IFC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

The mission of an Interfraternity Council (IFC) is to foster a healthy and vibrant fraternity community. The IFC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) provide structure and support—a baseline for policies and practices—for IFCs to operate in accordance with NIC Standards, endorsed by all 66 inter/national member fraternities of the NIC.

Implementing the Standard Operating Procedures will help an IFC anticipate and address critical operational needs, while serving its member chapters and advocating for the fraternity experience.

IFCs should prepare to be in full compliance with the IFC SOP by September 1, 2019, a deadline set by the NIC Governing Council. An IFC may seek an implementation extension by consulting with NIC staff prior to August 31, 2019.

LEARN MORE: The NIC staff is hosting webinars on the IFC SOP during January and February 2019. Register for a session to learn more about the SOP, implementation and accompanying resources.

NIC Member Fraternity Staff Members

Choose your webinar and register here

  • Feb. 4, 1 to 2 p.m. ET
  • Feb. 11, 3 to 4 p.m. ET

IFC Officers and Campus Advisors

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  • Feb. 12, 6 to 7 p.m. ET
  • Feb. 20, 7 to 8 p.m. ET
  • Feb. 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET

IFC STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

  1. An IFC will implement academic policies and programming, striving for the all-fraternity GPA to be above the campus all-men’s average.
  2. The IFC will establish policies with remediation plans for non-compliance regarding chapter achievement of a minimum new member class GPA and chapter GPA.
  1. The IFC will maintain a Judicial Board that has authority to hold member chapters accountable to the IFC Constitution and IFC Code of Conduct. The Judicial Board derives its authority from its IFC Judicial Code, which outlines the relationship with the campus, due process, limitations, sanctioning guidelines and appeals process. The IFC Judicial Code is separate and independent from—yet must be coordinated with—campus and inter/national organizations’ expectations and processes.
  2. The IFC will provide annual training to member chapters on its IFC Judicial Code.
  3. The IFC will not issue blanket sanctions for chapters that have not been found responsible for policy violations (i.e. system-wide ban on activities). An exception may be made for health and safety concerns with restrictions limited to events with alcohol, provided the exception is for a defined period of no more than 30 days, with a specific plan to lift the restriction, and in accordance with powers enumerated in the IFC Constitution and Bylaws.
  4. The IFC will not recognize chapters that have been suspended or have had the charter revoked by the inter/national organization.
  1. In compliance with NIC Standards, the IFC must pay annual dues and fees to the NIC, due November 1 of each year. This mirrors the dues programs of other councils, funds NIC support and resources for the IFC, and creates a connection to the broader fraternity community.
  2. Dues are invoiced by the NIC and calculated using set rates or NIC member chapters and non-NIC member chapters. This is a cost-sharing measure, since NIC inter/national organizations subsidize industry-wide support and advocacy efforts at a far greater per-chapter rate. The IFC may purchase a Campus Support Package, which includes IFC dues and provides additional support resources and educational opportunities for the council and fraternity/sorority community.
  3. The IFC will adopt an annual budget.
  4. The IFC will file an annual IRS Form 990.

The IFC must maintain Constitution and Bylaws that are consistent with all NIC Standards and, at a minimum, include:

  1. IFC Code of Conduct
  2. IFC Judicial Code
  3. Officer structure that reflects specific functional areas—IFCs can vary in roles and titles as long as the following core areas are addressed:
  • President
  • Judicial
  • Health & Safety
  • Recruitment
  • Public Relations
  • Philanthropy & Community Service
  • Scholarship
  • Financial Operations
  • Diversity & Inclusion

