Joining a fraternity or sorority at Tulane is a unique experience in which diverse individuals come together to create a special bond; it is a community that stretches across the nation and over many years of tradition. It offers academic support, genuine brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership and philanthropic opportunities, lasting friendships and so much more. For many students, joining a fraternity or sorority helps one become part of a smaller community within the greater Tulane community. Being able to walk around campus and recognize smiling faces helps to create a special college experience that will never be forgotten.
Since the founding of the first fraternity on the campus of the Medical College of Louisiana in 1858, fraternities and sororities have been an important component of student life at Tulane University. The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Programs encourages the Greek community to become an integral part of the institution. The growth and development of the Greek community is contingent upon its joint cooperation and continued relationship with Tulane’s students, staff, faculty, and the New Orleans community.
In recognition of the significant intellectual, cultural, and interpersonal opportunities that Greek organizations provide, Fraternity and Sorority Programs is committed to fostering a positive co-curricular experience for students who choose to affiliate with a Greek organization. Through its various programs, the department is committed to supporting the valuable learning experience that the Greek community offers.
In support of its mission, the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Programs is dedicated to principles that provide direction for the Greek community:
Developed by a committee of faculty, staff and students, the Standards of Excellence are designed to create basic expectations for the fraternity and sorority community in six areas: academics, risk management, recruitment and intake, membership development, chapter operations and building community. Organizations that do not meet the basic expectation will be required to meet with staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs to discuss their plan for success.
The Standards of Excellence are reviewed with each organization at the end of the calendar year. Ratings for the previous year are posted each spring.
When a Greek organization is found responsible of violating the Code of Student Conduct, the staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs works with the Office of Student Conduct, the staff and volunteers of the national fraternity or sorority, and (in some cases) the organization's governing council to educate chapter leaders and members about appropriate behavior and decision making. Organizations that violate the code may receive educational sanctions and/or be placed on a status indicating they are not in good standing with the University. Information about what each conduct status entails is available on the Office of Student Conduct website.
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As scholarly pursuits are the foundation of college life, fraternities and sororities at Tulane recognize the importance of academics. The governing councils require a minimum grade point average of 2.5 to participate in recruitment and intake events and students must have completed at least 12 hours as well.
Many individual organizations have higher minimum grade requirements for joining and initiation. It is important to understand that if your grade point average is much lower than the average chapter requirements, your chances of joining will be reduced. Likewise if students become new members and are initiated, they must maintain certain minimum academic performance to remain in good standing.
The Greek community recognizes academic excellence at its Greek Awards ceremony and through the initiation of members into the Order of Omega.
Tulane Greeks want their members to do well in school, and there are programs in place to help. Chapters have study hall hours to assist in time management in addition to tutoring programs which create an environment in which students can excel. Many chapters also hold academic success sessions and seminars to support their members academic efforts. Some individual and national organizations offer scholarships to chosen members.
Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principle of successful scholarship. The academic performance of each chapter is tabulated every semester to determine overall chapter rankings.
Over the last 10 years:
Each spring our fraternities and sororities and their individual members are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the areas of leadership, scholarship, membership education and development, and community service. Lists of previous years' award winners are below.
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