Title

Perceived Support and Connectedness in Greek-letter Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date of Award

5-2021

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Interdisciplinary Studies BIS

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Kathryn Anthony, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

The goal of this project is to assess whether or not students involved in the fraternity and sorority life community at The University of Southern Mississippi feel supported and connected in their respective chapters. To understand students’ perspectives in this area, a survey was developed. The survey included questions pertaining to the experiences of Greek-letter organization members with the chapter environment, efforts of chapter leadership, and personal feelings of connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was sent out to all 26 fraternity and sorority chapter presidents at The University of Southern Mississippi, including the College Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council. A total of 149 responses were returned, 118 of which were analysis-eligible responses with a duration of more than 240 seconds (4 minutes). Results indicated that organizational trust and organizational satisfaction are predictors of satisfaction in organizational COVID-19 response. This research contributes to the fraternity and sorority experience by providing insight into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the chapter’s response to it as well as what variables are necessary for chapter satisfaction.

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