Whether your son has already pledged at our chapter or is considering doing so, the brothers of the North Carolina State Chapter of Delta Upsilon would like to welcome you and answer any questions you may have about our pledging experience and our fraternity in general.
Delta Upsilon has chapters at over 80 different universities here in the United States and Canada with an established alumni base of over 78,000 living members. Founded on November 4th, 1834 at Williams College in Williams, MA, DU has a long and rich history with many notable brothers.
As proud as we are of our heritage, we are aware that you may want to know more about your son's pledging experience with us. First of all, we are a non-secret fraternity. This means that all of our rituals, all of our practices, and all of our values and principles are cast into public view at all times. Therefore, we cannot afford to tarnish this transparency with concealed (or unconcealed) hazing in any form. In fact, in our manual, titled The Cornerstone, the Delta Upsilon Code of Conduct states, "As a Delta Upsilon brother, I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, I will not physically, mentally, psychologically, or sexually abuse or haze any human being."
You might wonder if your son will be able to maintain his GPA while acting as an active member of a fraternity, and rightly so. Here at DU, we make a concentrated effort to keep our GPAs as high as possible, which is reflected in our minimum GPA requirement for joining (head over to Academics for more info). We're here as NC State students first, fraternity men second. A fraternity should serve its brothers as much as they serve it, and, in our case, that is definitely true. Your son's brothers will serve as a support network of experience and intellect that will be extremely advantageous to him both in his scholastic endeavors here at State and in his career afterwards.
Finally, there's always the question of whether or not your son (or you, perhaps) is merely "paying for his friends." That notion is simply incorrect. What your son is paying for is much more than just brotherhood. He'll work to develop himself into a better man with a group of men who are striving to do the same. He'll gain access to a wealth of enrichment opportunities. He'll discover how to network to advance his career. He'll learn that an important aspect of being a leader in his community is giving back to that community. He'll learn how to dress for the business world (if he hasn't already). The list goes on.
So, parents, we invite you to look around our website. Find out more about us, our beliefs, and our values. Find out what makes up a Delta Upsilon brother. And if you believe any aspect of our fraternity doesn't line up with the continued growth and development of your son into a better man, please, let us know. The Contact Us page is at your disposal for any additional questions you may have and is also a great resource to stay current on your son's journey with us.
Welcome to the Delta Upsilon family.
Dikaia Upotheke - "Justice, our foundation."
And, as always, Go Pack!
The Brothers of The North Carolina State Chapter of Delta Upsilon