Special Provisions Governing the University Recognition and Conduct of Greek Letter Social Organizations

A. Because of the importance of the Greek social system and because of the unique circumstances under which it operates, the following conditions have been established between the University and the Greek social organizations. These provisions set out the requirements for maintaining University recognition and good standing and delineate specific violations that may be handled through the Greek system’s own judicial process rather than under the Student Conduct Code

B. The University reserves the right to retain jurisdiction over cases in which the conduct violates both these provisions and the Student Conduct Code AND the University determines that the misconduct is of such severe nature as to impair, obstruct, interfere with or adversely affect the mission, processes or functions of the University.

C. The University may take action against an individual member of a student organization for misconduct that is both a violation of this provision and of the Student Conduct Code, regardless of any separate disciplinary action taken against the student organization.

D. This section of the Student Conduct Code applies only to the relationship between the University and the Greek social organizations and has no bearing on relations between chapters and national and/on alumni agreements.

E. Good standing must be maintained in order for Greek social organizations to participate in Greek sponsored activities. Failure to do any of the following will constitute a violation of these provisions of the Student Conduct Code and will subject the Greek social organization to disciplinary action, including possible loss of good standing, as described within these provisions under sub-sections F and G:

  1. Registering annually as a recognized student organization with the Office of Campus Life;
  2. Participating in the appropriate Greek governing bodies (Greek Council and either National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Inter- Fraternity Council (IFC), or College Pan-Hellenic Council);
  3. Submitting roster and grade release forms for active members and pledges/associates during the first month of the semester;
  4. Following all rules and guidelines for Greek Recruitment; and
  5. Abiding by all terms and conditions of the alcohol and controlled substance guidelines below:
    1. The possession, use and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages while on chapter premises during an official event or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter or organization must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws and University rules and policies.
    2. No chapter or organization members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the legal drinking age.
    3. The possession, sale, and/or use of any illegal or controlled substance at any chapter, organization or University sponsored event is strictly prohibited.
    4. Alcohol or controlled substances will be prohibited at any and all rush activities.
    5. Open parties where alcohol is provided by the host chapter, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the organization, without specific invitation, will be prohibited.
    6. All organizations must provide, at no charge, an alternative non-alcoholic beverage and food at any event where alcohol is provided.
    7. There will be no solicitation or encouragement of alcohol consumption by contest or promotion at any chapter event where alcoholic beverages are present.

F. Greek organizations whose members are in violation of this policy, regardless of whether the individuals are identified, will be subject to one or more of the sanctions listed in the Student Conduct Code, Section VI.B: Sanctions for Student Organizations.

G. The following process will be utilized in any incident alleging a violation of these policy provisions by a Greek social organization:

  1. The incident will be referred to the respective Greek Judicial Board for hearing and original adjudication (i.e. sorority cases will be handled by College Pan-Hellenic Council, fraternity cases will be heard by IFC and National Pan-Hellenic cases will be heard by Nation Pan-Hellenic Council). Each Greek Council will establish its own judicial board and its own set of hearing procedures for handling the incident. The chair of the respective Greek Judicial Board will immediately inform Student Conduct and Community Standards about any incident referred to it.
  2. A decision rendered by the respective Greek Judicial Board may be appealed by either the party alleging the violation or by the Greek social organization being accused of a violation. The appeal will be made to the Greek Council Judicial Board, which may accept, modify or reject any sanction issued by the Greek Judicial Board.
  3. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will receive written transcripts of all final judicial decisions, whether from the respective Greek Judicial Board (if there was no appeal of its decision) or from the Greek Council Judicial Board (for decisions that were appealed). The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will review the decision and may accept or reject the proposed sanctions.
  4. In the event the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards rejects the final decision, the Director will provide a written explanation of the rejection and a recommended alternative.
  5. In the event that Student Conduct and Community Standards and the Greek board rendering the final decision cannot reach an agreement, the case will be referred to the Eastern Michigan University Judicial Appeals Board as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. In this instance the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will notify the national or international headquarters of the organization involved. In the case of local organizations, the Alumni Association will be notified.