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University of New Mexico




Multicultural Chapter Standards

Implemented January 2002

Last Revised January 2013

Created by:

Fraternity and Sorority members

Chapter Advisors


Input by:

Greek Life Office

(Inter)National Headquarters

Introduction

The fraternity and sorority community at the University of New Mexico has had a long and rich history, dating back to 1903. Since that time, fraternities and sororities have had a continued, and active presence on campus.


The University has been supportive of the goals and ideals of the fraternity and sorority community. These ideals are academic achievement, personal development, leadership, and civic duty. When compared the University of New Mexico mission statement, “...to educate students by developing their intellectual and creative skills and capabilities so students may be well-equipped to participate in the world as productive and enlightened individuals,” the connection is clear (The University of New Mexico Catalog 2001-2003, pg. 11).
The relationship between the University and fraternities and sororities must be mutually beneficial. Fraternities and sororities can create meaningful experiences through a wide range of opportunities and campus involvement. In turn, the connection to the respective organization can lead to greater alumni involvement and commitment to the university. This increased connection to the university helps in the academic arena as well, “statistics have proven that 65 to 70 percent of the students who belong to Greek organizations stay in school to graduate, while only 30 to 35 percent of unaffiliated students remain to graduation” (Baird’s Manual, pg. I-24). There are mutual benefits to the University and the students to having fraternities and sororities on campus.
Yet, there is a troubling trend that is present in today’s organizations. Alcohol abuse, underage drinking, fights, hazing, vandalism, and an interference with academic achievement are issues the plague and override the values and ideals that are recited in rituals and creeds. Although the values presented are consistent, the exhibition of those values does not always appear. “A simple equation has evolved: if Greek organizations on balance exert a negative influence on the University community, they simply should not continue to exist. Conversely, fraternities should be maintained if they positively affect the institution and the realization of its mission” (Maryland, pg. 2).
To insure that the balance is positively affected, this document will explore the impetus of the creation of the fraternity and sorority standards, the standards themselves, and the outcome of the achievement, or lack of achievement, of these standards.
Greek Summit 2001

On September 29, 2001, the Greek Life Office sponsored Greek Summit, a day-long education program for new and initiated members of the community. The new member attended sessions on alcohol, gender relations, diversity, and career services. The initiated members attended a session focused on strengthening the fraternity and sorority community.


Throughout the day, fraternity and sorority members explored the present state of the community, including external and internal perceptions. It was realized that in one day everything could not be accomplished but the foundation had to begin. Members were split up into groups to begin exploring standards, or expectations, that the fraternity and sorority chapters needed to achieve for recognition.
From these ideas, and the work that was done during the 1998 long term planning, sample standards were created to begin the process. Meetings were held with chapter members and advisors throughout the remainder of the fall 2001 semester in order to create drafts of the UNM Fraternity and Sorority Standards. The areas in which standards were developed are: Academics, Campus Involvement, Chapter Management, Community Service, Membership Development, Recruitment/Outreach, and Risk Management.
Changing a culture is not easy and takes time. The standards create an expectation of the culture that should be present in the fraternity and sorority community. If the community does not raise the bar on levels of achievement, growth and success are not possible. A chapter that lives up to the standards deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments. On the other hand, chapters that do not achieve those standards need to change, and if that change does not occur, the university will reconsider the recognition of that organization.


University Commitment

For over one hundred years, the University of New Mexico has served as a supportive environment for fraternal life. The legacy began in 1903 when the first Greek-letter organizations were founded.


For many years the University has hired full time Greek Advisors as the need for guidance and advice became important. In 1998, a second staff position was added, Greek Life Area Coordinator, to assist with the life safety concerns of the fraternity and sorority community. Both positions are here to serve the fraternity and sorority community through guidance, assistance, advocacy, and development.
With the development of these standards, comes an additional level of commitment from the Greek Life Office staff. The standards will not only serve as a benchmark of accomplishments for the chapter, but will also assist in the redevelopment of a chapter who has not achieved the following standards.


University Commitment

For almost one hundred years, the University of New Mexico has served as a supportive environment for fraternal life. The legacy began in 1911 when the first Greek-letter organizations were founded.


