Gettysburg College has nine fraternities and seven sororities. All fraternities, with the exception of Phi Kappa Psi, have a residential component. Sororities do not have a residential component, but the six National Panhellenic Sororities each have their own chapter room in the sorority complex at Ice House.
Living in the chapter house is an important component of the fraternity experience. Three of the chapter houses are owned by alumni corporations while the remaining chapter houses are owned by the College. Because it is important that fraternities keep the houses at full capacity, they are required to fill all bed spaces in the chapter house.
- A house may have vacancies only if the organization does not have sufficient members on campus to fill the house.
- Members will not be allowed to select other housing options (campus residence hall or off-campus housing) until the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life receives the organization's house roster demonstrating that the house is at capacity.
- If a student does not want to live in his fraternity house, he must speak with his chapter leadership to ensure that the chapter house will be full before he makes plans for alternative housing.
- It is critical that seniors live in the house to provide appropriate chapter leadership and contribute to the successful management of the chapter.
- The only exceptions to this policy are for students studying abroad and those on Residence Life staff. The College is supportive of these opportunities and will allow students to be released from the chapter house in order to participate in those two programs.
- Members who are required to live in their chapter house but do not wish to live there have the option to disaffiliate from the organization.
- Alumni-owned fraternity house room rates are set by the individual chapter's alumni corporation.
- College-owned fraternity house room rates are established by Gettysburg College.
- Fraternity members may also be subject to other fees (i.e. Non-resident fees or fraternity dues) associated with their fraternity alumni corporation to help offset the cost of house operations. These fees are determined by and distributed to the alumni corporations, but are collected through the college billing process.
- Gettysburg College collects all fraternity housing fees as part of the billing process. For those houses not owned by the College, these funds are passed on to the fraternity's alumni corporations.
Please be aware of what your Greek housing obligations are for Fall 2016. Fraternities will be required to submit both a House Roster and a Room Roster to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life. The house manager, or other designated officer, of each chapter will manage this process for their house. If you do not want to live in the fraternity house, you must speak with your chapter leadership to ensure that your chapter house will be full BEFORE you make plans for alternative housing.
House rosters are documents showing that the house is full or that all available members on campus will be living in the house. It also includes a list of members approved to live outside of the house. These rosters will be distributed to the house managers and alumni corporation of each fraternity during the week of February 1st, and MUST be returned to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th.
Room rosters are documents that list the rooms and room capacity for each fraternity house. On this roster the fraternity is required to fill in the names of who will reside in each room. These rosters will be distributed to the house managers and alumni corporations of each fraternity on Tuesday, March 15th, and they MUST be returned to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8th.
Those fraternity members initially assigned to live outside of the fraternity house (with the exception of residential hall staff) may be required to fill unexpected vacancies in the chapter house that arise at any time. Your individual fraternity alumni corporation should be consulted for any related questions.
Important Dates for Greek Housing (Fall 2016)
Week of February 1st
Greek house rosters are distributed to the house managers and alumni corporations.
Wednesday, February 24th
Greek house rosters are due to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life.
Monday, February 22nd
Residential & First-Year Programs will compare and update the Greek house rosters with the fall study abroad list and off-campus applications
Wednesday, February 24th
Residential & First-Year Programs will send revised Greek house rosters back to house managers and alumni corporations to review.
Week of February 29th
Off-Campus approval status sent to students.
Tuesday, March 15th
Greek room rosters are distributed to the house managers and alumni corporations.
Friday, March 18th
Off-Campus Acceptance or Relinquish Forms are due to Residential & First-Year Programs.
Friday, April 8th
Greek room rosters are due to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life.