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VI. Fraternities and Sororities

Illinois Institute of Technology affirms that social Greek organizations constitute an integral part of the campus community.  Recognizing that membership in a Greek organization can be of significant educational value, the university supports the concept that membership can be a worthwhile component to a student’s life. These seven fraternities and three sororities afford their members leadership development, academic support and a range of social activities. Many of these organizations have received national honors for their services and achievements. Please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at 312.567.5075 for more information.

Fraternities

Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Pi Kappa Phi, Triangle, Phi Kappa Sigma, Omega Delta and Phi Mu Alpha.

Sororities

Alpha Sigma Alpha, Zeta Pi Omega and Kappa Phi Delta.

Fraternity and Sorority Houses

The Quad, located at the southeastern corner of the Mies Campus, is home to five fraternities and two sororities. The fraternities and sororities are generally self-governing, with housing corporations staffed by alumni who oversee financial operations. While each fraternity and sorority house has its own unique floor plan and mix of amenities, all houses have a resident advisor (RA), academic liaison and professional chef for the chapter. For more information about fraternity and sorority living, contact the individual houses or the Office of Residence Life.


As fraternities and sororities are student organizations recognized in accordance with and subject to Article V of this Student Handbook, the provisions of this Article VI are intended to be, and shall be deemed to be, in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other provisions contained in this Student Handbook.  In the case of any conflict, fraternities and sororities shall be expected to meet the strictest standard.

A. Policies and Regulations


1. Alcohol Policy

At all times, chapters must follow FIPG rules, as set forth below, local and national chapter rules, the Code of Conduct, and state and local law with regard to alcohol consumption with their houses.

  • A bar monitor, that is not a current Illinois Tech undergraduate, must be identified and approved by the Office of Residence Life and who must be present throughout the party or event. All bar monitors must, at a minimum, have gone through TIPS or other similar training.
  • An event registration form must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life no less than 5 business days prior to the event. The event information will be forwarded to Public Safety.
  • A complete guest list of attendees who are not current members or chapter alumni must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life no less than 48 business hours prior to the event. A post guest list with signatures must be turned in to the Office of Residence Life before the end of the business day following the event.
  • Visitors not listed on the approved guest list are not allowed to attend the event.  Access to the house must be strictly controlled at all times and those above 21 and are eligible to consume alcohol must be identified on entry by a different wristband or marking than students who are under 21.  Both groups of students must wear their respective wristbands or markings throughout the party.
  • A Public Safety officer and/or a professional staff member from Residence Life may conduct one random visit during each event for the purpose of walking through the public areas of the event to ensure the following:
    1. All event participants are safe;
    2. FIPG, state law, and the Code of Conduct are being followed;
    3. Participants that are served and consume alcohol are wearing a wristband; and
    4. An official bar-monitor is stationed appropriately.
  • Fraternities/Sororities agree to not impede, delay or otherwise obstruct the Public Safety officer and/or professional staff member from Residence Life during the course of such walk through.  Such personnel will also assist the chapter members as appropriate and upon request. 
  • Public Safety and/or Residence Life will direct the event be closed within 30 minutes if any of the requirements set forth in this Article VI, Section A(1) are observed not being followed or if they are not allowed access to the event.  Failure to close the event in the time specified will be reported by Public Safety and/or Residence Life and will lead to formal proceedings against the fraternity/sorority. Public Safety and/or Residence Life is not responsible for the closure of an event, unless invited by the fraternity/sorority to aid them in closure.
  • Public Safety and/or Residence Life may also perform informal checks by either driving or walking by the perimeter of where the party is being held between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. to monitor safety during the closure of the event. Unless there is a safety concern, Public Safety officers and/or Residence Life staff will not enter the house at this time as the purpose is only to monitor the orderly end to the party.
  • All events must officially end by 1:30a.m.
  • The chapter RA, Risk Management Chair, and one other member of the executive board must be identified by name tag or similar markings and present at all times at the event and be alcohol free for the purpose of monitoring the event for compliance with applicable rules.
  • The chapter RA, Risk Management Chair, and executive board must annually receive the following training: TIPS, conflict management, conflict resolution, and community building.  All members of the foregoing group must have attended a training session on each of the foregoing topics each year prior to hosting their first event of the academic year.
  • It is recommended that post- and pre-party reports detailing any actual or potential incidents, problems, or violations as well as any other relevant or useful information be kept by all chapters. Any incidents need to be reported to the Office for Residence Life within 24 hours of occurring or the first business day after the event.

