Becoming a new member of a Greek letter organization is both an exciting way to get involved and to open the doors to many amazing networking opportunities. Prior to joining any organization, there are certain guidelines that both new and current members need to follow as required by the Center for Leadership and Service's Greek Affairs.
For starters, Kean University wants to promote an equal opportunity for anyone who is interested in any Greek Letter organization. All are welcome no matter any background demographics such as sex, age, color, religion, national origin, race or physical handicap. New members should also attend a Meet the Greeks event which is held every semester where prospective members can get to know each individual organization. A new member education program for Greek organizations may include activities, important dates, information on the history of the organization or important function events for which new members are highly encouraged to attend.
Prospective new members must fill out a Prospective New Member Information Form which includes their name, address, Kean ID number, number of credits earned and their current cumulative grade point average. Also, prospective new members and the appropriate chapter officers are also required to complete a New Member Contract and New Member Registration Form. These forms must be approved and returned to the respective groups otherwise, a new member education process may not begin.
During the education process, it is strongly advised that all organizations adhere to university guidelines while training new and prospective members. If certain guidelines are not followed, then it may lead to expulsion of the Greek letter organization from university grounds.
Some of these guidelines include but are not limited to:
- All New Members must attend a orientation meeting on university grounds
- All off-campus activities are prohibited with the exception of pre-approved community service projects
- Prospective new members must have a 2.60 cumulative grade point average and completed a minimum of 12 credits at Kean University. For transfer students, 12 credits must be accepted by Kean University
- New Members must get at least 8 hours of sleep everyday
- All New Member education programs must be completed prior to the last 3 weeks of the semester
- Activities must not interfere with the rights of others either on or off campus
Kean University and the Greek Senate uphold strict guidelines against hazing. Hazing is the imposition of strenuous, often humiliating, tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation and is a serious crime. If anyone experiences hazing or knows of an individual who is being hazed, they should immediately report it to the necessary authorities as soon as possible. Any questions regarding the new member education process or Greek Life in general should be directed to the Greek Affairs division within the Center for Leadership and Service.
For more information on Greek Life, utilize the Kean website's Greek Life web page. Students may also visit the Center for Leadership and Service in the Miron Student Center Room 219, or calling (908) 737-5170.