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Fraternity Exit Process: A Look At Fraternity Members Moving Out of the Chapter House Public Deposited

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  • The process of leaving a work organization is difficult. Leaving an organization that you are part of as a volunteer is just as difficult. In fraternities, upperclassmen members tend to move out one year before they graduate. This is a problem that can create a leadership gap in the chapter and presents a financial burden on many chapters. This study aims to find out why members in the fraternity system (a volunteer organization) at a large west coast university move out of their chapter house before they graduate, how their exit process is different from traditional work organizational exit, and how the chapter views the exiting member. This thesis answers these questions by applying the exit process theories of Fredric Jablin and Helen Ebaugh, along with the Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher and Self-Authorship Theory by Marcia Magolda. Through a series of interviews and a focus group it was determined that fraternity members leave for five different reason, their exit is different because of the continued participation after exit, and that the chapter views the exiting members as either negative or neutral. The results of this thesis add to the growing research area of volunteer organizational communication.
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