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Understanding the Fraternity-Sorority Judicial System

Trustee Legislation

The Recognition Policy  constitutes the University procedure for the conferral or withdrawal of recognition of fraternities and sororities. Here is the history of the current policy:

1997  Original legislation
2009  Amended [more soon]
2010  Amended [more soon]
2014  Amended [more soon]
2015  Amended [more soon]


The fraternity/sorority  system has three parts:

Annual Reports by the Fraternity and Sorority Council  are produced that summarize the activities of the past year. Various incidents are also reported in tabular form.

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.

During the Fall 2017 semester, the Greek Tri-Council produced documents on diversity and inclusion and on the recent racial incidents.

Judicial Processes

This document explains the role of the Greek Judicial Board and how the fraternity/sorority  judicial system interacts with the university’s judicial system.

How complaints are resolved.

This webpage has links to all aspects of fraternity/sorority  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.

Here is a schematic of Fraternity/Sorority Judicial Processes.

Last Updated: August 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm

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