Vision for Fraternity and Sorority Life at OWU

The fraternity and sorority heritage is a cherished and long-standing tradition at Ohio Wesleyan University. We value our tradition and will continue to support the growth of a vibrant, healthy values based fraternity and sorority community. The University is committed to a fraternity and sorority community that is of the highest quality and to a fraternity and sorority program that offers significant, positive experiences for our students, as they live, study, learn, grow, and develop their time on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. In addition, fraternity and sorority life will continue to support the mission and positive growth of Ohio Wesleyan University.

We Value

Chapters and Chapter Leadership. Through promoting high standards, leadership development, communication, positive public relations, membership recruitment, membership education, and fostering a spirit of cooperation, each chapter contributes to the growth and strength of the Greek community for generations to come.

Advisors. OWU employs a team approach to chapter advising including staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the University Liaison, and chapter alumni/ae. An important responsibility of the office of fraternity and sorority life is to assist the members in shaping and implementing a common vision for the growth and development of the fraternity and sorority community.

The University Liaison is a faculty or staff member who is committed to the value of fraternity and sorority life, has extensive knowledge of university resources that can be used to foster student success, and is willing to serve as an on-going resource for curricular and co-curricular engagement at the university.

The wealth of experience and active engagement of alumni/ae members serving as chapter advisors and mentors is essential to the success of fraternities and sororities at OWU.

Governing Bodies. The communication and cooperation that result from effective self-government provide a positive statement about the ability of the men and women fraternities to take an active part in defining their future at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Inter/National Fraternities & Sororities. The University recognizes that there exists a partnership between the inter/national organizations and the institution to promote the most complete personal, intellectual, physical, and social development of its members.

Alumni IFC & Alumnae Panhellenic. The Alumni Interfraternity Council (AIFC) and the Alumnae Panhellenic Council serve as a connection among undergraduate members, alumni/ae members and the University.

Academic Excellence. The Greek-letter experience must contribute to the advancement of scholarship and the academic mission of the University.

Membership Education. All membership education programs should be supportive of a member’s or new member’s academic performance, personal life, individual goals, campus involvement, leadership skills, and relationships with chapter members, other fraternity and sorority members, the college administration, the faculty, and the greater campus community.

Programs & Events. The University supports and encourages philanthropic, community service, and social programs developed by individual chapters and the fraternity and sorority community.

Social Functions & Risk Management. Ohio Wesleyan University encourages and supports fraternity and sorority chapters to host social functions on and off campus in a responsible, legal, and ethical manner.

Assessment & Accountability. Evaluation is a key component to enhance the learning experience involved with the management and operation of a fraternity or sorority chapter. Each Greek-letter organization will complete an annual self-evaluation that will evaluate their progress based on past performance and established goals.

1. Roles and Responsibilities

Expectations of the Chapter and Chapter Leadership

The longevity of the fraternity and sorority community is the ultimate responsibility of its chapters and chapter leadership. Through promoting high standards, leadership development, communication, positive public relations, membership recruitment, membership education, and fostering a spirit of cooperation, each chapter contributes to the growth and strength of the fraternity and sorority community for generations to come. Fraternity and sorority chapter shall:

  • Represent the chapter as well as the fraternity and sorority community at all times in a positive
    manner.
  • Promote the fraternity and sorority community at all times.
  • Develop strategies for positive interaction with all Greek-letter organizations for community
    building and to further the purpose of fraternity and sorority life.
  • Devise a membership recruitment plan to increase chapter membership numbers as well as
    quality of members.
  • Establish and conduct a values based chapter officer training and transition program.
    Encourage attendance at local and national leadership opportunities.
  • Be familiar with and uphold all Inter/national, OWU governing boards, and university documents
    and policies. Lead by example and uphold the core values and standards of the chapter.

