Fraternity and Sorority Life at JHU
The Johns Hopkins University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) and the Office of the Dean of Student Life recognize and value the benefits of undergraduate Greek letter organizations. Close friendships, mentoring relationships, leadership opportunities, community service and philanthropy programs, alumni engagement, and an emphasis on campus involvement are hallmarks of the fraternity and sorority experience at Johns Hopkins. Our partnership with the national and international headquarters of Greek letter organizations helps to convey the importance of, and hold members accountable to, the founding principles of these organizations.
You may be familiar with some of the national dialogue surrounding fraternity and sorority communities; particularly with regard to hazing, overconsumption of alcohol, and sexual assault. Like most universities, we have not been immune to these challenges and continue to actively engage students in these conversations. We have enhanced our training workshops with new sessions on hazing, alcohol abuse, and sexual misconduct. Additionally, the university constantly reviews and updates policies and procedures in an effort to make our community safer.
Each new spring semester represents growth in membership for our community with the new member recruitment period. If your student is currently a member of a fraternity or sorority that means that they’ll be recruiting new members into their organizations.If your son or daughter is a first year student or is not currently a member, he or she may be interested in participating in the recruitment process. As a family member, we encourage you to become informed about Greek life activities, especially the new member education process. We ask that you partner in our efforts and talk with your student about speaking out or coming forward if they witness any behaviors that impact anyone’s safety or are counter to the values of the Hopkins community. Membership in a Greek Letter social organization can provide valuable opportunities to assume leadership roles, to network with current members and alumni, and to give back either through direct service or philanthropic endeavors to the local and national community, and to learn how to work with diverse people to fulfill their group’s mission and purpose.
We hope you will visit our website to familiarize yourself with our community which is made up of over 1,400 students involved with 22 recognized organizations. This includes eight North American Interfraternity Conference (IFC) fraternities, five Panhellenic Association (PHAJ) sororities, four historically African American organizations, six historically multicultural organizations, and one local society. Membership is open to all full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students in good academic standing.
Additionally, our staff has created a website: Information for Parents. This information will help you understand what organizations expect from your student, and equally as important, what you and your student should expect from an organization if they go through the recruitment process. You can also find the spring 2018 Recruitment Schedule for the chapters eligible for recruitment.
On the Chapter Conduct and Disciplinary Status page you will find information about Suspended and Underground Organizations and how membership in an unrecognized or underground group may affect you as the family member of a Hopkins student. Unrecognized groups or suspended organizations have a negative effect on our FSL Community because we are unable to formally provide them with training and guidance around university policies and procedures and, more generally, around safety and risk management.
Finally, as you and your student discuss membership in the Fraternity and Sorority community, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. As university administrators, we are available, not just to your students, but to you as well.
Fraternity and Sorority Life: 410-516-0561
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3339 N Charles St
Wolman Hall, Suite 143
Baltimore, MD 21218