The Greek Member Experience
In order to emphasize individual member development and to further demonstrate the commitment of Greek organizations to be leaders within the Vanderbilt community, the Office of Greek Life launched the Greek Member Experience in the 2015-2016 academic year. The Greek Member Experience (GME) consists of a set of minimum chapter expectations including member engagement in programs and activities in six tracks: Campus Involvement, Community Impact, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty Engagement, Healthy Behaviors and Personal Development, as well as chapter operations expectations in academic performance, alumni engagement, and risk management.
This program allows our community to explicitly demonstrate to faculty, staff, prospective members, alumni and parents what it means to be a member of a fraternity or sorority. It makes it very clear that being a member of a fraternity or sorority comes with high expectations of engagement and personal development. This program replaced the VU Fraternity & Standards Program and focuses on individual member development and accountability and allows our community to share our story in a data driven way with an improved tracking system to ease the documentation process for chapter leaders. After a pilot year in 15-16 and a full year of implementation in 16-17, several changes have been made for 17-18 based on student feedback to continually improve the program.
Minimum Chapter Expectations by Fall Break October 12, 2017
- All chapter members are expected to earn 16 GME credits throughout the year. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 20% of total GME credits by this time.
Minimum Chapter Expectation by Winter Break, December 15, 2017
- All chapter members are expected to earn 16 GME credits throughout the year. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 40% of total GME credits by this time.
Minimum Chapter Expectation by Spring Break, March 3, 2018
- All chapter members are expected to earn 16 GME credits throughout the year. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 60% of total GME credits by this time.
Minimum Chapter Expectation for 2017 -2018, by May 1, 2018:
- All chapter members are expected to earn 16 GME credits. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 80% of total GME credits
- 75% of chapter members complete Campus Involvement track (2 items required)
- 75% of chapter members complete Community Impact track (2 items required, 1 of which must be 15 hours of community service)
- 75% of chapter members complete Diversity & Inclusion track (3 items required, 1 of which must be completion of Diverse Perspective Reflection Form)
- 75% of members complete Faculty Engagement track (2 item required)
- 75% of chapter members complete Healthy Behaviors track (2 items required)
- 75% of chapter members complete Personal Development track (2 items required)
- Chapter meets or exceeds a 3.0 chapter Grade Point Average for both fall and spring semesters
- Chapter has an active alumni/ae advisory board or graduate chapter advisor(s)
- Chapter maintains an active internal judicial/standards board that holds members accountable and members of that board are trained annually by the Office of Student Accountability
- Chapter hosts at least one event for/with alumni/ae each year
- Chapter communicates with alumni/ae by consistently updating social media platforms/website OR by sending a newsletter twice a year
- Chapter is not charged with and found responsible for any violation of local, state and federal laws, Vanderbilt policies, or governing council and respective national organization risk management policies
- Chapter is not charged with and found responsible for any violations for new member education or hazing policies
- Chapter participates in all leadership opportunities afforded by their national organization where it is expected that every chapter sends at least one members
All members of the Greek community will be enrolled in the Greek Member Experience program through Anchor Link. The Greek Member Experience provides students the opportunity to make choices about what types of events and experiences they are most interested in participating in and feel would be most beneficial for their development. Certain events may be required for specific populations (ex. all potential new members must complete ASRT). Chapters may also identify specific programs that they would like to require of their own members, such as trainings provided by their national organization or by presenters invited to the chapter.