Sorority and Fraternity Life Partnership

KU sororities and fraternities provide rich opportunities for leadership development, relationship building, philanthropic activities, and lifelong experiences. Sororities and fraternities often involve multiple stakeholders, including alumni boards, local advisors, inter/national organizations, university governing councils, and chapter leadership. Because of the complexity of sorority and fraternity organizations, Student Conduct and Community Standards encourages chapters to resolve incidents occurring within their chapter. We also encourage KU's four governing councils to resolve alleged incidents through their well-established judicial board procedures. Often, the individual chapter and/or governing council is best equipped to resolve low-level violations that do not adhere to the chapter and/or governing council values and bylaws. 

When serious violations occur, Student Conduct and Community Standards works with the relevant stakeholders to resolve the incident. This may include information gathering and investigation phases. Student Conduct and Community Standards investigates all forms of hazing and harm to persons. Organizations are expected to participate fully with university resolution processes, as well as resolution expectations from their governing council and inter/national organization. 

The chart below provides examples of violations and resolution options occurring within the individual chapter, at the governing council level, or by Student Conduct and Community Standards. 

 

Violations investigated and resolved within the chapter. 

Violations investigated and resolved by the governing council’s judicial board. 

Violations investigated and resolved by Student Conduct and Community Standards. 

Violation Examples 

Violations of chapter and/or headquarters policies and procedures, including social policy and risk management violations 

Housing damage 

Noise 

Hard alcohol and/or drug violations 

Vandalism 

Theft 

Fighting 

Hazing (would also be dealt with at governing council and SCCS level) 

Recruitment infractions 

Alcohol violations with a common source, distribution to minors, provision of alcohol, etc. 

Violations of governing council policies and procedures, including social policy and risk management violations 

Hazing (would also be dealt with at chapter and SCCS level) 

Hazing (would also be dealt with at chapter and governing council level) 

Forced alcohol consumption 

Title IX violations / gender-based violence 

Ongoing / multiple alcohol and drug medical transports 

Ongoing and repeated violations of a lesser nature. 

Violations of a lesser nature that occur while a chapter is under sanctions for previous incidents.  

Resolution Examples 

Prescribed sanction assessed by chapter or peer judicial board.  

Chapter self-governs and sanctions the individuals or chapter as appropriate. 

If necessary, chapter or headquarters leadership may refer incidents to the governing council or Student Conduct and Community Standards for additional action. 

Partnership process: chapter self-reports and self-investigates, then shares findings with governing council judicial board. Chapter may self-sanction. Council judicial board renders decision and sanctions, if any. Or… 

Governing council judicial board investigates and adjudicates. Council sanctions the chapter as appropriate. 

If necessary, the governing council may refer incidents to Student Conduct and Community Standards for additional action. 

Partnership process: chapter self-reports and self-investigates, then shares findings with governing council judicial board. Chapter may self-sanction. SCCS renders decision and sanctions, if any. Or… 

Incidents investigated and adjudicated by Student Conduct and Community Standards, using the student organization investigation model 

Decisions rendered through mutual agreement with the organization or informal/formal hearing processes, as appropriate. 

If necessary, Student Conduct and Community Standards may refer incidents to the governing council for additional action. 

Appeal Options

Governing Council and/or Chapter Headquarters (depending on the nature of the violation) 

Governing Council Executive Board 

University Judicial Board (final decision) 


Report an Incident

To report an incident, fill out the Incident Report Form.

Request a Presentation

To request a presentation about hazing, risk management, recruitment or other topics, fill out the Request a Presentation Form.

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