Members of our Greek community are held to the highest standards and are campus leaders in scholarship, community service and leadership. In fact, in 2019, sorority and fraternity members averaged a higher GPA than their non-sorority or fraternity counterparts and volunteered more than 43,000 hours of community service.
To maintain these standards, the president of the university has developed the following initiatives, which each chapter is required to follow:
- Alcohol: Sororities are substance-free. If a fraternity chooses to host a social event with alcohol in their facility, the consumption of alcoholic beverages must be limited to fraternity common spaces for the duration of the event; alcohol will not be consumed in private residential spaces during organizational events or socials. Alcohol is allowed in private residential space, if all individuals occupying the room are of legal drinking age. Larger gatherings of individuals must be registered via USD Involved and should not take place in private residential space.
- The University of South Dakota prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event (as defined by their individual national organizations and the local Interfraternity and Panhellenic bylaws), except when served by a licensed third-party vendor or in cases where the university is the majority sponsor of the event.
- Hazing: There is a strict no-hazing policy. Hazing is detrimental to a positive college experience and is not tolerated in the Greek experience. Every chapter has risk management policies and procedures they are required to follow through their national organizations. USD also has additional policies each chapter is required to follow.
- Initiation: First-semester freshmen are not allowed to initiate. Fraternities and sororities may initiate members only if new members have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Advisors: Chapters with housing facilities are required to have a live-in advisor or housemother.
- Meal Plans: Chapters must provide meal plans to all members in residence.
- Billing: All chapters are required to use the university for the billing of member house payments and meals (dues and fees are optional).
In addition to the standards set by the university, all chapters are expected to follow SDBOR policy.