The chapter leadership shall:

  • Communicate on a consistent basis with the office of fraternity and sorority life about all aspects of the chapter.
  • Check email regularly and respond promptly to requests for information from the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life.
  • Check organization mailbox twice a week.
  • Provide a current list of members, officers and officers’ contact information to the office of fraternity and sorority life and each respective council at the beginning of each semester and update throughout the semester as needed.
  • Attend respective council meetings and ensure that the chapter is well represented at every meeting.
  • Meet with the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life twice a semester.
  • Communicate with the national organization as well as chapter advisors on a regular basis.
  • Develop a positive public relations plan to promote the chapter to the campus, community, alumni/ae and parents.

Expectations of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

The office of fraternity and sorority life is part of the division of student affairs and includes staff who have significant experience in program and fraternity/sorority development with inter/national men’s or women’s Greek-letter organizations. An important responsibility of this office is to assist the members in shaping and implementing a common vision for the growth and development of fraternity and sorority life. Staff of the office of fraternity and sorority life will:

  • Develop appropriate administrative policies and procedures to enhance the consistent achievement of institutional, academic, and development goals for the OWU Greek-letter experience in collaboration with fraternity and sorority governing bodies.
  • Be an advocate for the entire fraternity and sorority community including but not limited to active members, new members, alumni members of OWU.
  • Develop mechanisms to communicate information about fraternity and sorority life to the university community and other stakeholders.
  • Serve as a resource for chapter advisors, leadership, and alumni/ae in the development of fraternities and sororities.
  • Advise, educate, and continuously develop the Council of Fraternity Presidents, the Panhellenic Council, the Black Greek Council and Order of Omega.
  • Coordinate values-based training and transition program for new council leadership as well as new chapter presidents.
  • Co-coordinate the Panhellenic recruitment process with the Panhellenic Council Vice President for Recruitment.
  • Provide continuing education for chapter members from fraternity and sorority specific programming to encouraging participation in campus/community wide opportunities.
  • Administer an annual evaluation program that provides each chapter with a framework for assessing their progress in addressing components of the Statement of Values and Expectations.
  • Work in collaboration with chapters to ensure that provisions in the Statement of Values and Expectations are implemented.
  • Establish a relationship with OWU National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations as well as the campuses in the greater Columbus area to ensure a successful experience.
  • Work in collaboration with the director of residential life and the residential life coordinator in the management of fraternity house operations, supervision of fraternity house parents, facility maintenance, and community building.

Expectations of the University Liaison

In collaboration with each chapter, the office of fraternity and sorority life will select a University Liaison who will work in partnership with chapter members, alumni, and the chapter advisor to support and advance the student learning experience at Ohio Wesleyan University. The University Liaison is a faculty or staff member who is committed to the value of fraternity and sorority life, has extensive knowledge of university resources that can be used to foster student success, and is willing to serve as an on-going resource for curricular and co-curricular engagement at the university.

The University Liaison will:

  • Meet regularly with the appropriate executive officers of the chapter to provide them with feedback on issues facing the chapter.
  • Be knowledgeable about the Statement of Values and Expectations as well as university policies related to fraternities and sororities.
  • Be knowledgeable about university resources that can be used in the chapter to foster student success.
  • Advise the chapter’s scholarship chair and encourage positive academic standards within the chapter.
  • Involve the office of fraternity and sorority life and other appropriate university faculty and staff to address opportunities for enhancing student learning in the chapter.
  • Monitor and discuss with chapter membership academic performance and co-curricular involvement in the OWU community.
  • Assist the chapter leadership and alumni in developing a strategy for enhancing student learning in the chapter.
  • Participate in continuing education programs offered by the office of fraternity and sorority life

Expectations of the Alumni/ae Advisory Board and Advisor(s)

One of the most valuable resources afforded to a fraternity or sorority chapter is the wealth of experience and the perspective of alumni/ae members of the fraternity/sorority chapter. Ohio Wesleyan University requires that each chapter seek and recruit a Board of alumni/ae advisors to assist and support the chapter. The chapter advisor will meet periodically with members of the inter/national headquarters to improve the chapter’s functionality.

