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RSO/Fraternity & Sorority Life General Info

Fraternity and Sorority Life

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What you need to know:

The Inter-Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council are the respective governing bodies for the Salisbury University fraternities and sororities. The councils strive to unify the Greek Community through community-wide programming, such as Greek Week, recruitment, service projects, educational speakers, and fundraisers. The Greek Steering Committe brings together undergraduate leaders, alumni, faculty/staff advisors, and Salisbury administration to provide direction and guidance to the Greek community. Through dialogue, collaboration, and assessment, the Committee aims to create initiatives that advance the Greek agenda, and provide expectations and policies for recognized chapters at the University.

General Policies for Registered Student Organizations

Hazing [+]

Hazing

Salisbury University abides by the standards set forth in the Maryland Education Code that prohibits hazing at an educational institution and has elected to apply these standards to students in attendance at the University. 

Maryland Hazing Law

§268H. Hazing students is prohibited

(a)   Haze is defined—In this section “haze” means doing any act or causing any situation which recklessly or intentionally subjects a student to the risk of serious bodily injury for the purpose of initiation into a student organization of a school, college, or university.

(b)   Violation constitutes misdemeanor; penalty.—A person who hazes a student so as to cause serious bodily injury to the student at any school, college, or university is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $500, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.

(c)    Consent of a student is not a defense.—The implied or expressed consent of a student may not be a defense under this section.

Definition ofHazing

Hazing is defined as any intentional or unintentional action taken or situation created, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule for the purpose of initiation, admission or as a perceived condition of continued membership into any student organizations including, sports clubs, athletic teams, and fraternities or sororities that operate under the sanction of Salisbury University. Such activities and situations may include but are not limited to:

  • Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that involves violation of the University Code of Conduct, or local, state or federal law.
  • Any activity requiring the consumption of food, alcohol, liquid, drugs or other substances.
  • Any type of physical activity such as sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, required calisthenics, exercise or other games requiring physical exertion, or other activity that subjects the student to a risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
  • Any activity that intimidates or threatens a student with ostracism, that subjects a student to mental stress, embarrassment, shame or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the students, or discourages the student from remaining in school.
  • Any type of physical brutality such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking or placing a harmful substance on the body.
  • The expressed or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Even if the victim of hazing consents or willingly participates, the behavior is still considered an act of hazing and is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
The Salisbury University Greek Assessment Program (SUGAP) [+]

All fraternities and sororities go through annual re-certification process designed to evaluate organizational health and compliance with enunciated policies, expectations, and operating standards. Chapters are assessed in the following areas: Academic Affairs, Campus & Community Involvement, Leadership Development, Chapter Operations, Recruitment & New Member Education, Risk Management and Ritual. High-achieving fraternities and sororities are eligible for a multitude of incentives, awards, and recognition opportunities through the SUGAP.

Greek Life Expansion Policy [+]
  • Greek letter fraternities and sororities, defined as single sex social Greek letter organizations, may establish chapters at Salisbury University only through formal invitation extended by the University. Invitation is contingent upon the petitioners meeting the criteria outlined in the Salisbury University Greek Expansion Policy. For more information, visit: http://www.salisbury.edu/saol/greek/. (See Appendix I for Salisbury University Fraternity and Sorority Recognition Policy)
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