4. Membership Criteria

  • Full membership in the IFC is limited to those fraternities (including non-NIC organizations), who have adopted all NIC Standards, are affiliated with an inter/national organization, and are men’s fraternities; Or,
  • Local men’s fraternities without a national affiliation may be granted full membership in the IFC if they have adopted all NIC Standards and are recognized as a student organization by the campus.
  • Associate membership may be granted to organizations that do not meet the above criteria.
  • Only members from full IFC member organizations are permitted to serve as IFC officers, serve on the Judicial Board, or vote on Constitution and Bylaw amendments.
  1. The IFC will have the policies and programming consistent with the NIC Guidelines on Alcohol & Drugs.
  2. In partnership with each host institution, the fraternity community/campus will set an appropriate standard that caps the number of events with alcohol (regardless of event location).
  3. The IFC will establish a statement in support of environments that are free of hazing and sexual misconduct. As outlined in the IFC Judicial Code, hazing and sexual assault should be adjudicated through the university conduct processes—not by the IFC.
  4. The IFC will establish a medical Good Samaritan policy.
  5. The IFC and each of its member chapters will carry sufficient liability insurance coverage.
    • The NIC offers an IFC Insurance Program that provides affordable liability insurance for the IFC, its officers and volunteers.
    • If the IFC obtains coverage through another plan, it must submit the IFC Insurance Exemption form by Aug. 1 of each year through FS Central.
  6. The IFC will work with the campus to provide health and safety education and training for chapters each term.
  1. The IFC will establish a strategic communication plan for the IFC and its member chapters that addresses protocols for crisis response, social media, marketing and media engagement.
  2. In the event the IFC is in need of crisis management support, the IFC should contact the NIC communications team directly for consultation. IFCs should consult the NIC before making any statements to the media, so the NIC can assist in coordination efforts with each inter/national organization and the campus.
  3. IFC is a trademark of the NIC. If the IFC would like to produce any material or clothing with using the IFC name, contact the NIC communications team to seek approval prior to publication or production. IFC clothing can be purchased directly through IFCGEAR.COM.
  1. The IFC will work with member chapters to establish a recruitment process that meets the needs of chapters and potential new members, as well as provides opportunities for interested men to learn about the fraternity experience.
  2. The IFC should focus on fostering interest in joining fraternities, marketing to incoming students and potential new members. As part of NIC Campus Support Model, we provide recruitment software in partnership with TechniPhi.
  3. The IFC should not restrict the ability of chapters to distribute bids outside of any designated recruitment period. As the NIC Standard on student choice states:
    • Any male student should be free to join a fraternity when he determines it is in his best interest.
    • All fraternities should be free to determine when they wish to extend an invitation to join to a male student.
  4. Recruitment and new member activities must be consistent with NIC Guidelines on Alcohol & Drugs.
  1. IFC leaders will work with their advisor and campus to submit an End of Term (EOT) report for each academic term on FS Central to report academic and membership data. Councils on a semester system will submit Fall and Spring EOTs; Councils on the quarter system will submit Fall, Winter and Spring EOTs.
  2. The IFC should maintain an accurate listing of member fraternity chapters and new groups/colonies. The Chapter Roster should be updated in FS Central when any changes occur—when a chapter joins or leaves the campus/IFC.
  3. The campus fraternity/sorority advisor should maintain an accurate listing of full-time employees working with the community and IFC. This listing of Institutional Contacts should be updated in FS Central when any changes occur.

Key due dates for Reporting, Dues, and NIC Educational Program Registration

Reporting TypeDue Date
Fall EOTFebruary 1, 2019
Winter EOT (quarter schools only)June 1, 2019
Spring EOTAugust 1, 2019
Roster of ChaptersUpdate when changes occur
Institution ContactsUpdate when changes occur
NIC dues and IFC InsuranceInvoiced September 1; Due November 1
• Insurance coverage is not bound until all NIC dues and insurance fees are paid.
• If the IFC obtains coverage through a plan other than the NIC-offered coverage, it must submit the IFC Insurance Exemption form by Aug. 1 of each year through FS Central.
Registration for PRIME: The Summit of IFC PresidentsDecember 15, 2019
Registration for IFC AcademyAFLV Central: January 23 
SEIFC: January 25 
NGLA: February 21 
AFLV West: March 27 
Registration for UIFI Early-bird deadline April 23
  1. All IFC member chapters will actively support the responsible growth of other NIC fraternities provided that each organization follows these Responsible Growth Protocols:
    • Proactively communicates with the campus administration and IFC in good faith prior to any expansion activity.
    • Considers any available readiness assessment, utilizing metrics determined in conjunction with the NIC before formally requesting the opportunity to join the IFC.
    • The group does not have any outstanding, documented campus health and safety violation.
  2. If the inter/national organization follows the Responsible Growth Protocols:
    • Any NIC member fraternity, upon expressing interest to establish a chapter, will be given a time by the IFC for the expansion to occur. The IFC can determine the best academic term for the expansion, but the expansion will occur within a four-year period from when the IFC is first notified of interest by the NIC member fraternity.
    • NIC member fraternities with an interest group already formed will be granted IFC recognition, though the IFC may elect to have an associate member status provided reasonable written expectations and metrics are established to move from associate member status to full member status.
    • The IFC will never take a vote on recognition or expansion for an NIC member fraternity.
    • The IFC will never require NIC member fraternities to present an expansion proposal to the IFC, although the IFC can require the NIC member fraternity to submit documentation or do a virtual presentation to determine the best academic term for expansion.
  3. To be in compliance with anti-trust law as it relates to associations, IFCs cannot restrict any group from joining the IFC that meets the membership criteria (whether an NIC fraternity or not).
  4. The IFC will honor all organizational return agreements negotiated as part of a campus or IFC conduct process. Any organization returning to campus based on a return agreement will not be required to participate in any IFC or campus expansion process.
  5. Recognition by the IFC and campus are two distinct processes with potentially different outcomes, though it is best for students when organizations recognized by the IFC are also recognized by the campus.