The role of alumni/ae advisors, either collectively or singularly, will be to:

  • Provide chapter officers with assistance in the short-term and long-term planning and implementing of chapter activities in accordance with chapter and inter/national fraternity and sorority documents.
  • Provide assistance in advising chapter officers on finances, membership recruitment, chapter standards, ritual, member education, alumni/ae relations, communications, and facility management.
  • Maintain regular communication with the inter/national organization through the inter/national headquarters and/or regional officers.
  • Maintain regular communication with the office of fraternity and sorority life on issues involving the chapter and individuals of the chapter.
  • In partnership with the chapter members, complete the Statement of Values and Expectations annual evaluation.
  • Meet regularly with the appropriate executive officer/s of the chapter to provide the officer/s with feedback on issues facing the chapter.
  • Become familiar with OWU polices related to fraternities and sororities and each chapter’s national policies/procedures.
  • Review the chapter academic reports that are sent each semester with the appropriate executive officer/s.
  • Assist the chapter in developing a policy for dealing with academically low ranking members.
  • Support the legal and ethical operation of the chapter.
  • The chapter advisor, or alumni advisory team members will be present for all new member ritual/ceremony activities.
  • Maintain a current list of alumni board members with the office of fraternity and sorority life and the inter/national headquarters.
  • Participate as time allows in Alumni IFC or Alumnae Panhellenic functions.
  • Participate in continuing education programs offered by the office of fraternity and sorority life.

The Role of Governing Bodies of Fraternities and Sororities

The governing bodies of fraternities and sororities at Ohio Wesleyan University play a critical role in the future growth and development of the OWU fraternal experience. The communication and cooperation that result from effective self-government provide a positive statement about the ability of the men and women fraternities to take an active part in defining their future at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The Council of Fraternity Presidents, the Panhellenic Council, and the Black Greek Council will work as partners to:

  • Develop policies and programs that positively promote the educational mission of the fraternity and the sorority experience at Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Promote the benefits of fraternity and sorority membership to non-members, faculty, university administrators, parents, and local community leaders.
  • Promote a fair system of membership recruitment for the positive growth of all Greek-letter organizations recognized by the office of fraternity and sorority life
  • Promote programs and activities that encourage interfraternal and Panhellenic cooperation and relations.
  • Communicate the successes of fraternity and sorority chapters through different methods of marketing.
  • Promote the concept of serving others to all fraternity and sorority chapters.
  • Recognize and reward chapters for outstanding chapter programs.
  • Recognize and reward chapters for outstanding scholarship efforts.
  • Establish policies that reinforce positive behavior.
  • Support the policies and programs of the inter/national fraternities and sororities.
  • Serve as the liaison and advocate for the fraternities and sororities with the University community
  • Do all that is possible to promote and enhance the core values of the fraternity/sorority community and the overall quality and benefit of the fraternity/sorority experience.
  • Work with the office of fraternity and sorority life to establish annual goals and objectives to further the purpose of the fraternity and sorority community.

Expectations of the Inter/National Fraternity/Sorority Organization

As outlined in the statement of values and expectations, fraternity and sorority chapters are uniquely qualified to contribute to the Ohio Wesleyan University community. Further, the University recognizes that there exists a partnership between the inter/national organizations and the institution to promote the most complete personal, intellectual, physical, and social development of its members.

The inter/national fraternity/sorority of each chapter is expected to:

  • Support and assist in supervising compliance of the chapter with the standards established in this Statement of Values and Expectations.
  • Support and assist chapters to uphold their core values to enhance the quality and benefits of the fraternity and sorority experience.
  • Support and encourage the efficient operation of the chapter in accordance with its own guidelines.
  • Support and assist the chapter in the management of its finances.
  • Advise the chapter in matters involving facilities.
  • Support the chapter’s compliance with the conditions of affiliation and other OWU policies, rules, and regulations as well as their own.
  • Serve as a resource to OWU in the development of membership recruitment and education programs for all fraternities and sororities.
  • Communicate with the office of fraternity and sorority life regarding chapter performance and progress.
  • Assist OWU in the resolution of problems relating to the conduct and performance of the chapter.
  • Help the chapter with low membership numbers or similar internal issues of concern.
  • Encourage and support positive relationships within the fraternity and sorority community.

