Welcome to the Fraternity and Sorority Life page at Cal State L.A.!
A definition of hazing from the California Education Code has been provided below:
Hazing, or conspiracy to haze. "Hazing" is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to case physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events. Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing event is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.
Should any violation occur, we agree to contact, the Center for Student Involvement at (323) 343- 5110.
Active:An initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter.
Alumni/Alumna:Initiated members who have graduated.
Bid:A Formal invitation to join a Greek-lettered organization.
Big Brother/Sister:An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a sponsor, advisor or special friend to a new member, guiding them through their new member program or initiation.
Brother:A term used by fraternity members to refer to one another.
Call/Chant:A vocal sound, sometimes high-pitched, used by members of cultural-based Greek organizations to acknowledge one another.
Chapter:A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority.
Crossing:A term used by multicultural groups to indicate that a new member has been fully initiated into a group.
Dues:Monthly or quarterly costs of being in a fraternity or sorority.
Initiation:Ritual or ceremony in which a new member begins full membership in that specific organization.
Legacy:Someone whose mother, father, sister or brother are members of a particular group.
Line:The members of a cultural Greek organization new member class.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC):The governing body for national historically black Greek organizations.
Neophyte:A new member of a cultural Greek organization.
New Member:A potential member who has accepted an invitation or bid from a fraternity or sorority. May also be referred to as an associate or aspirant member.
Philanthropy:Charitable project that raises money and awareness for a particular cause sponsored by each chapter on campus.
Potential New Member (PNM):An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Sister:A term used by sorority members to refer to one another.
Stroll:A line dance done by members of a cultural Greek organization (Usually at a party or step show).
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- Keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn't mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter.
- To encourage your son or daughter to keep an open mind about each organization that they come into contact with. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
- Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
- Understand that the fraternity/sorority recruitment at Cal State L.A. is competitive, and not everyone who wants to be Greek will find a chapter that fits them.
- Do not become overly involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process; this is your son or daughter's decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations.
- Too often, parents do not allow their students to "fight their own battles." It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.
- Keep the Center for Student Involvement contact information on hand. If you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life at Cal State L.A. feel encouraged to contact our office.
- Each advisor perceives his or her responsibilities to a fraternity or sorority differently. Some advisors play very active roles. They attend meetings, work directly with the student officers, and assist in program planning and development. Others chose a less involved role with the chapter.
- A chapter advisor should be accessible, interested, and provide counsel to the chapter and individual members.
- A chapter advisor should meet with the chapter president regularly to discuss chapter activities, goals, and organizational challenges. They provide continuity and assist during officer transition periods.
- We have found that the more successful fraternities and sororities have advisors that maintain regular contact with the chapter. Those advisors keep informed about chapter activities and advise officers on the appropriateness of policies and activities.
- The advisor should assist in holding students accountable for their actions in accordance with the organization’s and University policies.
- The importance of a faculty/staff advisor is that he or she can provide academic mentorship to a fraternity or sorority and connect the chapter with University resources to improve individual member’s scholarship. To be most effective, a faculty/staff advisor should:
- Meet regularly with the chapter’s scholarship chair and/or president to talk about scholarship related issues
- Attend at least one chapter meeting each semester to emphasize academics
- Be available to meet with individual members who need academic guidance
- Attend scholarship banquets or receptions hosted by the fraternity or sorority
- Attend advisor trainings or meetings hosted by the Center for Student Involvement
- Help the chapter formulate academic incentives to reward members who do well academically
- Review the scholastic achievement of the chapter in accordance with the national organization’s expectations
- Attend one chapter event (other than a chapter meeting) each quarter At a minimum, a fraternity or sorority advisor must be available to communicate with chapter members to complete necessary Greek Life forms. Completing the forms can require conversations about the academic growth of the chapter and event planning for philanthropy and social events.
- Before making a selection, keep in mind that a good potential advisor needs to have:
- Sufficient time to devote to your organization.
- The willingness to take the role seriously and thoughtfully.
- The skillset to contribute to the continued success of your organization and meet your chapter members’ individual needs.
- When approaching your potential advisor for the first time, make certain that he/she has a clear understanding of your organization's purpose as well as what would be required of him/her, his or her duties and the time commitment involved. Please refer them to the guide linked at the bottom of this page.
- If possible, choose someone who shares some of the same interests of your organization, and someone with whom the chapter has made contact with in the past.
- A potential advisor does not need to be a member of your particular chapter or any Greek organization in order to be successful in this role.
- It is best to meet with your advisor at least twice a semester to go over your chapter's academic program and progress of the chapter's academic goals, and to maintain contact via email or phone every two weeks. Good times to do so are the week before and immediately following chair meetings.
- Be open to suggestions and criticisms from your advisor. His/her knowledge and experience will help with solutions and organizational procedures.
- Take advantage of their experience and insight. Ask questions.
- Make sure that you give your advisor frequent (ideally bi-weekly) updates so that they can better serve your chapter's needs. This will keep them abreast of ongoing issues.
- Be sure to provide your new advisor will all documentation they might need. This includes chapter constitution and bylaws with academic standards highlighted, university GPA requirements outlined in the Cal State L.A. policy, contact information for the fraternity and sorority Life Coordinator, and any other relevant information.
What is an Advisor?
The faculty advisors here at Cal State L.A. are full-time professional staff. They come from a variety of departments on campus. We have faculty advisors that work in Admissions, EOP, Residence Life, and a variety of Academic Departments.
Determine your Expectations
How to Find the Right Advisor
The Interfraternity Council at Cal State L.A. is composed of 7 executive board members, 5 committees, one Justice, a general body and an advisor. This council is the governing body of the nationally recognized Fraternity chapters at California State University, Los Angeles.
"To cause closer working relationships and coordination among its member Fraternities and California State University of Los Angeles, in accordance with the policies and standards established by the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2007 as "Greek Council" or Winter 2014 as "Interfraternity Council"
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Phi Sigma Kappa
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of California State University, Los Angeles is composed of five executive board members, five committees, and an advisor. This council is the governing body of the current four International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities at Cal State L.A.
"To create and maintain high standards in the life of the affiliate organizations; to perpetuate constructive fraternity and sorority relationships; to foster an understanding of the structure and methods of operation among the affiliate organizations; to address, coordinate and develop action strategies on matter of mutual concern of the affiliate organizations; and to serve as the conduit for such action plans as may be developed."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2009
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
The Multi-Cultural Greek Council at California State University, Los Angeles is composed of six executive board members, four chairs, a general body composed of ten representatives, and one advisor. This council is the governing body of ten culturally based Greek organizations currently at Cal State L.A..
"To unite Greek Organizations of California State University, Los Angeles in order to promote cultural awareness, community Service, academic excellence, campus involvement, and organizational development."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2007
- Gamma Zeta Alpha
- Lambda Theta Nu
- Delta Sigma Chi
- Alpha Epsilon Omega
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Alpha Theta Pi
- Lambda Theta Alpha
- Sigma Lambda Beta
- Sigma Lambda Gamma
- Chi Sigma Phi
The coordinating body of the National Panhellenic Conference supports sorority chapters represented at Cal State L.A.. Panhelenic provides support and services to the Panhellenic Sorority members as well as representing sorority life to the University and the surrounding community.
"To develop and maintain women's fraternity life and interfraternity relations at a high level of accomplishment."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2007 as "Greek Council" or Fall 2013 as "Panhellenic at Cal State L.A."
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Delta Zeta