On Friday, September 29, 2017, Dr. Ainsley Carry, Vice President for Student Affairs delivered this message to fraternity and sorority council presidents. As stated in the letter, the policy begins implementation for fall 2018.
Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development is working with each governing council to establish council work groups to discuss policy implementation and planning for next steps.
The Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development team will focus on supporting students in the implementation and engaging with university partners on university impact and planning. We ask for patience and time as we work with students and external stakeholders to determine next steps and future planning.
Below is a tentative and in-works information regarding the workgroups and timelines. Information will be updates as efforts move forward.
Change in Recruitment/Intake Eligibility Council Work Groups
- Established by council leaders based on their needs and recruitment/intake processes
- Council work groups may include alumni/ae, inter/national organization representatives, FSLD staff members, university partners, and others as necessary to support policy implementation and planning
- Council work groups will determine meeting schedule, with a starting point of October 2017
- Each council will address policy impact, implementation, and planning for fall 2018
- Based on council needs and structure, discussions could include timeline, financial and housing impact, impact on student sub-groups (freshman, spring admits, transfers, etc.), timing of when recruitment/intake will take place fall 2018 and beyond, officer elections, recruitment/intake guidelines, including contact with students who are interested in joining a fraternity/sorority, impact to smaller organizations, and other important areas
- Chapter membership dues and housing rent costs are determined by each individual organization and not the council working groups, FSLD, or the university
- Councils will report out information to university leaders and external stakeholders on a regular schedule to be determined
- Communication about finalized recruitment/intake schedules and processes will be shared by council leaders, tentatively in spring 2018
- Council leaders, external stakeholders, and university leaders will meet on a regular basis during the 2017-2018 academic year to prepare for implementation and continue discussions after fall 2018 to monitor progress
USC Fraternity/Sorority Membership Policy Change Task Force
The task force is chaired by Dr. Monique Allard, includes the FSLD team, campus partners, council leaders, and external stakeholders. The task force will meet approximately 4 times in the academic year to discuss and recommend:
- Considerations for new student well-being, behavior accountability, and involvement opportunities
- Opportunities to enhance university education (hazing prevention, consent and healthy relationships, well-being, alcohol over-consumption, etc.) for new students
- Considerations to minimize potential financial and housing impacts to chapters and if opportunities are available
- Engage with peer institutions with similar eligibility requirements
- Potential considerations for first semester transfer students
The task force met 10-23-17 and 11-06-17. Discussions included eligibility for spring admits and transfers students, USC Housing opportunities, and current educational initiatives within USC Residential Education.
Spring 2018 meetings will discuss the first two items in the charge, including new student well-being, behavior accountability, involvement opportunities, and university education.
You can read more about the university task force here: FS Membership Policy Change TF Charge
Spring 2018 Updates
- Student leaders in the council work groups are still determining recruitment and intake schedules for 2018-2019. More information available early April 2018, including dates for fall 2018 and spring 2019.
- Council recruitment and intake dates for fall 2018 will be available in early April 2018 here: https://greeklife.usc.edu/join/
- Transfer student eligibility: If a transfer student has completed one year at another educational institution post high school graduation, the student is eligible to join a fraternity/sorority during their first semester. You can view the policy memo here:Response to GPA Requirement Task Force 010918
- Spring Admits: Based on USC classifications, spring admit students are considered freshman status, therefore can be eligible to join after completing 12 units and earning at least a 2.50 GPA at USC. For example, a spring 2019 admit student can be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority in fall 2019.
- Post February 1 Meeting Next Steps
- Small group to gather post meeting to discuss housing timelines and messaging and financial impact follow up
- Small group to gather to discuss accountability with varying student leaders and departments who engage in risk prevention and behavior accountability.
- Looking to schedule two meetings for the remainder of the semester to continuing discussing university education, accountability, student involvement, and communication plans.
Information as of 03-28-2018