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The Greek Member Experience

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, risk management, new member education and national organization engagement.

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 three full years of  implementation in 16-17, 17-18 and 18-19, changes have been made each year based on student feedback and program capacity to continually improve the program.

Minimum Chapter Expectations by Fall Break October 24, 2019

  • All chapter members are expected to earn 12 GME track credits throughout the year and complete 15 hours of community service, for a total of 13 GME credits. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 20% of total 13 GME credits by this time.

Minimum Chapter Expectation by Winter Break, December 13, 2019

  • All chapter members are expected to earn 12 GME track credits throughout the year and complete 15 hours of community service, for a total of 13 GME credits.  The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 40% of total 13 GME credits by this time.

Minimum Chapter Expectation by Spring Break, March 2, 2020

  • All chapter members are expected to earn 12 GME track credits throughout the year and complete 15 hours of community service, for a total of 13 GME credits. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 60% of total 13 GME credits by this time.

Minimum Chapter Expectation for 2019-2020 by April 20, 2020:

  • All chapter members are expected to earn 12 GME track credits throughout the year and complete 15 hours of community service, for a total of 13 GME credits. The overall chapter percentage completion must be at least 80% of total 13 GME credits by this time.
    • 80% of chapter members complete Campus Involvement track (2 items required)
  • 80% of chapter members complete Community Impact track (2 items required)
  • 80% of chapter members complete Diversity & Inclusion track (2 items required)
  • 80% of members complete Faculty Engagement track (2 item required)
  • 80% of chapter members complete Healthy Behaviors track (2 items required)
  • 80% 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 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 member.

Accountability

As we progress through 19-20, if chapters fail to meet any of the benchmarks at Fall, Winter or Spring breaks, the chapter will not be permitted to host any social events until the reporting period when they meet the benchmark.  Action plans will be created at each benchmark for chapters that fail to meet the requirement.   At the end of the academic year, if a chapter fails to meet GME, the chapter will not be permitted to host social events at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester for at least 4 weeks, in addition to other improvement plans that are created throughout this year.

Any chapters that start the 19-20 academic year having failed to meet the expectations for 18-19, the chapter will have created an Action Plan with a minimum of 5 action steps for meeting GME during this academic year that will have been reviewed with the chapter advisor, the chapter president and the council advisor.

Incentives

The Office of Greek Life has allocated $3000 for incentives for GME for the 19-20 academic year.  They will be distributed at each benchmark reporting period to chapters and individuals who have excelled and/or improved in their GME engagement.  The monetary allocation will be distributed to the chapter and can be used at their discretion for activities and programs aligned with the university mission.  Prior incentive funds have been used for chapter meals, philanthropy programming, payment for risk reduction requirements, t-shirts, concert tickets, etc.

Individualized Experience

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.