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Understanding the Greek System


Governance in the Greek system has three parts:

The “Greek Tri-Council” is a term used by the leaders of the above organizations whenever they get together to address issues as a group. It is not a separate organization having  as members the IFC, PHC, and MGLC. Recently, the Greek Tri-Council produced documents on diversity and inclusion and on the recent racial incidents.

Judicial Processes

Here is a schematic of Fraternity/Sorority Judicial Processes. This document explains the role of the Greek Judicial Board and how the Greek judicial system interacts with the university’s judicial system. This webpage has links to all aspects of Greek self-governance.

Some facts about the Greek Judicial Board:

The Greek Judicial Board is peer led board. Each of the three councils has a Vice President Judicial. Additionally each council selects student Judicial Board members through an application process annually. The students on this Greek Judicial Board are sorority and fraternity members.

If a case against a particular chapter arises, then the chair of the hearing is the Vice President Judicial of the chapter’s parent organization, i.e., the IFC, the PHC, or the MGLC.

The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life or a designee attends the hearings and serves in an advisory capacity to the Greek Judicial Board.

Greek Judicial Board outcomes are sent to campus partners, national organizations, and alumni advisors. If the allegations are hazing, outcomes are also posted on the  University’s Hazing Website

It is important to note the Greek Judicial Board cannot remove a chapter’s recognition. That is a function of the Review Board. The Review Board is chaired by the Director of OSFL and consists of students and administrators. The Review Board recommendations are made to the Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement.


There are issues that relate to alcohol in sorority houses:

Policies and Best Practices of the National Panhellenic Conference
Why Frats  can throw parties and sororities can’t(Washington Post, 2016)
Poll Says Americans  Support Alcohol-Free Sororities(Huffinton Post, 2014)


Last Updated: January 10, 2018 at 11:47 am