Expectations of Excellence – Chapter & Member Standards

Fraternities and sororities are an integral part of the UConn student experience through educational and social enrichment. We strive to develop the individual members of every fraternity and sorority to become values-driven contributors to a larger society. While many fraternities and sororities are providing a quality membership experience, it is essential to set expectations that challenge these organizations to continuously pursue excellence. Our goal is for chapters to spread excellence to each of their members in order for every student to grow intellectually and become a contributing member of the local, national, and world communities.

These expectations reflect the values of inter/national fraternities and sororities, the UConn fraternity and sorority community, and UConn as a whole. Fraternities and sororities will be encouraged to develop in each of these areas throughout the semester. With the support of the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development, chapters will set goals that push their chapter to new standards. Then, throughout the semester, chapters will work to execute these goals.

Expectation Performance Levels

Fraternities and sororities will be evaluated for their ability to meet expectations in three values-based theme areas: Citizenship, Leadership, and Scholarship. These categories are sub-divided into specific performance areas with three expectation levels A (Excellent), B (Good), and C (Fair).  All organizations are expected to meet and maintain all of the minimum expectations, C level, and are encouraged to strive for excellence by meeting the expectations at the B and A levels. As an incentive for high achievement, there are several benefits and privileges that are unlocked at each performance level. Groups that fail to meet the minimum expectations, will be designated as F (Poor). The current standards are outlined below:

A – Excellent

Citizenship

Campus Relations

  • Chapter hosts one (1) event with a UConn organization that is external to CFSD; and
  • Chapter hosts one (1) event with a CFSD recognized fraternity/sorority that is a member of the same governing council; and
  • Chapter hosts one (1) event with a CFSD recognized fraternity/sorority that is NOT a member of the same governing council.

Service & Philanthropy

  • Chapter hosts 4 philanthropy events annually; AND
  • Complete an average of 10 volunteer hours per member.

Conduct

  • Chapter is free from any findings of responsibility of University conduct violations for the preceding 24 months.
  • Chapter has no outstanding/incomplete required sanctions associated with any previous findings of responsibility.
  • Chapter has no campus/community citations for the preceding 12 months.

Leadership

Advising & Administration

  • Snapshot Meeting is attended by Chapter President + 100% of other officers
  • Chapter President meets with CFSD Advisor monthly
  • Chapter Risk Manager attends monthly Risk Management Roundtables
  • Chapter and members submit all documents/reports as needed at C level.

Chapter

  • Chapter hosts:
    • three (3) chapter choice values-based education programs
    • one (1) program on mental health
    • one (1) program on hazing/human dignity
    • one (1) program on diversity and inclusion
    • one (1) program on alcohol and/or other drugs
    • one (1) program on sexual misconduct and/or healthy relationships

Individual Members

  • All members
  • All new members :
    • Complete prevention training (Hazing Prevention 101, Fraternity & Sorority Hazing, and Brave & Bold Dialogues)
  • All 2nd year members:
    • Attend National Hazing Prevention Week speaker [OR]
    • Complete alternate assignment by September 30th annually.
  • All 3rd year members:
    • Complete Hazing, Harming, and Harassment SOLID training by September 30th annually.
  • All 4th year members:
    • Complete the Lasting Impact: Leaving a Legacy assignment by September 30th annually.

Officers

  • Complete all officer expectations at C level.

Scholarship

  • Most recent associate/new member semester GPA is above 2.5;
  • Chapter semester GPA above all men's/women's [OR]
  • Chapter demonstrates significant progress towards improvement by a reduction in the number of members below standard; [AND]
  • Submit a Scholastic Success Plan

B – Good

Citizenship

Campus Relations

  • Chapter hosts one (1) event with a CFSD recognized fraternity/sorority that is a member of the same governing council; and
  • Chapter hosts one (1) event with a CFSD recognized fraternity/sorority that is NOT a member of the same governing council.

Service & Philanthropy

  • Chapter hosts two (2) philanthropy events annually; AND
  • Complete an average of 10 volunteer hours per member.

Conduct

  • Chapter is free from any findings of responsibility of University conduct violations for the preceding 12 months.
  • Chapter has no outstanding/incomplete required sanctions associated with any previous findings of responsibility.
  • Chapter has no more than one (1) campus/community citations for the preceding 12 months.