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Campus Support Model

TAKING YOUR IFC TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Fraternities are at a unique time in our history. To thrive today and beyond, fraternal culture must evolve. This will require greater partnership, collaboration and support than campuses, fraternities, chapters and the NIC have ever had. To create change within the global fraternity experience, we must focus attention at the local level.

The NIC’s Campus Support Model strikes against a one-size-fits-all approach. This model prepares the community to take action and empowers interfraternal leaders toward peer governance, helping your community move toward the Vision for Fraternity Communities—Engendering Trust and Confidence in the Fraternity Experience.

  • Provides vision and direction, yet allows for local campus customization
  • Fosters collaboration among local and inter/national stakeholders
  • Maximizes value to students and alumni
  • Focuses industry experts and partners on supporting campuses
  • Ensures consistent campus support within a high-turnover industry

PARTNERING FOR LASTING POSITIVE CHANGE IN FRATERNITY COMMUNITIES

The NIC Campus Support Model bundles the tools you need to improve the fraternity experience—consultation, resources, programs, assessments, and even discounts on services that will benefit your fraternity and sorority community. This maximizes value for your fraternity community, while helping you streamline planning and budgeting. You’ll also find that many offerings in our levels of support—like educational programs—can benefit the larger fraternity and sorority community on your campus, not just IFC.

When your IFC pays its annual NIC dues (by Sept. 1 each year), it will receive the Basic Level of services in the Campus Support Model below. Your IFC will also have access to our new IFC Insurance Program, a critical component of effective peer governance.

Elevate support for your fraternity/sorority community by choosing the Campus Support package—Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond—that best fits your campus’ needs.

CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL

Campus Support packages are fully customizable to meet your campus’ needs. Click the button below to purchase a package, and review the pricing information below for details on benefits and support associated with each package (Click chart to enlarge). Additionally, campuses can receive a 10 percent discount on the cost of a package with a commitment of two or more years at the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond levels. Contact campus@nicfraternity.org with questions or for more information!

PURCHASE SUPPORT PACKAGE

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

SELECTION OF PROGRAMS FROM NIC’S EDUCATION CATALOG−TOPICS: SOCIAL NORMING, BYSTANDER INTERVENTION, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION, AND RITES OF PASSAGE

To achieve the Vision for Fraternity Communities—Engendering Trust and Confidence in the Fraternity Experience, the NIC has partnered with content experts to provide programming and interventions in key focus areas. These trusted partners have significant experience working with college students, and Diamond-Level campuses can select from an extensive catalog of unique programs and interventions. The catalog will be available on the NIC website by Jan. 1, 2017 in preparation for the 2017-2018 academic year. Click here to “meet” our programming partners.

LOCAL TRAINING SUMMIT FOR ALUMNI RELATIONS AND HOUSING, LED BY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Investing in the alumni who support the fraternity community can provide greater levels of consistent, long-term support. The NIC will work with experienced facilitators and content experts to provide a Training Summit for alumni—both chapter-based advisors and House Corporation volunteers.

NIC STAFF SUPPORT FOR IFC AND FRATERNITY COMMUNITY

When an NIC staff member visits your campus you will have an experienced, professional consultation to support your IFC, fraternity community, Alumni IFC and campus professionals. We will work with you to determine the priorities for the visit, maximizing the time by meeting with the Alumni IFC or facilitating an educational program. These visits are driven by seasoned higher ed professionals, our Vice Presidents of Campus Operations.

