Frequently Asked Questions
How do I determine which chapter/colony is best for me?
The best way to decide if a chapter/colony is a good "fit" is to meet current members and ask questions. What are your interests? Where do you want to grow? What opportunities exist for you? Fraternity & Sorority info sessions and recruitment events are perfect opportunities to learn more information about each fraternity and sorority.
What are the financial obligations?
Costs to be a part of a sorority or fraternity differ greatly from group to group. Traditional fees include new member fees, initiation fees as well as semester dues. Please consult each chapter/colony in which you are interested to obtain membership costs.
Do Greek chapters provide housing?
Housing is currently unavailable for fraternity and sorority chapters/colonies at CSUSM.
Is there hazing?
California State University San Marcos expects that all members of recognized student organizations will observe and fully comply with the State of California Educational and Penal Code requirements on hazing. All students are expected to adhere to regulations set forth by their respective regional/inter/national organization, the State of California, and the University concerning hazing. California State University San Marcos prohibits hazing by any recognized student organization. In order to foster positive relations within the CSUSM Greek community, all new members sign a no-hazing agreement upon joining a fraternity or sorority. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Student Life & Leadership at 760-750-4970, or the University Hazing Education Team (UHET)
How much time will I have to put into it?
Like most activities in college, you get out of it what you put into it. On average, members contribute about 3-4 hours per week to weekly meetings, projects and events.
Parents & Families
How can I support my student as they consider Fraternity & Sorority Life?
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a making a lifelong commitment. We hope that parents/family members can act as a support network to encourage your student to take the time to find out more about the community. Asking questions will help them to think critically in deciding if Fraternity & Sorority Life is right for them and if so, which group. Provide them with more thoughtful questions, such as what values are fundemental to their fraternal experience? But also the practical questions, like how much will it cost?
Will my student experience the stereotypical fraternity or sorority that I see in the movies or on television?
Just like with all stereotypes that exist, a lot of what you see is a caricature or drastically exaggerated version of the person/people depicted. And, there is a small level of reality. What we hope is that in almost any way possible our Fraternity & Sorority community is breaking these stereotypes and establishing new ones. Our six community-wide pillars are pretty fundamental in them accomplishing this end. Furthermore, we host a new member education in which we cover the core of these stereotypes through education on topics of alcohol/drugs, hazing, sexual assault, diversity/inclusion, and community development. We believe the way we bring students in as new members is vital to how they are set up for success in meeting the expectations of our unique Fraternity & Sorority community.
What do I do if I have a question or concern about the recruitment process, the new member experience, etc?
The chapter/colony President should be able to address any of your questions. Each also has an advisor (non student, alumni) who can help. If they can not assist you or your questions/concerns are of a more personal or serious nature, please do not hesitate to contact Student Life & Leadership at 760-750-4970. There is university staff members who work directly with all fraternal organziations, interested students, families, campus partners, etc.
My student is interested in joining an organization not recognized by the University, what should I do?
All student organizations at CSUSM go through a recognition process which includes advisement, education, and expectations from the campus and CSU. Additionally fraternities and sororities (please refer to the Chapter/Colony Directory) are provided training/education and have policies/procedures from the University and their individual regional/inter/national groups around organizational and risk management. Your student may be recruited by a group not recognized by CSUSM or following policies outlined in the Student Organization and/or Fraternity/Sorority Handbooks. There are risks associated with affiliation of non-recognized organizations.
On August 22, 2014, University Police issued a Campus Alert which provides information regarding investigations of reports of sexual assaults purportedly involving the Tau Kappa Epsilon of San Marcos (TKE) fraternity and its members and the use of date rape drugs. TKE has not been a part of the Cal State San Marcos Fraternity & Sorority community since 2005 and is not a recognized student organization. CSUSM discourages your presence at or near TKE social events and parties could place you in danger of sexual assault, date rape drugs, or similar illegal drug use and abuse. Take steps to protect yourself as well as your friends.