Leadership

Advising & Administration

  • Snapshot Meeting is attended by Chapter President + 50% of other officers
  • Chapter President meets with CFSD Advisor monthly
  • Chapter Risk Manager attends monthly Risk Management Roundtables
  • Chapter and members submit all documents/reports as needed at C level.

Chapter

  • Chapter hosts:
    • one (1) chapter choice values-based educational program
    • one (1) program on mental health
    • one (1) program on hazing/human dignity
    • one (1) program on diversity and inclusion
    • one (1) program on alcohol and/or other drugs
    • one (1) program on sexual misconduct and/or healthy relationships

Individual Members

  • All members
  • All new members :
    • Complete prevention training (Hazing Prevention 101, Fraternity & Sorority Hazing, and Brave & Bold Dialogues)
  • All 2nd year members:
    • Attend National Hazing Prevention Week speaker [OR]
    • Complete alternate assignment by September 30th annually.
  • All 3rd year members:
    • Complete Hazing, Harming, and Harassment SOLID training by September 30th annually.
  • All 4th year members:
    • Complete the Lasting Impact: Leaving a Legacy assignment by September 30th annually.

Officers

  • Complete all officer expectations at C level.

Scholarship

  • Most recent associate/new member semester GPA is above 2.5;
  • Chapter semester GPA above 2.8; [OR]
  • Chapter demonstrates significant progress towards improvement by a reduction in the number of members below standard; [AND]
  • Submit a Scholastic Success Plan

C – Fair (Minimum Standard)

Citizenship

Campus Relations

  • Chapter hosts one (1) event with a CFSD recognized fraternity/sorority that is NOT a member of the same governing council.

Service & Philanthropy

  • Chapter hosts one (1) philanthropy events annually; AND
  • Complete an average of five (5) volunteer hours per member.

Conduct

  • Chapter is free from any findings of responsibility of University conduct violations for the preceding six (6) months.
  • Chapter has no outstanding/incomplete required sanctions associated with any previous findings of responsibility.
  • Chapter has no more than one (1) campus/community citations for the preceding six (6) months.
  • (Amid COVID-19) Chapter does not have any activities that violate state and/or university gathering guidelines or otherwise creates an endangering environment that puts people at risk. There are to be no in-person events through at least September 20, 2020.

Leadership

Advising & Administration

Chapter

  • Chapter hosts annually:
    • one (1) program on diversity and inclusion
    • one (1) program on alcohol and/or other drugs
    • one (1) program on sexual misconduct and/or healthy relationships

Individual Members

  • All members
  • All new members :
    • Complete prevention training (Hazing Prevention 101, Fraternity & Sorority Hazing, and Brave & Bold Dialogues)
  • All 2nd year members:
    • Attend National Hazing Prevention Week speaker [OR]
    • Complete alternate assignment by September 30th annually.
  • All 3rd year members:
    • Complete Hazing, Harming, and Harassment SOLID training by September 30th annually.
  • All 4th year members:
    • Complete the Lasting Impact: Leaving a Legacy assignment by September 30th annually.

Officers

  • Attend the Arête Leadership Academy
  •  President:
    • Executive Leadership (SOLID)
    • Policies & Procedures (SOLID)
    • SOLID 101 (SOLID)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment Training (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
    • Intake and New Member Education (w/ CFSD)
    • Risk Prevention & Management (w/ CFSD)
  • Vice President:
    • Executive Leadership (SOLID)
    • Policies & Procedures (SOLID)
    • SOLID 101 (SOLID)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
    • Intake and New Member Education (w/ CFSD)
    • Risk Prevention & Management (w/ CFSD)
  • Secretary:
    • Role of Secretary (SOLID)
    • Policies & Procedures (SOLID)
    • SOLID 101 (SOLID)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
  • Treasurer:
    • Financial Management (SOLID)
    • Policies & Procedures (SOLID)
    • SOLID 101 (SOLID)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
  • New Member Educator:
    • Intake and New Member Education (w/ CFSD)
    • Risk Prevention & Management (w/ CFSD)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
  • Risk Manager:
    • Risk Prevention & Management (w/ CFSD)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
  • Social Chair:
    • Risk Prevention & Management (w/ CFSD)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)
  • House Manager (if applicable):
    • House Manager Training (w/ Husky Village Hall Director)
    • Risk Prevention & Management (w/ CFSD)
    • Hazing, Harming, and Harassment (SOLID)
    • Inclusion & Belonging (SOLID)
    • Organizational Values & Culture (SOLID)

