Myth vs. Fact

Myth 1 - Fraternities and Sororities encourage binge drinking and drug abuse.

Truth: Due to the fact that fraternities and sororities are the largest student organizations nationwide, fraternity and sorority communities are constantly in the media spotlight. Social problems such as binge drinking and drug use occur in nearly every facet of society, but their presence is magnified in fraternities and sororities.

Each organization is required to abide by federal, state, university and their own national headquarters policies regarding drugs and alcohol. Additionally, each organization has significant risk management and risk reduction policies and procedures to promote healthy decision making and provide for the safety of members and their guests.

Myth 2 - New Members of fraternities and sororities do not have personal space or time.

Truth: The time and effort required joining a fraternity or sorority is in no way to interfere with other time commitments or academic success. Prior to being initiated, New Members are required to attend weekly meetings and rituals in order to learn about their organization's history and values.

Myth 3 - Fraternities and Sororities are just as seen on TV.

Truth: Many television movies and shows depict the "wild side," of fraternity and sorority life and choose to amplify its supposed "horrors." In doing so, many movies and shows forget to add the beneficial sides of joining a fraternal organization and portray its positive notes.

Although there are some isolated instances of hazing and alcohol related occurrences, many institutions and organizations are taking preventative stances to further hinder these tragedies.

Myth 4 - Hazing is simply a reality among Fraternities and Sororities.

Truth: Hazing can be defined as people or individuals who are forced to do something that is psychologically, physically, or emotionally harmful or damaging. Fraternal organizations nationwide have been the leaders in taking strides to develop human rights policies and strict anti-hazing policies to rid hazing in all forms from all campuses.

All student organizations, including fraternities and sororities must abide by and follow WIU's strict anti-hazing policy.

Myth 5 - When you join a Fraternity or Sorority you are simply "buying friends."

Truth: A person must pay to join most any organization across the nation, whether it be a sports team, a local club, fraternity, or sorority. Since fraternities and sororities are non-profit organizations, dues are used to fund various parts of its day-to-day operations, including: academic incentives, headquarter dues, room and board, scholarships, sporting and social events, and many other normal everyday expenses.

By joining a fraternity or sorority, you are not only helping to sustain the ideals and values set forth by the organizations' founders, you are also making it possible to keep the future alive.

Myth 6 - Fraternities and Sororities do not benefit the local communities.

Truth: Each national fraternity and sorority has established a philanthropy or community service program that raised money for charitable causes. Many organizations participate in a local Adopt a Street program in a partnership with the City of Macomb and also sponsor local service and philanthropy projects each semester. Philanthropies such as the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Pediatric Aids, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Galludet University, the American Red Cross, the McDonough County YMCA, Macomb Fire Department, Macomb American Legion, and many more have benefited from the local and national efforts of WIU's fraternities and sororities.