There are several guideliness, processes, and 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 visit the OrgSync link included or contact Kristen Kardas, Assistant Director for Sorority & Fraternity Life via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fraternities and sororities exist at Ohio University in partnership with inter/national organization oversight to support the educational mission of the institution. Chapters and colonies are recognized at the privilege of the University, but provide an opportunity for scholarship, leadership, service, and philanthropy for undergraduate students. Read the full text of this statement on OrgSync.
All undergraduate social fraternity and sorority chapters and colonies are expected to meet basic criteria in the areas of membership and academic expectations, administrative and campus engagement expectations, developmental/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. Organizations are expected to submit a self-assessment each semester based on this document, and they receive a performance report with suggestions for continued growth and development. Read the full text of these guidelines on OrgSync.
Reinstatement of a fraternity/sorority to the Ohio University fraternal 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. Organizations must go through this process to be recognized by the University. Read the full text of this statement on OrgSync.
Expansion/Extension involves inviting inter/national fraternities and sororities to establish chapters on campus who have never previously been on the campus, or it has been more than 10 years since the group was recognized. Expansion/Extension is encouraged when a need exists and expansion/extension is recommended by the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the Women's Panhellenic Association (WPA),or the Sorority & Fraternity Life Committee. Read the full text of this statement on OrgSync.
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 Housing & Residence Life in cooperation with the Sorority & Fraternity Life Office in the Campus Involvement Center. Students must meet specific criteria to qualify for the exemption (i.e. GPA, conduct, membership, on-campus residency for 1 year), and the properties must maintain certain qualifications to continue to be recognized as an official property (i.e. pass annual fire safety inspection, conduct fire drills once per semester, employ house director, follow University alcohol policy).
Students may complete their exemption application by completing the form on the Housing & Residence Life website. The full text of the requirements to receive an exemption are available on OrgSync.
Each semester, the Sorority & Fraternity Life Office in the Campus Involvement Center calculates grade reports for individual members of fraternities and sororities, as well as a scholarship performance report including rankings and other statistic information. Individual organizations are expected to maintain a minimum average semester grade point average of a 2.500, inclusive of new members and initiates. Sanction or probation levels are imposed onto organizations not meeting this standard by the Sorority & Fraternity Life Committee. The full guidelines are available on OrgSync. Organizations that do not meet the standard are expected to follow the Academic Achievement Plan, also found on OrgSync.
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/.
Currently, the Assistant Director for Sorority & Fraternity Life sits on the Anti-Hazing Task Force, which has helped to create a policy for the University on how to address instances of hazing. The task force is also charged with education and hazing prevention efforts for the University. There are great resources on this topic available at http://hazingprevention.org/. To report hazing, please contact CSSR, OUPD, or you may call the national Anti-Hazing Hotline at 1-800-NOT-HAZE.