Scholarship

  • Most recent associate/new member semester GPA is above 2.5;
  • Chapter semester GPA above 2.5; [AND]
  • Submit an approved Scholastic Success Plan

Benefits & Privileges

Being recognized as a fraternity or sorority at UConn is a privilege and the university provides organizations with access to a variety of resources and opportunities. Through the Expectations of Excellence initiative, organizations will unlock benefits at each performance level. Organizations that achieve and maintain A (Excellent) level performance will have access to the full privileges and organizations that fail to meet minimum expectations will have their privileges revoked.

A B C F
Registered as a student organization X X X X
Access to meeting space X X X X
Access to event space X X X
Eligible to request intake/recruitment X X X
Involvement Fair X X X
Fraternity/Sorority Expo X X X
HuskyTHON X X X
F/S Fest (formerly Greek Week) X X X
Homecoming X X X
Eligible for Council Leadership X X X
Eligible for Arete Awards X X
Eligible for Student Life Awards X X
F/S Fest Team Choice X X
CFSD Funding X X
Fraternity & Sorority Expo Placement Preference X X
New Member Presentation Registration X X
VPSA Student Leadership Committee X X
Community Ambassador Eligibility X X
Involvement Fair Highlight X X
Husky Village Eligibility X X
Husky Village Priority X
Chapter Pizza Party X
Tailgate Bus Registration X
NGLA Participation Priority X
Industry Leadership Conference Support Eligibility X
Presidential Letter of Accomplishment X
Student Life Award for Top Achieving Chapters X
CFSD Social Media Spotlight3 3 2 1 0
Optional Advising Appointments 3 2 1 0
Off-campus New Member Activity Eligibility 3 2 1 0

 

Requirements for Educational Programs

The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development recognizes the importance of continued education to prepare members (new through senior) to become lifelong leaders and citizens; therefore, we expect that each organization provides and promotes opportunities for ongoing development. UConn is committed to promoting a safe and inclusive campus environment and therefore, many of the themes related to educational programs are closely connected with this goal. As outlined at each performance level of the Expectations of Excellence, there are educational requirements that organizations are asked to fulfill.

Educational Program Guidelines

In order to satisfy the expectation, organizations must submit an Educational Program Proposal and have their event approved in advance by CFSD. The chapter should anticipate a response within five (5) business days. Approved educational programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Presenter(s) cannot be a current undergraduate member of the chapter.
    • Alumni(ae), advisors, campus departments/organizations, faculty, community organizations, and inter/national headquarters staff are all great resources for educational content.
  • Program must be at least 45 minutes in length.
  • Can be live (in-person or online) or pre-recorded (online training)
  • Intended learning outcomes for the presentation and why the specific presentation is beneficial to the chapter must be provided.

All proposals should be submitted at least five (5) business days in advance for the program to ensure that CFSD has sufficient time to review and respond. Chapters that submit a proposal less than five business days prior to the program risk having the proposal rejected. Upon completion of the program, the chapter is responsible for completing the Educational Program Reflection  and providing documentation of attendance participation.

Attendance

At the C level, 90% of the chapter is expected to meet the requirement. However, at the A+B levels, only 75% of the chapter needs to meet the requirement. These percentages represent the number of people within the organization that have completed an educational program on a specific topic. Therefore, it is NOT necessary for everyone to attend the same program. However, an educational proposal & reflection will need to be submitted for each unique program.

Some organizations, especially large organizations, may find it easier to organize programs for the chapter to participate in together. This is ideal for monitoring attendance and record keeping. However, this practice can also lead to decreased levels of engagement. Therefore, organizations are highly encouraged to choose their programs wisely and ensure that they programs that they are selecting to offer and require their members to attend are appealing to the chapter. Additionally, if members are being asked to complete trainings and other educational programs through the inter/national organization, the chapter should also consider if any of those programs can satisfy the expectations as set forth by the university. The goal here is to work smarter not harder.