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Latest News & Updates

 

Significant Progress of New Measures Implementation Made for Greek-Letter Orgs

New Greek Life Measures Launch (8/21/17)

Penn State Names Members of New Greek-Life Response Team (6/11/17)

New Safety Initiatives Announced for Greek Life (6/2/17)

FAQs About Greek Life at Penn State

Penn State Inititiatives for Greek Life

New Restrictions Put on Greek-Letter Groups (3/30/17)

 

As a result of new University policies, the following actions will be implemented:

 

Failure to comply may result in the following:

 

Commonly Asked Questions:

What is deferred recruitment?

Deferred Recruitment is a policy which restricts fraternities and sororities from offering bids of membership to new students who do not meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by Penn State.

Why deferred recruitment?

The University believes that allowing first semester freshmen the opportunity to acclimate to the Penn State community and atmosphere will provide a successful integration into academic life prior to affiliating with a fraternity or sorority. This transition would also allow students to establish a GPA, gain perspective about Greek organizations, as well as establish an academic routine for themselves to adequately assess their time commitments.

What are the next steps?

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life will continue to partner with student leaders, University administration, inter/national organizations and other campus and community partners to develop a successful transition plan for deferred recruitment. The goal is to attract and retain high quality members in the fraternity and sorority community.

Fall 2017 recruitment will mimic the Spring recruitment process which already occurs. The OFSL will collaborate with the governing councils (IFC, MGC, NPHC and PHC) to establish and track the new eligibility requirements for potential new members.

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Social Moratorium

Social functions, as defined by the IFC, are any activity sponsored by a chapter or its members, on or off chapter property, where alcohol is present, regardless the source, including third-party vendors. The moratorium on these functions will be enforced by the IFC and University staff from Student Affairs, which will be given access to public areas in chapter houses for spot checks conducted by IFC leaders and Student Affairs staff.

Violation of these expectations will result in disciplinary action and may subject a chapter to loss of University recognition.

Alumni Events

If the event is ALUMNI ONLY (i.e., no current chapter members are present):

If the event includes alumni and current undergraduate members - follow the Social Moratorium policy above.

If there are any questions, comments, or concerns regarding these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

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