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.
The vision of our department is to shape a values-based, collegiate experience by building a university culture that invests resources and appreciates the importance of the sorority and fraternity experience.
The Department of Greek Student Engagement and Development's Mission is to actively engage students in an exceptional fraternity and sorority program by using a values-based framework to offer customized and equitable learning opportunities. GSED is committed to the holistic development of our students by providing experiences focusing on the areas of academics, council governance, health and wellness, inclusivity, relationship building, risk management, and service.
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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.
When it is determined that a new organization is needed to strengthen our fraternity and sorority life community, the procedures outlined will be followed. The purpose of the Expansion and Recolonization Policy is to ensure expansion and recolonization of fraternities and sororities are done carefully with a well-developed plan that aligns with the standards and mission of Western Carolina University. A carefully planned and supportive process will ensure that our students have maximum opportunity for a rewarding experience and the relationship between campus and the respective national organizations are maintained.
This document includes the expansion and recolonization guidelines and procedures for all social fraternities and sororities at Western Carolina University.