Rules and Regulations
Alcohol and Recruitment:
Recruitment is intended to provide opportunities to spend time getting to know each other. According to the GAMMA Policies, alcohol is not to be served to minors under any circumstances. No alcohol should be served to minors during any recruitment function, whether it is one-on-one or in a large group. Most IFC organizations have national policies that bar the use of alcohol at any and all recruitment and new member activities.
If you are under 21 and you are offered alcohol at a fraternity event, that chapter is violating UCLA's Code of Conduct, IFC, and GAMMA policies. They are also breaking the law. If this happens, you should seriously consider whether or not you want to join an organization that has so little integrity.
No alcohol should be used or be present during any recruitment function or event, of any kind.
Hazing is commonly defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Anti-hazing legislation or policies have been adopted by the State of California, UCLA, the Interfraternity Council and all national fraternities. If you are subjected to hazing, state law requires that you report it to the Office of Fraternity and & Sorority Life. Hazing has no place in the fraternity community and should not be tolerated. Chapters that haze are not worth your time and are dangerous.
Some examples of hazing situations may include but are not limited to any type of physical brutality; any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, drug or other substance which subjects the student to any risk of harm; any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation; or any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the law. Click HERE for UCLA's Hazing Reporting Website.
Do fraternities provide housing?
Most of the general fraternities operate chapter houses adjacent to the campus which provide the opportunity for small group living. Since the membership recruitment process occurs during the quarter, new students should secure their own housing for the fall. Typically, freshmen and transfers live on-campus in residence halls or apartments, and many then move into fraternity houses their second year (residence hall contracts are on an annual basis).
Must I live in the chapter house if I wish to join a residential Greek organization?
Less than half of the members of residential Greek organizations live in the chapter houses in any given quarter, although most members do live in the chapter house for part of their tenure at UCLA.
Most organizations require that members, except for local students who live at their parents’ home, reside in the chapter house for a minimum of one year.
How much does it cost to be a member of a social fraternity in 2023?
Given the benefits provided, Greek membership is a bargain. However, students should consider the costs in planning their personal budgets:
Average New Member Fees for the first quarter: $650. Lowest is $150 and highest is $1,050
Average Live-Out Fees per member per quarter: $626
Average Live-In Fees per member per quarter including room, board, and dues: $2,082. Lowest is $775 and highest is $3,850
Average Cost to Live in UCLA Residence Hall per quarter: $4,968.00
What is the membership indoctrination process?
Most organizations require their members to complete a probationary period, sometimes called "pledgeship" prior to initiation for the purpose of orientation and member development. During this time you’ll learn the history, traditions and operating procedures of the organization and participate in activities to get to know the members better.
Organizations use various terms to refer to their pre-initiates, including "pledge," "new member," "associate member," and "candidate."
The duration of the new member period varies from four weeks to an entire quarter. Some organizations require new members to achieve a certain grade point average during their "pledge" quarter in order to qualify to be initiated.