For many years the University has hired full time Greek Advisors as the need for guidance and advice became important. In 1998, a second staff position was added, Greek Life Area Coordinator, to assist with the life safety concerns of the fraternity and sorority community. Both positions are here to serve the fraternity and sorority community through guidance, assistance, advocacy, and development.
With the development of these standards, comes an additional level of commitment from the Greek Life Office staff. The standards will not only serve as a benchmark of accomplishments for the chapter, but will also assist in the redevelopment of a chapter who has not achieved the following standards.

Academic Standards



Mission:

The educational mission of The University of New Mexico is of central importance to a strong Fraternity and Sorority Community. To this end, it is expected that one of the primary goals of fraternities and sororities is to promote academic achievement. The University supports each chapter's efforts to maintain a high grade point average. Chapters should provide an environment that is conducive to studying and achieving academic success.


Standards:


  1. Fraternities and Sororities should be above the 17-24 average.

    1. Just answer the question the office will verify the averages




  1. Each chapter needs an active officer whose main responsibility is the scholastic enhancement of the chapter members. Such a position has a written job description, including specific responsibilities and duties. Please provide both Fall & Spring semesters.

    1. Please list your officers for both Fall and Spring and please put a description of what their roles are with any supporting documentation




  1. Each chapter needs to establish and maintain a detailed academic/scholarship program. Please provide proper documentation (rubric of the program, study hours requirements, etc.).




  1. Academic and scholastic educational programming annually for both new members and active members. (It must highlight the following topics study skills, test taking, library tours, CAPS, or other academic related topics.) Must provide an attendance sheet and agenda of those participating (at least 70% attendance).

      1. Please provide the name of the seminar. (flyers promoting the event, email reminders etc…)

      2. Attendance for each event




  1. Minimum GPA requirements for all chapter members, including new members and officers.

      1. Produce a grid that shows what the academic standards for the chapter.

Member

GPA requirement

Officers




Active Members




New Members







  1. A written process that describes the consequences, sanction, or review of process for members who do not meet the academic standards set by the chapter and/or (Inter) National Headquarters.

      1. Copy and paste you chapters qualifications for membership (please add supporting documentation). This can be very vague…for example supporting blank form, letter from advisor etc…




  1. Each chapter must recruit an active Alumnus Scholarship Advisor or Faculty Advisor (University Professor) who will provide guidance to the chapter in academics.

      1. Name of the person and description of duties campus/ description of duties


Campus Involvement Standards
Mission:

Greek organizations are structured as small communities within the larger campus community. Common traditions such Homecoming and Hanging of the Greens, binds the community together for a common good and a festive experience. By nature, Greek organizations contribute to the social fabric of the campus community and have elaborate mechanisms for involving members in campus activities.


Involvement in campus life outside of Greek affairs is highly encouraged for all members of the Greek community. UNM has a rich history of Greeks holding leadership positions in all walks of campus life. To assist chapters in fulfilling their mission and providing members an opportunity to learn from other experiences, the following standards were developed.
Standards:


  1. 60% of the chapter membership will be actively involved in at least one other activity at the University or in the local community. A list for each semester must be provided. Paid work will not be considered.




    1. An excel spread sheet for both fall and spring the outlines the name of the members and what extra curricular activity they belong to. Please have two separate sheets of paper one for spring and one for fall.



  1. Chapters participate in at least one campus event (i.e. Homecoming, Hanging of the Greens, Class Crawl, Senior Day, etc.) each semester.

    1. There are many of these events, sign in sheets, flyers posters etc. will suffice.




  1. Chapters participate in at least one Intramural event each semester.

    1. Team photo, roster, copy of the sign in sheet needs to be available.




  1. Chapters must have participation in the Multicultural Greek Council.




    1. Chapter has an officer on MGC (must have lasted full term to get points)




  1. Chapter delegates must have prefect attendance at all council meetings. Attendance will be keep by the council secretary or administrative officer.

    1. Officer will verify with the council president for these stats.




  1. There is an appointed officer/chair position for the chapter with a written description of the position responsibilities and expectations as it relates to Campus Involvement.

