ERIC Number: ED499171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
A Call for Values Congruence
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
This booklet outlines a specific set of strategies that campuses with negative Greek behavioral issues can use to close the gap between what fraternities and sororities espouse and what their chapters do. Specifically, six recommendations are proposed that are designed to eliminate negative collegiate fraternity and sorority behaviors involving intolerable high-risk alcohol use. The recommendations are that college and university presidents should: (1) reaffirm the primacy of an academic culture for the campus community. Some simple first steps include reestablishing a five-day academic week, and requiring an acceptable level of academic performance; (2) articulate collegiate expectations for student groups by enforcing clear policies addressing underage drinking, and establishing periodic dialogues between university officials and advisers to Greek chapters; (3) encourage the development of programs and policies addressing alcohol abuse based on research findings and oversee their implementation; (4) establish a periodic certification process for all recognized social fraternities and sororities; (5) dedicate necessary resources to promote healthy lifestyles for all students; and (6) consider the adoption of a policy whereby official campus recognition is given only to those Greek organizations that have adopted and implemented membership and behavioral standards congruent with those adopted by the North-American Interfraternity Council and the National Panhellenic Conference. The ability of higher education and fraternal headquarters to hold Greek communities accountable to their stated values can positively transform the student culture. Appended are the North-American Interfraternity Council and the National Panhellenic Conference standards for member fraternities and sororities, respectively.
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Sororities, Fraternities, Congruence (Psychology), Social Values, Standard Setting, Conferences (Gatherings), College Presidents, Collegiality, Position Papers
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.