Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A FRATERNITY OR SORORITY?
A fraternity is an organization found on college campuses. Fraternities can be founded for social, academic or philanthropic reasons. Typically fraternities have all male members and sororities have all female members.
WHAT MAKES DELTA UPSILON DIFFERENT?
Delta Upsilon is the only non-secret, non-hazing, non-sectarian fraternity at Bradley University. This means that all of our rituals are open to the public, hazing goes against who we are, and we choose men of merit regardless of race or creed.
WHAT IS RUSH?
Rush is a recruitment period during which fraternities and sororities open their doors to campus and seek new members. At Bradley University, rush is entirely alcohol-free. Male rushees are able to visit any fraternity they want in whatever order or capacity they desire. During rush, fraternities and sororities may extend to you a bid to join.
WHAT IS A BID?
A fraternity or sorority may extend candidates they are interested in a bid or "invitation" to join. At that point, it is up to the candidate to decide whether to accept the bid and join the organization (thus beginning the associate member process) or to refuse it.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PLEDGE?
A pledge is someone who has accepted a bid with a Greek organization. Each Greek organization has different requirements for associate members to become full Brothers or Sisters.
WHAT IS THE DELTA UPSILON PLEDGE PROCESS?
Our pledge process lasts 1 semester. At the beginning of the pledge process, the associate members are informed of all of the requirements needed in order to initiate. These include reaching our minimum GPA requirement to be in good standing and having every active member sign their cornerstone.
WHAT IS THE CORNERSTONE?
Upon entering the associate member process, associate members receive a handbook provided by the international fraternity. The cornerstone is a central location where all information about our policies, our principles, and our history. Associate members are required to read the cornerstone and understand all its information before becoming an active member.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER OF DELTA UPSILON?
Delta Upsilon strives to achieve our four founding principles:
The Promotion of Friendship
The Diffusion of Liberal Culture
The Development of Character
The Advancement of Justice
As a member of Delta Upsilon you are expected to demonstrate these ideals in your life through your interactions with your Brothers, classmates, roommates, friends, faculty and strangers alike.
HOW WILL JOINING DELTA UPSILON AFFECT MY GRADES?
We take academics very seriously. Any Brother who makes bellow a 2.75 GPA each semester is placed on mandatory study hours. The Brothers are constantly helping and encouraging each other academically. Many members take the same classes and have the same major. Study groups are commonly seen in every common area in our house.
WHAT THINGS DOES DELTA UPSILON DO TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY?
At Bradley University, we actively support the university's philanthropic events along with other greek organization. Delta Upsilon at Bradley supports St. Jude's Children's hospital for our chapters philanthropy and also GSI as our international philanthropy. It is not uncommon to see Delta Upsilon members out on the quad participating in our philanthropic events.
WHAT IS THE DELTA UPSILON SOCIAL SCENE? HOW DO YOU MANAGE RISK?
At Delta Upsilon, we know how to have a good time. Our spring Jungle Love Party is one of the largest social events at Bradley University. That being said, we strive to maintain a safe environment for all members and guests. Bradley University does not permit mass alcohol containers such as kegs, punch bowls, or even a cooler filled with beers. Delta Upsilon strictly follows these policies. At large social events, we have brothers designated as sober monitors as well at some events even contracted security guards. Our Risk Manager is closely involved in the planning of all events to ensure the safety of all involved. The Risk Manager also ensures that all brothers and associate members are educated in the Delta Upsilon risk prevention policies. This includes inviting law enforcement to a chapter meeting once a year to educate on alcohol awareness and policies of the university.
IF SOMETHING UNFORTUNATE WERE TO HAPPEN....
We are committed to the well being of our members. We have accidental insurance on all members and guests at fraternity sponsored events. Should a situation arise where medical attention is required, we will not hesitate to respond in a manner appropriate to the situation.
HOW MUCH DOES DELTA UPSILON COST?
Delta Upsilon maintains the lowest dues on campus. Upon entering Delta Upsilon as a new member, the starting cost is only $250. If your son decides to move into the chapter house, the cost is stays very competitive with the university pricing for housing and the meal plan.
HOW SOON CAN AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER EXPECT TO LIVE IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE? ARE BROTHERS REQUIRED TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE?
Brothers can move into the house immediately based on availability, but if you are in Bradley University housing you are subject to their rules concerning payment of their fees, which are non-transferable. To move into the chapter house the same year you join our fraternity, you are required to have a 3.0 GPA in order to do so. Every member is expected to live in house for at least 2 semesters.
HOW IS THE CHAPTER PROPERTY CLEANED AND MAINTAINED?
The brothers are required to clean the house based on our work assignment system. Failure to complete your work assignment results in a fine. General repairs are conducted by the chapter on a regular basis. For large scale repairs, outside contractors are hired.
WHAT ARE THE RULES AND POLICIES OF DELTA UPSILON?
The Bradley University Chapter of Delta Upsilon does not tolerate hazing of any kind, sexual harassment, or the abuse of alcohol or drugs.
CAN THE RULES CHANGE? IF SO HOW?
Our chapter must abide by the rules and policies set forth by Delta Upsilon International. The House Rules may be changed at the beginning of each semester by a 2/3 vote of the brotherhood. The By-Laws can be changed at any point by a 2/3 vote of the brotherhood as long as they coincide with that of the international fraternity.