To be eligible to register and participate in Recruitment or Intake, you must first complete the 45-minute Hazing Prevention 101™ Course - College Edition.
The Hazing Prevention 101™ Course - College Edition was developed in partnership with HazingPrevention.Org and leading hazing prevention academicians to provide evidence-based, best practices that teach you how to recognize, prevent and report hazing.
Follow these steps:
1. Visit https://gvsu.prevent.zone/
2. Click "Register" under Hazing Prevention 101™ Course - College Edition
3. Fill in the required information:
- First & last name
- GVSU email & create password
- Select your classification
- Under "Organization Type," select "Potential New Member"
- Under "Organization Name," select the council in which you are looking to join
4. Click submit
Once you complete the course, you will need to upload your "
Certificate of Completion" to your registration
form for the council you are looking to join.
For assistance call the Office of Student Life - (616) 331-2345
Students interested in joining a Greek-letter organization must be a fully matriculated (full-time credit load) undergraduate student who possess over a 2.5 cumulative GPA. First-term freshmen and transfer students are exempt from this requirement. No graduate students may participate as a roster member with the chapter.
All Grand Valley State University (GVSU) fraternities and sororities must submit this form to Fraternity & Sorority Life by the end of the second week of each semester to certify compliance with GVSU anti-hazing policies and Michigan State law.
The Michigan Penal Code (Excerpt) Act 328 of 1931
750.411t Hazing prohibited; violation; penalty; exceptions; certain defenses barred; definitions; section title. Sec. 411t.
- Except as provided in subsection (4), a person who attends, is employed by, or is a volunteer of an educational institution shall not engage in or participate in the hazing of an individual.
- A person who violates subsection (1) is guilty of a crime
punishable as follows:
- If the violation results in physical injury, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
- If the violation results in serious impairment of a body function, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $2,500.00, or both.
- If the violation results in death, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
- A criminal penalty provided for under this section may be imposed in addition to any penalty that may be imposed for any other criminal offense arising from the same conduct.
- This section does not apply to an individual who is the subject of the hazing, regardless of whether the individual voluntarily allowed himself or herself to be hazed.
- This section does not apply to an activity that is normal and customary in an athletic, physical education, military training, or similar program sanctioned by the educational institution.
- It is not a defense to a prosecution for a crime under this section that the individual against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing.
- As used in this section:
- “Educational institution” means a public or private school that is a middle school, junior high school, high school, vocational school, college, or university located in this state.
- “Hazing” means an intentional, knowing, or reckless act by a
person acting alone or acting with others that is directed
against an individual and that the person knew or should have
known endangers the physical health or safety of the individual,
and that is done for the purpose of pledging, being initiated
into, affiliating with, participating in, holding office in, or
maintaining membership in any organization. Subject to
subsection (5), hazing includes any of the following that is
done for such a purpose:
- Physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity.
- Physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, or calisthenics that subjects the other person to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the physical health or safety of the individual.
- Activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subjects the individual to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the physical health or safety of the individual.
- Activity that induces, causes, or requires an individual to perform a duty or task that involves the commission of a crime or an act of hazing.
- “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, service group, social group, athletic team, or similar group whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.
- “Pledge” means an individual who has been accepted by, is considering an offer of membership from, or is in the process of qualifying for membership in any organization.
- “Pledging” means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization.
- “Serious impairment of a body function” means that term as defined in section 479a.
- This section shall be known and may be cited as “Garret's law”.
Grand Valley State University Student Code - STU 2.4.2 Hazing
Hazing: Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent (and/or) failing to discourage (and/or) failing to report those acts may also violate this policy.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Expectations on Hazing and New Member Activities
- Hazing is not tolerated in any form; neither as part of the new member program nor as acts by individual members of the chapter.
- The chapter’s initiation is to be a positive, educational experience for all involved. Names such as “Hell Week”, “I Week”, etc. are prohibited to be used in reference to pre-initiation activities.
- New member activities cannot take place between 12:00 am (midnight) and 8:00 am Monday through Friday.
