All new members must be initiated within eight weeks of joining. Some groups have shorter new member periods. As a new member, you will attend an educational seminar sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life on such topics as risk management and fire safety, alcohol and other drugs, health issues and leadership.
What about hazing?
Hazing – defined as causing or permitting a person, incident to initiation into or membership in a society, club or similar organized group, to participate in any activity that subjects that person or others to risks of physical injury, or mental distress or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, whether or not such person has consented to participation in this activity – is a violation of the Campus Code. Both individuals and organizations may be charged with hazing violations. The Hazing Policy specifically prohibits forced consumption of alcohol, calisthenics, paddling, road trips, line-ups and running personal errands of members. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life takes calls 24 hours a day at 919-962-8298 to report any problems associated with being a new member – including allegations of hazing. The caller can be anonymous, but the group alleged to be hazing must be identified to initiate an investigation.
How safe are the houses?
All Greek houses must have a working fire alarm and sprinkler system in order to be occupied. Fraternity and Sorority Life provides an extensive fire safety program, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Fire Department. The Office also has close partnerships with the Chapel Hill and UNC Police Departments.