Fraternity & Sorority Chapter Status
Recognition & Standing
Alpha Delta Pi Women's Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Alpha Phi Women's Sorority Recognition & Standing
Alpha Xi Delta Women's Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Chi Omega Women's Sorority Recognition & Standing
Chi Phi Fraternity Recognition & Standing - Suspension|Loss of Recognition Notice April 29th, 2019
Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Women's Sorority
Kappa Delta Women's Sorority Recognition & Standing
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Phi Sigma Pi Professional Honorary - Gender Inclusive Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Recognition & Standing
Sigma Lambda Gamma, Inc. Women's Sorority Recognition & Standing
Good Standing Selection and the Establishment of Chapter As of March 30th, 2019
Zeta Beta Tau Recognition & Standing
Fraternity or Sorority means an established chapter of a national or international organization that has been granted a charter of recognition to operate at Franklin & Marshall College and that has a structured process to select its membership. Its members must be fully matriculated F&M students. Fraternities and Sororities are funded by dues from their members and, as such, are not eligible to receive monies collected through the Club Council.
Expansion|Extension of Fraternities & Sororities
Franklin & Marshall College has established recognition guidelines that have been developed for Greek-letter organizations due to their complex and unique nature. The Expansion Procedures for Greek-letter organizations allows Franklin & Marshall College to carefully manage the growth of its fraternity & sorority community and help to ensure a healthy, safe, and thriving fraternity & sorority community. Franklin & Marshall recognizes that the expansion of Greek-letter organizations involves several parties: 1.) The inter/national fraternity or sorority 2.) Governing Councils 3.) the College 4.) Faculty Council 5.) Alumni and in some cases, 6.) a student interest group.
The expansion process, whenever possible, will take into consideration the interests of all parties. It should be noted, however, that the College reserves the right to deny recognition to any group that expresses interest. Franklin & Marshall College shall grant or deny recognition based on its evaluation of the petition, the availability of resources to support the proposed Greek Lettered organization and its determination as to whether it is reasonable to expect that the GLO will adhere to all requirements and agreements referenced above in the Expansion|Extension page.
F&M Fraternity & Sorority Chapter Closer & Unrecognition
If there is reasonable cause to believe that the organization seeking recognition is merely a reconstitution, in some form, of an organization that has lost College Recognition, the request for recognition may be denied. Reasonable cause to draw this conclusion may be based on any of multiple factors, including overlapping membership, similarity of purpose, and the timing of both the prior loss of recognition and the request for new recognition. If it is determined that a recognized student organization is a reconstitution of a previous organization that lost college recognition, recognition shall be revoked if there is reasonable cause to do so.
RECOGNITION Of Fraternities & Sororities
This Recognition Statement does not address the recognition of new Fraternities or Sororities at F&M; instead, it addresses the continued recognition of F&M's recognized Fraternities and Sororities.
Recognition is the process by which Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) agrees that a fraternity or sorority may function on the campus, enroll members from the undergraduate body through membership recruitment/intake activities, and identify its chapter with the College. For the purpose of this recognition policy, the terms “fraternity” and “sorority” are used to designate a Greek Letter Organization/Society. This policy applies to all fraternities and sororities, whether residential or nonresidential. This Recognition Policy may be amended, rescinded, or superseded at any time by action of the College – Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (“OFSL”).
The organizations reviewed for recognition under this policy have all the following characteristics:
They are entitled to single-sex membership under the provisions of Section 86.14 of regulations promulgated under Title IX of the U. S. Education Act Amendments of 1972;
they are entitled to be subjectively selective in their membership; within the limits of the College's non-discrimination policies. they are legal corporations external to the College, and
their chapter and alumni corporations and international/national or local organizations are incorporated separately from the College. A chapter must maintain comprehensive general liability Insurance ( F&M Insurance Standards )and appropriate tax-exempt status.
Note: The college does not encourage, and will not acknowledge, auxiliary organizations affiliated with Greek Letter Organizations (Big Brother, Little Sisters) since the formulation or sponsorship of any subservient organization is not consistent with the mission of the college.
Note: Local Organizations ~ Franklin & Marshall College does not support or recognize local fraternity & sororities.
Note: The College is not legally responsible or liable for the acts of those organizations.
1. The Fraternity or Sorority will comply with the terms of recognition and all applicable College rules and regulations, including, without limitation, the College's Policy on Hazing, the Policy on Alcohol and Drugs, and the Policy on Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination, Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment, and any requirements established by the Dean of the College or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
2. General Expectations
A. Fraternity and Sorority chapters are required to be affiliated with a national or international organization.
B. Fraternity and Sorority chapters should support the mission of the College as an academic institution.
C. Fraternity and Sorority chapters shall promote student conduct consistent with the purposes and principles of their founding.