2.  Educational Programming

The Office of Residence Life recognizes the merit in educational programming for fraternal organizations, based in the social and personal development of values.  Encouraging community and engagement through programming, at least 30% of each fraternity and sorority chapter are expected to participate in one Campus Life sanctioned program each semester.  Sanctioned program areas may include topics such as risk management, recruitment, personal health and finance.  A list of programs will be available from the Office of Campus Life each semester and communicated regularly to chapter presidents.  Only programs approved by the Office of Campus Life will meet attendance requirements.

Fire, Health and Safety

  1. All chapter houses should meet all local fire and health codes and standards.
  2. All chapters should have posted by common phones emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and should have posted evacuation routes on the back of the door of each sleeping room.
  3. All chapters should comply with engineering recommendations as reported by their insurance companies.
  4. The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive devices of any kind within the confines and premises of the chapter house is expressly forbidden.
  5. Open fires are prohibited.

4.  Fraternity and Sorority Advisors

Each Greek organization with a chapter house must have a resident advisor (RA). Each chapter house must submit the name of the person selected to be the RA to the Office of Residence Life for approval and must also notify the Office of Residence Life if there is any change and/or absence of an RA. The RA must reside in the chapter house at all times when the house is occupied. Each fraternity and sorority must have a staff or faculty advisor who holds a full-time appointment at Illinois Tech. All advisors must be approved by the Office of Campus Life and listed each term on the fraternity and sorority membership lists. The Office of Campus Life can assist a fraternity or sorority in finding an advisor. It is the function of both the faculty and resident advisors to encourage the scholastic, social, and cultural growth of fraternity and sorority members.

5.  Greek Council

Greek Council represents all social fraternities and sororities at Illinois Tech. Each social fraternity and sorority must be recognized by Greek Council, the Office Residence Life and SGA to receive official recognition as a student organization. The council coordinates all-Greek events, scholarship programs, Greek Week and recruitment, as well as other campus-wide events. Greek Council is a self-governing and self-disciplinary body that monitors its own members in accordance with Illinois Tech procedures, rules and policies, as well as the codes of conduct contained in its own constitution and bylaws. Greek organizations are responsible for complying with all procedures, rules and policies applicable to Illinois Tech student organizations. Illinois Tech maintains the right to initiate its judicial process independently of Greek Council actions and independent organizations and/or individuals.

6.  Hazing

As set forth in more detail in the Code of Conduct, hazing includes treating prospective members differently than active or alumnus members. Refer to the Hazing Policy in this Student Handbook for more information. Hazing activities are also defined in the FIPG guidelines. Organizations found responsible for participating in hazing may have their recognition revoked. Any questions regarding activities that may constitute hazing should be directed to the Office of Campus Life or the Office of Residence Life. All students, faculty, and staff have a responsibility to report immediately any questionable activities to the Office of Residence Life and/or the Department of Public Safety.

7.  Indebtedness to Fraternities or Sororities

Fraternities and sororities are expected to take all necessary action to collect debts owed to them by their members. Unless the debt owed by a member is actually one owed to Illinois Tech, Illinois Tech does not have standing either to collect the debt from the member on behalf of the affected fraternity or sorority or to assist the affected fraternity or sorority with the collection efforts. To the extent that the debt is one actually owed to Illinois Tech, such as a failure to pay board for living in Illinois Tech owned and operated housing or using Illinois Tech sponsored meal plan, a member who is so delinquent may be subject to penalties, including, but not limited to, denial of housing in subsequent semesters. Contact the Office Residence Life for more information.

8.  Initiation

The fraternity or sorority must submit the names of all new/associate members to be initiated to the Office of Residence Life for a check of eligibility at least one week before the initiation.

9.  Membership

Membership in social fraternities and sororities is open to all regularly enrolled undergraduate students who are registered for classes at Illinois Tech. Regularly enrolled undergraduate students at Vandercook College of Music is eligible to join the social fraternities and sororities as long as such membership is not in conflict with national organization regulations. Fraternity and sorority membership lists must be completed by the second Friday of each semester. The list must include all initiated members and new/associate members, as well as indicate whether they live in the chapter house, a residence hall, or off campus. The list shall be sent to the Office of Residence Life. After membership lists have been submitted for the semester, the Office of Residence and Life must be notified in writing, within 48 hours, of any changes in the lists.

10.  New/Associate Members

Students are normally recruited during the formal period at the beginning of the fall or spring semester, however, chapters may also recruit new members outside of this formal time period. Chapters must follow all Greek Council policies pertaining to recruitment. Any student enrolled for at least 12 credit hours at Illinois Tech or at the Vandercook College of Music is eligible to join. The names of all students who are potential new/associate members must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life at least two business days before they are pledged. A student on academic, conduct, or disciplinary probation is not eligible to join. The name of any student who is disaffiliated at any time must be reported in writing to the Office of Residence Life within 48 hours.

