Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the Greek sororities at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The council is composed of two delegates from each sorority chapter along with officers responsible for governing across sororities.

Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils encourage leadership, academics and community service across the Greek system. Together, the councils sponsor all-Greek events that promote the brotherly and sisterly bonds of Greek life.

Costs

The cost of dues varies from chapter to chapter. The average cost of first-year membership is around $400 per semester. Additionally, the cost of sorority housing and meal plan is considerably cheaper than what it costs to live in a residence hall. Many Greek organizations offer payment plans. Ask each chapter about financial responsibilities during Panhellenic Recruitment.

Academics

Each chapter creates an atmosphere conducive to high academic performance, challenging members to live up to their highest academic potential. The chapter houses have libraries, quiet study areas, and quiet hours. As a Greek member you will also have computers in the chapter houses, study-groups and tutors. NWU's sororities and fraternities recognize academic achievement through scholarships and loans. Each individual chapter has its own academic achievement awards and scholarship programs.

Alcohol and drugs

Each organization at Nebraska Wesleyan participates in a risk management program, which sets strict guidelines about the use of alcohol. Since the inception of this program, safety has improved at Greek social functions. All sorority houses are drug and alcohol free.

Advisors

All sorority chapters have an extensive alumni advisory board and a Nebraska Wesleyan University faculty advisor. Chapter advisors and faculty advisors work with the undergraduate women to oversee and enhance the sorority experience on a daily basis. The chapter advisor(s) are responsible for the supervision of chapter activities, ensuring that chapter conduct is alined with the Greek Life and University's mission, and assists in the facilitation of communication between the chapter, Nebraska Wesleyan University and inter/national headquarters to foster the best possible experience for undergraduate members. Faculty advisors assist in the academic success of individual chapter members and the overall scholarship of each chapter. For sorority chapter advisor and faculty advisor contact information, please contact the Director of Student Involvement at ksanders@nebrwesleyan.edu.

Awards and Achievements

Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values:

  • Sutherland Division I Award Winner, 2013
  • Academic Achievement outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Council Management outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Leadership and Educational Development outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Membership Recruitment outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Philanthropy and Community Service outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Public Relations outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Risk Reduction and Management outstanding achievement, 2013
  • Self Governance and Judicial Affairs outstanding achievement, 2013

Nebraska Wesleyan University Student Involvement & Organization Awards:

  • Outstanding Program of the Year, Campus Enhancement, All-Campus Tailgate, 2013
  • Outstanding Program of the Year, Education, Just A Mile: Presentation and Walk for Suicide Prevention, 2013

Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honorary:

  • Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Roll, Fall 2012
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Roll, Spring 2012

Chapter Conduct and Accountability

All sorority chapters are responsible to the National Panhellenic Conference policies and guidelines, the Panhellenic Council Constitution and Bylaws, the Panhellenic Council Recruitment Guidelines, the Greek Review Board policies, the Panhellenic Council Code of Ethics, all chapter inter/national and local policies and guidelines, FIPG policies, Nebraska Wesleyan University's Student Code of Conduct, and all federal, state, and local laws.

Failure to comply with guidelines and policies may result in judicial action from the Greek Review Board, the University Judiciary, and/or the local, state, or federal courts.

To report a complaint against a fraternity or sorority organization, please contact the Director of Student Involvement at ksanders@nebrwesleyan.edu.

Educational Programs

The Panhellenic Council and sorority chapters host educational programs to assist with the personal and professional development of each sorority member. Educational topics include risk reduction and management, safe and smart social networking, alcohol consumption, Greek values and standards, hazing prevention, mental health, policy compliancy, individual and organizational reporting to the Greek Review Board, academic achievement, etc. Additionally, students participate in educational programs sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, Nebraska Wesleyan University, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute, and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values.

Fire and Health Safety

Greek chapter facilities are required to meet all local fire and health codes and standards. Chapter houses are inspected by the Lincoln Fire Marshal each year to ensure compliance to all codes and standards. Chapters are required to hold fire and evacuation drills at least four times per academic year and test all smoke detectors and emergency lights each month. As of fall 2012, all Greek chapter houses have functioning sprinkler systems in every room of the facility.