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

  • Snapshot Meeting is attended by Chapter President
  • Chapter President meets with CFSD Advisor at least twice per semester
  • Chapter Risk Manager attends at least 3 monthly Risk Management Roundtables each semester
  • Chapter and members submit all documents/reports as needed:
    • Chapter Information Update Report
      • Chapter Officer & Advisor Contact Information
      • Risk Management Policy
      • Crisis Management Policy
      • Chapter Insurance Certificate & Policy
      • Housing Information
    • Intake/New Member Education Request
      • New Member Education Program
      • New Member Education Calendar
    • Start of Semester Roster Update
    • New Member Report
    • Service & Philanthropy Report
    • End of Semester Report
    • End of Semester Roster Update

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