Update on New Measures
Note: These measures will be assessed and adjusted as necessary to maximize their impact.
— Disciplinary process: Responsibility for monitoring and discipline of fraternities and sororities has transferred from the Greek governing councils to the University. All conduct cases relating to all student organizations are now be handled by the University.
— New resources: Penn State has hired seven of 14 new positions within Student Affairs.
— University monitoring: Eight of 14 new full-time positions are dedicated to monitoring Greek-letter organizations via random checks to review compliance with rules for University recognition. Four positions have already been hired.
— Deferred recruitment/enhanced eligibility requirements: Full-time enrolled students who have already earned 14 credit hours at Penn State and meet a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate. Additionally, students who are on Student Conduct probation or have a pending case that could result in probation will not be eligible.
— The new member process (recruitment): The new member process may take place for a maximum of six weeks. Every fraternity and sorority chapter must produce an individual and specific new member process and education plan to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life for approval.
— Informational Greek Chapter Score Card: A score card is posted online each semester to display critical information about each chapter. The information includes total number of members, cumulative GPA, and alcohol and hazing violations.
— Greek membership fee: A per participant fee for every member will be charged every semester beginning in spring 2018. The fee for members in IFC or Panhellenic is $90 per semester; for members of either the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) or the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the fee is $30 per semester.
— Relationship statement: The relationship statement agreed to by all fraternity and sorority members clarifies the respective rights and responsibilities of the University, the chapters and their members.
— Social restrictions remain in effect:
•Moratorium on alcohol at chapter social events lifted onNov. 1, 2017. All chapters must submit individual proposals on how they plan to manage social eventsbased on the new guidelines.
•Limit: 10 socials with alcohol per semester.
•No daylong events. Only beer and wine.•Social events both indoors and outdoors limited to legalcapacity of the chapter house.
•Service of alcohol at social events must followPennsylvania law and be distributed by RAMP-trainedservers.
— Reinstatement of the Neighborhood Enforcement Alcohol Team (NEAT): Officers from Penn State and State College police work in pairs to conduct additional patrols of neighborhoods. They also are joined by officers from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
— Further parent and member education: The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life holds an educational session for Parent and Family weekend each semester and shares information regarding opportunities and risks, signs of troublesome behavior and incident reporting information. Additionally, all new members must view an educational online module.
— Semester survey for new members: The University conducts a survey each semester seeking information on new member processes that will provide an opportunity to report misconduct anonymously.
— No tolerance for hazing/Violation of Pennsylvania law: Hazing is a violation of Pennsylvania law and University policy. Incidents of serious hazing will result in swift permanent revocation of University recognition.
— Other measures are being evaluated and explored,such as a review of the growing size of sororities; a push for stronger criminal penalties for hazing; more education surrounding medical amnesty; and the coordination of a national conference hosted by the Big Ten in Chicago in April to examine problems shared by other institutions with Greek-letter organizations and find solutions.
Contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to report hazing or other misconduct: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report anonymously at the Penn State Hotline: 1-800-560-1637.