Groups are expected to meet standards of the inter/national organization and appropriate umbrella organizations (e.g., NALFO, NIC, NPC, NPHC, etc.) as they relate to an educational process for prospective members. Organizations must receive approval from the Office of Student Activities to begin a new member education/intake process.
The New Member Education Approval Form must be submitted two weeks prior to the start of new member education/intake.
All members who participate in educating new members must complete an annual anti-hazing training. This training can be conducted by headquarters staff, chapter leadership, or the University. Chapters may request a training by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
a. Length of Educational Process
Groups must notify the Student Activities Fraternity & Sorority Advisor if they are filing an exemption with their inter/national organization to alter their membership education process, including:
- Extending education process or timeline for membership
- Shifting responsibilities or obligations of education process advisor or officer(s)
- Completing components after the fourteenth week of the semester (including during summer terms or breaks)
b. Fraternity and Sorority Education Program
All new members must complete the Anti-Hazing form (https://msudenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vRonoAmacxFJWt) before the start of their new member education process.
Fraternity & Sorority Life staff at MSU Denver recognizes that many fraternities and sororities keep secret the names and information of individuals completing a membership education process. The Membership Education Officer should work with the Fraternity & Sorority Life
Advisor to understand which information is confidential. This material will be accessible only to designated individuals.
Hazing has been an historic and remains a contemporary issue for fraternities and sororities. National Umbrella Organizations, each National Organization, and MSU Denver have specifically worked to combat this issue through education.
Hazing as defined by the MSU Denver Code of Conduct is
“an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Hazing can be defined further as any action that produces physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.”
MSU Denver will investigate allegations of hazing through the Code of Conduct process. National headquarters/board representatives and law enforcement may be notified as appropriate.