Iona College Fraternity and Sorority Life Pillars Academic Excellence The Greek community at Iona College strives for high academic scholarship. Each chapter should have a scholarship program to provide incentives, coordinate study hours, and to encourage members to achieve their highest academic goals. All initiated members must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 to be considered active in their organization. Members that do not meet the required GPA will be required to meet with the Assistant Director of Student Development responsible for Fraternity and Sorority Life to create an academic action plan. The academic action plan will require that these students go inactive to focus on academics. In addition, he/she will not be permitted to attend any meeting or activities associated with the organization until he/she meets and maintains the required GPA. We will periodically review the grades, but with the expressed consent of our members and potential new members in a confidential manner, by working with the Office of Student Development. The Office of Student Development is responsible for compiling and distributing grade reports to national headquarters, chapters, and advisors (upon request). We will encourage our members and potential new member to be academically honest at all times. We will publicly honor fraternities and sororities and their individual members who achieve academic honors and provide incentives for academic achievement. Daily class attendance of all new and initiated members is required. All new members are guaranteed a minimum of three hours of undisturbed study time a day during the new member education process in order to further their academic success. Social Development Fraternities and Sororities should offer a well-rounded social life, and provides the opportunity for developing lifelong friendships. Events should be structured to develop friendship among one's own sisters and brothers, and to members of other chapters. It is expected that all members of Greek Life come together to show respect for one another work with other organizations. We will encourage our members and potential new members to actively participate in other co-curricular and extracurricular activities. We will encourage our members and potential new members to form friendships with members from other fraternities or sororities. Organizations must co-sponsor one event per semester with another club, organization, or the Office of Student Development Membership Development All new members are required to have a 2.5 GPA to join an organization. Those who do not are encouraged to work on their academics and then attempt to join at the time that they have achieved this GPA. Before the new member education program begins, a Fraternity or sorority must check the academic and disciplinary status of all potential new members with the Office of Student Development. We understand that confidentiality will be maintained at all times during this process, and a person who is not in good academic and disciplinary standing, or who is enrolled in a program designed to strengthen his/her academic progress and standing, may not partake in the new member education program until their status has changed for the better. Only members who are in good academic and disciplinary standing may be involved in new member education activities. New transfer students with less than a 2.5 GPA, and all other fulltime students with less than a 2.5 GPA, will not be permitted to partake in the new member education program. First semester freshmen, first semester transfer students and students not enrolled on a full-time basis, are not permitted to join a fraternity or sorority. A fraternity or sorority must submit copies of their new member education syllabus to their moderator and to the Office of Student Development at least 2 weeks prior to the start of New Member Education. The New Member Education process may not commence until the syllabus has been approved by the Office of Student Development. We believe that this educational program should clearly outline all of the activities, which are planned for the potential new members. All member of the organization who are currently active should take part in this educational process; alumni are not permitted to participate in this process. All new member educators and potential new members must take part in a new member education program workshop conducted by the Council for Greek Governance and the Office of Student Development. Workshops for each potential new member will be conducted during the new member education program. We believe that if a potential new member does not attend these sessions, he/she may not continue in the process and will be removed from their organization of choice. We believe that when a member of a fraternity or sorority has been found guilty of violating any aspect of this policy or other rules and regulations of the College as outlined in this Handbook, the fraternity or sorority and/or its individual officers and/or members may be sanctioned according to the College Code of Conduct. All members, including new members, will become familiar with and follow the policies of the Council for Greek Governance, the SGA and the College as detailed in this Handbook. It is the responsibility of the organization to educate new members of their responsibilities to the organization and the College. All members will know the relevant laws of the city of New Rochelle, the county of Westchester, the state of New York and the government of the United States. All members will learn the history of Iona College, the Fraternity and Sorority system and their own fraternity or sorority. Community Engagement Philanthropies provide opportunities for members of Fraternities and Sororities to participate in community and national service projects. We encourage our members and potential new members to provide community service to the College and the New Rochelle community as part of our programming. Each organization is responsible for hosting one Community Service event per semester, one philanthropic fundraising event per year, and one Awareness/Educational Program per year. Each organization should have at least one philanthropic organization of choice that will serve as its main focus for fundraising efforts for that academic year. In the case that the organization has a philanthropy required by their National Headquarters, this may serve as its main focus for fundraising efforts. Organizations are strongly encouraged to have more than one philanthropy. All Chapters have the responsibility to participate in the fundraising efforts of the designated philanthropy of the Council for Greek Governance. Chapter Management A fraternity or sorority must consist of five Iona College active members in order to keep affiliated with the College. This will provide enough members to form a functioning Executive Board, which is essential to all organizations. These active members must be full-time Undergraduate students who are on good academic and disciplinary standing. Before the new member education process begins, a Fraternity or sorority must be in good academic and disciplinary standing and in full compliance with the policies of the Student Government Association, the Council for Greek Governance, the Office of Student Development and the national office, if applicable. A fraternity or sorority must have an Advisor as outlined in this Handbook by the start of the Fall semester. In the case that an Advisor is not in place, the Fraternity or Sorority must have one prior to the start of the New Member Education process. An Advisor should be involved and made aware of all Chapter operations and updated on any and all news regarding the membership. Each Chapter must maintain a current roster with the Office of Student Development. Any changes to the roster must be reported to the office immediately. Chapters must adhere to all financial policies outlined in this handbook. Failure to do so will jeopardize their ability to receive funding from the college. Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sisterhood and brotherhood are the foundations of sorority and fraternity life. Any action taken within an organization should be in the best interest of the entire Brotherhood/Sisterhood. Sorority and Fraternity membership is a lifetime association. Alumni should be an important aspect of a Chapters motivation to succeed and for building strong relationships. Excellence in Leadership Executive Boards must meet attendance requirements for all leadership development conferences/seminars hosted by the Office of Student Development. It is highly encouraged that leaders of their respective organizations attend national conferences when they hosted by their national headquarters or professional organizations. Students who are on the Executive Board of their respective organization should not take on another leadership role in another organization without the expressed consent of the Office of Student Development. It is encouraged that all members of the Executive Board host a planning retreat prior to the start of the academic year in order to discuss goals and action plans for the upcoming year. All members of the Executive Board must complete a transition binder at the end of their term and submit it to the Office of Student Development.