Northridge Residential Community

Fraternities and Sororities have been an integral part of the California State University, Northridge campus since its founding. Today CSUN is home to more than 51 National and local Greek-letter organizations, which collectively constitute the largest membership-based and multi-faceted community on campus. Additionally, CSUN's fraternity and sorority organizations represent one of the most diverse fraternity and sorority Communities on the West Coast.

Representing 6% of the student population, fraternity and sorority members are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen leadership skills, form a campus and cultural support network. Some of CSUN's Fraternities and Sororities privately own and operate affordable housing off of campus property. The University encourages these organizations to seek the proper Conditional Use Permit from the city of Los Angeles so as to maintain their activities in accordance with all city expectations.

Considering many of our students are new to living on their own for the first time away from family oversight, they are new to understanding the dynamics of being good neighbors, especially in residential communities surrounding the campus. We have developed this webpage in an effort to support a greater understanding for our neighbor constituents on living next to students who may be involved in a fraternity or sorority. You will see below our suggested process for working through differences when they arise. Please explore these suggestions and processes listed here as well as our policies and procedures listed on the Matador Involvement center websites. You may also contact any of the persons below for more information. We hope that you will develop positive relationships with our students and see them as valuable contributors to your local community and within the surrounding San Fernando Valley.

In the event that you have concerns or positive feedback, please contact any of the following CSUN staff that work with our fraternity and sorority community:

Dr. Jamison Keller
Fraternity and Sorority Advisor
(818) 677-5111

Francesca M. Vega
Director, Government and Community Relations
(818) 677-2123

CSUN Campus Police
(818) 677-2111

Protocol for Processing Complaints of Fraternities and Sororities by CSUN Surrounding Community

  1. In recognition of students choosing to live in the surrounding community, any concerns regarding their efforts to be good stewards of community standards and civically responsible adults should first be directed to the students themselves. This allows for a more direct understanding of the expectations and suggestions of living within a residential community. Direct contact information should be exchanged so immediate concerns can be addressed. When complaints involve a rental property, it is also suggested to involve the property owner in all correspondence.
  2. Once it is deemed students are disregarding said expectations, neighbors are encouraged to contact the Activities Coordinator for Fraternities and Sororities anytime between Monday through Friday. At this time the Fraternity and Sorority Advisor will meet with the leadership of the organization to raise further awareness of the issue and consult on strategies to alleviate the concerns.
  3. In the event of a more immediate concern, the neighbor is encouraged to contact the CSUN Police Department for response. When responding, the CSUN Police Department will issue a report directly to the campus administration that will warrant a meeting with chapter leadership as described in #2 above.
  4. Upon continued concerns, the neighbors are encouraged to bring forth their complaints through the peer review judicial process with the respective chapterís governing body. This process is advised directly by CSUN staff and allows for a procedural process of determining corrective actions that will alleviate said concerns. This process does require presenting the complaints to the review board directly for review. The board will make suggestions to the campus administration for final approval and can include a range of sanctions from a warning to recommendation for revocation of campus recognition. All sanctions are designed to be educational as well as punitive when warranted. It should be noted that it is not usually in the best interest to recommend revocation of a chapter as this ultimately removes all relationship with CSUN while not removing the neighborhood concerns.

University Relationship Statement

Fraternity & Sorority Coexistence