I bet when your son called you and said “I’m thinking about joining a fraternity” a whole mess of stereotypical movies rushed into your head and your immediate reaction was that of shock and TERROR! Well, this page is here to put any concerns you may have to rest! Browse through our frequently asked questions below.
So, where is the room with the paddles and burning coals??
At our house, there never has been one, and there never will be. We adhere to a strict no hazing policy and take it VERY seriously. From the moment your son decides to accept our bid, he can expect to be treated with the respect and dignity that all brothers of Theta Chi deserve. At no point will he be put in any physical or mental harm. Now, we’re not saying our new member process is easy. It will be a challenging 8 weeks in which your son will learn our history, ideals, and goals and have a chance to prove to us that he is a true gentleman that is worthy of being a part of our beloved fraternity.
Am I going to have to rob a bank to afford this?
Well, there are many different ways to make money, we wouldn’t suggest robbing a bank. When financial questions come up I always have the same answer; “every dollar you spend comes back to you in the end.” Our brotherhood is very strong, but without the business side of the fraternity we would not be able to do all the great things we do. We have remained one of the most cost effective fraternities and even have payment plans that are designed to alleviate the financial strain that each brother may feel at the beginning of the semester by breaking down the total cost per semester into several spaced out payments. We recognize that money is tight so we ensure that every dollar is spent wisely and with the fraternity’s best interest in mind. For more detailed questions about the cost of the fraternity, please feel free to contact our Treasurer from the “Contact Us” link above. He’s a nice guy.
All fraternity men do is party, right?
Wrong. Our chapter has always preached an early and firm understanding of time management skills and a well balanced lifestyle. Our Fraternity Maxim is “Alma Mater first, and Theta Chi for Alma Mater.” We recognize that without UCF, we wouldn’t exist. Our average term GPA is always near the top (if not on the top) of the ranks as compared to other fraternities. Also, our brothers are obligated to be a part of another on campus organization. We have brothers involved with SGA, Lead Scholars, O-Team, and countless other academic fraternities and organizations. We have also had brothers graduate Order of Pegasus, the highest academic honor one can achieve at the University of Central Florida. On top of that, our fraternity gives back to the community in many ways. Each brother is responsible for 10 community service hours every semester. We are also involved with many on campus philanthropies, including our own philanthropy “G.I. Theta Chi”, which has raised thousands of dollars for the United Services Organization (USO), a foundation that was started to aid GI’s returning from active duty to pay for medical bills and many other rehabilitation expenses. And of course, after we have done all our work, we supply an outlet to have some fun and de-stress! Our calendar is filled with social events with sororities and countless brotherhood events. Needless to say, your son’s college experience will be very busy. After all, balancing school, work, community service, and a social life takes a lot of work but I guarantee that it will build a better, more well rounded man.
Aren’t fraternity rituals creepy and cult-like?
You’ve been watching too many lifetime movies. Our Ritual is what sets us apart from clubs. It’s the common ground that we share with thousands of brothers since 1856 that binds us together as brothers, even if we’ve never met. Just like in our new member process, our ritual requires nothing that isn’t becoming of a self respecting, upstanding gentleman. There is no degradation……and NO PADDLES! We even invite parents and family to join us for the first ceremony that your son will go through in Theta Chi, the New Member Ceremony. It will give you a glimpse into how much we respect our ritual, and our brothers and new members….always.
Hopefully this has put some concerns to bed. If you’re still unsure about the whole situation, please feel free to head over to the “Contact Us” page, and shoot an email to the President with any questions.