NIC STAFF GUIDANCE FOR CREATION AND ONGOING SUPPORT OF ALUMNI IFC

When an NIC staff member visits campus, meeting with the alumni who support the fraternity community is a priority. Investing in these relationships and training can provide consistency and greater levels of intentional support in the long-term. The NIC Vice Presidents of Campus Operations can help develop and provide ongoing support for an Alumni IFC to enhance the guidance the IFC and fraternity community receives. This opportunity can draw in and cultivate advisors, house corporation volunteers and other interested alumni.

CRISIS COMMUNICATION SUPPORT FOR IFC, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NIC PR PARTNER EDELMAN

When crisis occurs within your fraternity community, there is little time to think about a plan to manage the situation. It’s important to have those resources in place and the support you need to navigate the storm. In partnership with our professional PR firm, Edelman, the NIC will work with you to manage communication and media relations if crisis arises. Think of it like “AAA” roadside service when your car breaks down—for your fraternity community. We provide expertise in a time of urgency—when you need it most.

DISCOUNTS FOR NIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Students in NIC member fraternities will receive a “member discount” to NIC programs as part of your Campus Support package. Programs like UIFI and IFC Academy are best-in-class leadership experiences that drive elevated commitment to their chapters, councils and communities.

COMMUNITY-BUILDING LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS: IMPACT & LAUNCH

IMPACT: This campus-based leadership institute is designed to foster relationships among campus leaders through an intensive, interactive 2.5-day program. The NIC will provide program curriculum, two lead facilitators and staff support for an IMPACT weekend program for your fraternity/sorority community. Additional costs for this program are the off-campus retreat facility and food, which are managed by the campus.
LAUNCH: This one-day, on-campus program helps fraternity and sorority leaders to kick off the officer term together through a positive, forward-thinking perspective. Through this engaging, participant-driven experience, chapter presidents and council officers will build relationships, explore individual and shared issues, and set goals to address them. The NIC will provide program curriculum and a lead facilitator. This retreat can be held in conjunction or in addition to existing programming and can be tailored to meet the needs of your campus community.

COMPLIMENTARY PRIME REGISTRATION

This will cover the registration fee for the IFC President to the PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents. Participants will pay travel. PRIME focuses IFC Presidents on their role from the get-go. Getting this concentrated training in January, when many IFC presidents start their term, will prepare them for council and community leadership.

COMPLIMENTARY UNDERGRADUATE INTERFRATERNITY INSTITUTE (UIFI) REGISTRATIONS

This will cover the registration fee to the NIC’s premier leadership program, UIFI. Participants will pay travel. At UIFI, you will spend five days learning with and from fraternity men and sorority women from across North America. You will explore the fraternity leader you want to be and where you can take your chapter, council or community. (Note: These registrations could be used for any Greek student on your campus.)

COMPLIMENTARY IFC ACADEMY REGISTRATIONS

The NIC has partnered with the National Panhellenic Conference and four regional interfraternal leadership programs to bring IFC officer training to students starting in 2017. In its pilot year, the new IFC Academy curriculum will be facilitated at four regional conferences: AFLV Central, AFLV West, NGLA and SEIFC. The goal of IFC Academy is to help council officers understand the bigger picture of fraternity and sorority membership, provide nuts-and-bolts training on how to be effective in council officer roles, and engage in council and community goal setting. Eight officer tracks will be provided.

COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION TO AN INTERFRATERNAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR FRATERNITY/SORORITY CAMPUS PROFESSIONAL

To support the development of the student affairs professionals who advise the leaders, councils and chapters in fraternity and sorority communities, the NIC will provide one complimentary registration to an interfraternal conference or program (up to $500). The professional may choose the event they would prefer to attend.

ACCESS TO IFC INSURANCE PROGRAM

IFC Insurance is a key ingredient of peer governance, and the NIC’s program covers peer monitoring and most IFC-hosted events. When purchasing insurance independently, IFCs can pay almost $6,000 for council coverage and more than $2,600 (and often much higher) for stand-alone event coverage. The NIC’s IFC Insurance Program offers immediate savings, as pricing is tiered based on the number of IFC fraternities on campus and starts at $599/yr. The NIC’s IFC Insurance Program is also flexible enough to add the host institution (which would include the fraternity/sorority advisor) as an additional insured to provide an extra layer of protection for our trusted campus partners.

IFC Insurance is not included in your annual IFC dues to the NIC, but it can be purchased in the online form when you pay your dues (annually by Sept. 1). Click here for more information about the IFC Insurance Program and pricing.

IFC OPERATIONAL AUDIT

Utilize this survey tool to audit Council operational effectiveness. For the top two levels of support, an NIC staff member will help you interpret your survey data.

