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GME Member Guide

Comprehensive GME Individual Member Guide Available here: Greek Member Experience 2017 – Member Guide – updated

Greek Member Experience 2017 – 2018

Individual Member Guide

Purpose: 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 for this year.

Expanding Perspective Reflection:

One significant change for the 17-18 academic year is that all members of the community will be expected to complete an Expanding Perspectives Reflection Form. This form will allow members to reflect on an experience that has caused them to consider their perspective in a new way, to think critically about an issue around the topics of equity, diversity and inclusion.  It might be from an experience inside the classroom, in the residence hall, by attending a program or in engaging in a critical debate at the chapter house, it is any experience that causes a member to expand their perspective and think differently about an issue, the community, the campus or the world.  All members are required to submit this form.  It must be submitted within 2 weeks of the experience taking place. 

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Student Employment Reflection:

Members who have jobs on or off campus can fill out the Student Employment Reflection.  This includes members who are student teaching or completing HOD internships.

Fill it out here:

GME Credit for Greek Members participating in researching, independent study, teaching assistants with VU Faculty and/or engineering senior design project form should be filled out here:

Personal Reflection form:

Because all events are not submitted for approval for Greek Member Experience credit due to size, scope or sponsoring organization/department, you may complete this reflection form for credit consideration if you feel like an event that you attended fits within the Faculty Engagement, Healthy Behaviors, Community Impact or Personal Development tracks.  These forms MUST be submitted within 2 weeks of the event and meet learning outcomes.  Diversity & Inclusion experiences will be included in the Expanding Perspectives Reflection.  This is a great way to capture your experience at a program sponsored by your academic department or when you attend a conference sponsored by your national organization.   If you would like credit for attending a coaching appointment at the Career Center, you must fill out a Personal Reflection form, no automatic credit will be given for 17-18 for these appointments.

Fill it out here:

Missing Credit Forms

Rarely, you may attend an event and do not receive credit when you should have for a legitimate reason.  For example, the sponsoring organization had a disruption in internet service or perhaps your card was broken.  In that rare circumstance, you may submit a missing credit form.  Given that you are expected to be fully present for GME events, arriving late or leaving early is not be a reason that you fail to swipe in at an event.  As such, no member can submit more than 2 missing credit forms in the calendar year.

Fill it out here:

Other special considerations

In recognition for the time that members completing their HOD internship or student teaching spend away from campus and the impact they are making in the community through these roles, members that are completing these academic requirements during Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 will be eligible to earn one credit in the Community Impact track by completing this notification form: