Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join?
TKE invites any undergraduate student who is interested in joining to rush. Our members are all of various nationalities, races, sexual orientation, and religious affiliations. We welcome students from all Wash U disciplines, majors, and schools, including Arts & Sciences, Olin Business, Engineering, and Sam Fox Art & Architecture. Our criteria for new members is simple—we’re looking for the all-around best men, regardless of where they come from.
Can freshmen rush in the fall?
No. Washington University has a deferred rush policy, meaning new freshmen must wait until the spring to rush and join a fraternity. This allows a chance to explore interests and find student groups as well as adjust to campus life before joining the Greek community.
Then what’s fall rush for?!
Fall rush (or informal rush) is for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors interested in joining Greek Life. It generally has fewer numbers and a more “laid back” feel.
Does TKE haze?
Our new member education process is founded on learning TKE values, understanding how our chapter is run and operated, and getting to know brothers on a personal level. Xi TKE, TKE internationals, and Washington University all have a zero tolerance policy on hazing. No prospective member will be asked to do anything that harms him mentally or physically, nor will he be required to consume alcohol. Fundamentally, we feel that hazing is incompatible with the close friendship of brotherhood. If you are the victim of hazing by any fraternity please contact the national anti-hazing hotline at 1 – (888) NOT-HAZE (1 – (888) 668-4293).
Don’t fraternities just party and drink?
The image of the social fraternity system portrayed by movies and television has unfortunately been accepted as fact by many people. Fraternities, especially those at Wash U, are much more laid back. While we do hold social events throughout the year, TKE does not approve of alcohol abuse. We have a customized risk management plan for our fraternity to ensure that our house is secure and all events are under control. That being said, the vast majority of brotherhood doesn’t involve alcohol or parties. Whether it’s competing in intramural sports, donating time with community service, or simply hanging out and spending time with brothers, there are much more rewarding aspects of Greek Life. For more information about what we do, take a look at our About Us section.
Does TKE cost money?
As a large community of men with similar interests and goals, we have the unique opportunity to pool our resources and get some amazing results back compared to attempting to receive the same treatment and discounts with per-person capital power. As such, our members pay chapter dues once a semester, which go towards events such as chapter dinners, brotherhood, philanthropy and social events, and improvements to our house that all members can enjoy.
The exact cost of dues varies by semester, but the typical cost is on-par with the average cost of a semester’s worth of course textbooks at Wash U. These costs are far out-weighed by the experiences gained and the personal growth that belonging to a fraternity throughout college produces.
How much time does TKE take?
Belonging to any club, student group, or society requires a time commitment, and TKE is no different. Occasionally, there are times when attendance is required of all members to ensure we meet our goals. Other times, we love to see as many brothers attend events as possible, but understand that all of us are active in other commitments throughout our undergraduate lives. The most important thing to remember is for everything you put into TKE, you get much more out.
TKE also does not prohibit or preclude joining other groups—in fact we encourage it. We strive to have our brothers as leaders all over campus, not just in TKE, and support them in undertakings both in and out of Greek Life.