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Community Standards

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The Purpose of the Community Standards: To intentionally integrate the core principles of fraternity/sorority affiliation with the actions and behaviors of members and to promote the overall advancement of UMSL’s undergraduate fraternity and sorority community.

The University, in conjunction with the Office of Student Involvement, is dedicated to continuously engaging and developing its undergraduate fraternity and sorority members to enhance the management and quality of the fraternity and sorority experience at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL).  The Community Standards for Fraternities & Sororities is an agreement between the member chapters of the Panhellenic Association, Multi-Greek Council, and Interfraternity Council with their respective governing councils and the University. 

By outlining a clear, but comprehensive, set of minimum standards for UMSL’s Greek-lettered organizations, the groundwork has been created to achieve the following: 

  1. to improve the management and quality of Greek-lettered organizations while also maintaining the development and shared expectations of members,
  2. provide a framework by which each chapter can evaluate and progress its contributions to the greater UMSL community,
  3. quantify and document chapter activities and successes, and
  4. create an assessment tool for the OSI to determine the recognition status of chapters.   

Benefits afforded to Fraternities and Sororities at UMSL

Based on adherence to the UMSL Fraternity & Sorority Life Community Standards, fraternities and sororities are afforded the following benefits:


Relationship between the University and Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Office of Student Involvement, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, seeks to “help students develop as life-long learners and leaders by providing quality programs and services that complement and enhance the academic experience” including support of student organizations and fraternities and sororities. Fraternities and sororities must serve the purpose and mission of the University of Missouri – St. Louis and the Office of Student Involvement and must embrace and uphold the Standards of their respective National Organizations.  These organizations have the unique and additional responsibility to hold their fellow organizations accountable for actions that violate University policies, the policies of their governing councils, and the values common to all members of the UMSL Fraternity & Sorority Community.  The Office of Student Involvement has a primary responsibility to assist chapters, directly or by identifying available University resources, to meet and to exceed the Community Standards.

Scope of Community Standards:

The annual review of chapter performance (August - May) will be based on the following areas of the Community Standards:

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Risk Management & Legal Liability
  3. Membership Development & Education
  4. Unity, Diversity, & Community Engagement
  5. Community Service & Philanthropy
  6. Chapter Management
  7. University Requirements

At the end of the presentations, chapters are then rated by a panel of judges from the UMSL community on their Final Community Standards Presentations. Each individual chapter is expected to obtain a certain score from the judges, but the chapters with the higher scores are then awarded as either Bronze, Silver, or Gold Chapters. This rating system provides another set of incentives for chapters to meet and exceed their goals for the year and be the best that they can be.


Community Standards for Fraternity & Sorority Life (PDF 590KB)

Community Standards Check List (PDF 400KB)

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