TECHNIPHI TOOLS TO POWER RECRUITMENT AND ASSIST CHAPTERS

Do you need a tool to help organize fraternity recruitment? How about to bring in potential members, funnel leads to chapters, run registration and even operate recruitment? Through the NIC, you will get complimentary access to TechniPhi‘s recruitment tools to help grow your fraternity community. Under the Basic Campus Support level, the Recruitment Registration Engine will help you streamline sign-ups.
If you move up to the Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels of support, you can gain complimentary access to TechniPhi’s premier recruitment tools.

The ChapterBuilder Council Dashboard allows the IFC to support your chapters’ growth, while making recruitment easier and more effective. It links chapter accounts into a community and allows you to perform grade checks, view analytics and feed more high-quality leads to chapters.

If your campus has an IFC formal recruitment, CampusDirector is designed to help you manage the process from start to finish, including registration, scheduling, giving bids, billing and more.

LEGFI TOOL TO STREAMLINE IFC BILLING, COLLECTIONS AND FUNDRAISING

Asking your members for money is never fun. LegFi helps you simplify your group finances and increase your collection rate! As a trusted NIC partner, we take the stress out of money management and make it easy to handle all your chapter’s financial needs. The IFC will be able to bill its member chapters via the LegFi platform for at no cost. The only fee is a 2.% processing fee for credit cards.

IFC WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT POWERED BY OMEGAFI

Your web presence is a critical tool to promote and share news about your fraternity community. OmegaFi will develop your IFC an attractive, mobile-optimized website. View a portfolio of sites here. Once an IFC pays its dues, it can begin setup here.

ON-SITE RECRUITMENT TRAINING: DISCOUNT ON PHIRED UP EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Phired Up has one main goal in working with IFCs, to grow fraternity life. With that aim, this trusted NIC partner provides on-campus workshops and training around fraternity recruitment and retention. They combine “ah ha” moments with “ha ha” moments to help Greeks grow their membership and influence through values-based relationships. At the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond level, you and your chapters will have a 10% discount when booking fraternity educational programs with Phired Up. Note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount for Phired Up services. It only applies to regular-price programs.

LEADERSHIP AND TEAM DEVELOPMENT FOR COUNCILS AND CHAPTERS: DISCOUNT ON PLAID SERVICES

Plaid adapts corporate-level training from Fortune 100 companies and applies it to programs related to: officer training and transitions, leadership and management development, community and organizational health, career development, alumni training, diversity, and corporate etiquette. The discount even applies to Plaid’s mobile app, PlaidServe; the tool that allows individuals and organizations to track community service, study hours and event attendance. Starting at the Silver level of support, both men’s and women’s organizations can receive discounts on these valuable services.

ON-SITE TRAINING FOR NEW MEMBER EDUCATORS: DISCOUNT ON RISE PARTNERSHIPS’ THRIVE PROGRAM

Thrive helps organizations keep new members engaged, retained, satisfied, and prepared to meet expectations. Through a series of interactive lessons, leadership teams critique and improve their chapter’s new member experience. Along the way, they address underlying challenges in the organization’s culture and learn how to sustain changes for the long-term. This program provides a safe place for organizations to restructure questionable activities and get expert feedback without fear of judgement or consequence. At the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond level, you will receive a 10% discount when booking this program with RISE Partnerships.

PROFESSIONAL ALUMNI COMMUNICATIONS, INCLUDING CHAPTER NEWSLETTERS AND ANNUAL FUND APPEALS: DISCOUNT ON PENNINGTON & CO. SERVICES

Professionally designed and produced communication materials help you engage alumni. In its alumni communications program, Pennington & Co. can provide the following for chapters and councils:

  • Attractive, professionally designed newsletters with alumni-centric content
  • Direct-mail solicitations custom designed for your organization to provide the variety and flexibility needed to strengthen your support base
  • A cohesive website designed to complement your campaign or alumni communications program
  • Biographical alumni updates and data management to scrupulously maintain your database
  • Acknowledgement of all contributions

Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond IFCs and their chapters receive discounts on this service.

FEASIBILITY STUDY OF LOCAL ALUMNI SUPPORT FOR CHAPTER CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PROJECTS AND FUNDRAISING: DISCOUNT ON PENNINGTON & CO. SERVICES

A campaign undertaken without a clear assessment of the need, ability and willingness is a campaign in jeopardy. Pennington & Co.‘s professional feasibility study lays the groundwork to ensure the greatest possibility of success. Platinum and Diamond IFCs and their chapters receive a discount for this service.

