CSU, Chico News

University Gives Social Greek Organizations Guidelines To Be Met For Reinstatement

Date: 02-04-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

In meetings Saturday, Feb. 2, California State University, Chico Student Affairs administrators presented to representatives of social Greek letter organizations guidelines they need to meet to be considered for reinstatement.

All fraternities and sororities at CSU, Chico were suspended indefinitely Nov. 15, 2012, following a series of incidents including alcohol policy violations, allegations of hazing, alleged assaults and other violations of rules governing Greek life on campus.

On Feb. 2, university administrators met first with national and regional officers of fraternity and sorority chapters on campus, then with student representatives and advisers from the chapters. Approximately 100 representatives from the fraternities and sororities attended.

Discussing the new guidelines with the representatives were CSU, Chico Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Calandrella, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Pedro Douglas, AS Executive Director David Buckley, Student Life and Leadership Director Charles Carter and Greek advisers Connie Huyck and Malcolm McLemore. President Paul Zingg, who could not attend the meetings, has approved the process.

CSU, Chico has approximately 1,200 students in 26 social Greek organizations. All the fraternities and sororities have shown interest in reinstatement, and only one chapter was not represented Saturday, for reasons unrelated to the reinstatement process, said Huyck.

During February, social Greek chapters must follow a timeline that includes a number of tasks to be reinstated. The steps to be completed include

  • Agreeing to new and more stringent event guidelines, recognition standards and sanctions for violations.

  • Attending mandatory fraternity and sorority trainings on topics including violence prevention and alcohol abuse.

  • Completing the new Areté Accreditation process that holds chapters to high standards of service, scholarship, leadership, integrity, community and diversity and inclusion.

Chapter representatives are meeting with members this week to explain the guidelines. The Office of Student Life and Leadership will post guideline documents on the Greek Life website after the fraternities and sororities have held their meetings.

If the chapters successfully meet all requirements during February, they may begin member recruitment and reinstall or uncover their Greek letters on chapter houses in March as first steps in being reinstated.

The reinstatement process began soon after the November suspension, when chapters agreed to take down or cover their letters. By Dec. 1, chapters were told to turn in Areté Accreditation application packets and then made presentations Feb. 1 to a board of faculty, staff and community reviewers on their commitments to service, integrity and other areas.