CWRU Greek Life FAQ

The most common questions and their answers...

Greek Life 101

What are the Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council?

The Interfraternity Congress (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (PHC) are the governing bodies for the fraternities and sororities at Case Western Reserve University, respectfully. However, the bodies operate jointly in virtually all business matters.

How many students are involved in the Greek community at CWRU?

This varies semester-by-semester as student’s study abroad, go on co-op, etc., yet approximately 30-35% of the CWRU undergraduate student body is involved in Greek Life.

Being Greek at CWRU

Are members involved in other activities?

In general, students at CWRU are very involved by nature – they participate in clubs, organizations, and athletics. Many do research in their field of study or hold down campus jobs as well. Fraternities and sororities can assist a student in getting acclimated to campus and involved in other activities.

How much of a time commitment is a Greek organization?

The truth? It varies!  There are certain attendance requirements, a well-balanced schedule is encouraged for all members. Aside from mandatory events, Greek students can expect the time commitment to be as large or small as they want it to be, depending on their schedule and commitment to the organization. The best advice Greek students give to each other is to have a clear understanding of expectations for yourself and what the chapter expects from its members. Learn more.

Housing Information

Does Case Western Reserve University have Greek housing?

Greek housing is like a Living/Learning Community! Members get to learn things like how to live with people, what their needs and non-negotiables are, how to keep a space, and self-care practices and independence, and maybe even how to vet a future roommate. They learn what their distractions might be and hopefully how to prevent them as a result.

Housing arrangements for each fraternity and sorority at CWRU differ by organization. Arrangements vary from chapters owning their houses to living in groups in the residence halls. Chapters with houses commonly run their own meal plan with a caterer to prepare meals. In general, living in a Greek chapter house is less expensive than non-Greek living costs.

CWRU recognizes Greek housing as official University housing; therefore, financial aid is not affected. Students must have two semesters of on-campus living experiences, or sophomore standing, before they are eligible to move into a chapter house.

Recruitment 101

How do I become a member of the Case Western Reserve Greek Community?

To become a potential new member (commonly referred to as a “PNM”) and later a Greek Life member, any undergraduate student must participate in the recruitment process. For more information on the Fraternity, Sorority Recruitment and NPHC membership Intake processes, please see our Recruitment Information page.

Am I required to join a fraternity or sorority if I go through the recruitment process?

No. Invitations to join (commonly known as “bids”) are given out at the end of the recruitment process and a student has the option to accept or deny it. However, the time period to accept or deny differs among organizations.

Financials

What are the financial commitments of joining a fraternity or a sorority?

Every Greek Life chapter requires a payment every semester until graduation to be an active member of the fraternity or sorority. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters.

Potential new members (PNMs) should feel free to inquire about this with the respective chapter representative during recruitment for more details.

New Members

What is the "new member process"?

Once you accept an invitation (or bid) to join a fraternity or sorority, you become a new member to that chapter. New member education programs vary across organizations, yet you can expect to learn more about your chapter’s history, founding, values, ritual, and more! During the education process, each new member is matched with a big brother or sister who serves as their mentor throughout their collegiate Greek experience.

The end of the new member process is typically marked by Initiation where you will become a fully recognized, life-long member of that chapter. If you have questions about a specific chapter’s education process, please refer to that chapter’s New Member Educator or equivalent.

Is hazing a part of the Greek Life community at Case Western Reserve University?

Case Western Reserve University, the Panhellenic Council, and the Interfraternity Congress have a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing.

Hazing, which is defined as"…any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule," is illegal in the state of Ohio.

Hazing is not and will not be tolerated in this community.

If you have questions regarding this policy or any fraternity or sorority activity, you should contact the Office of Greek Life (216.368.3954). Calls will be handled in an immediate and discreet manner.

Have more questions?

Further information is available by contacting Greek Life at 216.368.3954 or by email at greeklife@case.edu.