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Moravian College
Student Handbook

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and leadership. Each organization subscribes to a specific set of core values and beliefs that incorporate concepts of brotherhood or sisterhood, service to the College and community, scholarship, leadership, and building relationships congruent with the specific organization’s ideals and traditions.

Full-time students who have completed at least one semester of college and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 are strongly encouraged and welcome to participate in recruitment. Individual organizations may have a higher academic expectation for membership.

More information regarding how to join a fraternity or sorority is available on the Greek Life website.

Fraternity and sorority houses are owned and managed by the College. Three of the four sorority houses are located on Main Street and the fourth is located on Monocacy Street. Two of the fraternity houses are located in the Hillside Complex and the third is located on Iron Street. Each sorority house can house approximately a half dozen members. Fraternity houses can house approximately a dozen members.

Living in a Greek house is a privilege. Members are expected to follow their respective national organization's expectations (as applicable), as well as abide by all residence life & housing policies, College policies, and local, state, and federal laws. Additionally, chapters with a national organization should adhere to the stricter policy, whether that be the College policy or the national organization's policy. Prior to housing selection, the Office of Greek Life works with chapter leadership to identify those members who will live in the chapter house for the upcoming academic year. Each organization is expected to fill their chapter house.

When damage occurs in a sorority or fraternity house, every effort will be made to determine those responsible. The Office of Greek Life will work with the chapter leadership to identify who is financially responsible. When those responsible for damage cannot be identified, there is an option to prorate unassigned damage charges to all residents of the house or to the organization, with the chapter leadership making this decision. If the responsible parties are not able to be identified, it is encouraged that the organization pay for the damage that occurred during their chapter hosted function.

While not all fraternity and sorority housing is ADA accessible, the College can and will make comparable housing available for students with disabilities.

A philanthropy event is an event hosted by a fraternity or sorority at which funds or resources are being raised for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or beneficiary that is not the host organization(s). Philanthropy events may also be hosted for charitable causes of significance to the hosting organization (i.e. supporting members experiencing loss or heath concerns).

A fundraising event is defined as an event hosted by a fraternity or sorority in which funds are being raised to provide financial assistance to the host organization. An event that meets the definition of a fundraiser must undergo the fundraising registration process and comply with College policy.

Fraternities and sororities are expected to have an on-campus financial account managed through the College's Business Office, except for those chapters who have the option of an online financial management system through their national headquarters.

Chapters with on-campus financial accounts can deposit and withdraw funds on a regular basis.

Completed vouchers must include the chapter president and treasurer signatures, as well as the chapter's advisor's signature. The chapter advisor must be the faculty advisor or an alumni advisor who is a member of the Moravian faculty or staff. The Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Director of Residence Life and Greek Life can also sign off on vouchers on behalf of the organization.

Registration Process

On-campus social events in fraternity houses where the organization anticipates more non-member guests than members in attendance and/or where alcohol may be present must be registered and approved by the Office of Greek Life. To register an event, the completed form must be submitted with all appropriate signatures by 4:00 pm on the Monday afternoon preceding the event.

All organizations must refer to their national organization policies (if applicable) concerning the presence of alcohol in their chapter house.

Hours of Events

Social events may be registered on Friday and Saturday evenings during the academic semester when classes are in session between the hours of 10:00 pm and 2:00 am. 

Size of Events

Open parties are prohibited. Each organization must create a guest list and indicate on the registration form the number of individuals invited, as well as the method for inviting guests to the event.

Proof for Admission & Age Verification

Only those invited are to be present at the social event. Security monitors, indicated on the registration form, must assist the Event Security Personnel with obtaining guest names and signatures on the guest list upon arrival.

Moravian College students are expected to produce a Moravian College ID upon entry. Non-students need to be with a Moravian College host upon arrival as well as produce a photo ID, preferably a driver's license or school ID card. 

For events where alcohol is present, security monitors will verify those who are 21 through the use of ID. Those who are 21 shall be identified through a wristband which the organization must purchase and supply. Individuals under the age of 21 who bring alcohol to the event will be turned away.

The guest list will be collected by Campus Police at the end of the event and submitted to the Office of Greek Life.

Supplying of Alcoholic Beverages

The organization is responsible for monitoring compliance with College policy and their national organization policy.

Purchase of alcohol with organizational funds is prohibited. Those of legal age, and who choose to consume, may bring their own alcohol to the event as long as they do so in a manner consistent with the guidelines.

Financial Consideration

Money, including donations, may not be collected from guests for any reason. Cups cannot be sold, entry fees assessed, charges made for wristbands, or any other transaction of money conducted.

Specifications of BYOB Practice

The BYOB practice is expected at events where alcohol is present. Beer and wine coolers in 12-ounce cans are the only alcoholic beverages permitted. Each attendee of legal age may bring no more than a six-pack of beer or wine coolers to an event. The host organization is responsible for supplying non-alcoholic beverages and food, at no cost to guests, in a quantity appropriate to the number of guests present.

Upon arrival, guests of age who brought beverages should give the items to the bartender who will place them in a refrigerator or cooler. Guests who brought beverages may obtain one beverage at a time.

Enforcement

Campus Police will arrive approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the start of an event and at the conclusion of the event, as well as make at least one routine stop during the event. Upon arrival, Campus Police may ask to speak with the chapter leadership. They will check to ensure that:

  • the door is monitored
  • a guest list is maintained
  • an effective process for checking IDs is in place
  • those of age are marked in an appropriate manner (i.e. wristbands), if alcohol is present
  • snack items and non-alcoholic beverages other than water are present and available
  • an adequate system of ensuring all college and national policies are followed and in place

If there is a concern at the event, which can include non-conformity to the conditions listed above, Campus Police may close the event. If possible, Campus Police may explain the concern with the chapter leadership, and if the leadership is cooperative and complies immediately, the event may remain open at the discretion of Campus Police.

Damage to Property

When damage occurs in a sorority or fraternity house, every effort will be made to determine those responsible. The Office of Greek Life will work with the chapter leadership to identify who is financially responsible. When those responsible for damage cannot be identified, there is an option to prorate unassigned damage charges to all residents of the house or to the organization, with the chapter leadership making this decision. If the responsible parties are not able to be identified, it is encouraged that the organization pay for the damage that occurred during their chapter hosted function.

Fraternities and sororities are accountable to the Student Code of Conduct as a recognized student organization. Specific guidelines for sanctioning organizational policy violations can be found in the Sanctions section of the Code.