ON-SITE FACILITY ASSESSMENT: DISCOUNT ON CSL SERVICES

CSL Management will conduct an onsite facility assessment designed to evaluate the health, security, and overall competitiveness of your chapter house. This includes a five-year capital expenditure plan with recommendations regarding immediate, near and long-term investments to be made in an effort to improve each member’s residential experience. The discount is good for any chapter in your fraternity/sorority community. (If a chapter is an existing CSL client that has already conducted an assessment, a discount can be negotiated for an update.)

FINANCIAL OPERATIONAL TOOLS AND ASSISTANCE: DISCOUNT ON OMEGAFI SERVICES

For independently incorporated IFCs, OmegaFi can assist in filing IRS forms including 990-N for $30 or 990-EZ for $40. For IFC chapters already working with OmegaFi via Vault, OmegaFi will allow the chapter to process 10 contracts complimentarily.

TOOL TO STREAMLINE CHAPTER BILLING, COLLECTIONS AND FUNDRAISING: DISCOUNT ON LEGFI SERVICES

At the Gold, Platinum and Diamond Levels, all IFC chapters have the opportunity to use the LegFi platform at the chapter level to bill/invoice members, collect money online, mass text / email chapter members, and set up event ticket sales and fundraisers with a 10% discount on the LegFi monthly subscription fee.

CUSTOMIZED PHILANTHROPY WEBSITE TO UNITE AND IMPROVE COUNCIL/CHAPTER EVENTS: DISCOUNT ON CROWDCHANGE SERVICES

Receive 10-50% off your custom CrowdChange website to unite and improve your chapter or council’s philanthropy work. CrowdChange unites campus philanthropy events on one centralized platform, with features that help students raise more money and increase engagement. This platform has everything they need, including tickets, team pages for competitions, individual pages, and more. At the end of a year with CrowdChange, you will have a dashboard that showcases all of the philanthropy work your chapters have done, a powerful marketing tool to help show the world what fraternities and sororities are all about.

About Interfraternity Council (IFC)

PROVIDING STRONG COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

“A CHANGE AGENT.” “STRONGLY COMMITTED.” “TRAILBLAZER.” “HOLDS MEMBERS ACCOUNTABLE.” A MAN WITH “TRUE INTEGRITY, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE.” ONE WHO WORKS FOR “THE ADVANCEMENT OF THOSE AROUND HIM.”

These phrases have been used to describe the fraternity leaders honored with the NIC Undergraduate Award of Distinction. But these traits should not only apply to award winners. These are the characteristics interfraternal leaders need to make a positive difference in their communities, and the campus Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the group who should convene such leaders.

THE PURPOSE OF THE IFC

An IFC exists where there are two or more NIC member (or non-member) fraternities on a campus. The Council’s purpose is to advance fraternity on campus and provide interfraternal leadership to the entire community. The NIC provides direct support, resources and services to IFC officers, representatives, advisors and alumni to further the health and success of local fraternity communities.

NIC SUPPORT FOR YOUR IFC

  • Fraternities must provide leadership to shape our future, and IFC and fraternity leaders on your campus are the force that can drive that positively change on campus. The NIC is here to support your efforts in your fraternity community.
  • The NIC’s Campus Support Model assists councils by providing increased training and resources. This support focuses on the individual development and skills of officers, as well as providing coaching to advance the role of the IFC as the campus governing body that advocates and provides educational opportunities for the fraternity experience.
  • When your IFC pays its annual NIC dues (due Sept. 1), officers will gain access to specialized resources. Elevate support for your fraternity/sorority community by selecting an even greater level of Campus Support. Learn more here.

THE IFC CREED

We, the Interfraternity Council, exist to promote the shared interests and values of our member fraternities: leadership, service, brotherhood and scholarship. We believe in Fraternity and that the shared values of Fraternity drive the IFC to create better communities, better chapters and better men.

We work to advance the academic mission of the host institution, to enable fraternal organizations to grow and thrive through collaboration and teamwork, to provide an outlet for self-governance and accountability, and to model and teach ethical leadership. In a spirit of mutual support and betterment, we, the men of the Interfraternity Council, pledge to elevate the Ritual and the values of the member organizations.

Booking the parents for speaking engagements

Through the Love, Mom & Dad program, parents share their very personal stories of how hazing has impacted their families and lives, education about hazing prevention, and a call to action for your community or organization.

