Office of Student Life

Sorority and Fraternity Life

Standards of Excellence

The Standards of Excellence, along with its goals, were developed by the Greek Life Task Force who, in 1998, was asked by the Office of Student Life to assess and recommend improvements for Ohio State’s Greek Community. The Greek Life Task Force set the Standards of Excellence, which went into effect March 9, 2001, as a plan to improve the condition of the Greek community. Since inception, chapters are required to establish a Chapter Plan and each year must provide written reports detailing their progress in a Chapter Annual Report.

In effort to improve the quality of life for students within the Greek community, the Standards of Excellence strives to achieve the following goals:

  • Strive to achieve an academic standard, with a minimum GPA of 2.50, for all chapters and new members and to make, on a chapter basis, the all-undergraduate average.
  • Continue in member and organizational growth, including diversity education, risk management education, and community service opportunities. Member
  • Provide safe and healthy organization environments through structural improvement in chapter facilities and improved risk management procedures.
  • Maintain a strong and connected Greek community.
  • Recruit a wide variety of advisors from the university and community, ensuring they have completed the Advisor Certification Program.
  • Continue improving the relationship between the university and the Greek community.

If any of these goals are not met, the chapter may be called before the Greek Progress Review Board.

Please contact Alaina Peters, Graduate Administrative Associate for Sorority & Fraternity Life, at peters.859s@osu.edu with any questions or comments regarding the Standards of Excellence.

Standards of Excellence Annual Checklist

Autumn Semester

  • Rosters and Officer updates online – due Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Intake Paperwork (NPHC and MCGC only) – due Friday, September 7, 2018
  • New Member Calendar  - due Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Semester Recruitment/Intake Report – due Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Semester Safety Health and Wellness Report – due Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Semester Diversity Report – due Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Online New Member grade checks must be completed prior to extending a bid to check for eligibility. 
  • Online New Member registrations AND calendars must be submitted within 10 days of New Members accepting a bid.
  • Online calendars must be submitted and approved prior to starting your new member process or new member education program.

Spring Semester

  • Online Rosters and Officer updates - due Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • New Member Calendar – due Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Intake Paperwork (NPHC and MCGC only) – due Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Annual Chapter Report – due  Sunday, January 13, 2019 by 11:59 pm
  • Annual Chapter Plan for 2019 calendar year – due Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Semester Recruitment/Intake Report – due Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Semester Safety, Health, & Wellness Report – due Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Semester Diversity Report – due Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Online New Member grade checks must be completed prior to extending a bid to check for eligibility. 
  • Online New Member registrations must be submitted within 10 days of New Members accepting a bid.
  • Online calendars must be submitted and approved prior to starting your new member process or new member education program.

Annual Items

  • Yearly Anti-Hazing Form – due Monday, January 21, 2019 or before your chapter starts new member education*
    • *Which ever date is earlier
  • Yearly Housing Report – due Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Citizenship Report – due Monday, April 22, 2019
  • You can continue to update your rosters and officer contact lists with any additional changes throughout the semester, however you must submit the initial changes by the dates listed above for each semester for our records.

*For SOE requirements that involve individual member participation (Safety, Health & Wellness, Diversity, Citizenship, and Housing), please note that 75% of your chapter needs to participate in each required category.*

SOE Opportunities

OSU Partnerships

Partner with these Ohio State departments and organizations to register for their approved programs.