Expectations of Alumni IFC & Alumnae Panhellenic

OWU is fortunate to have alumni eager to serve a supporting role in the sustained success of the fraternity and sorority community. The Alumni Interfraternity Council (AIFC) and the Alumnae Panhellenic Council serve as a connection among undergraduate members, alumni/ae members and the University. This partnership exists to provide a positive fraternity and sorority experience through relationship building, cooperation and mutual respect, leadership development, recognizing and promoting accomplishments, networking, assistance with developing life skills and instilling a sense of lifetime membership. The alumni councils shall:

  • Communicate with the office of fraternity and sorority life, respective alumni/ae and undergraduate councils regularly.
  • Provide information to the office of fraternity and sorority life to update the fraternity and sorority life website after each council meeting including meeting minutes, current officer list and dates of future meetings.
  • Develop a communication plan to provide information for the Alumni Magazine, OWU website and other forums for disseminating information.
  • Work with respective undergraduate councils to provide assistance with leadership development and officer transitions training.
  • Provide assistance to the undergraduate members in promoting membership recruitment.
  • Encourage and support positive relationships within the fraternity and sorority community.

 

II. Membership Development

Academic Excellence

Each chapter has the responsibility for upholding high academic standards. The Greek-letter experience must contribute to the advancement of scholarship and the academic mission of the University. The office of fraternity and sorority life will provide academic reports at the beginning of spring semester to reflect the previous fall semester and the beginning of summer term to reflect the previous spring semester. Fraternities and sororities should not allow social, fraternal, intramural, athletic, or other programs to inhibit an individual’s academic pursuits or class attendance.

We expect the chapter should:

  • Establish a positive attitude and atmosphere with the group toward high academic performance and all matters regarding scholarship.
  • Maintain and value academic standards consistent with those of Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) and their individual national organizations including the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) standards.
  • Be consistent with or above the all University average.
  • Retain a University Liaison whom is willing to serve as an on-going resource for curricular and co-curricular engagement at the University.
  • Share academic reports with each national organization’s headquarters, chapter advisor, recognized University Liaison, and in the case of the fraternity their house parent/advisor.
  • Sustain an ongoing scholarship program which:
    • Monitors progress of all initiated and provisional/new members.
    • Each new member signs a change of status form within one week of bid signing, which will release academic records from the signed date until graduation. National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) organizations will follow the citywide chapter policies.
    • Rewards and recognizes high and improved academic performance.
    • Organizes tutorial resources in conjunction with the University Liaison from within the membership and informs low ranking members of available University resources.
    • Promotes within the group and with individuals the desire for degree completion.

