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Greek Life Standards

Chapter Affiliation

All fraternities and sororities at Keene State College must be affiliated with a/n inter/national organization. The support provided by a/n inter/national affiliation will assist Greek chapters in their organizational development, contribute to their leadership and community opportunities, and push them to reach their personal and organizational goals.

All chapters, including new groups and those that wish to re-affiliate with the College, will follow a structured process administered by the Student Center. Questions about this process should be directed to the Coordinator of Greek Life and Student Leadership. Affiliation with a/n inter/national Greek organization will also be a requirement for any group that re-affiliates.

Some of the benefits of an affiliation with a/n inter/national organization include:

  • Being part of a larger brotherhood/sisterhood across college campuses nationwide
  • Opportunities to attend conferences on the state, regional, and national level
  • Officer manuals and other educational resources which strengthen chapter operations
  • Assistance, outreach and involvement of alumni
  • Consultation services
  • Scholarships and other financial support
  • Inter/national membership education programs and initiation rituals
  • Governance by inter/national policies and procedures regarding risk management
  • Liability and/or property coverage

Greek Life Expansion Policies

The following procedures regarding the colonization/reactivation of Greek organizations at Keene State College have been set in place to insure that any expansion will occur in a structured fashion that will enhance the Greek Community at Keene State College. All organizations wishing to expand to KSC must follow these procedures. For specific information or questions, please contact the Coordinator for Greek Life and Student Leadership.


Chapter and Member Development

In an effort to promote the growth of all members, Greek organizations should be practicing ongoing chapter and individual member development throughout the academic year. Each chapter will provide education and training of chapter members on issues of risk management, hazing, liability, and sexual harassment and assault. Keene State College may provide incentives to Greek organizations whose mission statements and actions encourage seriousness of academic purpose and promote a drug-free environment, encouraging members to pursue a healthful lifestyle, including, but not limited to, abstinence from, or low-risk consumption of, alcohol.

Organizational Leadership

The Coordinator of Greek Life and Student Leadership will work to provide various trainings and programs for Greek officers and general members, as well as the expectation of their participation in those leadership training opportunities offered to all student organizations. Chapters/colonies will also provide leadership development programs and opportunities to their members throughout the year.

Academic Achievement

Each chapter/colony will develop and utilize an academic plan and programs for its members. The programs should encourage improved academic achievement and seek to raise the overall GPA of the Greek community. A minimum of a 2.3 GPA is required to join a Greek organization at Keene State College.

New Member Practices

All Greek organizations will adopt positive new member practices designed to enhance the personal development, academic achievement, and overall collegiate success of all members.

  • The goals of the new member education process must be consistent with the goals and mission of the college.
  • All new member education programs must be approved by the college through individual chapter advisors.
  • No student will be permitted to begin the new member education process unless he or she has completed one semester (minimum 12 credit hours) of academic course work at Keene State College and is in good academic standing, with a G.P.A. of 2.3 or higher.
  • All members should recognize the significance and responsibilities that chapter rituals entail, should live those values and ideals in daily life, and not feel that they will lose their meaning if shared with non-chapter members.
  • Hazing will never be tolerated at Keene State College. Hazing is a violation of the College Discipline System and New Hampshire State Law. Hazing is also contradictory to the fostering of an environment which promotes academic freedom, human dignity, student development, and the aspiration and attainment of the ideals of brotherhood/sisterhood.

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