known as member intake) is a period of time during which interested students can learn more about the requirements, expectations, and responsibilities of joining a Greek-lettered organization. Recruitment traditionally takes place at the beginning of each semester and can extend throughout the term depending on the needs of each fraternity and sorority. Some of the governing councils coordinate a very structured recruitment period during certain semesters while at other times the recruitment or intake process is relatively unstructured with groups individually conducting activities.
During the fall semester recruitment will be conducted for students with at least Barry a cumulative 2.25 grade point average. Both Interfraternity and Panhellenic member organizations traditionally conduct recruitment during this semester. Fall recruitment includes structured and unstructured activities. Students interested in participating in recruitment can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Office of Center for Student Involvement or look for advertising around campus.
Q. How do I join a fraternity or sorority? What are the criteria to join?
A. To be eligible for fraternity and sorority recruitment, upper-class students must have achieved a 2.25 cumulative grade point average the semester preceding Recruitment. Also, in order to affiliate with an organization, students must have completed 12 semester hours of college credit. However, it is important to remember that some fraternities and sororities may require higher academic eligibility requirements. Fraternities and Sororities are also looking for prospective members that have achieved academically as well as co-curricularly. Prospective members that are involved in student organizations and have outside interests are more attractive to the Greek community during recruitment activities.
Q. What are the responsibilities for membership in a fraternity or sorority?
A. Commitment to the principles, values and standards, for which the national organization was founded upon.
Participation in chapter activities such as meetings, educational/leadership programs, community service events, and social activities.
All of our fraternities and sororities have a minimum grade requirement in order to be in good standing as a member. Those grade requirements vary by organization but all are above a 2.0.
Q. What is the financial obligation to join a fraternity or sorority?
A. Dues vary widely from chapter to chapter and are typically higher the first semester of joining. As you get to know Greek members on campus, be sure to ask them specific questions related to the financial obligation for their individual organization.
Q. What is the time commitment involved with membership in a fraternity or sorority?
A. Greek membership requires a substantial time commitment from every member. However, the more time a member spends with the members in their organization and at chapter activities the more benefits a student will receive from their membership. Just like any other activity, the amount of time and energy you put into your Greek membership, the more you will get out of the experience.
Q. Does Barry have Greek Housing?
A. Barry University does not currently have Fraternity and Sorority Housing on campus. Any and all off-campus fraternity and sorority housing is not officially recognized by either the University or National Chapter Offices. We are examining the possibility of Greek housing in the future
Q. What is Barry's policy on Hazing?
A. 240.1325 Hazing prohibited.
(1) As used in this section, "hazing" means any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution. Such term includes, but is not limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity which would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student.