Division of Student Affairs
Office of Student Life
I. ROLE AND PURPOSE OF THE FRATERNITY AND SORORITY COMMUNITY
Fraternities and sororities have made tremendous contributions to Syracuse University since 1871 by
complementing the academic and co-curricular facets of University life. Not only does the fraternity and
sorority community offer a vital residential alternative for undergraduate students, but it also serves as a
source of leadership development and academic and social support for members while they pursue their
educational goals. It is the responsibility of chapter members to encourage an atmosphere conducive to
the intellectual, emotional, and moral development of members.
Fraternity and sorority members have become leaders among University alumni/ae and are loyal in support
of their alma mater. An awareness of these assets has had a continuous influence on University
philosophy, and the attitude toward fraternities and sororities is one of cooperation and encouragement.
The responsibility of chapter operations is left with the undergraduate chapters, alumni organization,
national officers, and mutual groups such as: Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and Latino Greek
The purpose of this statement is to:
• Define and promote a positive relationship between Syracuse University and recognized social
or service fraternities and sororities associated with the National Interfraternity Conference
(IFC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC),
National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. (NALFO), and the Multicultural
Greek Council (MGC);
• Reaffirm Syracuse University’s commitment to a strong and visible social or service fraternity
and/or sorority option for students;
• Identify standard expectations for recognition;
• Promote a self-governing, self-disciplining association of students.
II. RECOGNITION OF SOCIAL OR SERVICE FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES
Syracuse University is a diverse institution of higher education dedicated to faculty excellence and scholarly
distinction, attracting and supporting enterprising students and a close interaction and engagement with the
world – locally, nationally and globally.
Syracuse University seeks to recognize and support those social or service fraternities and sororities
whose purpose and practices are consistent with those of the University. Through this support, the
University acknowledges the value of fraternity and sorority life and benefits of participation in a social or
service fraternity or sorority. In instances where a chapter or its members operate in a manner that is found
to be contrary to the mission of the University and its students, the University reserves the right to revoke or
suspend recognition of the chapter, and to expel the chapter from the University.
Terms of Recognition
Recognition is the formal process by which Syracuse University agrees that a social or service fraternity or
sorority may function on the campus as any other recognized student organization, by enrolling members
and by identifying its chapter with the University. Recognition of a student organization does not imply
Syracuse University’s sponsorship of, control over, or responsibility for the activities of the organization, nor
does recognition authorize the organization to act on behalf of the University.
Social or service fraternities and sororities fall into four categories of recognition: Chapter of Excellence,
Chapter In Good Standing, Chapter In Provisional Standing, and Chapter In Poor Standing.
Chapters afforded Provisional and Poor recognition status may or may not have the same privileges as
Chapters in Good Standing, and may be required to meet other educational or remedial goals to continue
as recognized chapter.
III. MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS FOR OBTAINING RECOGNITIOIN FOR SOCIAL OR
SERVICE FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES
A. ANNUAL APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION
Each chapter must register annually within the first two weeks of classes each semester by filing the
Social or Service Fraternity or Sorority Application for Recognition (electronic and hardcopy
required) with the Office of Student Life (OSL) and submitting the following documents:
1. A current constitution and bylaws (electronic and hardcopy required)
2. Chapter Development Plan (electronic and hardcopy required) for the calendar year (Spring and
Fall Semesters) submitted by February 1 that addresses the following areas:
a. Academic Achievement
b. Chapter Operations
c. Membership Recruitment
d. New Member Education
e. Financial Management
f. Membership Development (Educational Programming)
f. Housing/Dining Operations
g. Public Relations (campus, alumni/ae and inter/national, community)
i. Community Service
2. An updated membership roster (electronic and hardcopy required) of at least four Syracuse
University or SUNY-ESF undergraduate members. Chapter officers must have a 2.0 minimum
grade point average and the overall grade point average for the chapter must be at least 2.25.
3. A certificate of commercial general liability insurance (with no liquor liability exclusions) to the
University’s satisfaction in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence, $2,000,000 aggregate, name
Syracuse University as an additional insured, using the following language in the certificate:
“Syracuse University is hereby declared to be an additional insured under the terms of this policy.
This insurance will not be canceled, non-renewed or modified without thirty (30) days written notice
to the Office of Student Life at Syracuse University”.
The Office of Student Life, with the concurrence of the Risk Management Department, may modify
this requirement for circumstances justifying lower policy limits.
4. The following statements must be signed by every member of the organization:
a. Statement of Compliance With Policies And Procedures (Syracuse University, Panhellenic
Council, Interfraternity Council, Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Latino Greek
b. Statement of Compliance With Policies And Procedures Related To The Syracuse University
Policy on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Tobacco.
c. Statement of Support for the Anti-Hazing Policy.
d. Statement of Support for the Non-Discrimination Policy.
