These are common questions that may be directed to you. If you need further clarification, contact your Regional Chapter Director or Order of Omega headquarters.
1. Where do I get any resource materials I may need?
Contact your Regional Chapter Director or headquarters staff. Also, a great deal of information is available on our website homepage, and under the Chapter Life tab.
2. What does it cost to belong to The Order of Omega?
Each undergraduate student pays a one-time $50.00 initiation fee to headquarters for membership dues which includes their certificate and pin. If a chapter decides to have local dues, it sets the amount. Remember, membership should not be a financial hardship to individuals. All honorary initiates pay a one-time $10.00 membership fee.
3. What should I do if I suspect hazing in the Chapter?
Immediately after gathering information from the chapter, you must report any such incident to your advisor, who will, in turn, report the incident to the Executive Director. They will determine a course of action with you and your advisor.
4. What if our chapter is not using the official ritual?
Each chapter president and advisor has a copy of the Ritual. If you need a copy of the Initiation and Ritual, please contact headquarters. The ritual of The Order of Omega must be used. There are few acceptable, local adaptations including room set-up and allocation of the speaking parts. If there are parts of the ritual with which your chapter has an issue, please notify your advisor.
5. Is there a limit on the maximum number of members?
The number of students initiated each year may not exceed 3% of the total number of enrolled Fraternity & Sorority undergraduates at the beginning of the academic year, or 15 members, whichever number is greater.(See Constitution, Article VI, Section 2.)
6. How do I submit the names and fees of new initiates?
It’s an easy two-step process: Complete the New Initiation Certificate Report (an Excel spreadsheet). Next, complete the Initiation Report and submit it online. HQ will email the chapter an invoice. The membership fee is $50 for undergraduate student members and $10 for honorary members. Reminder that the completed Initiation Report + dues should be sent in a minimum of 2 weeks prior to initiation OR no less than 2 weeks after the initiation ceremony. Allow at least two weeks for standard delivery. If you need materials sooner, please contact headquarters. Payment must be received before materials are sent.
7. May a chapter initiate members of local sororities or fraternities?
Student membership is limited to members of Greek-letter social organizations (Article IV, Section 1). Members of Greek-letter social organizations recognized as part of the local Fraternity & Sorority community are eligible, whether or not the chapter is affiliated with a national organization. Your Order of Omega chapter should be representative of your entire Fraternity & Sorority community, across all councils.
8. May non-Greeks be initiated?
Faculty/Staff members or other honorary members (elected honoris causa by the chapter) do not need to be affiliated with a fraternal organization. All student members must be members of Greek-letter organizations recognized as part of the local Fraternity & Sorority community.
9. Is there a limit to the number of honorary initiates a chapter may have?
No, there is no limit. A chapter should recognize those persons who have given exemplary service to your Fraternity & Sorority community, choosing at least one honorary member at each initiation. There is a $10.00 fee per honoree. It is recommended the chapter be responsible for this fee.
10. How does a chapter get a replacement charter or replace a member certificate if it is lost or incorrect?
Contact headquarters by phone or email for replacements or corrections.
11. How do you get members on the Board of Directors to present a program or be a part of initiation on our campus?
Contact the Executive Director as far in advance as possible to schedule a visit. Six to twelve weeks is not too early. The Executive Director will determine the closest person who meets the program’s needs. In some cases, headquarters will assist with travel expenses, matching your funds.
12. How long does it take to get certificates and pins made and sent to the chapter?
Allow at least two weeks. If for some unavoidable reason you cannot meet this deadline, call and discuss your needs with the headquarters staff.
13. Is there a Order of Omega convention?
No; however, Order of Omega holds functions and/or educational sessions at each regional Fraternity & Sorority Life leadership conference (i.e. NGLA, SEIFC, AFLV, etc). Members are encouraged to attend these meetings as part of their college/university delegation.
14. How can we get news and photos on the website?
Order of Omega is always interested in news and pictures of chapter activities. Please send all materials directly to headquarters via our physical address or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
15. How do we obtain more Officer stoles for initiation?
Officer stoles may only be ordered from headquarters. The cost is $20.00 each. Please allow two weeks for delivery.
16. How do we obtain graduation cords and/or graduation stoles?
Graduation cords and stoles are an excellent way to display your Order of Omega membership at graduation. They may only be ordered from headquarters and are $12 each (cords) and $25 each (stoles). Allow at least two weeks for standard delivery. If you need cords or stoles sooner, please contact the headquarters staff. Payment must be received before materials are sent.
17. How can I speed up the delivery process?
To receive your membership items within 3-5 days of processing, there is an additional $50 expedited processing fee.
18. What forms of payment do you accept?
Order of Omega only accepts checks or money orders for membership dues. If your institution allows it, you may set up an electronic bank transfer/direct deposit with headquarters. We only accept credit/debit cards and PayPal for merchandise and chapter materials that are ordered online via our Omega Store
19. How do we obtain Order of Omega T-shirts?
T-shirts and other merchandise are available and can be ordered from headquarters. All merchandise is displayed on our website in the Omega Store You have the option of completing your order through our website using a credit/debit card or PayPal or printing a Merchandise Order Form and mailing it to headquarters with your payment.