Benefits of Greek Membership
Members of Greek organizations have many opportunities to gain
valuable leadership experience. Fraternities and sororities are
self-governing organizations, allowing each member to actively
participate in the decision-making process. Each chapter has
executive officers and a variety of committees. Serving in a
leadership position allows students to gain experience in
organizing and working with people. In addition, all chapter
members are encouraged to take part in one or more of the over 150
student organizations on campus. There are Greek members involved
in every aspect of these activities who can help fellow Greeks
explore campus leadership roles.
The Interfraternity Council (men) and Panhellenic Association
(women) are the major governing bodies of the Greek community. The
councils set standards and hold accountable those groups not
meeting the standards. Both councils are comprised of executive
officers and representatives from the respective chapters.
The Order of Omega is a leadership honor society that recognizes
leadership, scholarship, and service within the Greek community.
Order of Omega sponsors an annual leadership workshop and
supervises the Greek awards process. Members are selected from
qualified junior and senior applicants in the fall and spring
Academic success is a primary focus of college. Fraternity men
and sorority women come from all academic majors, from Accounting
to Sociology, from undecided freshmen to graduating seniors. Greek
Life offers opportunities for students to discover and achieve
their best, both in their collegiate years and beyond.
Academic programming is stressed by chapters through setting
academic goals, study sessions, tutoring assistance, and individual
and chapter scholarship awards. National fraternal organizations
also recognize and reward scholastic excellence, and may provide
opportunities for undergraduate or graduate scholarships.
Consistently, over 60% of Butler's Greeks have a G.P.A. of 3.2 or
better. To maintain these high levels of excellence, students
pursuing Greek membership must achieve a minimum grade point
requirement to be invited to join an organization.
The programming aspects of Greek life provide a complement to
academics at BU. Greeks sponsor events throughout the year to allow
members to meet other students and make friends. Activities include
trips, workshops, conferences, interfraternal mixers, campus
activities, and private gatherings, such as dances.
The Greek community at BU follows risk management policies
supporting responsible behavior. The chapters, with assistance from
national representatives and university officials, monitor the
enforcement of the policies. Greek Social Event Policy
Community service promotes the chapter and provides the members
with a valuable learning and growing experience. Chapters donate
gifts of time and funding to these organizations not only to give
back to the community, but for the fulfillment gained by working
together for a good cause. Last year, fraternities and sororities
at BU completed just under 18,000 service hours and raised more
than $175,000 for local and national charities.