Greek-letter, social, fraternal organizations encourage academic excellence, self-governance and service while offering opportunities for leadership. These groups are expected to complement the University’s mission, and comply with campus policies, rules and regulations as well as federal, state and local laws.
The University at Buffalo recognizes that organized student life programs are a valuable part of the student educational environment and can further the University’s educational mission. Greek-letter, social, fraternal organizations are a recognized component of student life responsible for making positive contributions to the educational mission of the University.
The umbrella oversight groups and individual chapters must agree that they will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, condition of handicap, religion or creed.
The University seeks to promote maximum flexibility and autonomy for Greek-letter, social, fraternal organizations as important student groups. Compliance by these organizations with University policies, rules, regulations and guidelines will allow each group to remain in good standing with the University at Buffalo. Failure to comply may result in the loss of privileges until matters are properly adjudicated. The University may take appropriate administrative or disciplinary legal action against offending group(s) and individual(s). The Associate Vice President for Student Life may establish judicial procedures and bodies to adjudicate cases involving councils, organizations or member misconduct. Judicial decisions may be appealed to the Associate Vice President for Student Life or designee.
After recruitment, academically eligible students may be invited to join (formerly known as “pledge”) a fraternity or sorority. During this time period, new members will attend activities and events to learn about their organization and Greek Life at UB. The length of the new member period is determined by the fraternity or sorority, but cannot exceed six weeks.
Students who are offered an invitation to officially join the fraternity or sorority can choose to accept or decline the invitation at this time.
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