Greek Life

Benefits of Greek Membership

Leadership

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 semesters.

Scholarship

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.

Programs

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

Service

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.