- Hazing Policy
"Hazing" is defined as any intentional or reckless act, on or off University-controlled property, by one student, acting alone or with others, which is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger his or her mental or physical health or safety, and includes treatment of a violent, abusive, shameful, insulting, or humiliating nature. Without limiting the foregoing, such action is prohibited when connected with initiation into or affiliation with an organization and does not include participation in customary athletic events or similar competition.
No hazing in any form is permitted. Hazing is against Tennessee State Law as well at UTC Policy.
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- New Member/Neophyte Requirements
New freshmen (with no previous college attendance), who are enrolled full-time (12 hours), are eligible to become a new member/neophyte of a fraternity or sorority during the first semester of attendance if they have a 2.5 overall High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Please note that some group constitution or new member/neophyte policies require/enforce a higher minimum standard.
Transfer or returning students, who have a 2.5 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale), are enrolled in at least 12 hours and are in good standing with the University are eligible to become a new member/neophyte. Please note that some group constitution or new member/neophyte policies require/enforce a higher minimum standard.
Full-time students participating in a Consortium Agreement with another school whom listed UTC as their primary institution, with proper documentation, are eligible to become a fraternity or sorority new member/neophyte provided that they are in good standing with the University.
All new members must maintain full-time status (12 hours) during their new member education/intake period.
- Intake & Initiation Requirements
All fraternities and sororities must submit a completed New Member Education/Intake Packet for approval to the Office of Student and Family Engagement two weeks prior to the start of any new member education/ initial membership development plan activities/meetings/events (this includes Bid Day and Interest Meetings). Fraternities and sororities will not be able to distribute bids/invitations until the New Member Education/Intake Packet has been approved.
If a new member education plan/initial membership development plan is not approved prior to the start of Bid Day or an Interest Meeting, all colony/chapter new member education/intake activities are suspended until all requirements are met. The first notice is sent to the colony/chapter president and advisor. The second notice includes the new members/candidates. The third notice includes a notification to the community regarding the suspension of new member education/initial membership development activities.
New member educators/dean of pledges should communicate any changes to the approved schedule within two days of the decision to make the change.
The “New Member/Candidate” Form on MocSync is due 24 hours after Bid Day/Next Business Day.
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Fraternities and sororities must initiate new members/neophytes during the semester in which they began new member education/intake unless approval to initiate the following semester has been provided by the Inter/National Headquarters or regional leadership in the New Member Education/Intake Packet. Initiation must occur during the fall and spring semesters while classes are in session. First semester freshmen with no previous college attendance must have a 2.5 overall High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of Initiation. Transfer or returning students must have a 2.5 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of Initiation.
The “Initiation Report” Form on MocSync is due 24 hours after Bid Day/Next Business Day.
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- Academic Excellence Policy
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Fraternity and Sorority Life Academic Policy is an addition to the guidelines established by each inter/national organization, which specifies a minimum grade point average requirement for joining, initiation, holding office, and being in good standing as a chapter member. To review the full policy, please review the 2020-21 Student Organization Manual (pages 13 - 18).
NOTE: This policy will not be enacted during the Fall 2020 semester. Evaluation of grades will be conducted on case by case basis.
UTC Student Organization Manual 2020-2021
- Membership Requirements
All undergraduate chapters and colonies must have at least five active members who are officially recognized by the Office of Student and Family Engagement, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs to remain on active status with the University. Chapters or colonies that have less than five active members must seek approval and/or follow processes from the Office of Student and Family Engagement, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and the appropriate governing council (if applicable), in order to remain in active standing.
- Housing Policies
Freshmen may not live in a fraternity or sorority house that is recognized by the Inter/national Headquarters or the regional leadership of the organization.
Full names, UTC ID’s, and Academic Classifications of all the residents in the fraternity or sorority house must be submitted to the Office of the Student and Family Engagement at the beginning of each semester on MocSync and must be updated as occupancy varies.
All residents must be reported no later than 15 business days after each semester begins, including summer terms. The Office of Student and Family Engagement and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs reserve the right to make recommendations regarding residents.