Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Phi Beta are the 7 sororities recognized by Spring Hill College.
Delta Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Chi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon are the four fraternities recognized by Spring Hill College.
These eleven organizations must abide by the policies outlined in the Student Organization Handbook as well as by fraternity/sorority specific policy. The new member process is monitored by the college to ensure students are safe and they are going through a valuable learning experience. These organizations are (inter)nationally recognized, which means that they are also monitored by a larger organization and have rules and restrictions with their (inter)national affiliation.
Although the Spring Hill College Panhellenic Council requires only that a woman be in good academic standing with the College to participate in recruitment, each sorority chapter does have a minimum grade requirement for pledging and
. Therefore, it is HIGHLY recommended that all prospective members participating in formal recruitment have at or above a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of recruitment.
Men who are interested in a recognized IFC Fraternity must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to become a member. This GPA requirement exists to promote academic achievement of recognized fraternity and sorority students.
The recruitment process for freshmen wanting to join recognized fraternities or sororities happens in January. After joining an organization men and women will be educated about the values of that organization and of the Spring Hill College Fraternity and Sorority Community through a new member education process that lasts about eight weeks.
The New-Member Process
The new-member process differs from organization to organization, but as previously stated it is monitored by the College. Each recognized fraternity and sorority new member educator and president must meet with the Director of Student Involvement to review the chapter’s new member education plans prior to any mandatory meeting of new members.
Many chapters play trivia games about their organizations history, do bonding activities like go to a movie or an event on campus, attend educational programs on campus about hazing, alcohol, health and safety, and become lifelong friends with their new brothers or sisters.
Chapters also encourage studying daily. Since scholastic achievement is important to the recognized fraternity/sorority community, each organization finds ways to promote high academic standards within their active and new membership.
Each Spring the Interfraternity Council and College Panhellenic Association plan a new member workshop for all new members to promote the values of the Fraternity/Sorority Community as well as the Spring Hill College Community as a whole.
Being A Member
After initiation come the responsibilities of being a fraternity man or sorority woman. It is a rewarding experience to be a part of recognized fraternity/sorority life, and some of the things that recognized organizations do are used by unrecognized organizations to deter interested students from joining recognized organizations.
A value of our organizations is community service. Fraternity men and sorority women participate in a great deal of community service, both organized by the community and individually. In total, the fraternity/sorority community alone volunteered for nearly 4,000 hours last year.
A common concern with being in a recognized organization is dues. Dues are money owed to governing councils, (inter)national organizations and the individual chapter/colony to pay for the chapter/colony's needs. An overview of dues payments can be found under the FAQs section of this site as well as on chapter/colony webpages. If this is a concern of yours or your student’s, chapters offer payment plans to make sure that money owed will not steer them away from the fraternity/sorority experience.
Chapters also have social events throughout the semester. Recognized fraternities/sororities not only do great things for the college and the community, but they have fun in their free time. Each chapter has a "risk manager" to keep social gatherings safe. Recognized fraternities and sororities also are required to register invite parties and take additional precautions to keep the men and women attending events as safe as the chapter can.
Graduating as a recognized fraternity/sorority member has many benefits. Many activities, community service events, positions held, etc. may be helpful on a resume. All of the work they do is great resume material and is often used by students to get successful jobs after graduation. As a part of an unrecognized organization, many of these things would not be as prominent on a resume. Since unrecognized chapters are not affiliated with the campus, there is no proof that they actually held a position or that it was worth crediting. Also, recognized fraternity/sorority members have a large amount of community service opportunities that unrecognized Greeks may rarely or never encounter. Being a fraternity/sorority member is also has a rewarding networking capability. Alumni of chapters can set up job interviews for graduating members and those with national chapters can network with brothers and sisters across national and international boundaries.