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Fraternity & Sorority Life

Chapter & Advisory Teams

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  • In requiring fraternities and sororities to have Chapter Advisors, F&M expects that advisors will take an active role in the organization. The nature and style of that role is left to the determination of the organization and its advisor. The role of the Chapter Advisor is to guide, advise, and support the chapter and its officers and monitor their progress. A chapter may choose to have one Chapter Advisor or a team of advisors fulfill the responsibilities listed below.

    The Chapter Advisor needs to be willing to devote significant time to the chapter, skilled in organizational and leadership development, and proficient in their inter/national organization's policies and their interpretation. It is through committed alumni/ae support that chapters achieve their greatest success.

F&M expectations of a Chapter Advisor and advisory team include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Working with the chapter officers to integrate fraternity mission and goals as well as creating a relationship with their inter/national organization through attendance at leadership conferences and utilizing available resources;
  2. Supervising the chapters affairs as they relate to the organization, the campus, and the community. Maintain visibility in the residential community by regularly visiting the chapter, interacting with members and attending chapter programs and meetings;
  3. Meeting regularly (at least monthly) with the chapter leadership and being available to meet with members upon request. Ensuring an effective and timely officer transition occurs;
  4. Serving as a resource person for planning events and programs, resolving issues confronting the group and being involved in the education of new members. 
  5. Ensure Registration and Approve all Parties, Ceremonies, and Philanthropic activites and confirming that approval with the F&M Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
  6. Educating the chapter about inter/national policies, state and local laws, and the chapter code of conduct;
  7. Working with the scholarship officer to implement a comprehensive scholarship plan and a residential environment that supports academic success;
  8. Ensuring that individual behavior is addressed through a chapter standards board that empowers members to hold each other accountable for their actions consistent with the values of the organization and F&M;
  9. Being involved in any situations that involve allegations of sexual misconduct or other egregious behavior;
  10. Attending meetings of the chapter advisors when requested by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life;
  11. Working in partnership with College staff and inter/national headquarters to foster a positive fraternity experience for the undergraduate members;
  12. Assisting the chapter officers in developing a membership recruitment and retention plan with the goal of total house occupancy.
  • Polished Priorities
  • Goals:  Collegians will evaluate the priorities of both themselves and the chapter.  The chapter will decide on where ritual fits in their priorities.  The chapter will develop a plan on how to make ritual a priority.  Collegians will acknowledge, appreciate and preserve fraternity heritage.   
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