Frequently Asked Questions
Hello! If you are reading this then you are likely wondering a lot of things right now. As a student looking to join a Fraternal organization, you are likely concerned about what it means to join fraternity and sorority life or simply are wondering what the organization you are thinking of joining stands for. This section of our website should hopefully answer any of your questions!
What is Delta Lambda Phi?
Since 1986, Delta Lambda Phi has been providing all men the opportunity to be part of a fraternal organization regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Our organization has seven values as follows; excellence, integrity, diversity, justice, service, friendship, and commitment. Our chapter is called the Beta Omicron chapter and has been an active chapter of DLP since 2007. We actively work to create a safe and inclusive environment on campus for all students and dedicate ourselves to service and philanthropic ventures.
What are some of these terms you use?
Fraternity and Sorority life has changed significantly in these past few years, and immensely in these past few decades. Language is ever-changing, and so is our terminology! We use of the phrases”new member interest week” and “potential new member,” rather than the historically used terms “rush” and “pledge.” We have done this due to the negative stigma associated with hazing in Fraternal organizations, and to demonstrate- even if only in a small way- that language demonstrates organizational culture. DLP and the Beta Omicron Chapter are strictly anti-hazing, and strive to promote a welcoming culture of care, inclusivity, and safety.
You may also see the acronym MGC appear on our site as well. This stands for the Multicultural Greek Council, one of the four councils on the Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo Campuses to which we belong.
What is the Multicultural Greek Council?
MGC is the co-ed council that we belong to meaning that it contains both sororities and fraternities. This council contains, as the name suggests, fraternities and sororities that are orientated around a particular identity such as Latinx, Asian, or Queer identities. With all of these organizations, you are not required to be of said identity to join nor are their interest solely with those identities.
Will I be hazed?
For Delta Lambda Phi and the Beta Omicron Chapter the answer to this question has been and will always be no. While it was quite common at one time for fraternities and sororities to haze their members, this is fortunately becoming more rare. Delta Lambda Phi, Bowling Green State University, and University of Toledo maintain a zero-tolerance policy on hazing.
If at any point you feel that you have been a victim of hazing we strongly encourage reporting the said incident. To file a violation against any fraternity or sorority, please use any of these links:
BGSU | University of Toledo | Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity Office.
Are you just the “gay” fraternity?
The short answer is no. While Delta Lambda Phi chapters often have a high percentage of members who identify as queer, that is not our sole identifying trait. We have had straight, bisexual, gay, asexual, and pansexual members. We have had trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and cisgender members. We strive to create an environment in which individuals of strong character can grow and foster new relationships in their academic life at Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo and beyond. Furthermore, we believe it the work of organizations like ours to expand the BGSU community and beyond’s understanding of gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expressions, and fraternity life simultaneously, If you are not sure whether you would be comfortable in our chapter then we strongly encourage you to attend our new member interest events that occur every semester or reach out to us here.
What does it mean to be a new member?
Being a new member means that after and interest/informational period we have extended you a “bid”, which means we have given you an invitation to begin joining our chapter. After you are inducted, you will then begin a new member education class. This class teaches a large number of subjects ranging from our own Beta Omicron chapter’s history to parliamentary procedure, time management and study skills, professional writing and communication, and beyond.
After completing your new member education process you will then be initiated into the brotherhood. As stated previously this initiation is free of hazing of any kind. The initiation process is designed to challenge/test our new members on their learning during the education process.
Will this affect my grades?
While it is important to make sure that you do not overwhelm yourself while you are on a campus with so many phenomenal opportunities, individuals in fraternity and sorority life have statistically higher GPAs than that of non-affiliated students (meaning students not part of a sorority or fraternity). Our chapter holds our members to a high academic standard with a minimum GPA of 2.5 being required. As part of our organization, it is important to place your academics above any other commitments and this is something we strictly encourage as we are here at Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo to receive a high-quality education.
What does this cost?
With most fraternities and sororities, yes there is a fee. This fee covers things like Fraternity insurance, MGC council fees, operating costs and event-related charges, and national dues. However, if you should ever have any concerns that this may preclude you from involvement, DON’T! We offer many ways to offset the cost of the fees through scholarships, fundraising opportunities, payment plans and much more!
We try to be as transparent as possible in terms of where our member’s money is going as we understand that for many of them they are making a substantial financial investment in the brotherhood.
What is my role when thinking about joining?
When looking to join a fraternity there are a number of things you need to consider when joining a chapter:
- Keep an open mind. Being in a fraternity is not right for everyone. Just because you may have a friend or family member who may not have found this to be a good fit for them or not, it does not mean that you will have the same experience.
- Talk about financial obligations sooner rather than later. We discuss this early in potential new member’s process. With proper planning, joining a fraternity can be an affordable investment. We also offer payment plans if lump sum payments are not a possibility.
- College presents an opportunity for young people to explore their identities. Joining organizations like Delta Lambda Phi help to facilitate this process. We understand that we are not going to be a good fit for everyone and that students spend a large amount of time discovering themselves while in college.