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 hosted webinars on the IFC SOP. Watch the recording.

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,
  • 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 Listing 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 officers. 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
Chapter ListingUpdate 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.
    • 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. 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 Standards Board, or vote on Constitution and Bylaw amendments.  
  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.

LEARN MORE: The NIC staff has an informative video on what you get with your IFC basic dues. Watch the recording.

IFC Dues and Insurance Renewal for the 2019-20 academic year will begin in August and will be coordinated in FS Central. Each council should ensure that their officer information and chapter listing is correct by July 15, 2019.

Contact campus@nicfraternity.org with questions or for more information.

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. Contact us for information on bringing these programs to your campus.

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.

Banning fraternities isn’t the solution to Swarthmore College’s problem

Swarthmore’s banning of fraternities and sororities may calm current unrest but falls short of truly dealing with campus-wide cultural challenges. Instead of effectively addressing the unacceptable actions of a few past students, this short-sighted decision robs future students of the opportunity to freely associate with organizations that promote healthy, lifelong relationships. Millions of fraternity men stand united in support of the rights of college students who seek to form positive, enriching fraternal bonds.

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Media contact:
Todd Shelton
Chief Communication Officer

Statement regarding Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College (Photo courtesy Swarthmore College Facebook page)

The NIC is disgusted by the activities and attitudes described in recently released documents of a local fraternal club at Swarthmore College. We encourage collaboration between all stakeholders to improve the campus culture while also respecting the desire of students to form associations on their terms that align with the institution’s core values.

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Media contact:
Todd Shelton
Chief Communication Officer

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NIC Anti-Harassment Policy

The North American Interfraternity Conference is proud of its tradition of treating all individuals with dignity and respect. Each individual has the right to work or volunteer in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits any form of harassment, including but not limited to sexual, racial, or gender harassment. Any form of harassment, whether verbal, physical, or environmental, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.   

This policy applies to the following: employees (whether the conduct is by or toward an employee), contractors, applicants for employment, vendors, alliance partners, or volunteers, including Governing Council members.   

We encourage immediate reporting of all perceived incidents of harassment. If an individual believes that he or she is being harassed, or believes that his or her employment or involvement is being affected by such conduct directed at someone else, the individual should immediately discuss their concerns with the President/CEO or the General Counsel of the NIC.   

If a person covered by this policy knows of an incident of harassment, they are required to immediately bring the incident to the attention of the President/CEO or the General Counsel of the NIC.  

Complaints of harassment will be investigated confidentially and as timely as possible. The complainant may request for the allegation to be resolved formally or informally. The President/CEO and the General Counsel of the NIC will determine, depending on the circumstances and severity, which of the following is warranted: (1) intervention/informal resolution; (2) internal investigation; or (3) external investigation. In the event that an internal investigation is conducted, it will be led by the General Counsel, who will prepare a report of findings and recommendations to the President/CEO. In the event that an external investigation is conducted, the General Counsel will coordinate with a qualified, independent third party investigator, who will prepare a report of findings and recommendations to the President/CEO and the General Counsel.

If, after a thorough investigation, the NIC finds this policy has been violated, appropriate corrective action will be taken. If the NIC is not able to determine whether a violation of this policy occurred, that will be communicated to the complainant in an appropriately sensitive manner. The NIC will not retaliate or permit retaliation against an individual who submits a complaint under this policy. Retaliation will be considered a separate violation of this policy and will be handled according to the procedures set forth herein. A written record of the complaint, investigation, and resolution will be (1) maintained for five years from the date of the resolution unless the circumstances dictate that the file should be kept for a longer period of time; and (2) disclosed to the Governing Council by the President/CEO and/or General Counsel.

NIC Code of Ethics

The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is committed to being an industry leader in advocacy, education, research, and the promotion of fraternal values. To accomplish these goals, the NIC, including the staff, Governing Council, key leaders of member organizations, and alliance partners commit ourselves to the following ethical standards any time we represent the industry or any segment of it:  

  • To understand and uphold the Governing Documents of the NIC, including the Constitution & Bylaws, Standards, and Position Statements;  
  • To be reliable and trustworthy in all of our transactions with each other and our alliance partners;  
  • To appear, speak, and conduct ourselves in a professional manner, cognizant that we set an example within the industry and within society;  
  • To collaborate with each other in advancing the fraternity movement;  
  • To refrain from disparaging any person or organization affiliated with the NIC, and to treat sensitive information appropriately;  
  • And to, above all, advancing and serving the fraternity industry with integrity  

Monica Ceja joins NIC as Director of Digital Media

Monica Ceja will serve as the Director of Digital Media for the North American Interfraternity Conference starting April 24. In this role, she will work with the Chief Communication Officer to execute communication strategy for the NIC and the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence. Key responsibilities will include e-newsletter creation, social media management, program promotion, web development, and design. 