We work with four families to speak for organizations/campuses: the Piazzas, Gruvers, Braham and Kowiaks.

How we book:

  • We ask that you provide potential dates, so we can gauge their availability. We will get back with you on which parents are available to come to your program. Their availability depends on their work and family commitments, as well as other speaking dates.
  • To help share this message as widely as possible, costs are minimal. They simply require travel and lodging.
  • If your school/organization would like to make a donation to their foundation to honor their work and their son, we can provide that information.
  • The AHC will take care of making travel arrangements and will provide one invoice after the program.

SUBMIT AVAILABILITY

Statement on racially offensive photos

The North American Interfraternity Conference is deeply disappointed by offensive photos that have recently resurfaced involving fraternity men from decades ago.

As fraternity men, we must acknowledge and denounce all forms of racism. We must unite around the notion that fraternal bonds are built on concepts of respect, dignity and empathy for all people.

In recent years, we have invested significant resources in supporting emerging and culturally-based fraternities, as well as enhancing education for all fraternity members on the importance of diversity and inclusion. We will continue working with our member fraternities, partners, and higher education institutions to improve awareness and education around these important issues.

Statement on previously dismissed claims against Yale and fraternities

Late day aerial views of Central Campus.

Three female students filed suit today against Yale University and nine fraternities seeking to make fraternity membership co-ed among other issues.

“These students’ accusations against Yale’s fraternities and their national organizations are baseless and unfounded,” said Joan Gilbride, attorney for the fraternities. “This theory of liability was already resoundingly rejected just last month by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in a written decision. We look forward to vigorously defending this action in court, as we successfully did before the state Commission.”

Fraternities believe that single-sex student organizations should be an option — a choice — for students. And so should co-ed student organizations. Students should have the choice to join the groups that best fit their developmental needs.

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Career Opportunities

Join our team! The NIC is the trade association representing 66 inter/national men’s fraternities. The NIC’s member organizations boast more than 6,000 chapters located on more than 800 campuses in the United States and Canada, with nearly 4.2 million alumni. It provides a fast-paced, start-up like environment and delivers on five core priorities to its members—including sophisticated educational efforts, leading the fraternal industry to positive change.

Current Opportunities:

Foundation for Fraternal Excellence

The NICF has transitioned into the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE) with a rebranded identity, revised strategic priorities, a re-tooled programming plan and a focus on collaborating to enhance and preserve the fraternity/sorority experience for members to come.

Learn more at foundationfe.org.

Gold and Silver Medal

The presentation of the NIC Gold Medal and NIC Silver Medal dates back more than 70 years, making it one of the oldest interfraternal traditions. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Conference can bestow and recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC. The Silver Medal recognizes exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement.

2018 Gold Medal Honoree

Edward “Ned” Kirklin

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HOLMES MURPHY & ASSOCIATES | KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY

Ned’s contributions outside of the insurance realm are too many to list: speaker at countless conventions and leadership conferences; participant in lobbying efforts for the fraternal experience; loyal donor to the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee; collaborator with other industry vendors. In addition, his generosity goes beyond his professional affiliation. He has been a personal supporter of many organizations’ foundations because he recognizes the value of the educational programming and support provided through foundation funding. Ned has remained a steadfast supporter of the NIC over the past 30 years–though his own fraternity isn’t a member organization.

“Ned has been devoted to protecting the lives of fraternity men and women for over 25 years,” said a nominator. “He has elevated the definition of fraternity, combining leadership and responsibility to our community. Ned has invested his time and resources developing risk management practices so that we can provide a safe environment for our members and guests.”

Laurel Wreath Award

The Laurel Wreath Award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world.

2018 HONOREES

Congratulations to the 2018 Laurel Wreath Award recipients! Browse below to learn more about each honoree.