5. A new member education plan that is approved by the chapter’s inter/national association, their
alumni/ae advisory board and the University submitted prior to membership recruitment and/or
intake. The chapter must conduct its new member program in accordance with the letter and spirit
of the Syracuse University policy, local/inter/national organization policies, and New York State
laws prohibiting hazing.
No new member program may last more than six (6) weeks or the timeframe dictated by the
appropriate national governing body (whichever is shorter), and must conclude by the deadline
determined by the Office of Student Life. No process may conclude later than three (3) weeks
before the final examination process begins. Students who participate in recruitment processes
must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours while in
residence at Syracuse University, or be a transfer students with second-semester first-year student
status as determined by the number of hours accepted for transfer at Syracuse University.
6. The following information must be provided:
a. Alumni/ae Advisory Board: Names, addresses and telephone numbers of advisory board
members of at least three members, with at least one of the board’s members residing within a
60-mile radius of Syracuse (electronic and hardcopy required).
b. Resident Fellow: Name and contact information of the chapter house Resident Fellow.
c. University Advisor: Name and contact information of a University faculty or staff member who
will serve as the chapter’s University Adviser.
B. CHAPTER HOUSING PLAN
Chapters must implement a housing plan that includes the following provisions:
1. For chapters with residential facilities, a document demonstrating awareness of, and a strategy for
complying with, applicable safety and security protocols, including but not limited to evacuation
procedures and posted evacuation guidelines (annual inspections).
2. Chapters that own, rent, or lease a property for purposes of establishing a chapter house must
reside within the Planned Institutional District as defined by the City of Syracuse. The Planned
Institutional District’s boundaries are Harrison Street on the north, Euclid Avenue on the south,
Ostrom Avenue on the east, and all streets contiguous to University property on the west.
Chapters conducting operations on a property beyond the perimeters of the Planned Institutional
District will be subject to immediate loss of recognition.
3. Chapters must begin their housing process early in the year and obtain signed lease agreements
that are guaranteed by parents or guardian prior to spring break.
4. If room and board fees are not paid at the beginning of the semester, members must have a signed
payment plan with the House Corporation/Chapter Advisor/Financial Advisor.
5. Chapters must meet the requirements of the City of Syracuse in complying with the New York
State Building Code. Chapters must provide the following documentation to the Office of Student
Life with their application for registration:
a. Documentation of a semi-annual inspection by the City of Syracuse Fire Department;
b. A copy of the most recent Certificate of Compliance, which is issued by the City of Syracuse,
Division of Code Enforcement every five years or with the sale of property.
C. FRATERNITY AND SORORITY HOUSING EXEMPTION POLICY
There is a shared responsibility between social or service fraternity and sorority chapters and Syracuse
University to support the financial stability of these organizations. It is the responsibility of the chapter
to require its members to live in their chapter house and to fill all available beds or individual living
spaces throughout the academic year. Recognizing this shared responsibility, this housing exemption
program was created by Syracuse University to assist chapters in meeting the financial obligations of
operating a chapter house. This process allows qualified rising sophomore members of recognized
social and service fraternity and sorority chapters to be exempt from the two-year University residency
Eligibility To Receive Exemptions
To be eligible to receive a housing exemption, all of the following requirements must all be satisfied:
a. The chapter house must be located within the Planned Institutional District (PID) of the City of
b. The chapter must hold a minimum rating of Chapter In Good Standing;
c. Only initiated members in good standing may reside in the chapter house;
d. Juniors and seniors must fill a minimum of 70% of the available beds or individual living units in the
chapter house, and sophomores may fill no more than 30% of the available beds in the chapter
e. Seventy percent (70%) of available beds or individual living spaces in the chapter house must be
demonstrated to be filled to the satisfaction of the Office of Student Life for the chapter to be
eligible for any housing exemptions.
f. The student(s) identified for a housing exemption by the chapter must be (1) currently registered at
the University, (2) an initiated member of the chapter, and (3) hold a minimum cumulative GPA of
The Fall Semester Housing Exemption Process
The fall semester housing exemption process is for current first-year students who are living in
University housing and seeking to live in a chapter house during their sophomore year.
a. Rising sophomore members should never assume that they will be granted a housing exemption;
therefore, chapters should advise all of their rising sophomore members that they should
participate in the housing assignment reservation process, including payment of the required
housing deposit, coordinated by the Office of Housing, Meal Plans, and ID Card Services. Those
individuals who are granted a housing exemption will be permitted to cancel their housing
agreement and will receive a refund of their housing deposit.