Expansion, Extension, and Colonization

Expansion and Extension

  1. OWU supports expansion, extension, and colonization of inter/national fraternity and sorority organizations.
  2. For all matters and processes related to extension (sorority) please refer to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Manual of Information (MOI).
  3. Inter/national Greek-letter organizations interested in expanding to OWU should submit a letter of interest with the office of fraternity and sorority life.
  4. The assistant director of fraternity and sorority life, in consultation with the dean of students, a representative from the Council of Fraternity President’s and the Panhellenic Council President, shall confer to review all letters associated with expansion and to create an expansion committee.
  5. The assistant director of fraternity and sorority life shall notify in writing, interested fraternities/sororities and other fraternities/ sororities of interest, of the University’s presentation process and ask for any preliminary related expansion materials. The notification will include, but is not limited to topics related to maintaining stability in the growth of the fraternity and sorority community, alumni/ae support, copies of policies/standards, programs, statistical data regarding the current national organization and/or historical data. If inter/national organizations have existed at OWU at one point in time, the notification letter will outline any considerations and/or specifications to such organization.
  6. An expansion committee will be composed of three representatives from the fraternity community (one must include a representative from the Council of Fraternity Presidents) and three representatives from the sorority community (one must include a representative from the Panhellenic Executive Board), a representative from the Alumni Interfraternity Council (AIFC) and the Alumnae Panhellenic Council, the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life, a faculty member, and the dean of students. They will meet with the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life to review any preliminary materials.
  7. Inter/national fraternity or sorority organizations invited to campus shall present to the expansion committee. The assistant director of fraternity and sorority life shall schedule presentations. The expansion committee will use a form to evaluate each organization. After the presentation, the organizations may be contacted with any additional questions or concerns.
  8. A vote of the expansion committee representatives is taken with one vote per undergraduate, the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life, the Council of Fraternity Presidents (as appropriate), the Panhellenic Council (as appropriate) and the dean of students. The name of the inter/national fraternity/sorority receiving the majority of votes will be recommended to the vice president for student affairs.
  9. The vice president for student affairs and the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life will meet with the president of the University to discuss the recommendation. The vice president for student affairs will make the final decision.
  10. The organization will be notified, in writing by the vice president for student affairs within one month of the recommendation, of whether they have been invited to campus or not.

Colonization

All Greek-letter chapters must be formally affiliated with OWU. In accordance with the national organization’s colonization process and procedure, to achieve this status a colony shall:

  1. Be affiliated with an inter/national men’s or women’s fraternity or sorority.
  2. Receive a letter of invitation from OWU to establish a chapter at the University.
  3. Limit membership to students, alumni, faculty, and staff at OWU. With the exception of National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) organizations as they exist on a citywide charter.
  4. Gain, maintain membership, and be in good standing with the appropriate governing body of the Greek-letter chapters (ie. Panhellenic Council, Council of Fraternity Presidents, Black Greek Council).
  5. Recruit and retain a University Liaison.
  6. Have a consistent headquarters staff member or chapter consultant throughout the colonization process.
  7. Be advised by an alumni/ae advisory board recruited by the national organization.
  8. Submit a list of all chapter officers and an alphabetical list of all members by class with the office of fraternity and sorority life within two weeks of establishing a colony or by the Friday of the second week of the semester.
  9. Have executive board officers trained and in place in the colony.
  10. Be able to uphold the values and standards of the inter/national fraternity/sorority as demonstrated by their programs and membership.
  11. Be in active consultation with the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life throughout the colonization period.
  12. Comply with the Statement of Values and Expectations of Fraternities and Sororities at OWU.
  13. Be in good standing and recognized by the chapter’s inter/national Headquarters.
  14. Be in good standing with Ohio Wesleyan University, including but not limited to financial matters.

Membership Recruitment

General

  • Ohio Wesleyan University operates on year round recruitment. We expect our chapters to continually participate in the recruitment process throughout the academic year and taking new members that uphold the respective chapters missions and values.
  • Students in their first year are able to join fraternity and sorority chapters after they have established an Ohio Wesleyan University GPA that meets the individual chapters academic standard. They must be a regularly matriculated student. This includes freshmen as well as transfer students.
  • Formalized fall or spring recruitment processes shall be determined by the respective councils (ie: Panhellenic Council, the Council of Fraternity Presidents or the Black Greek Council).
  • To be consistent with each organization’s values all formal or informal recruitment activities shall be substance free (alcohol, drug, etc.).

Academic Requirements

  • Ohio Wesleyan University works with our nationally recognized fraternities and sororities in terms of academic requirements. We value the academic standards they require for their individual chapters and work with them to uphold and maintain those standards. Thus, we default to the national organization’s academic standards and/or the chapter’s academic standards if they are higher than the set standard.
  • If a chapter so chooses to take an individual below the required academic standard of the national organization, the office of fraternity and sorority life requires a letter from the director of chapter services or an equivalent position stating the national organization is in agreement with the chapter’s decision.

