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The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development (GSED) is the team within the Division of Student Affairs who advise and support the recognized WCU fraternity & sorority chapters, the leadership councils, the national honor society, and the advisor, alumni & volunteer support teams.

GSED staff manage and administer the many programs and events that promote a values-based fraternal experience in Cullowhee. In addition, the Department is committed to establishing and maintaining positive relationships and partnerships with WCU colleagues, the local community, alumni, and between the numerous local and inter/national headquarters that make up the American Fraternity & Sorority Community.

At this time, due to the COVID19 Pandemic, our offices will be making adjustments to our normal traffic patterns during our scheduled business hours. Please be aware of the following changes:

-Please make an appointment with the staff member you are needing to meet with.
-Maintaining physical distancing is a priority inside of our offices. We have measured out six feet and have figured out spacing. We now have a limited amount of seating available.
-Meetings with multiple people will need to be in a meeting room or can happen virtually.
-In accordance with the governor and university mandate we expect all visitors to always wear a face covering or mask when you come into the office. We feel this is important for the health and safety of the staff and our students.  If this is a problem, we will be happy to meet virtually.  We will not meet face-to-face without a mask.

Connect with a member of our team if you need more information about the fraternity & sorority community at Western Carolina University.

Linda (LC) Carmody, Director - lcarmody@wcu.edu
Shelby Gerwin, Assistant Director - sgerwin@wcu.edu
Miranda Stacy, Administrative Support Associate - mpstacy@wcu.edu
Caleb Williams, Graduate Assistant - calebwilliams@wcu.edu

Western Carolina University is committed to our Fraternity and Sorority Life Community and believes in the importance of student growth and involvement. The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development is committed to the holistic development and success of all students, the cultivation of inclusive spaces and communities, and the fostering of meaningful relationships and lifelong learning.

Western Carolina University has been a home for Fraternity and Sorority Life since 1952. Since then, more than 27 organizations have called this campus home and we have more than 700 students currently thriving in the brotherhoods and sisterhoods these organizations offer. Our community focuses on the following benchmark areas: engagement, friendship, leadership, risk management, scholarship and service. The University is committed to helping our member organizations grow, lead, and succeed on our campus.

The WCU Registration & Recognition (R&R) Assessment Program serves as the initial recognition process for all fraternity and sorority chapters on campus. It also serves as the community's assessment process of achievements and areas of improvement.

Explore our Frequently Asked Questions about Greek Student Engagement and Development at Western Carolina University.

A Collegiate Fraternal "Greek" organization is a group of individuals bonded together by common goals and values. It is referred to as a Greek organization because the name consists of Greek letters; however, there are organizations whose names are not solely made up of Greek letters.

These bonds are created through historical rituals. Rituals are a shared experience between members of the fraternal organization. The more common language used when referring to Greek-letter organizations are fraternities (for men) and sororities (for women). These organizations have values and purpose that they work to instill in their members through their everyday activities.

College fraternities and sororities were established to promote democratic self-government, academic excellence, service to others, life-time friendships, and a home away from home throughout the undergraduate experience.

The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development oversees the twenty-one fraternities and sororities at Western Carolina University. The Greek Engagement staff provides advisement, programming, and support to all of our fraternal organizations. The Department is located in the AK Hinds University Center 334.

The fraternity and sorority experience is what you make it. Every chapter has different requirements; however, each chapter generally has at least one meeting a week. It is the expectation of many of our organizations that their members are active during their undergraduate experience and after graduation. There are also many additional opportunities to become involved within a chapter and with the Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development.

The financial obligations depend on the chapter fees and dues. For more information, please contact a chapter representative.

The Departmentof Greek Student Engagement & Development team believes the following expectations are best practices for being a successful and responsible collegiate fraternal member and student. These expectations were created to set a standard of high achievement for Greek letter organizations at WCU. These expectations are not in place to penalize students but to challenge them to achieve at the highest level.

  • Understand your behavior has an effect and impact on the entire community - not just yourself, your chapter, or your national organization. The entire fraternity & sororoity community could be affected.
  • Individuals & chapters need to take responsibility for their own actions.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Conduct yourself appropriately and professionally.
  • Demonstrate self-respect and respect for others.
  • Engage with the greater WCU community.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and transparency in relation to finances, new member recruitment and education, conduct, and social events.
  • Say something if you see something or know something that may negatively impact the health or safety of yourself or others or to prevent crimes from occurring. Report all matters to the necessary campus resources (e.g. sexual violence or misconduct, hazing, substance abuse, mental health concerns, etc.).
  • Conduct yourself as if you are always wearing your letters.

Through our values-based programming and staff support, the members of fraternities and sororities at WCU will gain an understanding of the impact of individual and organizational actions, life-long connections within organizations and the larger community, an understanding and appreciation of identities different from their own, the ability to advocate for self and others, a commitment to academic excellence, an understanding of self, and a sense of belonging.

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