Brooklyn Campus

Guidelines For Fraternities & Sororities

Administrative policies concerning the chartering of fraternities and sororities on the Brooklyn Campus is as follows: Participation of perspective enrollees is limited to students with a minimum of thirty(30) credits and an index of at least 2.5.

Chartered organization on the Brooklyn Campus can enroll members from area colleges or universities provided we receive written consent or agreement from the Dean(s) of the other institution(s) for our file in the Office of Student Activities.

Actively chartered organizations must maintain a minimum of seven members in order to operate as an active club on campus.

"Greeks and pledges must not only adhere to campus regulations for students, but must also read, understand and conform to our pledging guidelines.

The following guidelines for pledging are construed to afford every student who chooses to pledge a sorority or fraternity minimum rights, and to make the initiating process more attractive. The essence of these guidelines has been adapted from the "Pledging Guidelines/Bill of Rights" of Kean College of New Jersey.

Statement of Position on Hazing and Pre-Initiation Activities as Adopted From the Fraternity Executive Association:

"...a fraternity [/sorority] has a solemn obligation in the development of its pledges and members and that this responsibility estends alike to the institutions where it is represented; to parents and others who make possible the education of pledges and members; to the communities where chapters are accountable for good citizenship; and to the college fraternity [/sorority] system of which it is a part.

"...despite the fact that much progress has been made, one of the most damaging instruments to the fraternity [/sorority]system is the employment of a program of education, which includes hazing,and that this unproductive, ridiculous and hazardous custom has no rightful place in the fraternity [/sorority] system."

Hazing, as defined in the NASPA Journal, vol.24,no.4, Spring 1987, in "Putting an End to Fraternity Hazing", includes but is not limited to:

A. Actions that recklessly or intentionally endanger the physical and mental health or safety of students;

B. Forced or required consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or any other substance;

C. Forced or required participation in physical activities, such as calisthenics, exercises orso-called games;

D. Exposure to the weather;

E. Excessive fatigue resulting from sleep deprivation, physical activities,

F. assignment of activities that would be illegal or unlawful, or might be morally offensive to individual initiates;

G. physical brutality,including paddling, striking with fists, open hands or objects;

H. kidnapping, transportation,or stranding of individuals; verbal abuse, including "line ups"and berating of individuals;

J. forced or required conduct that could embarrass or affect the dignity of the individual.

K. the intentional creation of clean-up work or labor for initiates by active members or alumni;

L. denial of sufficient time to study;

M. nudity or lewd behavior



1. An initiate's religious beliefs, ethnicity,and race must be respected during the initiation process.

2. All prospective initiates must attend a pre-initiation meeting on college guidelines and state law sponsored by the Office of Student Activities

3. Prior to conducting an initiation program, the president, vice-president, initiating coordinator and assistants must attend a pre-initiation meeting on University guidelines sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

4. At least one week prior to the initiation, each group must submit to the Office of Student Activities a list of all initiates,their addresses, social security numbers, number of credits earned, and cumulative Grade Point Averages. Sessions and functions initiates are required to attend, and dates and descriptions of community service and fundraising projects.

5. All initiation programs must be completed prior to the last three weeks before the final examination period of each semester.

6. Activities must not interfere with the rights and activities of others.

7. Consent of a initiatee or any assumption of risk is not a defense to any violation of these guidelines, and all individulas and/or groups are responsible for every violation of these guidelines.

8. Faculty and alumni advisors and the national headquarters of any group alleged to have violated this policy will be notified. All initiation and related activities shall be suspended during the period.

9. By agreement, each Fraternity and Sorority will set up a committee to hear the grievance of an initiatee. If not satisfied with the outcome, initiates should next see the Dean of Students who will follow up as deemed appropriate.

10. All prospective initiatees and apprpriate chapter officers are required to complete an initiation contract with the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University prior to initiation activities.

*Enacted at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus February 3,1989



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