Probation/Dismissal Restriction

  • Those students who are on probation with Ohio Wesleyan University for academic performance will not be allowed to pledge a fraternity or sorority until their probationary period is completed.
  • Those students who have been dismissed academically or for behavioral issues from Ohio Wesleyan University will not be eligible to join or continue to participate in a fraternity or sorority until their consecutive second semester returned to the institution.

Membership Education

Becoming, or being, a member of a fraternity or a sorority is an honor, a privilege, a learning experience, and an opportunity to get to know others and one’s self better. The membership education program of any fraternity or sorority organization strives to educate an individual on the higher ideals, goals, and values of the fraternity or sorority and involve the individual in the group. All membership education programs should be supportive of a member’s or new member’s academic performance, personal life, individual goals, campus involvement, leadership skills, and relationships with chapter members, other fraternity and sorority members, the college administration, the faculty, and the greater campus community.

The office of fraternity and sorority life would like the chapters as well as the Panhellenic Council, the Council of Fraternity Presidents, and the Black Greek Council to consider the following areas when developing their educational strategies and programs in the following areas:

  • Values, mission, vision of the individual organization
  • Fostering gender relations (sexual assault, domestic violence, date rape, GLBTQ)
  • Multicultural awareness
  • Leadership development
  • Academic success
  • Time management
  • Ethical behavior
  • Role of the Panhellenic Association, Council of Fraternity Presidents, and/or NPHC
  • Appropriate substance use and abuse (ie: drug, alcohol)
  • Career Development

While these program suggestions serve to assist the chapter in developing the start of a membership education program, the above considerations should not be interpreted as limiting or supporting the limit of educational programming to only these topic areas.

The office of fraternity and sorority life requires each individual chapter to turn in a copy their new member program (from bid day through the initiation ceremony) at the beginning of each semester to keep on file. Included in such program should be the start and stop time of each event as well as the value and purpose. We expect the fraternity or sorority to uphold their own national organization standards and values as well as the following:

  • All policies regarding hazing activities. Ohio Wesleyan University’s definition of hazing, and the sanctions imposed upon a group or individual found in violation of hazing, has been outlined in the University’s Student Code of Conduct.
  • New member program activities will be substance free.
  • Positive relations with members of fraternity or sorority community as well as the individual organization and its members.
  • The chapter advisor, or alumni advisory team members will be present for all new member ritual/ceremony activities.

III. Programming and Risk Management

Programs and Events

In keeping with the mission and principles of Ohio Wesleyan University, we believe an appreciation for, and involvement in community service and responsible social engagement should be at the forefront of fraternity and sorority life on campus. One of OWU’s objectives is teach students to think critically, logically, and clearly communicate their knowledge in today’s society. The involvement in community service and philanthropic events can provide a path to achieving this, as well as other objectives.

Individual chapters and colonies often adopt specific philanthropic causes and organizations and it is not the intent of the University to inhibit these efforts in any way, but instead to build on the individual efforts of each chapter and unite the fraternity and sorority community through social and service oriented programming. To that end, Ohio Wesleyan University offers and encourages its Greek-lettered organizations to utilize the following resources and support services:

  • Student Affairs personnel, specifically the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life
  • Public Safety and University Counseling Services (see Risk Management for details on responsible use of alcohol, hazing, social function policy, and health and safety services)
  • Ohio Wesleyan Community Service Office
  • Delaware area Community Service Department and other local agencies
  • Ohio Wesleyan’s annual Greek Summit North American Interfraternity Conference (programs including but not limited to UIFI), National Panhellenic Conference programs and services
  • National fraternity and sorority programming and support staff

Utilizing the above resources and through their own efforts, the office of fraternity and sorority life would like the chapters as well as the Panhellenic Council, the Council of Fraternity Presidents, and the Black Greek Council to:

  • Abide by all laws and risk management policies regarding the responsible use of alcohol in a social setting.
  • Participate in programs associated with the implementation of provisions in the statement of values and expectations for fraternity and sorority life.
  • Plan and implement Greek Week activities
  • Plan and participate in Trilogy events, as stipulated in the Panhellenic Council and Council of Fraternity Presidents By-Laws and Constitution.
  • Participate in Greek Awards ceremonies
  • Plan and implement at least one Greek community service/philanthropic event per academic semester and actively support other chapters and university events
    • Emphasis should be placed on actively communicating and marketing events held throughout the school year.
  • Actively participate in fraternity and sorority community programs as well as other university events.

