With its proud tradition of academic success, the Zeta chapter of Phi Gamma Delta considers scholastic excellence to be one of the most important qualities of an undergraduate brother. Recent success in the academic department illustrates Zeta’s commitment to scholarship, as the chapter has maintained the second highest overall cumulative grade point average among Indiana University’s active fraternities in both the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters with a 3.36 and 3.32 respectively.
To ensure the continuation of this success, the house has instituted a variety of initiatives to incentivize success in the classroom. Each semester, for example, Zeta distributes scholarship checks, ranging from $250 to $500, to members receiving cumulative semester grade points higher than a 3.30.
The house also preserves punitive measures for members who do not meet minimal expectations. A 2.5 grade point average is required of active members each semester to retain residence in the house. When a brother fails to meet this standard, he is placed on probation for one semester during which he must achieve a cumulative exceeding 2.5. If he fails to do this, he will lose his privilege to live in the house the following semester.
Zeta’s scholarship committee also maintains an academic monitoring system. This program requires all active members who receive a semester cumulative below 2.75 to attend weekly meetings with a scholarship chair, during which the member provides updates on his current academic standing.
A final component of Zeta’s scholarship program is its mandatory study tables for new members during their first semester of college. FIJI recognizes that transition into college life can be very demanding, and as such provides new members this opportunity to complete homework and receive individual tutoring from academically successful undergraduate brothers.