Fraternity and Sorority Life Policies

Miscellaneous Greek Policies:

Housing

Fraternities and sororities with chapter houses are expected to respect their neighbors.

Chapters are required to maintain safe and sanitary physical conditions in the chapter house maintain it in keeping with general standards of good housekeeping and exterior upkeep characteristic of the campus and residential neighborhood environment.

Yards, parking areas and dumpster/trash can areas must be neat and free of trash and debris.

Lawns and landscaping should be properly maintained, items should not be hanging from windows.

Furniture should not be on roofs or left in yards, and exterior banners and signs must be in good taste appropriate for a residential neighborhood (e.g., no sexual innuendos and may not include any advertisement of alcoholic beverages or liquor stores).

Gatherings of individuals on chapter house roofs is prohibited
City noise ordinances prohibit sound that is a nuisance to neighbors and stipulate that amplified sound shall not be audible 50 feet away between 10 pm and 8 am

  • Each responsible person can be fined $1,000
  • Fraternities can apply for a limited number of noise permits that provide for higher sound level limits and later ending times (11:30 pm or Midnight, depending on location)

Chapters must adhere to fire codes and pass annual fire inspections

  • Doors and other exits can never be blocked
  • Tampering with fire extinguishers is a crime

Raids, Banners, Property Defacement

picture of tagged buildings“Raiding” of fraternity and sorority houses is prohibited
This includes:

  • Entering through other than an unlocked ground floor door.
  • Bringing alcoholic beverages into a sorority house
  • Unauthorized removal of any items.
  • Going unescorted into a chapter house between midnight and 7 am.
  • Causing any type of fright, injury, harassment, or property damage.
  • Tampering with fire protection equipment.
  • Refusing to leave when told to do so by a chapter official.

No fraternity or sorority shall steal, attempt to steal or otherwise tamper with the banners or flags of other organizations.

Fraternities and sororities shall not paint their symbols or Greek letters upon, or otherwise deface public streets or alleys, parking lots, road signs, or other public or private property.

Fireworks and Projectiles

Possession or discharge of fireworks is strictly prohibited.

Throwing bottles or solid objects that could result in injury is prohibited (water balloons shall never be thrown across or into roadways or in a manner that could cause injury or property damage).

Group Violence

The University maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding “group violence.”

Group violence is defined as an incident involving three or more members of a chapter who:

  • Initiate a fight
  • Taunt others to fight, physical retaliate, or use clearly excessive force.

When a fight erupts or appears imminent, the best course of action is to have members immediately move inside or leave the scene and call the police

To the degree possible, members should leave it to the security guards and police to handle fight situations.

Although it may sometimes be necessary for members to intervene in violent situations to restrain and/or escort someone from the premises, use of clearly excessive force may lead to disciplinary action and possibly expensive litigation, especially if anyone is seriously injured.

Discrimination

Chapters may not engage in any activities that discriminate against persons or make them the target of harassment or intimidation because of their race, religion, color, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. (Federal law permits social fraternities and sororities to have single-sex membership.)

Weapons and Games

The possession and/or use of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, highly flammable materials, weapons, projectile devices, guns, knives, pellet/air soft or BB guns, replica weapons, or any other weapon or material or instrument which poses or may imply a risk of danger is prohibited at all chapter functions and within the confines of chapter premises.

Games involving simulated weapons, such as “secret agent,” “tag,” and “assassin,” are exceedingly dangerous and have resulted in the deaths of students nationwide. Student organizations may not organize or engage in such contests regardless of location.

QUIZ 4

Question: Assume five students who reside in a house in the community throw a large, loud party that violates the City’s noise ordinance, resulting in a noise complaint to the police who issue an Administrative Citation.  What would be the amount of the citation?



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