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.
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 of “Hazing”
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:
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.