The university's relationship to fraternities and sororities is more than recognition or registration; it is a close relationship based upon mutual interests and reciprocal support. Recognizing that membership in a fraternity or sorority can be a positive and educational experience, the University supports the notion that membership offers an alternative lifestyle for today's student.
The foundation for the relationship between the University and the Greek community consists of the following:
A student at Ohio University, by virtue of enrollment, is here primarily for an education. This basic academic relationship between the student and the University cannot be altered by co-curricular activities such as membership in a Greek organization.
The fraternity or sorority chapter is an organization that has received a charter from an approved inter/national office.
Each organization has a constitution that defines the goals of the group. The chapter is accepted at Ohio University on the premise that the goals are compatible with those of the University and that the group will constantly work toward their stated goals.
Each chapter is expected to observe the University regulations relating to the social and personal conduct of students and organizations.
A common bond that exists between the University and the Greek community is the nurturing of individuals' growth. The Greek community can and is expected to contribute to the development of the "whole" person by:
1. Providing a small group setting that emphasizes the intellectual, cultural, and social aspects of community living and which promotes effective leadership, responsible decision-making, and consideration of others' rights;
2. Encouraging active participation in University events and activities through effective organization and coordination;
3. Assisting with the development of interpersonal skills by providing opportunities for interaction and relationship building;
4. Promoting attitudes that stimulate lifetime interest in higher education in general and the university in particular.
Scholastic achievement is dependent ultimately on the performance and motivation of the individual, but the drive for excellence can be stimulated and the necessary support and assistance provided by the actions of the chapter. Each fraternity and sorority chapter at Ohio University is to maintain an environment conducive to learning.
Within the guidelines stated in this document, the University expects and encourages these groups to operate with as much independence as their performance warrants because it recognizes that self-governance fosters development of personal and group responsibilities and maturity. The University values diversity in student groups and living arrangements and acknowledges that the social opportunities inherent in a small group setting can make a significant contribution to students' education.
The University reinforces the educational mission of inter/national fraternities and sororities by implementing the Academic Requirements Policy for fraternities and sororities and requiring a chapter development plan of proposed educational programs consistent with the University's and inter/national organization's goal of personal and intellectual growth of members.
Other evidence of support provided by the University includes access to the names of newly admitted students for the use of coordinating councils and individual chapters; a description of fraternities and sororities in university publications; special leadership training and development for chapter and council officers, mailboxes and an office in Baker University Center for coordinating councils; the assistance and cooperation of the Student Affairs staff in helping the chapters develop their educational, social, and training programs; the assistance of the University in training officers to prepare yearly budgets and long-range projections; and the provision of regular health and safety inspections of the chapter houses by Environmental Health and Safety.