Georgetown College allows chapters of five national sororities, four national fraternities, and one local affiliation to exist on campus. Consistent with the policies and regulations of the College, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils exercise oversight responsibility and establish guidelines and procedures for the operation of the Greek fraternities and sororities respectively. The Greek Judicial Board may function as the administrative hearing body when a fraternity or sorority is found to be in violation of the College’s policies or regulations.
It is the specific responsibility of each fraternity and sorority to function within the scope of the mission and purpose of Georgetown College. Anything less than an enthusiastic commitment to the letter and spirit of Georgetown’s mission places an organization in conflict with the College.
Georgetown College does not support “Little Sister/Big Brother” auxiliaries and neither supervises nor recognizes them as separate organizational entities. Therefore, where auxiliary groups exist they do so explicitly as extensions of the sponsoring organization. All rules, regulations, and policies applicable to the sponsoring organization are also fully applicable to their auxiliary units. For example, scheduled activities and use of College facilities by auxiliary units must be arranged by and in the name of the recognized social organizations. The sponsoring social organization is solely and totally responsible for any auxiliary organizations.
All social organizations are required to carry an appropriate level of insurance coverage. This includes a 2 million dollar aggregate and host liquor liability insurance. As space is available, members of social organizations are expected to live in the residence hall assigned to their organization.
Guidelines for Organizational Recruitment (Rush) and Pledging
Formal recruitment will occur in the Spring Semester within the first three weeks of school. Recruitment and the potential new member period are times during which a candidate for membership in a social organization becomes acquainted with the organization’s purposes and goals and learns the requirements for membership and the traditions of the particular organization. Recruitment and the potential new member period’s activities must not interfere with or jeopardize the candidate’s academic standing or any other college responsibility, nor interfere with the academic or social lives of non-participating students. Regardless of the organization, recruitment and the potential new member period are time consuming activities which must be pursued just as one pursues any extra-curricular activity. If individuals desire to become members, they must coordinate their time to meet both general College and new member responsibilities.
The new member period shall be a maximum of six weeks unless International/National Headquarters requires additional time and such requests are asked in writing and approved by the Office of Greek Life. Georgetown College makes no distinction between what are commonly referred to as “formal” and “open” recruitment periods in applying guidelines for new member recruitment activities.
National organization guidelines, state law, and College policy forbid hazing. Hazing is defined by both the College and the national organizations of all local Greek chapters as:
Any action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such non-productive activities carried on outside the confines of the organization’s residence hall, wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities or other College responsibilities; and any other activities which are not consistent with local or state statutes or the regulations, policies, mission, and purpose of the College.
Pledge activities are not to interfere with academic programs or any other responsibility of the College nor infringe on the rights of the student body or any other member of the college community. Georgetown College does not recognize any special period of time, often referred to as inspiration, invitation, or “hell” week, during which activities are frequently intensified to the degree that they become an obstacle to meeting academic or other College responsibilities. Any organization violating pledging regulations shall be subject to penalties up to and including suspension from further operation at Georgetown College. Penalties include fines, limitations on pledging, and removal from designated residence halls. Hazing accountability is not limited to Greek Organizations but rather anyone on campus involved in hazing.
Joining an Organization
Students desiring to join a fraternity, sorority, or other social affiliations must register with the Office of Student Life. Registration constitutes permission for the College to release eligibility information to inquiring social organizations. Recruitment participants are expected to make their decisions based upon the relationship of the social organization and its principles to the mission and purpose of the College.
For women’s recruitment, only full-time (12 or more credit hours at the time of recruitment) students having earned 12 or more credit and a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to participate in recruitment and join a social organization.
For men’s recruitment, only full-time (12 or more credit hours at the time of recruitment) students having earned 12 or more credit hours and a 2.3 cumulative GPA are eligible to participate in recruitment and join a social organization.
It is the responsibility of social organizations to ascertain, through the Office of Student Life, an individual’s eligibility before offering an invitation for membership.