The University encourages the Panhellenic Council, the Council of Fraternity Presidents, and the Black Greek Council to actively engage alumni volunteers in all of the above the events and programs.

Social Functions and Risk Management

Ohio Wesleyan University encourages and supports fraternity and sorority chapters to host social functions on and off campus. Social functions (which can vary is size and scope) are an integral part of fraternity/sorority/campus life. In order to support the fraternity and sorority chapters in their pursuit of legal and ethical hosting of social functions, Ohio Wesleyan University has established the standards listed below:

  • All social functions must be held in compliance with College, national/international fraternity/sorority, chapter, local, state and federal laws and regulations. Individual chapters should always abide by the policies/regulations that are the most stringent (for example, if a fraternity/sorority national organization has a more stringent policy than OWU, the fraternity/sorority should follow the national organization’s policy).

    Ohio Wesleyan University discourages the use of alcohol; especially “binge drinking, or the consumption of significant amounts of alcohol in a concentrated period of time. However, the University recognizes that some students will choose to drink. Those who do must do so legally and responsibly. Students, including fraternity and sorority chapter members, should refer to the rules, policies and procedures outlined in the OWU Student Handbook and the OWU Student Code of Conduct for detailed description of social function and policies.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University desires to create and maintain an intellectual and educational atmosphere throughout campus. The protection of health, safety and welfare of members of the University community is essential to the educational mission of Ohio Wesleyan University; thus, hazing is prohibited.

    All Ohio Wesleyan students, including fraternity and sorority chapter members, should refer to the OWU Student Handbook, the OWU Student Code of Conduct, inter/national organization policies, and the policies of the FIPG for a detailed description of the current hazing policies.
  • Each chapter should provide a copy of their inter/national organization’s Crisis Management Plan to the office of fraternity and sorority life. The chapter should review this plan each semester.
  • Each chapter is required to hold General Liability Insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 naming Ohio Wesleyan University as an additional insured. If a chapter occupies a university owned facility, it is required to have additional Fire Legal Liability Insurance of at least $500,000 naming Ohio Wesleyan University as an additional insured. Evidence of insurance (Certificate of Insurance) must be submitted to the office of fraternity and sorority life following each renewal date.

Each chapter is required to register all on-campus social functions in accordance with university event registration policies. Chapters are required to notify the office of fraternity and sorority life seven days prior to an off-campus social function.

IV. Assessment and Accountability

Self-Evaluation of Chapters

Evaluation is a key component of enhancing the learning experience involved with the management and operation of a fraternity or sorority chapter. To support these ends, each Greek-letter organization will submit an annual self-evaluation report. The purpose of this self-evaluation is to provide each chapter with the opportunity to evaluate their progress toward meeting the expectations contained in the Statement of Values and Expectations for Fraternity and Sorority Life at OWU. The self-evaluation report will include short and long term action plans for chapters to achieve the expectations of this document These action plans will be developed and revised with input from the office of fraternity and sorority life, the chapter executive board, chapter advisory board and representatives from the chapter’s inter/national headquarters when appropriate.

The office of fraternity and sorority life in collaboration with varied constituents will develop the selfevaluation tool, process, and timeline with a committee on fraternity and sorority chapter assessment and improvement. The self-evaluation tool will reflect the Statement of Values and Expectations document in a checklist form and should be a consistent part of the chapter’s operations and functions.

As this document and the evaluation will continue to be an integral part of fraternity and sorority life so will a bi-annual review of the contents of the Statement of Values and Expectations for Fraternity and Sorority Life. A committee appointed by the office of fraternity and sorority life will conduct the review of this document.