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

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

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Diversity

  • Man Up: Reimagining Masculinity (hosted by Phi Beta Sigma) - November 30th, 7-9pm in the Ohio Union Barbie Tootle Room
    • *Open to anyone, but targeted towards Black males*
    • "Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. presents their program on masculinity and how it is thought about and performed in the black community here on campus."
    • No RSVP required. Contact boatner.3@osu.edu with any questions.

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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