Ally Katherine Michalski



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At times it seems as if the word risk is synonymous with fraternity and sorority life. Are there more problems involving students in Greek organizations or does the media make it seem that way? Are female students in sororities more likely to feel unsafe or be subjected to dangerous behavior? Do men and women in fraternities and sororities get lower grades? The purpose of this study was to find out what kind of risk, if any, students in fraternities and sororities feel exist on their campus or nationally. This research was conducted with the intent to learn from students and understand what experiences they have had while participating in Greek-letter organizations. Interviews were conducted with current undergraduate students from two different institutions to find out their thoughts and opinions about risk and their experiences thus far as members of their organizations. The questions were created based off of three topics that were recurrent while preparing to conduct interviews, alcohol consumption, sexual encounters, and individual student development and academics. The conclusions of this research come from time spent with various students from their different respective councils. It shows that while they may have chosen different organizations based on values and needs, many of their experiences when it comes to risk, and as a whole, have been similar.

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Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Graham F. Hunter

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Risk in Fraternity and Sorority Life: the Policies, Experiences, and Opinions of the Students