- The new member program (membership intake/pledging ceremony/initiation ceremony) is to be no longer than the length prescribed by the (inter)national organization. All activities must be completed one week before classes end each semester.
- New members shall never be subject to sleep or food deprivation and shall never be required to stay or live anywhere in inappropriate health and/or safety conditions.
- Forced, required, or condoned application of foreign substances to the body resulting in lewdness or potential ridicule or bodily harm (i.e. tattooing or branding) is prohibited.
- All activities associated in any way with new members must be alcohol and substance free.
- All activities associated in any way with sorority prospective members should not involve members/prospective members of fraternities, likewise, fraternity prospective member activities should not involve members/prospective members of sororities.
- Due to the nature of intimate association and deliberate seeking of acceptance into a fraternity/sorority by new members, "free will" (meaning someone has agreed to participation in or be hazed) cannot be used as an exception to these policies.
- When alcohol is involved at an event, the chapter must hand in all social paperwork no later than fourteen days prior to the event to help with event planning.
- Events registrations will not be accepted without an excusable reason after the fourteen-day period.
- In the event of a social or mixer with one or more organizations, the paperwork from all parties must be handed in at the same time.
Social Host Policy Third-Party-Vendor-Checklist Host Event Planning Guide
All chapters must procure and maintain Commercial General Liability Insurance with limits of no less than $2,000,000 general aggregate and $1,000,000 each occurrence at all times. Grand Valley State University shall be recognized by chapter’s insurer as Additional Insured on a primary and noncontributory basis for all liability relating to the chapter’s activities. The chapter shall provide Grand Valley State University with Certificate(s) of Insurance which evidence the required coverage, as well as copies of the Additional Insured endorsement. Failure to provide a Certificate of Insurance, or the relevant Endorsement, does not waive the Chapter’s obligation to comply with these terms and conditions. National offices can submit this information to Chris McQueen ([email protected]).
Heather Taylor, ARM
Assistant Vice President ERM & Insurance Programs
(616) 331-2067 email: [email protected]
In 2002, the GVSU Fraternity and Sorority Community developed a Mission and Values statement. This statement represents not only the community, but also chapters and each individual member. Each chapter voted on the written values and they were approved unanimously at the Presidents' Council, now known as the Greek Life Council. These values are the basis for the Chapter of Excellence Assessment.
In Fall 2020, the standards were revised and renamed to Greek Standards and Assessment Program (GSAP) to ensure that all areas of Fraternity & Sorority Life were included. Attention to specific governing council details in each area were also considered. In 2020, the grading rubric was revised after the Towson Chapter Assessment Program (CAP), which was modeled after the University of Delaware's CAP with permission in 2008. GSAP was revised to incorporate the hosting or attendance of diversity, equity and inclusion programs, as well as conducting a semester evaluation instead of an academic year evaluation.
The GSAP provides an opportunity to communicate the benefits of Fraternity & Sorority Life memberships to all stakeholders including potential members, parents, alumni, advisors, faculty, staff, and local/national communities. It also allows the chapter and university to positively promote chapters, who are providing a well-rounded experience for its members.
In addition to positive promotion of chapters, the GSAP serves as a benchmark for organizations that are not meeting expectations of a fully functioning fraternal organization on campus. This allows chapters to identify key areas of improvement to maintain and enhance their status as a recognized fraternal organization at Loyola. The GSAP focuses on four major areas of fraternal organizations including:
- Chapter Management
- Membership Development
- Community Involvement
Each major area is broken down into action items to be completed by the chapter on a semester basis. At the conclusion of every semester, each organization's GSAP portfolio is graded on a point system. Based on total points, chapters are awarded a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Needs Improvement status.
Grand Valley State University (GVSU) supports its students’ right to assemble and form groups based on a shared mission. The GVSU Office of Student Life empowers students to effectively engage with their communities through intentionally designed and inclusive programs, services and environments. Student Life fosters learning, development, wellness, and success for students at Grand Valley State University.
Separate recognition guidelines have been developed for Greek-letter organizations due to their complex and unique nature. The Expansion Procedures for Greek-letter Organizations allows Grand Valley State University to carefully manage the growth of its Greek community and helps to ensure a healthy, safe, and thriving fraternity/sorority community.
