Parent FAQ

1)   Can my son benefit from membership in Delta Tau Delta?

Yes, through the following ways:

  • He’ll have a group of supportive friends to help him make the adjustment to college and be his friends for life.
  • He’ll be offered scholastic resources to help him achieve his academic goals.
  • He’ll be taught leadership skills and offered hands-on opportunities to practice those skills.
  • He’ll be encouraged to get involved on campus and in the community to his fullest potential.
  • He’ll be taught the importance of the giving of oneself through active participation in community service projects.
  • He’ll be exposed to career opportunities through interaction with fraternity alumni.


2)   Aren’t fraternities just like the one shown in the movie ”Animal House?”

Nobody likes stereotypes. Unfortunately since that movie's debut and others similar in theme, fraternity members have been categorized as irresponsible and abusive. In reality, fraternities are values-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendship.


3)   Should I be concerned about my son's grades and the impact fraternity membership would have on them?

Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities assist in that transition by offering scholarship programs which might include study partners, study hours and time management workshops. Your son will have access to the network of Fraternity members who already know how to use campus resources such as the library, career centers, computer labs and academic advisors. While fraternities are concerned about the academic achievement of their members, your son is will ultimately be responsible for utilizing the resources made available.


4)   Being in a fraternity sounds like it takes a lot of time. Does it?

Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of time. A research initiative has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through his fraternity involvement your son will learn how to balance his academic, campus involvement and social commitments.


5)   How does my son join Delta Tau Delta?

Joining Delta Tau Delta at JMU this year will work a little bit differently than joining an existing organization would. Delta Tau Delta is starting a new chapter which means three staff member (expansion consultants) will spend four weeks on campus meeting with students and building an organization based upon the mission and values of the fraternity. If your son is interested in joining, he should fill out the interest form available on this website, stop by our tent on campus or contact one of the consultants.


6)   What about pledging or hazing?

Delta Tau Delta opposes hazing and is committed to a membership education period that teaches responsibility and commitment to new members. New fraternity members typically experience a period of orientation. During this time your son and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the Fraternity, including leadership retreats, community service projects and activities designed to build friendships among the new, members and the older fraternity members.


7)   Who is actually in charge of the Fraternity?

Once the consultant staff has built a chapter, Undergraduate fraternity officers will manage the day-to-day operations of the organization at the campus level. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. Chapters are also part of a international fraternal organization that offers support, advice and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from JMU also assist and monitor the activities of fraternities.


8)   What is alcohol use really like in the Fraternity?

Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with Delt ideals. All Delts are expected to uphold state, county, and university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. Many fraternities are leading the way on college campuses in the effort to combat alcohol by implementing innovative abuse prevention initiatives. Your son will face many personal choices regarding alcohol use in college. Regardless of whether he joins a fraternity, he is responsible for his choices.


In addition, all members of Delta Tau Delta are required to participate in an alcohol abuse prevention education program, Delts Talking about Alcohol.

9) Doesn't it cost a lot of money to be in a

Each fraternity is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, expenses will include chapter dues and annual Fraternity dues.

10) What is my role as a parent?

Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son as he meets people through the recruitment and new-member process. Fraternity members will be more than happy to tell him, and you, about their group. In years to come, Delta Tau Delta will also become part of your life.