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Frequently Asked Questions

This Greek Life Fact Sheet will provide you with a glimpse of the Case Greek community and what it means to be a member of a fraternity or sorority at Case Western Reserve University. The page also talks about the time commitment, the costs, and how Greek membership affects your involvement with other people, and in other organizations.

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. For more information the joint bodies, click here

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

As a potential new member, any student can become a member of the Greek Community by going through the recruitment process. For more information on the Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment process, 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” in the Greek system) 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.

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

Every Greek organization requires the payment every semester until graduation to be an active member of the fraternity or sorority. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. Potential new members should feel free to inquire about this with the respective chapter representative during recruitment for more details. For Formal Sorority recruitment, the Sorority Guidebook (located at the bottom of the Recruitment page) indicates membership fees.  

What is the "new member process"?

Once you accept an invitation (or bid) to join a fraternity or sorority, the student becomes a new member. New member education programs vary across organizations, but, for the most part, all culminate in the Initiation. Throughout their "new member process", new members will learn about the organization and its members, past and present, through meetings, social events, and projects. During this education process, each new member is matched with a big brother or sister who serves as their mentor throughout their collegiate Greek experience. If you have questions about specific New Member Processes, please refer to that specific chapter’s New Member Educator or equivalent.

How much of a time commitment is a Greek organization?

Time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. While 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 "You get out of Greek life and your chapter what you put into it."

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 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.

Does Case Western Reserve University have Greek housing?

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, fraternal living 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 semester of on-campus living experiences, or sophomore standing, before they are eligible to move into a chapter house.

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

Approximately 30% of the undergraduate student body is involved in Greek Life.

Are members involved in other activities?

In general, students at Case are very involved by nature. Being Greek is seldom the only activity with which members are involved. They participate in clubs, organizations, and athletics. Many do research in their field of study or hold down campus jobs. Fraternities and sororities can assist a student in getting acclimated to campus and involved in other activities.

What if I have more questions?

Further information is available by contacting Greek Life at 216.368.3954 or by email at