Safety, Health and Wellness

  • Drop-In Workshops (Provided by Counseling and Consultation Services)
    • Please contact the facilitator if you plan to have a large group attend.
  • Hands-Only CPR (Provided by OSU EMS)
    • This workshop also counts for the Housing SOE requirement, but your chapter cannot use it to fulfill both requirements simultaneously. For instance, if you count it for your Safety/Health/Wellness requirement, you cannot also count it for the Housing requirement, or vice versa.
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) (Provided by OSU Department of Public Safety)
    • For women only
    • This workshop also counts for the Housing SOE requirement, but your chapter cannot use it to fulfill both requirements simultaneously. For instance, if you count it for your Safety/Health/Wellness requirement, you cannot also count it for the Housing requirement, or vice versa.
  • REACH (Suicide Prevention Program) Training
  • Sexual Pleasure, Health, & Safety Presentations (Provided by Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Student Leadership Advocates
    • Workshop Options: Time Management and Stress Relief, Conflict Management
      • Other Presentation Requests
        • Options: Social Skills and Civil Engagement, Sexual Health Education, Healthy Relationship Skills, Empathy and Behavior Management, Violence Prevention
  • Student Wellness Center
    • To register or for questions, please email wellness@osu.edu at least 1 week in advance. Limited Capacity. Sessions are first come, first served.
      • The Deal on Drugs
        • Monday February 11, 6pm, Hagerty 180
        • This interactive discussion will educate participants on the myths and facts regarding marijuana, prescription drugs, and tobacco. Additionally, this session will highlight what the law states surrounding use of these drugs and the impact they may have on college students. No RSVP required. 
      • Latex and Safer Sex
        • Monday February 11, 7pm, Hagerty 180
        • Through interactive activities participants learn why it is necessary to use latex barriers and how to properly use them in order to reduce the risks associated with STIs and pregnancy. Some common misperceptions and questions about sexual health are discussed. 
      • Body Image: Being Comfortable in Your 'Genes'
        • Monday February 25, 7pm Hagerty 180
        • This discussion-based presentation addresses the many facets of body image, and how you can empower yourself and others towards positive body image.
      • Buckeyes Got Your Back
        • Monday March 25, 7pm Hagerty 180
        • Monday April 8, 7pm Hagerty 180 
        • This session aims to inform the campus about intervening sexual violence prevention approaches. Participants will learn various techniques for intervening in varying levels of potentially harmful situations and learn the importance of intervening at all levels. Participants can also take the intervention styles quiz which will help participants learn their most comfortable intervention style.
      • Life's Tough - So Are You
        • Monday April 8, 6pm Hagerty 180
        • This interactive session will give students an overview of resilience and stress management, increase their awareness of their ability to handle challenges, and help students identify ways to build their resilience now and in the future. 

Diversity

Housing

  • Hands-Only CPR (Provided by OSU EMS)
    • This workshop also counts for the Safety, Health and Wellness SOE requirement, but your chapter cannot use it to fulfill both requirements simultaneously. For instance, if you count it for your Safety/Health/Wellness requirement, you cannot also count it for the Housing requirement, or vice versa.
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) (Provided by OSU Department of Public Safety)
    • For women only
    • This workshop also counts for the Safety, Health and Wellness SOE requirement, but your chapter cannot use it to fulfill both requirements simultaneously. For instance, if you count it for your Safety/Health/Wellness requirement, you cannot also count it for the Housing requirement, or vice versa.
  • Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program Home Walk-Throughs
    • This workshop only counts for each individual who attends the walk-through and learns directly from the OCHEP representatives directly; having an OCHEP representative walk through your house does not mean it automatically accounts for all members of your organization who live there. This means that this opportunity would be difficult to engage all members of a large chapter in, but you may suggest this to members who cannot attend another Housing program. 

Approved SOE Opportunities

Please check here throughout the semester for more SOE opportunities.

