Social Sorority & Fraternity Standards
In accordance with the values of Sorority & Fraternity Life (SFL) at Loyola University Chicago (LUC), these standards shall serve as an additional measure of accountability to our sorority and fraternity community above and beyond the Loyola Student Community Standards. These standards were created by the Loyola sorority/fraternity community for the Loyola sorority/fraternity community to ensure that we hold ourselves to the high standards set forth by our founders.
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Social sororities and fraternities must be committed to the ideal of academic achievement and success. Organizations must affirm that scholarship is the most important aspect of the college experience. Chapters are encouraged to set higher standards than outlined below. Academic support services can be found through Academic Advising.
- Each Chapter must maintain a previous semester chapter GPA of at least 2.5 for both active and new members.
- If a new member class or an active member class fails to meet the 2.5 minimum after one semester they will be placed on probation.
- If a new member class or an active member class fails to meet the 2.5 minimum after two semesters they will be sent to the Greek conduct board.
- Each new member must complete an anti-hazing compliance and grade release form within 3 days of induction/selection.
- Each chapter must elect or appoint a scholarship chair.
Social sororities and fraternities value service and philanthropy. Service is the act of engaging in a community of need. Philanthropy is the act of donating goods or money to an organization. Through service and philanthropic initiatives, members gain a broader understanding of their individual value system and develop a deeper sense of civic responsibility. Organizations and members are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirements defined in this document. The Office of Community Service & Action should be utilized as a resource for service initiatives.
- Sponsor one chapter service event per academic year
- Sponsor one chapter philanthropy event per academic year
- Report all chapter service and philanthropy initiatives by completing the appropriate OrgSync forms
- Each chapter must elect or appoint a Service/Philanthropy Chair(s)
Social sororities and fraternities provide opportunities for members to be involved in their chapters, the University, and the community. The experiences gained through involvement play an instrumental role in the personal growth and maturation of individual members. They can also provide a foundation for future success as they allow students to obtain invaluable practical experience and transferable skills.
- Each chapter president and council executive member must attend the Greek Leadership Retreat (GLR). GLR will always be the first full weekend after classes resume in January.
- Chapter and council executive board members must participate in a minimum of one Student Leadership Development Workshop each semester. Individual members are also strongly encouraged to pursue the Leadership Development Certificate.
- At least 75% of chapter membership must be in attendance at Grand Chapter events.
- Each chapter must send required attendees to its regional/state/(inter)national leadership training(s) or convention on an annual basis. If the organization does not have an annual leadership opportunity, the chapter may send appropriate representation to a general fraternal leadership experience such as the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), the Fraternal Leadership & Values Conference (AFLV) or other comparable program.
The social sorority and fraternity community consists of more than 800 students, which is approximately 8% of the LUC undergraduate population. Belonging to the Greek community means that we share common values and goals supporting the transformative experience of our individual members. It is vital for the success of the community that we continue to build a cohesive bond.
- Each chapter must actively participate in regularly scheduled governing council meetings and functions.
- All chapters must collaborate with at least one other registered student organization (RSO) or social sorority/fraternity to plan and implement a program at least once per academic year. The co-sponsored program may be educational, service/philanthropic, or social (alcohol-free) in nature.
Alumni serve critical roles in social sororities and fraternities such as advisors, mentors, trustees, and financial contributors. To maintain a positive relationship with alumni and further the principles of sisterhood/brotherhood, it is vital to display respect and appreciation. Chapters should encourage alumni to attend LUC Homecoming Weekend each year. Additional resources can be found through the Alumni Association.
- Each chapter must elect or appoint an Alumni Chair.
- Each chapter shall organize and host one alumni event per year such as Founder’s Day or Initiation.
The physical and emotional well-being of individual members as well as the financial security and reputation of the individual chapter are of great importance to the success of any social sorority or fraternity at LUC. To promote such an environment all social sororities and fraternities are required to follow all FIPG and LUC Student Community Standard.
- All chapters shall adhere to all local, State, and federal laws, University regulations and policies including the Student Community Standards, and policies of their respective governing council.
- Chapters must provide a copy of their Risk Management Plan to the Coordinator for Sorority & Fraternity Life prior to the third week of the fall semester.
- Each chapter shall document that it has an Internal Judicial System allowing the organization to address inappropriate behavior and create high standards of ethical conduct prior to the third week of the fall semester
- Chapter programming shall include at least one seminar, guest speaker, and/or presentation concerning alcohol, drugs, hazing and/or sexual misconduct each semester. Resources: www.luc.edu/wellness
- Chapter Presidents, Social Chairs, Risk Managers, and Standards Chairs must participate in the Greek Community Board Risk Management Training each academic year.
- Each chapter shall maintain liability insurance in the amount of $1 million. Copies of up-to-date insurance must be filed with SAGA annually.
Administrative affairs are vital to the success of the social sorority and fraternity community. Through effective chapter management and communication with SAGA, sororities and fraternities can be integral partners with the University and surrounding community.
- Each chapter must maintain accurate contact information of their chapter advisor(s) and (inter)national headquarters with the Coordinator for Sorority and Fraternity Life.
- Each chapter must maintain a minimum of two (2) active chapter advisors; one must be a Loyola faculty/staff member.
- Each chapter must update and maintain an accurate chapter roster though OrgSync by the fourth week of the fall, spring and summer terms.
- Each chapter president must conduct a one-on-one meeting with his/her council advisor at least once per semester.
- Each chapter advisor must conduct a one-on-one meeting at least once per academic year with the Coordinator for Sorority & Fraternity Life.
- Each chapter must submit all required membership intake/new member education forms (Anti-hazing Commitment Form, New Member Roster, New Member Grade Release Form, Intake Intent Form) by the required date(s).