8. Fraternity and Sorority Chapters
All policies in Section 1 through 6 apply to students living in fraternities and sororities. Greek letter organizations at the University of Rhode Island are a component of the institution’s total educational program. As such they are partners with the University in a mutually supportive educational endeavor. Therefore, Greek letter organizations share a responsibility for strengthening the total quality of student life, by making a significant positive contribution to present and future students.
Because of their importance to their own members and to the educational quality of the URI campus, fraternity and sorority chapters have specific rights and responsibilities within this community.
Among their rights are 1) choosing their members; 2) participating as a unit in campus group activities; 3) receiving assistance from the University in leadership development activities; 4) having a University advisor who will assist them in their chapter development and who will serve as a liaison between them and other parts of the University; 5) participating in self-governing activities through the Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Association; 6) providing the opportunity for participation in educational experiences; and 7) the right not to be discriminated against because of Greek membership.
Their responsibilities are 1) to conduct all of their activities in accordance with regulations and policies of the University of Rhode Island and their general fraternity, including policies on hazing (see Section 2.16) and rights of individual members and policies on nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disabled and/or Vietnam era veterans; (see also Section 2.9-2.14); 2) to prohibit alcohol availability during all on-campus events; 3) to comply with their chapter and by-laws developed in consultation with and approved by their general fraternity; 4) to operate their chapter affairs in a businesslike manner consistent with their constitution and University policies; 5) to maintain an atmosphere within their chapter and its activities supportive of high academic standards, establishing general goals and specific objectives periodically in consultation with Greek Affairs in the Office of Student Life and representatives of the general fraternity; 6) to strive toward the achievement of these goals and objectives in consultation with University and general fraternity advisors; and 7) to employ a full-time live-in educational advisor.
Social fraternities and sororities exist at the University as residential units or groups under policies established by the Office of Student Affairs. Fraternities and sororities exist at the University of Rhode Island only at the invitation of the University. This invitation is formally extended by the Vice President for Student Affairs and can be withdrawn if a fraternity or a sorority fails to comply with University policies. Specific policies are found in the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, President’s Manual and in this handbook.