    1. Name for each semester that would be in charge of this aspect for the Fraternity or Sorority. It could be officer on cabinet already that assumes an external role.



  1. Chapters must participate in mutually agreed campus events designated at a meeting of the All Greek Council as events the entire Greek Community be a part of. Percentages for attendance will be set by a meeting of all Chapter Presidents prior to the semester beginning.


Spring - Must attend 2 of the 3 events

Fall - Must attend 3 of 4

Show proof that you were there, I will also verify through roster list that your chapter participated.




  1. Participated in all of the annual Greek week events. The chapter must have a reps present at each event

    1. Participation is evident through points.


Chapter Management Standards
Mission:

In order to maintain a solid base of operation, each chapter needs to conduct its internal affairs in a responsible manner. The University values the autonomy of the undergraduate officers in making decisions that affect the chapter now and in the future. However, as organizations affiliated with an Inter/National entity and as a guest at the University, there are obligations that must be met by the chapter.


Standards:


  1. Each chapter shall have a chapter advisor who has the support of the inter/national organization.

    1. List who he is and responsibilities




  1. Each chapter will attach a chapter organization calendar for each semester. This will have dates of events. There is a calendar turned in for both the Spring and Fall Semester.

    1. Place a copy of both you Spring and Fall calendars In the report




  1. Each chapter shall organize a minimum of one program each year that involves alumni. (This is required for chapters that have been in existence for more than 10 years).

    1. Provide verification that the chapter has done event with alumni, banquet, dinner etc.. (emails, photos, flyers, news articles etc…)




  1. Each chapter shall organize a minimum of one program each year that involves parents. This program can coincide with University of New Mexico’s Parents Day Program.

    1. Provide verification that the chapter has done the event with parents, banquet, UNM sporting events etc.. (emails, photos, flyers, news articles etc…)



  1. Each chapter shall document the existence and function of an internal judicial system to enforce their own policies and procedures.

    1. Provide supporting documentation that would justify that you have eternal judicial system. Bylaws that confirm it’s viable and used, CR sheets etc…




  1. All paperwork to IFC, Multicultural Greek, or Panhellenic Councils, as well as to the Greek Life Office shall be turned in a timely manner or the announced deadline.

    1. Office will verify that this has been completed




  1. Each chapter shall attend the semesterly workshops hosted by the Greek Life Office (i.e President/VP Workshop, Public Relations, Social/RM Workshop, House Manager Workshop, and New Member programming).

    1. Office will verify that this has been completed




  1. The chapter has developed a budget and adequate bookkeeping system for finances. A semesterly budget must be turn in outlining projected cost for each semester). (Please do not give a check book registry just a projected budget.)




    1. Please do not give me your formal budget, I looking for verification that chapter does have some type of budgeting process. You do not even need to give me totals just proof or letter of verification that chapter is budgeting the money.


  1. Each chapter shall have a yearly executive board training/transition workshop for new officers.




    1. Please supply verification that this has been completed, agenda, emails that confirm the dates etc…




  1. Each chapter shall define their own goals for the semester/year. (Goals must be attached for credit and include a reflection of accomplishments not to exceed one page.)




    1. This should be a spread sheet that shows the goals and the status of each goal.




  1. The chapter has been recognized on the (Inter)National level for achievements.

Copies of the awards, photos from a national banquet etc…

Community Service Standards



Mission:

Greek organization mission statements reflect a commitment to service of others. Community Service has been shown to provide value-added educational experiences. To assist chapters in fulfilling their mission and providing members an opportunity to learn from helping others, the following standards were developed. While raising money for charitable organizations clearly provides a valuable service for the community, for the purposes of these standards, chapters are expected to seek more direct means of serving the community (such as tutoring children or volunteering at a homeless shelter).


Standards:

  1. Each chapter must elect/appoint a Community Service/Philanthropy chair who will coordinate all service projects. Such a position has a written job description, including specific responsibilities and duties.

    1. Please list your officer for both fall and spring and please put a description of what their role is with any supporting documentation



  1. Document service projects and philanthropic endeavors on spread sheet showing all projects and members participation in these events. (Report must contain thank you notes from agency’s and or photos from the event)

a. Can be combined with question 3 & 4




  1. Average of 5 hours of Community Service per semester per member (Reports must have a spread sheet that shows that members are making there 5 hours per member.) There needs to be two separate sheets one for the spring semester and one for the fall.