“We are excited to have Monica bring her communications experience to our team,” said Todd Shelton, Chief Communication Officer. “She is a talented professional and her abilities will be assets as we advocate for the fraternal experience.”

Ceja has strong experience in fraternity/sorority communications with four years at Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for women in roles including Communications Coordinator and Extension Manager. At ZTA, she created content for social media, assisted in video production, managed websites and web-related projects and designed emails using a variety of platforms. Ceja also gained experience as Coordinator of Marketing & Communication for the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA).

“The NIC is the leading voice of fraternity advancement and standards,” Ceja said. “I am thrilled to be on the team to communicate on behalf of the NIC and its member organizations.”

Ceja was a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow. She is a cum laude graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.

Andrea (Smithson) Benek joins NIC as Senior Director of Communication

Indianapolis, March 11, 2019—Today, Andrea (Smithson) Benek joins the North American Interfraternity Conference team as Senior Director of Communication. In this role, Benek will lead communication strategy for the NIC’s grassroots advocacy and government relations efforts to engage fraternity members around key legislative priorities. She will collaborate with the team to proactively tell the story of the fraternity experience and will lead communication around the NIC’s Health & Safety Initiative.

Benek comes to the NIC from the Indiana Apartment
Association where she served as Director of Communications since January 2018. She
served as the editor and creative director for the trade association that
represents 235,000 apartment units and 15,000 industry professionals across
Indiana. Previously, Benek served five years as Director of Communications for
the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity International Headquarters. She was responsible
for communication strategy and creation for advocacy efforts and general growth-driven
marketing.

“I am thrilled to see Andrea return to the industry as part
of the NIC team,” said Libby Anderson, Interim CEO of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.
“During her time at Zeta Beta Tau she improved our visual footprint and
increased the impact of our communications. Andrea is a go-getter and one of
the hardest working people I know.  All
of our organizations will benefit from her talent.”

Benek’s communication background also includes the roles of
Editor at The Shelbyville News in Shelbyville, Ind., and Presentation Editor at
the Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Ind. Her volunteer experience includes Midyear
Conference Event Chair and Programming Chair for the Fraternity Communications
Association.

“Andrea’s ability to craft messaging will help move us
forward as we advocate on behalf of our member organizations, fraternity men and
the experience,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras.

“The NIC is an organization that’s effecting change, and I
want to be a part of the movement,” said Benek. “I look forward to helping
communicate the voice of the millions of fraternity men worldwide.”

Benek was initiated into Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity
at Franklin College.

Advocating for the Fraternity Experience

When students arrive to college,
they have hundreds of opportunities to get engaged on campus. Almost all
student organizations offer a co-edified experience, yet every year nearly 1
million students purposefully seek out the opportunity to foster deeper connections
and development among peers of their own identified gender by joining men’s
fraternities and women’s fraternities/sororities.

They are looking for something
different — I’d argue something special — not readily found in co-ed student
involvement opportunities. My own fraternity story reflects this reality, as do
the stories of many undergraduate men I meet across the country.

My childhood
was difficult. Growing up in poverty, I often wondered where my next meal was
coming from. I lost my loving mother to a heart-attack at 13 years old, and I
regularly suffered at the hands of my abusive father. Walking onto a college
campus as a student, given my background, was a blessing for me. Still, even
that blessing was shared with continued struggles. I battled depression and
suicidal thoughts throughout college as I continued to cope with my past.
Fortunately, I had an important source of growth and support to help me
through. My fraternity was my family, and my brothers were shoulders to lean on
in tough times. Without the bond, the support, and the brotherhood I had
through fraternity, I am not sure I would have survived my time in college. Nor
would I have had a group I identified with and trusted. As any college student
does, I made juvenile decisions and mistakes along the way as well. In those
moments, I had strong peer role models and adult mentors that gave me the
immediate social feedback I needed as I learned to be a healthy adult man.

Now, when I
visit chapters and meet brothers, I hear this echoed by undergraduate men every
day. It is shocking how many men are coming to college longing for positive
male influences, and a sense of brotherhood they have been missing in their
lives. They share powerful stories about support received through experiences
such as troubling emotional trials, feeling not only safe but emboldened by
their brothers as they came out as gay, and navigating self-reflection, growth
and personal development.

Fraternity
is valuable, in part, specifically because it offers a space for men to learn
and grow in a space with other men. We rightfully worry about concerning
behavior that happens in certain chapters, and we absolutely need to correct
that behavior. However, we should also recognize the unique value that can come
from a brotherhood of men collectively navigating the challenges of college and
beyond.

At a time
when positives strides are being made to ensure a more welcoming and inclusive
environment for students on campus, there is an urge to be suspicious of things
that do not align with an ideal of complete inclusivity. Thus, some will
question whether fraternities and sororities should continue to exist as
women’s and men’s organizations. There is a natural conflict that exists
between inclusivity and selectivity. Organizations that are, in their very
nature, exclusive in some sense (such as fraternities and sororities, sports
teams, merit and honorary societies, performance groups, and cultural clubs)
exist within this tension.