The new member process can be no longer than eight weeks. All new members must be initiated by the first day of final exams. Please plan accordingly.
The official start date will be the day you begin the new member process. If you take two pledge/new member classes in one term, you can have two separate dates for initiations and two separate timelines. Please notify your new member educator and your national office to make changes.
There will be no exceptions to this rule.
In conjunction with the requirements set forth by the Office of Student Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life and the University, the expectations are that each fraternity and sorority chapter is to maintain a minimum of four (4) undergraduate members of this institution in order to be recognized by the University.
In understanding the demographics of Grand Valley State University and circumstances impacting certain fraternities and sororities, Fraternity & Sorority Life reserves the right to support and offer assistance to chapters that fall below the four member requirement and have the support of their international, national, or regional headquarters. Support for such chapters will be extended on a chapter by chapter basis and will require cooperation and communication from the local chapter and their international, national, or regional headquarters when applicable.
Expectations in such cases shall include but are not limited to the following:
- A letter of support for the chapter from its current state, regional, or national officer for the continued recognition of the chapter. Letter should include detailed plans of support for the academic year.
- A detailed action plan from the chapter to outline their membership intake plan to increase membership signed by the chapter President and Advisor(s).
- A letter of explanation from the chapter detailing the contributing factors of their current membership number to help guide their planning for their future growth.
- An understanding that the chapter shall not remain under the required number of members for longer than eighteen (18) months.
The approval from the Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life is necessary in all instances to receive support from Fraternity & Sorority Life, while below the 4 member minimum.
Advisory Support: Chapters shall have active advisory support from Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) and a university faculty member, staff member, or a College of Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) graduate student.
A professional from FSL will be assigned to work directly with each chapter. Chapter leadership is expected to meet at least monthly with their FSL Staff Advisor. Chapters may select their university faculty/staff advisor (CSAL graduate students are allowed to serve as the faculty/staff position and can be paired with a faculty/staff member) and are encouraged to also appoint an alumnus advisor from their respective organization. Chapters who are unable to identify a faculty/staff advisor may contact the FSL for assistance in identifying possible candidates.
GVSU Statement Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct
Title IX states no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any Grand Valley State University (GVSU) educational programming or activity. Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence.
The GVSU Title IX Office takes all allegations seriously and works closely with Fraternity & Sorority Life. For more information about Title IX please refer to: gvsu.edu/titleix
GVSU Student Code of Conduct
GVSU’s Student Code of Conduct outlines prohibited conduct including: discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and other forms of sex and gender based violence. All GVSU students and the recognized fraternities and sororities are responsible to understand and be aware of the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct, including the Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation provisions, are available at: http://www.gvsu.edu/studentcode/.
The GVSU Conduct Office investigates all matters that implicate the Student Code of Conduct. For more information about the GVSU Conduct Office please see: http://www.gvsu.edu/dos/.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Expectations on Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and New Member Activities
- Discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct, as defined by the university, are not tolerated in any form; neither by the organization as a whole nor as acts by individual members of the chapter.
- Each semester, all chapter members must attend educational programming on compliance with the policies mentioned.
- All new members will be required to read, discuss, and attest that they have an understanding of the meaning and scope of, as well as the principles and recommendations for, bystander intervention.
The Student Code is applied at functions, activities, and events hosted by Registered Student Organizations, on or off campus. The Fraternity & Sorority Life Alcohol & Other Drugs Policy supplements the provisions of the Student Code and other documented University Policies.
This policy applies in any situation sponsored or endorsed by a fraternity or sorority at Grand Valley State University, including those occurring on or off campus. If the international/national organization of a fraternity or sorority at Grand Valley State University has policies that are more restrictive than this policy, the fraternity or sorority must comply with the more restrictive policy.
- The organization, its members, and guests must comply with all federal, state, and local laws.
- No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide, or be provided alcohol.
- The organization, its members, and guests must follow federal, state, and local laws on the illegal use of drugs and other controlled substances, including marijuana. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, or manufacture illegal drugs, other controlled substances, or drug-related paraphernalia.