    1. Can be combined with question 2 & 4




  1. Average of 5 hours of Philanthropic service per semester per member (Reports must have a spread sheet that shows that members are making there 5 hours per member.) There needs to be two separate sheets one for the spring semester and one for the fall.




    1. Can be combined with question 2 & 3




    1. An excel spread sheet for both fall and spring the outlines the name of the members and what the project is, and how many hours they worked on it. Please have two separate sheets of paper one for spring and one for fall


*The five hour rule will be for the Fall Semester only. The report was given out so late that 10 hours of any combined service will be acceptable.



  1. Develop one semester long project, working with one agency or cause. This project can be a fundraising or community service project. (Reports must contain what the project is and planning agendas and results of the project.)




    1. Documentation of the semester long project working with supporting flyers, (Lambda Week is a great cause)




  1. Participate in one cooperative project (i.e. helping out or attending another chapter’s event).

    1. Proof that your chapter attended another chapter’s philanthropy or event. Thank you letter from the chapter, flyers, labeled photo etc…




  1. Participate in one IFC/Panhellenic/MGC sponsored community service project each semester.

    1. Documentation that your chapter has attended event.
      (Sign in sheets etc, labeled photo.)


Membership Education/Development
Mission:

One of the primary goals of the Fraternity and Sorority community is to further the development of our members within the community. One means to that end is the fostering of leadership potential within members throughout all stages of their University of New Mexico experience. Highly educated and responsible leaders will set an example through their efforts. The development of individual members is a pre-eminent goal of Greek letter organizations. Providing incentives for members to attain their goals, experience new opportunities, and realize their potential are important initiatives for chapters.


Standards:

  1. There is a New Member Educator with a written description of the position responsibilities and expectations




    1. Please list your officers for both fall and spring and please put a description of what their roles are with any supporting documentation



  1. Each chapter shall have a written New Member Education program. (Report must contain each semesters written program/weekly agenda)

    1. Attached copy of the chapters new member process timeline, not program



  1. Each chapter shall send the required amount of new members to the Greek Summit each Fall. Programs at the Greek Summit may be used for other programming requirements.

I will have the sign in sheets, Our office will verify that new member was in attendance.


Total Chapter Education Standards


  1. There is an officer/chair whose responsibilities and expectations as it relates to total membership education are clearly outlined.

    1. Please list you officers for both fall and spring and please put a description of what their roles are with any supporting documentation




  1. Each chapter shall have a minimum of four programs or workshops each year with 65% chapter attendance. A copy of the attendance sheet is due with the report.

Verifying proof that the chapter has hosted all four events and that attendance sheets are attached

  1. Attendance by at least one member per (calendar) year to regional/national conferences/meetings (i.e. AFLV, Inter/National Headquarters regional seminars, National Convention, leadership workshops, etc.) pending financial availability.

    1. Proof with a photo that the chapter has completed this task


Recruitment/Outreach
Mission:

Recruitment is an important and vital part of the success and growth of the Fraternity and Sorority Community at The University of New Mexico. The first experience an undergraduate may have with the Greek community is the recruitment and outreach program. Therefore it is imperative that our fraternities, sororities, and entire community do our best to project the positive values and aspects of the Greek experience throughout the entire year. The Greek ambassadors program is just one small example of the positive impact that early outreach may have on recruitment of potential members. With this in mind, the following standards were developed to help ensure the success of the UNM sorority and fraternity community.


Standards:


  1. Each chapter shall have a written recruitment/intake plan for each semester. This plan should include public relations outreach plan as well as a schedule of recruitment events held by the chapter.

    1. Please provide a written documentation that this has occurred. Recruitment Schedules, Agenda’s from planning meetings etc.. will work.




  1. Each chapter shall comply with all policies in regards to all Recruitment/Intake activities.

    1. This is verified by the office.




  1. Each chapter will bid or accept at least 25% of current chapter membership each calendar year.

    1. This is verified by our offices grade roster and used to determine if you met the requirement.

Our office will take an average of your Spring and Fall active membership number and develop what the base line will be.