Safety, Health and Wellness

  • Not Your High School SexEd (hosted by the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Department and the Undergraduate Student Government)
    • Two date options: February 11th, 7-8:30pm in the Milestone Room OR February 12th, 7-8:30pm in the Student Alumni Room
      • "This sex-education event is all about pleasure and not about shame. We cover everything: how to get the most fun out of sex, how to easily use condoms and birth control, be covered from STDs and STIs, and how to talk with your partners about consent. We include all orientations and all genders. You (and your sexual partners) will be glad you came!"
    • No RSVP required. Contact chen.7244@osu.edu with any questions.
  • Sexual Violence with Dr. Mengo
    • Tuesday February 12 4:30pm-6pm, Science and Engineering Library, Room 070
      • This presentation will begin with Dr. Mengo providing a definition and real-world examples of intimate partner violence. She will then share her research on the world of sexual violence, which includes studies both within and outside of the United States. She will draw connections between her studies and the kinds of things we may see today in our own lives. There will be plenty of time for a question and answer section at the end.The presentation will be supplemented with PowerPoints made by Dr. Mengo.
      • No RSVP, contact rinderle.16@osu.edu with any questions. 
  • Fighting Abortion Stigma with Planned Parenthood
    • Wednesday February 13, 4pm-5:30pm, Ohio Union, Rosa M. Ailabouni Room
      • Planned Parenthood Educators will bring visuals to aid in their presentation, including a PowerPoint, statistics, and photographs. They will share information about their many health services, and they will explain how to access these services. They will speak about the social stigma surrounding abortion, and how this can harm women and men in our community. There will be time for questions after.
      • No RSVP, contact rinderle.16@osu.edu with any questions.
  • Don’t Have Sex, Because You Will Get Pregnant and Die: Ohio Sex Ed.
    • Thursday February 14 11am-1pm in the Union Milestone Room
      • "Join us at “Don’t Have Sex, Because You Will Get Pregnant and Die: Ohio Sex Ed.” This phrase probably sounds familiar —and not just from Mean Girls. If you had sex education in Ohio, this might have been the main message from your teachers. Get the facts about sex education in our state from the Program Manager of Coalition for Sexual Health, Chelsea Varnum. But don’t touch that remote, because next up is State Representative Nickie Antonio to discuss legislation and Ohio lawmaking."
      • No RSVP required, please contact Nutter.124@osu.edu with any questions.
  • Got Consent? (hosted by SARNCO and the Undergraduate Student Government)
    • February 15th, 3:30-5:30pm in the Student Alumni Room
      • "Speak up and learn more about why consent is sexy. Learn to recognize the signs and how to properly ask for consent. No matter if you are in a relationship or single and ready to mingle, come and learn all you can about consent. Be an upstander, NOT a bystander!"
      • No RSVP required. Contact chen.7244@osu.edu with any questions.
  • What's Up, Doc?
    • Friday February 15 6pm-8pm, Union Senate Chambers 
      • Join us at “What’s Up, Doc?” Which kinds of doctors want to talk to you about your sex life? How do different specialities work sexuality into their practice? Is it okay for me toask them about that one thing? Come find out at Sex Week. A panel of physicians, ranging from Psychiatrists to Gynecologists, will be here to help you get your sexual health in check.
      • No RSVP required, please contact Nutter.124@osu.edu with any questions.

Diversity​​​​​​​

  • Break the Sex Myth with Rachel Hills
    • ​​​​​​​Wednesday, February 13th 7pm-8:30pm, RPAC Meeting Room
      • Rachel Hills presents by creating a conversation with the students present at her event. She allows for free expression and accepts all questions relating to gender, identity, sexual experiences, and societal views on sex. The first 15 people to arrive at this event will receive a free signed copy of Hills’ book.
      • No RSVP, contact rinderle.16@osu.edu with any questions.
  • Healthcare in the LGBTQ Community
    • ​​​​​​​Friday February 15th 3pm-4:30pm, Union Ohio Staters Founders Room
      • LGBTQ-discrimination is real, and it happens in Columbus. Katherine Ritter, a Ph.D. student in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, specializes in studying health disparities in the LGBTQ community, including their access to — or lack there of — healthcare. Katherine will be sharing her research with Sex Week so that we can all understand the obstacles that the LGBTQ community must overcome. If you don’t consider yourself to be a member of the LGBTQ community, come anyway and bring a friend. Somewhere, sometime, you will know someone who will benefit from this information.
      • No RSVP required, please contact Nutter.124@osu.edu with any questions. 
  • TEDxOhioStateUniversity
    • Saturday, February 21, 12-4pm, Mershon Auditorium 
      • If you love TED talks, join us for TEDxOhioStateUniversity on Feb. 23rd at Mershon Auditorium to hear some of Ohio State's most innovative and important ideas worth spreading. Tickets are only $15 which includes food + audience gift - and of course, 13 incredible speakers on topics ranging from studying oceanic viruses and their impact on each of us to exploring the immigrant story through the power of dance. You can get tickets and find more information about speakers at tedx.osu.edu! https://my.wexarts.org/0/907 Student and community member tickets may be purchased here

Housing

Additional SOE Opportunities (NOT Automatically Approved)

Check out these additional resources for ideas to create your own SOE event. Please note that you must still fill out an SOE approval form (located at the top of this page) for any of these events. They are not automatically approved.

Safety, Health and Wellness

Diversity

Housing

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