Fraternal organizations were founded on principles of friendship, scholarship, and service. Fraternities and sororities exist to cultivate a higher order of friendship – brotherhood and sisterhood – based on mutual trust, respect, and personal integrity. When you are initiated into a fraternity or sorority, you take an oath to live up to the values espoused by your organization. These values are at the core of who we are as fraternity men and sorority women. When we fail to live our organizations' VALUES, we lose the VALUE of our organizations. Hazing deters us from our true purpose. It does not foster true friendship, trust or respect, and in no way does it enhance the fraternal experience.
Hazing is illegal and unethical. Fraternity and sorority chapters are held to a high standard of leadership and scholarship, whose members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the missions, values, and policies of both Emporia State University and the local and/or (inter)national organization. Therefore, actions or behaviors of any fraternity or sorority member that are not in alignment with these missions, values and policies will be taken seriously and will be addressed in an educational manner consistent with ESU policies.