How to Join
A "bid" is a formal invitation to begin the process of becoming a member. The process of getting a bid is a simple three step process:
- Be interested in joining and let us know! You can email vprecruitment[at]cwrudeltau.org or reach out to a current brother to start getting involved. Our Facebook page will be the most up-to-date source of recruitment and event information.
- Get to know brothers of the chapter at recruitment events and other chapter events! You don't need to strain yourself to meet every brother, just enough that we can place a face with a name and brothers can vouch for you. You can find our Fall 2018 recruitment calendar below!
- Await the chapter's decision. 50% of the chapter must vote to extend you a bid in order for you to receive one. Bids are awarded on the basis of merit, character, and how well we think you would fit into the chapter and how well the chapter would fit into your life.
This whole process is streamlined at the beginning of each semester when the chapter holds larger recruitment events across campus. However, you can spend time with the chapter and receive a bid at any time during the semester. So if you want to become a member of DU but the two-week recruitment period at the beginning of each semester has ended, don't let that stop you from letting us know you're interested!
If you receive a bid, congratulations! Once you return it to the chapter and confirm your willingness to begin your Associate Member period, things will be well underway. Bids are good for exactly one year from the date of initial extension and can be returned any time in that one year; if your bid expires but you still wish to join, the chapter must vote to extend you a new one. If you do not receive a bid, do not see it as a diminishment of your character or accomplishments but instead that the brothers of the chapter believe that it would be best for you and the chapter that we allow you to find a chapter which better suits you and your pursuits.
Associate Member Period
Your Associate Member period begins immediately after you are inducted and lasts for no more than 8 weeks. During this time, you and the rest of the Associate Member class are paired with the chapter's Associate Member Educator: an older individual in the chapter who is passionate about DU and educating future generations about what it means to be a member of the fraternity. With him you will meet approximately once a week for 1 to 2 hours to complete each week's session.
The Associate Member curriculum is standardized across all Delta Upsilon chapters and has won numerous national awards for its outstanding content. It consists of 8 topics, each taught one at a time:
- Introduction to Fraternity
- Working as a Team
- Placing Values in Fraternity
- Delta Upsilon History
- Academic Success
- Path to Leadership
- Loss Prevention
- Delta Upsilon Operations
As an Associate Member, you will not yet have full voting privileges in the chapter but will be otherwise treated as an equal by the chapter members. Additionally, we want you to see the Associate Member period as the "test drive period." If you reach a point where you don't think it would be best to continue toward membership in DU, you are free to walk away from the program at any time.
At the end of the Associate Member period, the brothers of the chapter take a final vote of confidence in each of the soon-to-be brothers and the Associate Member class is initiated into full membership at Initiation.
Zero Tolerance Hazing Policy
The Western Reserve chapter along with the international fraternity have in place a zero tolerance hazing policy. The local chapter has adopted the policy and definition of hazing as provided by the international fraternity:
"No chapter, colony, member, alumnus, or employee of the Fraternity shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense. Hazing activities are defined as: 'Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off Fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution, or applicable state/provincial law.'"
Any chapter member suspected of hazing anyone associated with the fraternity will be subjected to disciplinary procedures, including expulsion from the fraternity and being reported to CWRU for further student discipline. Should any Associate Member feel as though they are being hazed, they are encouraged to privately contact with chapter's Associate Member Educator and President. Should these channels fail, anonymous reporting of hazing can be done to the Anti-Hazing Hotline at (888) 668-4293, to Delta Upsilon International Headquarters at (317) 875-8900, or to the CWRU Office of Greek Life at (216) 368-3954.
How much does membership in the Western Reserve chapter cost?
Induction dues are $100. This covers the Associate Member Education workbook and fraternity guidebook (The Cornerstone) you receive along with your Associate Member pin. Should you continue onto full membership, Initiation dues are $350. This covers your dues for that semester, gold member badge, lifetime registration with the national fraternity, and enrolls you in our chapter and national insurance plan. After being initiated, fall semester dues are $600 and spring semester dues are $200.
Are there ways to offset my financial responsibilities?
Absolutely! Various scholarships are available from our international headquarters and locally, including Order of Omega's Emergency Dues Fund. Payment plans are also available from the Western Reserve Chapter so that you can pay dues in installments throughout a given semester. Also note that, as of the 2017-2018 academic year, living in the DU House ($9,770 room + $3,000 DU meal plan) is a $1,592 savings over the cheapest non-first-year housing and meal plan ($8,570 Clarke tower double + $5,792 for 10 swipe meal plan), meaning that even after dues, one can save at least $792 per year over other on-campus housing solely by living in the chapter house, which almost totally recoups these dues.
Will I have to live in the chapter house if I join?
Nope! Our chapter does not require its members to live in the fraternity house, with one exception: per CWRU policy, should the DU House have 10 or fewer residents for three consecutive semesters, the chapter may be removed from the house. To avert this, the chapter reserves the right to force chapter members to live in the house, though this is not expected to happen at any time in the next six semesters.
What other responsibilities come with joining the chapter?
You will be responsible for maintaining strong academic performance and for completing a set number of community service hours per semester. The Western Reserve chapter prides itself on its academics. It strives to maintain an average chapter GPA equal to or greater than the CWRU all-Greek-men's average, which generally fluctuates between 3.2 and 3.3. This is one of the highest Greek GPAs in the country. Your brothers and the chapter's Vice President of Academic Excellence will work with you to ensure strong academic performance throughout your college years. As for serving the community, the chapter's Vice President of Service arranges chapter-wide service opportunities throughout every semester so that brothers can reach the service hours goal set for each brother, usually 12 hours of service per semester, as a part of CWRU Greek Life's goal of 2 million minutes of service for each academic year.
Lifelong brotherhood and friendship are great, but what are some tangible benefits I would gain from joining?
First and foremost, you would gain access to the DU house as either your home or a home away from home. Many brothers who live on northside/off campus and have long mid-day breaks between classes like to come to the DU house to relax, study, and do homework in a quiet and comfortable environment. There you'll also gain access to the chapter's collection of textbooks and study materials, which can potentially save you thousands of dollars and immeasurable amounts of class-induced stress over the time it takes to complete your degree. You'll also be able to connect with your undergraduate brothers and alumni of the chapter in order to gain professional skills, improve your resume, or even land a job right out of college due to an alumnus giving you a shining recommendation. You'll also be welcome to attend Delta Upsilon Educational Programs like the Regional Leadership Academy and the Leadership Institute where you'll learn what it takes to be a leader inside and outside the chapter and how to translate a successful fraternal experience into major professional benefits.
Okay, you guys are "non-secret," but there have to be *some* secrets, right?
Nope. We are 100% non-secret. In fact Delta Upsilon was originally founded in order to expose secret societies' secrets!