b. In February, chapter presidents are required to attend a housing exemption information meeting
where they are notified of the housing exemption policy and process and are provided with the
necessary paperwork to submit a request for housing exemptions.
c. Exemptions requested during the spring semester for the following academic year are dependent
upon the chapter meeting the occupancy requirements for junior and senior members that will be
living in the chapter house the following academic year. A chapter will be eligible for housing
exemptions only if 70% of the available beds or individual living spaces in the chapter house are
occupied by junior and senior members during the following academic year (fall and spring) as
demonstrated by signed housing agreements or other proof satisfactory to the Office of Student
Life. If the chapter meets this requirement, housing exemptions for rising sophomores will be
provided for up to 30% of the available beds in the chapter house.
Example: A chapter house has 40 beds in the house. The house must be occupied by 28 juniors
and seniors (70%) for the chapter to be eligible for 12 housing exemptions for rising sophomores
(30%). If the chapter has 27 or fewer juniors and seniors living in the house, the chapter will
receive no housing exemptions.
d. Utilizing the Fraternity and Sorority Housing Exemption Request Form, the chapter president must
submit a prioritized list of names for the appropriate number of housing exemptions by the deadline
established by the Office of Student Life. It is the responsibility of the chapter president and house
manager to submit only the names of those students who meet the minimum GPA requirements.
Any incorrect information submitted by the chapter will result in the chapter not being eligible for
e. The chapter president will be given the authorization letters, indicating that a student has been
approved for a housing exemption. It will be the responsibility of the chapter president to distribute
the authorization letters to his/her members.
g. Each student will be required to take their approval letter to the Office of Housing, ID Card, and
Meal Plan Services (Steele Hall) by the specified date to cancel his or her housing agreement for
the following academic year. Failure to cancel the housing agreement by the specified date will
result in loss of the housing exemption and the assessment of all charges applicable to student
h. Except for extraordinary circumstances, no exemptions will be granted other than during the spring
semester for the following academic year, as described above. Chapters seeking additional
exemptions outside this process must make a request in writing to the Office of Student Life, which
will determine whether and to what extent additional housing exemption assistance is appropriate.
D. FISCAL MANAGEMENT
Each chapter must manage its financial affairs responsibly, and implement a sound fiscal management
plan to ensure that expenses, including routine maintenance, cleaning and renovations, are adequately
covered. Chapters should also consider adopting an external management system to assist alumni/ae
and members with overseeing fiscal operations.
The University will assist house corporations in collecting room and board fees due from fraternity and
sorority members by placing a hold on academic records and registration for overdue bills in excess of
$250. Organizations utilizing the University’s services in collecting room and board bills must utilize a
University Fraternity/Sorority Chapter and Member Collection Agreement in conjunction with the
Organization’s lease agreement, and must enter into a Fraternity/Sorority Collection Agreement with
the University. A fee will be charged by the University for this service.
E. MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
1. Each social or service fraternity and sorority chapter must be affiliated with one of the fraternity or
sorority governing councils.
2. Chapter Development: Chapter officers and/or members must attend the following mandatory
programs hosted often by the Office of Student Life. Failure to attend these programs will affect
the chapter’s annual accreditation.
a. Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Conference (Fall and Spring)
b. New Member Educators Training Meeting/Membership Intake Certification (Spring)
c. Recruitment Chair Workshop (Spring)
d. Resident Fellow Training (Fall)
e. Philanthropy Chair, Community Service Chair, Social Chair, Risk Management Chair, and
Educational Programming Chair Training Programs (Spring)
3. Educational Programming: Chapters are required to sponsor or attend programs each year that
support the core values of caring, quality, service, diversity and innovation. Chapters should work
with the Office of Student Life staff to identify and implement these programs. A minimum of 80%
of the members of each chapter must attend and document their attendance at a variety of
educational programs planned and implemented by student organizations and departments
throughout the University. The following specific educational programming categories must be
fulfilled by taking advantage of the programming opportunities available on campus:
a. Alcohol and Drug Education
b. Appreciating Diversity
c. Enhancing Faculty Interactions
d. Sexual Assaults and/or Gender Issues
e. Scholarship in Action
f. Performing Arts
The Office of Student Life must host an educational program during the spring semester that
addresses the topic of hazing in social and service fraternities and sororities that must be attended
by 100% of the chapter’s members and new members, pledges, associates and/or novices.
4. University Involvement: Members of social and service fraternities and sororities should be a
vibrant part of the University community; therefore, chapters should develop expectations of their
membership regarding their involvement in the life of the University by being active members in
other student organizations. Chapters should maintain a comprehensive database of the ways
their members are involved in the University community outside of the fraternity or sorority.
