Fraternal Organization Policy

A.  Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish the circumstances in which Fraternal Organizations may obtain access to University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) programs, activities, services and facilities.

B.  Definitions

  1. Fraternal Organization.  As used herein, the term, “Fraternal Organization,” means any private organization that maintains a residential facility composed primarily of UCB students, either male or female,  that is organized primarily for social purposes and that maintains restrictive membership policies.
  2. Registered Fraternal Organization.  As used herein, the term, “Registered Fraternal Organization,” means any Fraternal Organization that has signed a Registered Fraternal Organization Agreement for the current academic year.
  3. Recruitment/Rush Activities.   As used herein, the term, “Recruitment/Rush Activities” means nonacademic gatherings and similar activities sponsored by a Fraternal Organization to which UCB students are invited and which is reasonably understood to be held for the purpose of encouraging them to join the Fraternal Organization.
  4. New Member/Pledge Activities.  As used herein, the term, “New Member/Pledge Activities” includes any activities in which a prospective member is required to participate as a condition of becoming a lifetime member of a Fraternal Organization.

C.  Background

The mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder is to advance and impart knowledge across a comprehensive range of disciplines to benefit the people of Colorado, the nation, and the world by educating undergraduate and graduate students in the accumulated knowledge of humankind, discovering new knowledge through research and creative work, and fostering critical thought, artistic creativity, professional competence, and responsible citizenship.

The Fraternal Organization Policy is adopted based on a finding that it is needed in order to further UCB’s mission and to protect the health, safety and welfare not only of UCB students who may choose to join a Fraternal Organization, but also of UCB students who may participate in off-campus programs and activities hosted by Fraternal Organizations.

National research in the field of student development in higher education suggests that traditional college-age students in residential settings are formulating answers to questions about who they think they are and how they fit into their new environment in the first few weeks of their enrollment. Therefore, anything that limits and/or affects how these young people answer these questions is of interest and possible concern to the University. When fraternities and sororities become an important part of this orientation/acculturation process, the outcomes have too often been in support of conformity to group norms rather than cultivation of individual development.   As a result, there have been many examples dangerous behaviors that threaten the health, safety and welfare of individuals and the community. At CU-Boulder, new member/pledge activities that occur during the fall semester can distract first-year students from becoming successfully acclimated to University life and result in lower academic achievement. Furthermore, there have been reported incidents of serious misconduct within the Greek system, including the tragic death of a new member of a fraternity in the fall of 2004.

D. Policy

  1. Access to University Facilities.
    1. Fraternal Organizations may access UCB programs, activities, services, and facilities, provided they agree and adhere to the following rules:
      1. To enhance the opportunity for first-year students to become successfully acclimated to University life and to achieve academic success, Fraternal Organizations shall defer Recruitment/Rush Activities and New Member/Pledge Activities until the spring semester of each academic year.
      2. Each Fraternal Organization shall employ a full-time, live-in director who is not an undergraduate member of the Fraternal Organization.
      3. Each Fraternal Organization shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and University of Colorado laws and policies.
    2. No individual or group shall be permitted access to UCB programs, activities, facilities or services for the purpose of conducting Recruitment/Rush Activities or New Member/Pledge Activities on behalf of a Fraternal Organization during the fall semester of each academic year.
  2. Agreement.  Each year, the Fraternal Organization shall sign a Registered Fraternal Organization Agreement in the form prescribed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  3. Use of University Facilities.  Registered Fraternal Organizations shall comply with the UCB policy on Use of University Facilities.
  4. Loss of University Benefits.  Any Registered Fraternal Organization found to have violated any applicable law or policy may be subject to the suspension or revocation of access to University programs, activities, services, and facilities.  The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, with appropriate consultation, shall establish due process procedures for the determination of such action on a Registered Fraternal Organization found to have violated this policy.
  5. Support.  In order to assist Registered Fraternal Organizations to achieve their stated goals, to reduce incidents of misconduct, and to further UCB’s academic mission, UCB has established an Office of Greek Affairs.  The Greek Affairs Office will act as a communication link between Greek-affiliated students and UCB and others outside UCB that have an interest in the Greek community at the University.  The Greek Affairs Office also will assist in the implementation of productive self-governance and positive leadership development within the Greek community at the UCB. 

Examples of support provided to Registered Fraternal Organizations include: (1) the provision of a permanent full-time Greek Advisor in the position of Director of Greek Affairs; (2) the inclusion of a Greek Affairs budget within the Student Affairs’ budget to support educational programming, resources, office equipment and supplies, travel, and other items necessary to support the advising function; (3) the provision of on-going advising, education and resources on topics of new member education, Greek values, hazing, recruitment, risk management, program planning, and other appropriate topics; (4) assistance with the CU and Boulder media to publicize upcoming events and outstanding achievements of the Registered Fraternal Organization; and (5) recognition of the achievements of the Registered Fraternal Organization through correspondence and meetings with the National Fraternal Office, the National Interfraternity Conference, the National Panhellenic Conference, and local advisors.

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Effective Date

Monday, September 19, 2005

Approved By

Interim Chancellor Philip P. DeStefano


Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs