Gettysburg College has ten fraternities and seven sororities. Seven of the fraternities on campus have a residential component and the College has expectations that members live in those spaces. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Gamma Delta, and all sororities do not have a residential component but each does have a chapter room on campus. Athena House is a space that provides residential and social living for sororities.
Living in the chapter house is an important component of the fraternity experience. Three of the chapter houses are owned by alumni corporations while the remaining chapter houses are owned by the College. Because it is important that fraternities keep the houses at full capacity, they are required to fill all bed spaces in the chapter house.
- A house may have vacancies only if the organization does not have sufficient members on campus to fill the house.
- Members will not be allowed to select other housing options (campus residence hall or off-campus housing) until the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life receives the organization's house roster demonstrating that the house is at capacity.
- If a student does not want to live in his fraternity house, he must speak with his chapter leadership to ensure that the chapter house will be full before he makes plans for alternative housing.
- It is critical that seniors live in the house to provide appropriate chapter leadership and contribute to the successful management of the chapter.
- The only exceptions to this policy are for students studying abroad and those on Residential Education staff. The College is supportive of these opportunities and will allow students to be released from the chapter house in order to participate in these two programs.
- Members who are required to live in their chapter house but do not wish to live there have the option to disaffiliate from the organization.
- Alumni-owned fraternity house room rates are set by the individual chapter's alumni corporation.
- College-owned fraternity house room rates are established by Gettysburg College.
- Fraternity members may also be subject to other fees (i.e. non-resident fees or fraternity dues) associated with their fraternity alumni corporation to help offset the cost of house operations. These fees are determined by and distributed to the alumni corporations, but are collected through the college billing process.
- Gettysburg College collects all fraternity housing fees as part of the billing process. For those houses not owned by the College, these funds are passed on to the fraternity's alumni corporations.
Please be aware of what your Greek housing obligations are for Fall 2023. Fraternities will be required to submit a roster to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life. The house manager, or other designated officer, of each chapter will manage this process for their house. If you do not want to live in the fraternity house, you must speak with your chapter leadership to ensure that your chapter house will be full BEFORE you make plans for alternative housing.
Rosters are documents that list the rooms and room capacity for each fraternity house. On this roster the fraternity is required to fill in the names of who will reside in each room. Fraternity leadership will be working with the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life to complete rosters which are due to Residential Education by Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
Those fraternity members initially assigned to live outside of the fraternity house (with the exception of residential hall staff) may be required to fill unexpected vacancies in the chapter house that arise at any time. Your individual fraternity alumni corporation should be consulted for any related questions.