D. Fraternity and Sorority chapters shall operate in accordance with sound business practices with respect to chapter finances and business relations with their members, the College, and the community.
E. Accept responsibility for the actions of active and inactive members, pledges, alumni, and their guests when these actions are related to organizational affairs, both in and out of the house, or when the actions of members within the community reflect upon the organization
and fraternity and sorority community.
F. The process by which Fraternities and Sororities consider potential new members are expected to be transparent, fair and respectful. All New Member orientation and Membership Intake programs are reviewed and confirmed to F&M's New Member Orientation Programs & Standards: and follow the F&M New Member Program Review & Confirmation Process.
G. Only sophomores, juniors and seniors will be permitted to participate in membership recruitment during each Fall semester, and second-semester 1st-year students in the Spring semester.
H. The time period from bid acceptance to full initiation may not exceed six (6) weeks, and the program must end no later than 14 working days before the final day of classes. A Date of completion must be set and will be on record/reported to the Office of FS Life.
I. The Interfraternity Council, the National Panhellenic Council, and the Independently recognized Greek-Lettered organizations respectively, in cooperation with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, will decide on acceptable membership recruitment periods and specific membership recruitment standing rules. New member programs will be no longer than six weeks each semester.
J. All Intake and membership activities will follow F&M policies with regard to review, approval, and notification.
K. Each Greek Letter Organization must have a faculty /staff advisor. Chapter Advisor names must be submitted to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life before September 1st annually. Changes during these submission dates should be reported within 48 hours of the change in advisor.
L. Each Greek Letter Organization will adopt, maintain, and conduct business in accordance with a constitution or set of bylaws. A copy of the chapter constitution and bylaw must be submitted annually to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life before February 15th, annually.
M. At the beginning of each new member period, chapters must have each new member read and complete the F&M Anti-Hazing Compact indicating they understand the following: The college’s Anti-Hazing Policy and the personal rights and responsibilities attached to the policy; any and all obligations of membership including financial and personal commitments; the agreement to release his/her GPA data for the purpose of determining eligibility.
3. Approved Fraternity & Sorority Housing Expectations A. Only juniors and seniors will be allowed to live in approved fraternity and Sorority designated chapter houses and properties.
B. All F&M Fraternity & Sorority Housing is approved by the College's terms of Recognition and all applicable College policies, rules regulations, directives of the Dean of the College or health and safety set by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
C. Alcohol is not permitted in private living quarters or common areas of all Franklin & Marshall college approved fraternity or sorority chapter facilities. Residents above the legal drinking age are permitted alcohol below 15% alcohol (hard alcohol) by volume (ABV). “Hard Alcohol” is defined as any distilled beverage containing more than 0.15 alcohol by volume (ABV). Hard alcohol in any form is not allowed on approved fraternity & sorority properties, common areas, private rooms.
D. All-Academic, semester, and holiday Breaks require chapters to register all residency in approved fraternity & sorority housing. Events, activities, social events, or alcohol gatherings of any formate are not authorized without review and approval by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
E. All Approved fraternity and sororities spaces will be 24 accessible by College administrative entities to commons areas and aligned with regular college safety, security, and healthy-living environmental standards. All approved fraternity and sorority spaces will provide updated key/fob access to facilities on file with OFSL and Public Safety.
F. All chapters must comply with Inter/national housing and risk management policies. The stricter or higher standard of any entity or partners is to be met by any recognized fraternity/sorority.
G. No fraternity or sorority chapter will sponsor/ co-sponsor an activity with alcohol at their chapter facility, another chapter facility, an off-campus apartment or third-party facility prior to the first day of classes each semester and until the Office of Fraternity & Sorority open social event registration.
H. Each chapter is expected to respect both community standards and the rights of others at all times.
I. Administrative Duties – Chapters must fulfill all administrative duties and information requests assigned by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
J. The rules and regulations of the College take primacy over any rules and procedures of Fraternity and Sorority chapters, their alumni/alumnae corporations, or their national or international organizations.
Franklin & Marshall Recognition & Annual Accreditation Standards
The Chapter Accreditation Standards Program is the process by which the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) ensures that an organization meets minimum expectations. In addition, it provides a tool for fraternities and sororities to indicate their worth and value as an integral part of the Franklin & Marshall College community.
Organizations can demonstrate their value to the F&M community by providing educational and social enrichment opportunities that enhance the student experience. Each fraternity and sorority must strive to develop its members into values-driven contributors to a larger society. While many fraternities and sororities provide a quality membership experience, F&M has established a framework to encourage and challenge Fraternities and Sororities to continuously pursue excellence.