IFC Positive Community Relationship Guidelines
The California State University, Northridge Fraternity and Sorority Institutional Relationship Statement requires that recognized fraternities and sororities conduct their organizations and activities as responsible bodies in their relationships with their constituencies, other students, the community and the University. All students living within the surrounding community are expected to conduct themselves as responsible adults and recognize that individual and group actions reflect on the university and individual organizations.
With regard to such manners, the following guidelines for activities conducted off campus were developed for California State University, Northridge's fraternities and sororities in an inter-agency meeting amongst neighbors and students on January 9, 1985 and most recently revisited by the Interfraternity Council on November 9, 2011. These guidelines only refer to those activities sponsored at non-commercial private residences taking place within neighboring campus communities. Questions regarding these guidelines can be directed to the Matador Involvement Center at 818-677-5111.
During Formal Recruitment:
- Trash patrols will remove any trash left after every fraternity event.
- Appropriate trash receptacles will be provided for the discarding of such items.
- Loud speakers will be directed away from neighboring properties.
- During weekday events (Monday through Thursday), music or any other amplified sound will be turned down at 10:00p.m. and events will close no later than 11:00p.m. At weekend events (Friday-Saturday), music any other amplified sound will be turned down at 11:00p.m. and events will close no later than midnight. The term "close" means that no new guests will be admitted and noise levels will be restricted.
- Fraternity guests will be instructed to park only in designated public parking areas if no parking is available at the property. Efforts will be made to limit conversations, noise and slamming of car doors while arriving to and from events.
At Times Other than Formal Recruitment Periods:
- Any off-campus fraternity sponsored event must be registered with the Matador Involvement Center at least two weeks in advance through the Off-Campus Event Registration Form.
- No mid-week parties or events (Sunday- Thursday) will be permitted. Hours for weekend parties and events (Friday-Saturday) music any other amplified sound will be turned down at 11:00p.m. and events will close no later than midnight. The term "close" means that no new guests will be admitted and noise levels will be restricted.
- Clean-up patrols, as specified for recruitment parties, will be in operation after Greek functions. As stated in (1) above, trash receptacles will be provided and their use enforced at all functions.
- Each Greek organization has accepted the responsibility for establishing the specific guidelines regarding the punishment of individuals who violate any of the policies and procedures outlined in this document.
- All chapters have agreed to the concept of no "open parties" to which the general public would be invited.
- No dance, party or other social event sponsored by a fraternity where the event is scheduled to take place at a non-commercial facility will be held unless appropriate security arrangements have been made.
- Arrangements for security must be made in writing a minimum of two weeks in advance of the event.
- Each fraternity or sorority must designate a member to be in charge for each such event.
- Individuals attending the event must be a sponsored guest of a member of the host organization. Members sponsoring guests must assume responsibility for their actions. Each fraternity must design appropriate procedures to confirm this regulation in consultation with the Matador Involvement Center.
- In the event of any intrusion by one or more persons not a guest, if after reasonable efforts to dissuade prove unsuccessful, local Police must be notified.
- Under certain conditions, it may be necessary for one or more uniformed security officers to be present and on duty until the termination of the event. Determination of the need for such security personnel shall be recommended by Matador Involvement Center staff in consultation with the Department of Public Safety. The fraternity shall assume the fiscal responsibility for any security determined necessary.
- Each individual is responsible for their own actions, but each fraternity accepts the responsibility of reducing the risk for inappropriate conduct by its members at each social function. Conduct considered to be inappropriate shall include, but not limited to, public intoxication, unnecessary littering, failure to clean the premises and surrounding area after the event, unusual and loud noise, and deliberate harassment of neighbors.
- Individual students are responsible for their own conduct and that of their guests and can be held responsible through the Interfraternity Council Judicial process and the CSUN Student Conduct Code.
For any reported alleged violations of these guidelines, the Matador Involvement Center shall immediately conduct a thorough inquiry. This inquiry may include convening a meeting between fraternity members, residents, advisors and neighbors to determine the nature of the concerns and determine agreed upon solutions. When warranted, the matter may be referred to the Interfraternity Council Judicial Board for Review.
Approved by IFC Assembly: March 19, 2012
Troy Scott, IFC President