- Alcohol may only be present if (a) provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor or (b) brought by individual members and guests (i.e. BYOB).
- Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities (e.g. kegs, cases of beer, “handles” and fifths of liquor, etc.), are prohibited unless provided and used by a licensed and insured third-party vendor to sell alcohol on a per-drink basis.
- Alcohol may not be purchased with organizational funds or funds pooled by members or guests (e.g. admission fees, cover charges, funds collected through digital apps, etc.).
- The organization may not co-host, co-sponsor, or in any way participate in an event or activity with a registered student organization (RSO) or other entity (e.g. athletics team, club sports team, organization not affiliated with the university, etc.) that purchases or provides alcohol.
- The organization may not co-host or cosponsor with a bar, event promoter, or alcohol distributor; however, a chapter may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a chapter event.
- Attendance by non-members must be by invitation only at any event where alcohol is present, and the organization must utilize a guest list.
- Alcohol may not be present if the event or activity relates to the new member joining process (e.g. recruitment, rush, intake, etc.).
- Alcohol may not be present if the event or activity relates to new members or their initiation into the organization (e.g. new member meetings, rituals, “bid night,” “Big/Little” events or activities, “family” events or activities, new member presentations, etc).
The organization, its members, and guests may not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify, or participate in activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games (e.g. beer bongs or funnels, taking shots).
Grand Valley State University values excellence, integrity, inquiry, inclusiveness, community, sustainability, and innovation. The university promotes a fraternity and sorority life experience that enhances these values by focusing on a students’ personal growth, academic achievement, diverse community involvement, and development of lifelong friendships.
Paramount to the fraternity and sorority life experience is the health, safety, and well-being of all community members.
We believe that the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs prevents our community members from realizing their full potential as citizens and exemplifying the values of both their inter/national organization and the institution.
We believe strongly in the power of a positive fraternity and sorority experience to enhance students’ holistic development and support their success. Seeking to promote a healthy university community and positive fraternity and sorority life experience, we uphold the following philosophy on alcohol and other drugs:
- We expect our students to follow federal, state, and local laws regarding alcohol and other drugs.
- To address the negative behaviors associated with the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, the University collaborates with chapter and governing council leaders, as well as inter/national organizations.
- Through education, training and advising, the University provides our students with the tools to make good choices and to understand the consequences of their choices.
- The university holds chapters and individual students accountable for the choices they make.
- We expect our students to take responsibility for their actions and inactions.
- We empower our students to self-govern and hold their peers accountable for choices that fail to exemplify our shared standards.
- We expect all members of our community to demonstrate a concern for the health, safety, and well-being of others.
This was composed and approved in Winter 2019 by Fraternity & Sorority Life Task Force representatives from the following: Greek Life Board, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, Multicultural Greek Council, Black Greek Council, Student Senate, Alcohol and Other Drug Education Services, GVSU Division of Inclusion and Equity, GVSU Office of Conduct, GVSU Fraternity and Sorority Life, GVSU Alumni Relations, GVSU Young Alumni Board and representation from a faculty member, graduate student, and chapter advisors.
A chapter below the cumulative academic grade point average requirement (2.5) will be automatically assigned the Academic Plan Level One status. For each additional semester a chapter is below the academic requirement, and does not improve by .10 (therefore remaining on the same plan level), the next level will be assigned. Each success plan remains in effect as the next level is added to the previous sanction(s). All success plans shall remain in effect until the organization has met the academic requirement, in which case the chapter is no longer on an Academic Plan Level.
- Chapter developed written plan for scholastic improvement
- Midterm grade report due to Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL)
- All level one activities
- Chapter developed individualized plan for scholastic improvement for each member
- Bimonthly attendance at professor’s office hours, or meeting with a Student Academic Success Center staff member
- All level two activities
- Ineligible for Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards Recognition, Chapter of Excellence Awards and Student Life Awards
- Loss of participation in Fraternity & Sorority Life/Office of Student Life-sponsored Homecoming, Greek Week activities, and member attendance in the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV)
- Loss of University Recognition