Frequently Asked Questions
How many students are involved in the Patterson Court Council Community at Davidson?
Approximately 58% of the student population is a member of a Patterson Court Council organization. However, the community is slightly smaller in the fall since formal recruitment occurs in the spring semester.
What organizations are represented within the PCC community?
Davidson is currently home to 14 PCC organizations and those are split between 3 different types of organizations: 6 IFC Fraternities, 4 NPHC Organizations- 2 Fraternities and 2 Sororities; 4 Women’s Eating Houses. Please see the PCCO page for more information.
What are the benefits of joining an eating house, fraternity or sorority?
Patterson Court Council Organizations focus on scholarship, leadership, service and brother/sisterhood. By joining a Patterson Court Council Organization, students are afforded sisterhood and brotherhood opportunities that often become life-long friendships, as well as expansive contact networks during and after their undergraduate careers. Patterson Court Council Organization also spend vast amounts of time and effort contributing to the greater Davidson and Charlotte community and to charitable causes through participation in philanthropic events, service, and fundraising. Membership in the PCC community also affords students unique leadership opportunities as each of the chapter and the governing council is led by students.
What does it cost to be a member of PCC?
Every PCC organization is self-supportive. Each organization determine the semester dues and membership fees. Organizations affiliated with a national organization will also have additional fees towards the national organization. Some organization include a one-time association and initiation fee.
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a PCCO. The costs go toward council and national fees (when applicable), organizational operating expenses and social functions. Students set the fess for membership in any given organization, and those fees can be put toward national organization fess, operational expenses, philanthropic endeavors, insurance, retreat costs, social expenditures, scholarship funding, and parent and alumni functions. All prospective new members are highly encouraged to inquire about membership costs during the recruitment process. Be aware that additional costs may be incurred throughout the semester for meal plan, merchandise, social events and other activities. Many organizations offer scholarship funds for their members. The PCC executive Board also offers three dues scholarships per year to members of the PCC community.
How much time does membership take? How will does it affect member’s academics or GPA?
Each organization has a minimum requirement for attendance at organizational meetings, philanthropic and service events, but members can also choose their level of involvement in their organizations as well. There are endless opportunities for time with your organization and other members of your organization, but they are no means required. All students are encouraged to put their academics first, as scholarship is a top priority for each of our organizations. Members of most organization are required to maintain a high minimum GPA to enter into and remain a part of the group, and many organizations also offer tutoring and study hall services as resources to their members in order to help them succeed academically.
Will I have time to be involved in PCC?
Only you can answer that question. Being a member can be a substantial time commitment. In any given week, it is likely for a member to have one organization meeting, one new member meeting during the first semester of membership, one committee meeting and one to two social or community service activities. Additional expectations like recruitment events or intramural sports may be of interest to you as a PCC Members.
How do I find the organization that is right for me? When does recruitment start at Davidson for PCCOs?
Davidson College is a deferred recruitment campus. All individuals wishing to join a PCCO must have attended at least one semester at Davidson before joining. During the fall semester, PCC will host several events to get to know the 14 organizations. Organizations will also host events in the fall for you to get to know the different aspects of the organizations. During the spring semester, formal IFC recruitment and Eating House Self-Selection occur during the first three weeks and are the formal process to join those organizations. Intake can occur either semester but is up to the individual organizations when it will occur. Check out the recruitment page to learn more about how to join.
Why does Davidson have a deferred recruitment system?
The college encourages “the first-year experience” and believes first-year students need time to adjust to college life without the time commitment of joining the organization in their first semester. It is important for first-year students to focus on academic achievement, making friends, getting settles into college life, and begin to make decision about what types of student organizations they will want to become involved in while at Davidson.
What types of service and philanthropic events do PCCOs participate in?
Service and philanthropy are major aspects of the Patterson Court Council community. Each organization has a community partner that they contribute their time and resources to. Community partners include the Ada Jenkins center, E2D, Special Olympics, RAIN, and many more. During the 2015-2016 school year PCCO contributed hours of service and $$ to philanthropic organization.
What role does alcohol play in these organizations?
All PCC organizations are expected to comply with the policies and regulations concerning alcohol that are outlined by Davidson, The PCC and the inter/national organization of the fraternity/sorority. Additionally, all PCCOs are requires to attend educational program on alcohol and substance abuse during each academic year.
What about Hazing?
Davidson does not condone hazing in any form. All new members are asked to sign the New Member Bill of Rights before joining and organizations are also required to sign documentation regarding our hazing policy. Please see the Davidson College Hazing Policy here and the hazing report form can be found at the following link.