5. Scholarship: Chapters should outline a scholarship program that highlights goals, objectives and
intended result in assisting new members and current members in academic achievement. In
addition, chapters must identify a Syracuse University faculty or staff member to serve as an
6. Community Service: Chapter members should participate in community service projects on
campus and within the Syracuse community. Chapters should identify their community service
goal for the year, and provide that information in their Chapter Development Plan. All community
service events must be registered with and approved by the Office of Student Life and their
respective governing board.
7. Philanthropy: Chapter members should identify their philanthropy goal for the year, and provide
that information in their Chapter Development Plan. All philanthropy projects must be registered
with and approved by the Office of Student Life and their respective governing board.
F. DISCIPLINARY STANDING
1. Social or service fraternities and sororities and their members are expected to abide by the
standards of conduct and the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) risk
management established by Syracuse University, the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic
Council, the Pan-Hellenic Council, the Latino Greek Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and
their respective national administrative offices.
2. A chapter given notice of suspension, expulsion, or interim suspension by the Office of Judicial
Affairs or the Office of Student Life will not be considered recognized during the term of the
IV. CHAPTER ACCREDITATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS
A. Standards for Evaluation Process
The Office of Student Life will evaluate, for chapter accreditation, all recognized social or service fraternities
and sororities during the fall semester of each year. The evaluation will include a review of the respective
chapter’s progress in the meeting the expectations outlined in this Statement of Relationship and the goals
identified in the Chapter Development Plan.
B. Evaluation Outcomes
Based on the evaluation, each chapter will be ranked accordingly:
Chapter of Excellence: The chapter has exceeded the minimum expectations of Syracuse University and
the Statement of Relationship with regard to standards required of social or service fraternities and
Chapter In Good Standing: The chapter has satisfactorily achieved or maintained all standards required
of social or service fraternities and sororities.
Chapter In Provisional Standing: The chapter has failed to meet the minimum standards required of
social or service fraternities and sororities; however, the deficiency can be corrected within 30 days. The
Office of Student Life will outline the expectations a chapter must meet in order to fulfill the deficiency(ies)
that resulted in the provisional standing.
A Chapter in Provisional Standing is not entitled to the following privileges:
Vote in respective governing board meetings.
Register and host chapter house social events or any University event without authorization from
the Associate Dean of Students.
Chapter In Poor Standing: The chapter has failed to meet the minimum standards required of social or
service fraternities and sororities; however, the deficiency can be corrected within one semester. The
Office of Student Life will outline the expectations a chapter must meet in order to fulfill the deficiency(ies)
that resulted in the provisional standing.
A Chapter in Poor Standing is unable to:
Register and host chapter house social events.
Vote in their respective governing board meetings.
Be eligible for housing exemptions.
The Office of Student Life will forward the Annual Evaluation letter, summarizing the chapter’s
classification, strengths, and areas for improvement to the respective chapter president, alumni/ae
chapter/board, and the National/International Headquarters by January 15 of each year. In addition, a
report summarizing the ranking of all chapters in the social or service fraternity and sorority community will
be maintained in the Office of Student Life and the Dean of Students Office.
V. SOCIAL OR SERVICE FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CHAPTER EXPANSION
In order to consider expansion of the social or service fraternity and sorority system, interested students
and/or groups of students should first consult with the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs in the Office
of Student Life. The respective governing board (Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Conference,
National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, or the Latino Greek Council) must also approve
a request from a student group to colonize a new social or service fraternity or sorority.
1. Provisional Status
Social or service fraternities and sororities wishing to (re) colonize must contact the Office of Student
Life in order to make their presentation to the appropriate governing board for consideration. Chapters
requesting approved by the Office of Student Life and the respective governing board will be granted
minimum Chapter in Provisional Standing upon initiating their founding members and requesting
associate membership with a governing board. Each of the respective governing boards (Panhellenic,
IFC, NPHC, MGC, and LGC) has individual guidelines for expansion.
If a Chapter is requesting Chapter in Provisional Standing upon completing a disciplinary suspension
term, the chapter must develop a Chapter Development Plan (CDP) that outlines all corrective actions
that the chapter has taken since the group was suspended.
2. A Chapter in Provisional Standing is afforded for no less than a one-year period during the re-
establishment of a formerly active chapter or the initial establishment of a new chapter. At the end of
the specified period, the chapter must apply for Chapter in Good Standing recognition. This is done by
petitioning the Office of Student Life and the appropriate governing board, according to its specific
constitution. The Chapter in Provisional Standing must be in good standing with Syracuse University
and National and must meet all GPA requirements of fully recognized chapters.