TALKSPACE PARTNERSHIP

ALPHA TAU OMEGA

Now in its second year, Alpha Tau Omega and Talkspace have partnered to provide professional, confidential mental health support to their undergraduate members. With college and university counseling centers overwhelmed by students, resulting in days if not weeks of wait time before an appointment with a professional, ATO recognized the need to provide an alternative solution. Each ATO member receives up to three Talkspace sessions complimentary of the National Fraternity. ATO is also partnering with Talkspace for ongoing mental health presentations. This summer at their biennial convention, a mental health professional from Talkspace will present to undergraduate presidents, vice presidents and other attendees on mental health and ways chapters can support good mental health. The ATO/Talkspace partnership is a first within the interfraternity community.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER EDUCATION PROGRAM

DELTA UPSILON

Delta Upsilon’s Associate Member Education Program launched to all chapters in summer 2016 after a year of piloting. The objective of the in-person, eight-week program is to provide growth and development for the fraternity’s newest members (called Associate Members) in alignment with the Delta Upsilon Membership Outcomes. The program includes a foundational base of knowledge about the organization and a basic understanding of Delta Upsilon policy and governance, as well as skills related to understanding self, how to interact with others and how to process information. It is designed to give students tools they can utilize to further their learning and development as they encounter different experiences and issues throughout their membership experience and beyond. Member data shows the program is having positive effects on membership, with member attitudes and behaviors improving in a number of critical areas since implementation. These areas include hazing, alcohol use, belonging, self-esteem and more.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

PHI KAPPA PSI

Phi Kappa Psi juniors and seniors attend the fraternity’s Professional Development Conference to enhance their professional skills prior to graduation. The vision of Phi Psi’s membership development team was to create a comprehensive three-day experience that prepares undergraduates for a successful career through exploring leadership competencies. Through workshops, networking opportunities, and one-on-one coaching, the conference leaves participants feeling prepared to tackle their post-collegiate career. Specific topics covered by the program include interview skils and resume building, learning how to “dress for success,” stress management and a healthy work-life balance, and using networking skills in both a professional manner and with Phi Psi alumni. Participants also learn how to make good judgments quickly, sell themselves in any interaction and manage conflict and difficult conversations. The first year of the program was an overwhelming success with 138 students and 24 alumni coaches participating. The long-term goal is to identify the funding to establish two to three regional conferences each year beginning in 2019.

PREPARATION FOR BROTHERHOOD

SIGMA CHI

Sigma Chi’s Preparation for Brotherhood Program (P4B) is a first-of-its-kind approach to new member orientation. The program’s goal is to ensure that each member, regardless of chapter, receives the same education about Sigma Chi. Through a blended learning approach, brothers engage one another in person as well as through experiential activities, readings and online modules using the new Sigma Chi U learning management system. Preparation for Brotherhood also goes into the field of whole brain learning. Using all senses that might appeal to various learning styles, P4B sets the student up from day one to understand what the organization they are joining actually stands for and how to apply those values to their lives. By teaching material in a way that resonates with and inspires the student and helps them absorb the materials, the cognitive dissonance gap starts to close. Students become more conscious of their actions and attuned to what the organization espouses, and are more likely to hold each other accountable to the promises and obligations they took to live their lives in a certain way.

MENTOR NETWORK

SIGMA NU

The Sigma Nu Mentor Network is an on-demand mentoring platform for career and professional development. Offered in partnership with FirstHand, the network is an online “flash mentoring” platform, which allows advisees (mentees) to choose an advisor (mentor) for a brief one-on-one conversation. Advisees then have the ability to schedule additional consultations with the same or other advisors. Flash mentoring also gives advisees access to Sigma Nu’s entire alumni network. The concept was born out of a 2013 survey Sigma Nu conducted in partnership with 12 other fraternities. Collegiate respondents indicated strong belief in the value of fraternal networking and the benefit an online networking platform would add to their membership. The Sigma Nu Mentor Network initially launched in fall 2016 for a targeted group of active volunteers and top students. It was further launched to new initiates and general alumni during the 2017-18 academic year. The network now boasts over 300 active advisors and 462 active advisees, and still growing.

SUMMIT AGAINST HATE

SIGMA ALPHA MU, ZETA BETA TAU, ALPHA EPSILON PHI, SIGMA DELTA TAU

Sigma Alpha Mu, Zeta Beta Tau, Alpha Epsilon Phi and Sigma Delta Tau designed the Summit Against Hate to help student affairs professionals respond to and prevent hate incidents. In response to a rise in hate incidents on college campuses, the goal of the Summit is to educate on proactively and reactively handling hate issues. On Dec. 3, 2017, the Summit hosted over 30 interfraternal and student affairs professionals and was successful in creating meaningful conversations, providing education and sowing seeds of change. One student panelist said, “The Summit confirmed for me that people are dedicated to these issues [racism and prejudice]. It was also a sad but necessary reminder that Jews can still be targeted. If it wasn’t for the summit I wouldn’t have chosen to dedicate my time to also standing up for other minorities.”