Guidelines and Policies 

There are several policies overseen by the Sorority & Fraternity Life Office in the Campus Involvement Center that help to guide our fraternities and sororities. For the full text of any of these policies, please contact Kristen Kardas, Assistant Director for Sorority & Fraternity Life via email at kardas@ohio.edu.

Reinstatement Policy: Reinstatement of a fraternity/sorority to the Ohio University Greek Community occurs when an inter/national organization that has previously been suspended or closed (within a 10 year period) by Ohio University and/or the inter/national fraternity/sorority organization and is eligible and willing to return to campus.  

Expansion/Extension Policy: Expansion/Extension involves inviting inter/national fraternities and sororities to establish chapters on campus.  Expansion/Extension is encouraged when a need exists and is recommended by the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Women's Panhellenic Association (WPA), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), or the Greek Life Committee. Please Note: Ohio University is currently only open for expansion within WPA.

Residential Housing Exemption Policy: Although first and second year students are required to live on campus, an exemption to that policy is provided for second year students to move into their recognized fraternity or sorority property. This process is overseen by the Sorority & Fraternity Life Office in the Campus Involvement Center. Students must meet specific criteria to qualify for the exemption, and the properties must maintain certain qualifications to continue to be recognized as an official property.

Academic Policy: Each semester, the Sorority & Fraternity Life Office in the Campus Involvement Center calculates grade reports for individual fraternities and sororities, as well as a scholarship performance report including rankings and other statistic information. Individual chapters are expected to maintain a minimum average semester grade point average of a 2.500, inclusive of new members and initiates.

Risk Management: Many of the inter/national organizations as well as our governing councils uphold the standard FIPG Risk Management Policy. For the full text of the policy as well as a resource manual on how to better implement and teach the policy, visit http://www.fipg.org/

Hazing: Currently, the Assistant Director for Greek Life is sitting on a policy creation committee working on developing a plan for the University on how to address and prevent instances of hazing. There are great resources on this topic available at http://hazingprevention.org/. To report hazing, please contact CSSROUPD, or you may call the national Anti-Hazing Hotline at 1-800-NOT-HAZE.

Standards and Expectations: All undergraduate social fraternity and sorority chapters and colonies are expected to meet basic expectations in the areas of administrative requirements, SFL office forms and meetings, membership education, developmental and educational programming, and housing (if applicable). Categories are divided into bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels, and the standards and expectations document helps to inform organization awards given at the end of the academic year.