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What's with the Greeks?

At the Greek Olympics in May, cheering for Sigma Delta Tau
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iz Artz, Union’s director of fraternity and sorority life, spends plenty of time each day answering questions from students. So, we asked Liz to take on a few frequently asked questions from alumni.


Q: How is my chapter doing?

A: If you would like to stay up-to-date with your chapter, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life publishes regular newsletters. Current and back issues are always available on the office's website and on Facebook and Instagram. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life can provide contact information to current leadership, and chapters can add alumni/ae to their distribution list when they send out their own newsletters.

Q: Can I visit the old chapter house, even though I don’t live there anymore?

A: Of course. Union alumni are always welcome to explore their old stomping grounds.

Q: How do I get in touch with the current leadership of my chapter?

A: Email: greeklife@union.edu and we will get you the information you are looking for.

Q: Why did my chapter lose its house?

A: Just over 100 years ago, a number of Greek associations and the College entered into 99-year land lease agreements, which established the terms and conditions for building a chapter house on Union’s campus. The College complied with each agreement and for various reasons and at various times when the lease came up legal title of these buildings was permanently transferred to the College.

Q: How can my chapter get a house on campus?

A: The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life uses the Chapter of Excellence portfolio to assess the contributions of a chapter and to determine which ones will be offered an opportunity for housing.

Q: How can I bring my chapter back to campus?

A: A recognition application is available on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website. When getting started, it can help to have the support of the organization’s headquarters office.

Q: If I donate to my chapter, how do I know it won’t be used to throw a party?

A: Any donation directed to an organization will be placed into the organization’s on-campus account, which is monitored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. A chapter must request funding for a specific purpose and provide receipts.

Q: Why does Union still not have more sororities for women?

A: Union has been playing a little bit of catch up since admitting women, but we welcome the addition of another sorority. We are hoping to bring back Delta Gamma and welcome the support of Delta Gamma alumnae willing to lend a hand. We are also reaching out to other national Panhellenic chapters to invite them to our community.

Q: How are a chapter’s social events monitored?

A: The College requires that all events be registered with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as Campus Safety. We require a guest list and at least one monitor for each 50 people, individuals working the door and bar. All participants are must wear a wrist band showing if they are over or under 21. All events must offer adequate food and non-alcoholic drinks. Finally, the event space needs to be cleaned by Monday at 7 a.m.

Q: Why are social event policies and conduct codes so much stricter than when I was a student?

A: First, the state legal drinking age is 21. Second, a heightened awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking has resulted in more oversight across college campuses. The College is under obligation to promote policies consistent with its legal obligations. Third, the College constantly reviews it policies to ensure that they represent best practices in minimizing the dangers associated with alcohol. Finally, the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG), a national organization, has adopted policies that include bans on, for example, common sources of alcohol, open parties, drinking games and serving minors. Greek chapters are obligated to follow these policies or risk losing their insurance coverage.




Q: How is my chapter doing?

A: If you would like to stay up-to-date with your chapter, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life publishes regular newsletters. Current and back issues are always available on the office's website and on Facebook and Instagram. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life can provide contact information to current leadership, and chapters can add alumni/ae to their distribution list when they send out their own newsletters.

Q: Can I visit the old chapter house, even though I don’t live there anymore?

A: Of course. Union alumni are always welcome to explore their old stomping grounds.

Q: How do I get in touch with the current leadership of my chapter?

A: Email: greeklife@union.edu and we will get you the information you are looking for.

Q: Why did my chapter lose its house?

A: Just over 100 years ago, a number of Greek associations and the College entered into 99-year land lease agreements, which established the terms and conditions for building a chapter house on Union’s campus. The College complied with each agreement and for various reasons and at various times when the lease came up legal title of these buildings was permanently transferred to the College.

Q: How can my chapter get a house on campus?

A: The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life uses the Chapter of Excellence portfolio to assess the contributions of a chapter and to determine which ones will be offered an opportunity for housing.

Q: How can I bring my chapter back to campus?

A: A recognition application is available on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website. When getting started, it can help to have the support of the organization’s headquarters office.

Q: If I donate to my chapter, how do I know it won’t be used to throw a party?

A: Any donation directed to an organization will be placed into the organization’s on-campus account, which is monitored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. A chapter must request funding for a specific purpose and provide receipts.

Q: Why does Union still not have more sororities for women?

A: Union has been playing a little bit of catch up since admitting women, but we welcome the addition of another sorority. We are hoping to bring back Delta Gamma and welcome the support of Delta Gamma alumnae willing to lend a hand. We are also reaching out to other national Panhellenic chapters to invite them to our community.

Q: How are a chapter’s social events monitored?

A: The College requires that all events be registered with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as Campus Safety. We require a guest list and at least one monitor for each 50 people, individuals working the door and bar. All participants are must wear a wrist band showing if they are over or under 21. All events must offer adequate food and non-alcoholic drinks. Finally, the event space needs to be cleaned by Monday at 7 a.m.

Q: Why are social event policies and conduct codes so much stricter than when I was a student?

A: First, the state legal drinking age is 21. Second, a heightened awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking has resulted in more oversight across college campuses. The College is under obligation to promote policies consistent with its legal obligations. Third, the College constantly reviews it policies to ensure that they represent best practices in minimizing the dangers associated with alcohol. Finally, the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG), a national organization, has adopted policies that include bans on, for example, common sources of alcohol, open parties, drinking games and serving minors. Greek chapters are obligated to follow these policies or risk losing their insurance coverage.

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