GME Member Guide
Greek Member Experience 2018 – 2019
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, 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 two full years of implementation in 16-17 ad 17-18, changes have been made for 18-19 based on student feedback and program capacity to continually improve the program for this year.
Individual Member Minimum Expectations
- 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.
- Complete 2 credits in the Campus Involvement track
- Complete 2 credits in the Community Impact track
- Complete 2 credits in the Diversity & Inclusion track
- Complete 2 credits in the Faculty Engagement track
- Complete 2 credits in the Healthy Behaviors track
- Complete 2 credits in the Personal Development track
- Complete and document 15 hours of hand on community service
Student Employment Reflection:
Members who have jobs on or off campus can fill out the Student Employment Reflection to earn one credit for the year in the Personal Development track. This work must take place during the 18-19 academic year. This includes members who are student teaching or completing HOD internships.
Members participating in researching, independent study, teaching assistants with VU Faculty and/or engineering senior design projects
Because of the close contact and work with faculty members involved with research, independent study, serving as a TA or completing the engineering senior design projects, members can earn one credit for the year in the Faculty Engagement track by filling out the form below.
Personal Reflection form:
Because all events are not submitted for approval for Greek Member Experience credit due to size, scope or sponsoring organization/department, members may complete this reflection form for credit consideration if they feel like an event they attended fits within the Faculty Engagement, Healthy Behaviors, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Impact or Personal Development tracks. These forms MUST be submitted within 2 weeks of the event and meet learning outcomes. This is a great way to capture your experience at a program sponsored by an academic department or when members attend a conference sponsored by your national organization. If you members 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 18-19 for these appointments.
Fill it out here: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/submitter/form/start/216700
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 2018 or Spring 2019 will be eligible to earn one credit in the Community Impact track by completing this notification form. This is in addition to the Student Employment Form: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/submitter/form/start/217554
Events in a Series
A limited number of events are included as part of a series where events that are similar are grouped together and you can only earn one credit for participation in any of the events in that specific series/bucket. This includes: theater performances, Blair performances, trainings that are all the same (i.e. PRIDE, bystander intervention, MAPS, etc.). There are far less events that will be a part of a series than there were in 2017-2018.
Viewing Eligible Experiences & Tracking Progress
Members will be able to view details for all eligible events/opportunities and track their progress through the “Paths” dashboard of Anchor Link. Students can access the Greek Member Experience by logging into Anchor Link (anchorlik.vanderbilt.edu) and clicking on the name of the program under “Paths on your home page.
GME events are included as a filter on the Vanderbilt app! Download the app now and with 3 clicks, you will see all of the upcoming GME events.
- Click on “Events”
- Click on “Filters”
- Choose “Greek Member Experience” ONLY
The Office of Greek Life will continue to send a weekly email on Mondays with the GME events for the next 10 days to chapter presidents, Panhellenic delegates, all council officers and any other officer or group that requests to be included.