  1. Each chapter initiates at least 70% of the individuals who accepted offers of membership each semester.

    1. Office will verify



  1. Each chapter must attend all Recruitment/Outreach meetings sponsored by Panhellenic, Multicultural Greek, or Interfraternity Council.

    1. Attendance will be verified by the MGC Council that this was completed.


Risk Management
Mission:

True reform must take place in social host and risk management areas of concern in order to protect the physical well-being of participants and the potential legal liability of members, officers, national organizations, and UNM. While not a uniquely fraternity and sorority problem, it is indeed an area that permeates all aspects of fraternity and sorority life and has had devastating effects in the University of New Mexico Greek community. Realizing a need for change, the following standards were developed in relation to risk management.


Standards:


      1. Each chapter has a Risk Management Chair and/or Social Chair with a written description of the position responsibilities and expectations.

            1. Please list your officer for both fall and spring and please put a description of what their role is with any supporting documentation




      1. Each chapter shall be in compliance with all University, governing council, and Inter/National policies (which includes federal, state, and local laws).




      1. Each chapter shall attend the Risk Management/Social Chair workshop semesterly.

        1. Fall it is the President Meeting Office will Keep Attendance

        2. Spring it is the President Meeting Office will Keep Attendance




  1. Each chapter shall submit to the Greek Life Office a copy of the Inter/National risk management policies and manual yearly.

i. Copy and paste your risk management policy


  1. Each chapter shall document the education to the entire membership of the UNM and Inter/national policies in regards to Risk Management and Hazing.

i. This handout is given at Fall Presidents meeting if you turn it in you will get credit.


  1. Each chapter shall educate the entire chapter yearly on the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs.

i. Please list one of your many events


  1. Each chapter shall host all programs, events, and socials that follow the philosophy and intention of Risk Management, which is to ensure the safest environment for all members and guests.

i. Flyers Agenda and when and what was gone over for this event.



  1. Each chapter shall host at least one non-alcoholic event each year.




  1. Please chose one of your events that was alcohol free and provide verification of the event.




  1. Chapter promotes safety philosophy by having at least one representative participate in semesterly Campus Safety Walks.

      1. Please list the name of the member who attended. (Office will verify.)


Enrichment
Mission:

Chapters in our MGC Greek community have a founding based on culture. UNM has never been able to truly acknowledge their program successes. In order to meet the need the following Standards have been developed.


Standards:


  1. Developed a cultural event based on the founding principles of you chapter

(1 per semester)

  1. Please list your officer for both fall and spring and please put a description of what their roles are with any supporting documentation




  1. Participated in an MGC sponsored event (1 per semester)

    1. Please provide verification that you attended the event




  1. Participated in the annual showcases presented by MGC and GLO

    1. Provide documentation that you participated in the event.




  1. Participated in “MEET the GREEKS” (1) per year (if one is sponsored)

    1. Provided proof and verification that this is completed.




  1. Participated in 1 culture event that is sponsored by UNM (1 per year)

    1. Please provide supporting evidence that this was completed. Photo, a letter from that department or other organization that verifies your participation.




  1. Chapters must have a minimum of one cultural event/program each year that is co-sponsored with a non-Greek campus organization (i.e. Honor Society, Residence Halls, Academic Department, varsity sports teams etc.). Programs can be educational, cultural, philanthropic, or social in nature and can be combined with other programming or service requirements.

    1. Please provide supporting documentation that shows you had the event. Flyers (labeled pictures email, press coverage of the event etc…)


Public Relations
Mission:

The Greek community does many great things through out the course of the year but for some reason always has a hard time to publicly relay that message. In order to help assist and bring the importance of the great things are chapters do the following standards are to meet each year.


Standards:


  1. Each chapter has a public relations chair that is responsible for the chapter’s visible and marketable appearance. A written description of their duties is attached.

    1. Please provide names of both fall and spring of the member who was responsible for the event.




  1. Each chapter produces 1 semesterly news letter. This newsletter must be at least 1 page long and copy sent to The Office of Fraternity and Sorority life the chapters in the community and alumni (where applicable). (Either PDF, paper, email)

    1. Attach a copy of the newsletter to the report.




  1. Your chapter has developed and maintained it chapter website. (Present at time the report is due)

    1. We will log the chapter on the time you meet with our office to present your report to confirm that the website is maintain




  1. Chapter submits 2 press releases per semester to local media (UNM today, LOBO, Albuquerque newspapers television, radio.)

    1. Please attach and copy articles and or the news releases to the report.


Annual Report
At the conclusion of each year, chapters will be required to turn in an annual report that outlines the chapter’s accomplishments of the Fraternity and Sorority Standards. Verification of the completion of these standards must be included (i.e. flyer for program). The Greek Life Office will provide a template for this report.
Three (3) copies of each report should be turned in either in a 3-ring binder or professionally bound. Two of these copies the chapter will receive back, the final copy will remain in the Greek Life Office for archive purposes. Each section should be separated with dividers and identifying tabs that correspond to the area of achievement.

Points
The points given for the standards reflect a comprehensive picture of a fraternity or sorority chapter. There are some standards that are only possible for organizations that have a facility. So as the non-housed organizations should not be penalized, points that are related to housing standards will be removed for non-housed organizations and a new total of points will be calculated.

Recognition of Achievements
The standards reflect a tremendous amount of work on the part of chapter members, leaders, and advisors. These partnerships have resulted in a more effective set of standards that will inevitably ensure success. The University is committed to assisting chapters in any way possible to accomplish the standards outlined in this document.
Chapters that complete these standards will be recognized at the Annual Greek Awards Banquet and will be assisted in publicizing their success and accomplishments. The following awards will be implemented with this new process:

Overall Achievement:


          1. In order to get a 5 star rating (Chapter of Excellence) the following must happen.

  1. Chapters must be above the all men’s or women’s 17-24 average

  2. Must have reached total and obtain quota

  3. Chapter must not have been on Judicial sanctions

  4. Met 90% of all Categories




          1. In order to get a 4 star rating (Chapter of Achievement) the following must happen.

  1. Chapters must be above the all men’s or women’s 17-24 average or all sorority average

  2. Chapter must not have been on Judicial sanctions

  3. Met 80% of all Categories




          1. 70% of all Categories: 3 star

          2. 60% of all Categories: 2 star

          3. 50% of all Categories: 1 star


Functional Area Achievement (i.e. Scholarship, Chapter Management, etc)

  • 90% of points in any given area: Certificate of Excellence


Debbie Morris Rising Star Award

  • Recognizes chapters that have made significant improvements in all areas of chapter management over the past year, demonstrate efforts toward values based programming, and are an inclusive part of the Greek community by building encouraging relationships with other chapters.


Scholarship:

  • Most Improved GPA (fraternity and sorority)

  • Overall GPA above 17-24 average


Individual:

  • Dean of Students Scholarship Recognition (3.5 and above both semesters)

  • Dean of Students Service Recognition (Chapter nominations)

  • Outstanding Chapter Advisor

  • Greek Achievement (for total accomplishments during membership)

  • Greek Man and Woman of the Year

  • Greek Alumni of Distinction


Greek Week:

  • Most money raised (recognition at Banquet)

  • Greek Sing

  • Greek Games

  • Greek Cup


Areas of Improvement
Recognizing that dramatic change cannot occur overnight, these standards will demonstrate to chapters their current standings within the fraternity and sorority community. This information will be used as a starting point from which improvements can be made.
Chapters will not be able to maintain status quo. Continued improvement, where needed, will be expected. The following are the post-awards expectations of chapters based on their achievement during the standards assessment:
1 star chapters:

  • no social activities until 3 star level

  • meet with Greek Life office monthly to create and review chapter plan of improvement

  • need to show improvement within one year or remove recognition

2 star chapters:



  • no social activities until 3 star level

  • meet with the Greek Life office twice per semester to review and create chapter plan of improvement

3 star chapters



  • one social per semester

  • meet with the Greek Life office semesterly to review chapter plan of improvement

4 star chapter



  • meet with the Greek Life office to assess areas to achieve 5 star status

5 star chapter



  • no requirements




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