INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

For many parents, the Greek community conjures up images of Animal House. That’s simply not the reality! There are many myths about the Greek community, but the reality is that men and women in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other Greeks.

Frequently asked questions

How will my son benefit from Greek Life?


Fraternities have a history on campus dating back to the school’s founding. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Fraternities are groups of men who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include: - A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier. - Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals. - Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience. - Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus. - Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.




What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?


Because the Greek community at the University of Minnesota contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with the Greek Life staff to conduct safe social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the University of Minnesota IFC Alcohol Policy and Minnesota State Law




What is the financial obligation?


Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations for new members start at roughly $900 for the semester.




Is hazing a part of the chapter culture?


Theta Chi and the University of Minnesota do not condone hazing behaviors and have an anti-hazing policy that is consistent with Minnesota state law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of our fraternity and our mission, and is not tolerated in any way, shape, or form.




What does Theta Chi do?


Becoming a member of Theta Chi opens the doors to a lifetime of learning and personal growth. Our members have access to a global network of alumni, as well as to leadership opportunities on campus and beyond. Part of Theta Chi’s educational mission is to prepare its members for the demands of life after graduation; we help by providing a variety of leadership and education events throughout the year.




What role do parents play?


Joining a fraternity is a milestone decision in your son’s life and it can sometimes be challenging to know exactly what your role as parent during this period. Your son will be looking for an organization that he can benefit from and have fun with, and may feel unsure about who to join. Supporting your son through making this decision can be the the greatest assistance a parent can provide.




What if I have more questions?


If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns you are welcome to reach out to the chapter president, Nicholas Richmond by email at richm160@umn.edu or by phone at (414) 315-6425. Furthermore, our chapter is guided by an alumni network referred to as our housing corporation. The president of the housing corporation can be reached by email at daren.w.jenson@wellsfargo.com or by phone at (763) 323-2096