NSU implements Greek standards of excellence committee
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NSU implements Greek standards of excellence committee

Published 11/7/18

Sara Ryals

TNE Writer

In recent years, Greek life has experienced many changes. The dismissal of Lambda Chi Alpha, the investigation of Phi Sigma Kappa that led to social probation and the national and university investigation of Tau Kappa Epsilon have left many questioning the future of Greek life on campus. In an attempt to highlight the positive impact that Greek life can have on a campus, Student Affairs and Student Engagement have created a Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards of Excellence Committee.

The committee is composed of one delegate from each fraternity and sorority, one delegate from the Panhellenic Council, one delegate from the Interfraternity Council, five at-large delegates, an adviser and the director of student engagement.

“I think this will give the Greek community equal goals that we all must reach,” said Kasady Marshall, Panhellenic Council delegate. “This will allow us to hold the Greek community to higher standards and earn the respect that each chapter deserves.”
The Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards of Excellence Committee plans to establish pillars that represent the ideals of the Greek community, articulate measurable and consistent standards, establish a method for the evaluation of standards and establish a process of review for chapters that fail to meet minimum standards.

“I feel like this committee is long overdue and will help impact Greek life at NSU by giving chapters a voice in the rules that they are held to by the university,” said Maci French, at-large delegate. “I also think that this has the potential to better Greek life as a whole and support better bonds for Greek unity.”

In a letter to committee delegates, Kristi Norris, coordinator of fraternity and sorority life, said many universities already have a fraternity and sorority standards program in place. She feels for NSU to remain a relevant and leading fraternity and sorority community, Greek life must step up and create their own. The Greek Standards Committee is expected to be molded after those in place at universities like Bowling Green State University, Cal Poly, Midwestern State, Oklahoma City University, Otterbein, Texas A&M University, the University of Missouri- St. Louis, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Villanova University.

“I believe this committee will impact Greek life on campus by means of acknowledgement of the good the fraternities and sororities do for NSU and the community to our faculty and staff,” said Taylor Lloyd, Pi Kappa Alpha representative. “I feel it will also show us the areas in which we need to improve, like any organization or establishment in life and what steps it takes to achieve a level of satisfaction, then move past that by raising the standards.”

Committee members are expected to attend semi monthly meetings and serve on a subcommittee to create standards under each pillar. They meet regularly as a subcommittee outside of standards meetings and provide regular updates to fraternity and sorority chapters. 

In a letter to Greek life presidents, Jerrid Freeman, vice president of student affairs, and Dr. Kelly Jo Larsen, director of student engagement, said they feel that the Greek community has long been an important part of NSU with many of the groups being apart of campus for eight decades. They also acknowledged that students of the Greek community are active student leaders, often recognized amongst the brightest stars of their class at the annual Ovation Awards. However, Freeman and Larsen also recognized that Greek-letter organizations are far from perfect both nationally and at the campus level. Freeman and Larson wrote that fraternity and sorority leadership must stand together to confront behaviors that threaten the ability for the organizations to exist as part of the campus community.

“The Greek Standards Committee will have a positive and lasting impact on fraternity and sorority life here at NSU,” said Larsen.

The committee is expected to release a rough draft of the newfound Greek life standards to the Fraternity and sorority community, department of student engagement and the division of student affairs by March 29. The chapters are asked to return all feedback regarding the standards by April 26 with the final draft to follow in the fall of 2019. Chapters are required to administer an assessment of the standards by the end of fall 2019. For more information regarding the Fraternity and Sorority Standards of Excellence Committee, call Kristi Norris at (918) 444-2525.

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