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 Life, 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 OSL 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 Life, 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 Life 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 Life 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