In accordance with the Illinois Tech policy on sexual misconduct/harassment, the Greek Council will not tolerate or condone any form of sexist or sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental, or emotional. This is to include any actions, which are demeaning to women or men. Refer to the various Sexual Misconduct policies set forth in this Student Handbook, including, but not limited to, the Code of Conduct, for more information.

12.  Social Regulations

Illinois Tech expects fraternity and sorority members to accept both personal and group responsibility for meeting recognized standards of good conduct, which follow all local, state and federal guidelines as well as Illinois Tech, national and/or alumni guidelines. All Greek organizations must minimally comply with FIPG guidelines (see below) in regards to chapter functions. FIPG guidelines are also available through the Office of Campus Life. Executive board leadership (defined as officers currently serving in a role on the chapter’s leadership team) and any new member expected to be initiated during the current academic year from each chapter are required to attend Risk Minimization training at the beginning of each semester, as scheduled by the Office of Residence Life. Failure to follow FIPG guidelines, a chapter’s absence from Risk Minimization training, or improperly registered social events may result in judicial action by Greek Council or the Office of Student Affairs.

B. Fraternal Information & Programming Group (FIPG) Guidelines

1. Alcohol and Drugs

STATE OF ILLINOIS LAW MANDATES PERSONS UNDER 21 YEARS OLD CANNOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

  1. The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages, while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event which an observer would associate with a fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, county, city and institution of higher education, and must comply with either the FIPG or Third Party Vendor Guidelines.
  2. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the chapter.  The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common sources of such alcoholic beverages, e.g. kegs or cases, is prohibited.
  3. Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are prohibited.
  4. No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under legal “drinking age”).
  5. The possession, sale or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity is strictly prohibited.
  6. No chapter may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) at which alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on the property of a tavern as defined above for purposes of fundraising. However, a chapter may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for a closed event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list. An event at which alcohol is present may be conducted or co-sponsored with a charitable organization if the event is held consistent with the provisions of this policy.
  7. No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance or attend or participate in a function at which alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.
  8. All recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern or alcohol distributor as defined in this policy.
  9. No member or pledge, associate/new member or novice shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “drinking games.” The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to the consumption of shorts or alcohol, liquor or alcoholic beverages, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong,” “century club,” “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol.
  10. No alcohol shall be present at any pledge / associate member / new member / novice program, activity or ritual of the chapter. This includes but is not limited to activities associated with “bid night,” “big brother – little brother” events or activities, “big sister – little sister” events or activities, “family” events or activities and initiation.

Please Note:  Violations to the FIPG Risk Management Guidelines can result in loss of insurance coverage.   Please contact the Office of Residence Life at ext. 7.5075 with any questions regarding these guidelines.

2. Event Procedures

As student organizations, fraternity and sorority chapters are expected to adhere to the Alcohol Use for Campus Events Policy and Additional Rules Applicable to Events as outlined in this Handbook as well as the following procedures. 

  1. Chapters hosting events (as defined in Article V, Section G) are required to turn in a Social Event Registration form (provided by Residence Life) no later than five business days prior to the event on HawkLink.  Co-hosted events require the contact information for each chapter and/or organization.  See the timeline below for deadline information.
  2. Registration forms for proposed events established in Article V, Section G are due no later than 30 days prior to the event on HawkLink.
  3. Guest lists, in appropriate format (as provided by Residence Life) are due no later than two business days in advance of a proposed event.  All guest lists must be emailed to the Greek Life Coordinator and have complete and accurate information.  If the guest list is not completed properly it will be rejected and the event will be cancelled.
Proposed Event DateSocial Event Registration DueGuest List due
Sunday Preceding Monday, 12 pm Preceding Wednesday, 12 pm
Monday Preceding Tuesday, 12 pm Preceding Thursday, 12 pm
Tuesday Preceding Wednesday, 12 pm Preceding Friday, 12 pm
Wednesday Preceding Thursday, 12 pm Preceding Monday, 12 pm
Thursday Preceding Friday, 12 pm Preceding Tuesday, 12 pm
Friday Preceding Monday, 12 pm Preceding Wednesday, 12 pm
Saturday Preceding Monday, 12 pm Preceding Wednesday, 12 pm

C. Misconduct and Event Accountability

Chapters who fail to follow the policies and procedures laid out in this Student Handbook will face judicial action in accordance with the disciplinary procedures established by Article V, Section E.  Chapters and members may be held accountable for individual and group action, independent of the other.