CWRU Greek Life FAQ's

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.

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.