The University Relationship Statement

I. DEFINITION OF GREEK LETTER ORGANIZATIONS

Greek-Letter organizations are defined as national, international, regional or local social fraternities and sororities which attain and maintain university recognition.

FRATERNITY AND SORORITY INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONSHIP STATEMENT

INTRODUCTION
The California State University, Northridge recognizes that fraternities and sororities have made rich and significant contributions to the quality of its student life. The relationship is based on trust as well as mutual benefits that both the university and the fraternity and the sorority community enjoy. The ultimate objective of the university experience, in the classroom and out, is to develop mature responsible individuals equipped intellectually, culturally and socially to become effective members of society. The rituals and values of each organization and the University Code of Ethics embody and perpetuate the personal and organizational values that distinguish fraternity and sorority participation in university life. The rituals and values should serve as the standard that the members of each organization hold themselves to in addition to the University Code of Ethics.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE FRATERNITY AND SORORITY COMMUNITY
  1. Student Development- provide for students a balanced emphasis of leadership development, fellowship, campus and community service, and educational programming.

  2. Academic Support- provide support for an environment which promotes a strong sense of academic integrity and excellence that encourages faculty interaction and utilizes care not to make demands which might undermine individual academic effort or detract from academic programming available to students.

  3. Retention- provide an ongoing meaningful relationship between the student and campus which serves to enhance the quality of student life and the student's satisfaction with the challenging university environment.

  4. Development- provide valuable ties to CSUN Alumni and the surrounding community to aid the campus in its growth and development.

RECOGNITION
In order to assure order, focus and function in a social organization, rights and privileges are accompanied by responsibilities, both with the organization and the university community, and are:

  1. University Recognition- each organization, along with the governing organizations, must comply with the annual recognition process and all its attending policies in order to maintain official university recognition.

  2. Organization Recognition- each organization is expected to remain in good standing with its international, national, regional or local organization in order to maintain official university recognition.

  3. Representation- as the fraternity and sorority community shall be officially represented by the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the United Sorority and Fraternity Council; each chapter must maintain good standing in one governing council. Each governing council shall be responsible for monitoring the overall fraternity and sorority activity assuring that the views and needs of all chapters are fairly represented. This role includes regular assessment and coordination of leadership, recruitment, judicial, academic, and recognition programs.

  4. Removal of Recognition- failure to meet expected standards of behavior may lead to removal of recognition by the university.

  5. University Support- the university is responsible for providing an environment in which the chapters may exercise full rights as student organizations while acknowledging and supporting the full range of programs and the special role that the chapters provide in creating a unique spirit of place to CSUN. Support areas include:

    • Staff Advisement, counseling and program assistance through the Office of Student Development and Matador Involvement Center and the entire student affairs division whose total capabilities and versatility provide an exceptional range of services.
    • All privileges accorded university-recognized student organizations.
    • Recruitment assistance in utilizing lists generated by the student database from the office of admission and records.
    • Grade reports complied each semester in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
    • Use of campus facilities and services as requested and appropriate.
    • Intramural program participation.
    • Use of the name California State University, Northridge, in accordance with the university policy.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES
Due to the complex nature of the fraternity and sorority community, certain principles must be adhered to:

  1. Organizational Self-Government- students and organizations must assume significant responsibility for their own growth and development, functioning in ways consistent with community and campus policies. It is anticipated that each chapter and governing body will encourage and motivate the members in developing and valuing academic pursuits, tolerance for individual difference, responsible behavior and leadership potential.

  2. Advisory Relations- each organization must maintain effective communication channels with its campus, alumni, international, national, regional or local organization advisors so as to utilize all resources in developing an advisory plan that ensures consistency with local, international, national and regional goals and objectives.

  3. Judiciary System- each chapter and governing body must utilize a judiciary system so that inappropriate conduct within the chapter is addressed whether or not it comes to the attention of university personnel. Written policies and procedures must be annually reviewed, updated as needed, and distributed to the appropriate members to include the Office of Student Development and Matador Involvement Center in order to be effectively upheld. Due process and students' rights must be maintained.

  4. Legal Responsibilities- Each chapter and its members must comply with local, state and federal laws with regard to non-discrimination, substance abuse and hazing practices.

  5. University Regulations- all students must comply with university regulations. Therefore, the policies, procedures and guidelines of each chapter must be consistent in scope with the University Student Code, California Administrative Code, Title Five, Section 41301.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS
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. The fraternity and sorority community is recognized for enhancing this relationship with traditional philanthropic and community service events.

  • Housing- chapters may provide housing for members where applicable and in compliance with zoning laws as well as with health and safety codes. In addition, the physical property is to be maintained, clean, and in good repair in order to present a positive image of CSUN Greek Life.
  • Guests- each organization is responsible for the safety and conduct of its guests.
  • Neighbor Relations- each organization must prioritize a positive on-going relationship with the community residents taking care to comply with the agreed upon regulations concerning noise, parking, litter, and traffic.