For some,
the answer to this conflict is to remove the exclusive component by co-edifying
fraternities and sororities. Others suggest preserving only sororities as
single-sex organizations to empower women. While I strongly support
inclusivity, I do not agree with the urge to have it swallow the uniqueness of
the single-sex fraternity and sorority experience. We live in a beautifully
complex society that necessitates cognitive dissonance and nuance. Uniform
application of any ideal without respect to this complexity is typically
achieved at the cost of undermining another significant and critical value.

The
single-sex experience fraternal organizations offer has distinct value. Various
academic articles and opinion pieces tout positive outcomes ranging from
elevated academic engagement and graduation rates to professional well-being
and civic engagement. However, there is notably less literature that discusses
the needs of young men in today’s society, and how the fraternity experience
provides a critical support system. I am aware of the risk I take as a white
man speaking about how men today are struggling and how inclusivity should mold
around the existing structures of men’s fraternities, but I pose this is an
important topic that requires a nuanced and thoughtful dialogue.

Research
shows young men are, in fact, struggling — struggling with serious issues from
mental health to academic success — in different ways than women. A May 2018
Cigna study reported that the current population of 18 to 22 year-olds is the
“loneliest generation,” lacking people who “really understand them” or who they
“feel close to.” A 2016 study showed the stress of first-year students in fact
stems from loneliness. Further research shows that by adulthood, many men have
lost the “deeply fulfilling” connections they once experienced with male
friends, and this continues to taper throughout their lives. Some call this
loss an “epidemic of male loneliness.”

Loneliness
can have serious impacts on physical health, future career success, and mental
well-being. In fact, young men are startlingly four times as likely to commit
suicide as young women. Addressing this issue of male-loneliness and depression
cannot be overlooked or set to the side. Yet, psychologists say that improving
social skills, enhancing social support, increasing opportunities for
interaction and connection, and engaging in bonding activities for men are all
ways to combat it. All are benefits fraternities offer today’s college student.

Additionally,
in a society that places a heavy value on the need for a college degree, men
are not reaching the finish line nearly as often as women. Currently, 25
percent fewer men graduate from college than women. It is incredible and worth
celebrating that women today are more likely than ever to obtain a college education,
and there is undoubtedly plenty of room to continue improving equity for women
in education and the workplace. Yet, as we celebrate and continue pushing for
equity for women, we cannot ignore a disturbing trend for men. Fraternities
provide significant benefits in helping men reach the finish line. Members
report significantly higher levels of academic engagement, greater graduation
rates, and on many campuses, GPAs above the all-men’s average.

Finally, we
cannot overlook the need for healthy bonding among college men coupled with
strong, positive, male influences. There is extensive literature and dialogue
around toxic masculinity. Whether or not you agree with the concept of
masculinity itself being toxic, there is no doubt there are healthy and unhealthy,
and productive and unproductive ways to interact as men in society. Young men
in college — who are still developing, learning and adapting — take queues and
model behavior from the world around them as they choose between those two ends
of interaction. Moreover, men are coming to the college environment from a
background that is not always built on a foundation with consistent and
positive male influences in their family. There is obviously a need to provide
young men with healthy examples of masculine identity, and there are
potentially destructive consequences when young men are not able to find
such.  

Are
fraternities the answer to solve these issues? No. Complex issues like these
require nuanced and multi-faceted solutions. However, a positive, healthy
fraternity experience where genuine connection and friendship is fostered is
absolutely a source of positive influence that can be a part of the answer.

The
fraternity experience provides a unique outlet for students to create a sense
of family and bonding. Additionally, it can make the campus environment less
lonely. In contrast to other co-ed clubs, activities and organizations, it also
provides a space for men to develop and grow in a space with other men;
something that can have a unique and meaningfully positive impact on the issues
college men are struggling with today. The incredible bonding within a
fraternity and the security that accompanies a space where men can interact,
grow, talk, and even fail, can bring about a great opportunity for
vulnerability, honest dialogue and peer enacted behavior correction. This
provides a safety net for men in the chapter struggling with tough issues like
loneliness, depression, and self-doubt. When the experience is supported by
adult advisors, the positive environment is only amplified. This is further
bolstered by the new member, member development, and mental health education
provided through the connection between a chapter and its inter/national
fraternities.

I
believe conversations about the reality women face in our society and about the
support our men need are not mutually exclusive. Having a space designed to
afford me, and others like me, the opportunity for male development and growth
does not negate the opportunity to support inclusivity. Perhaps not every man
in college needs a venue to connect with, and learn from other men, but I did.
My fraternity experience was pivotal in helping me to discover who I am, where
I fit within society, and how I can contribute to society in a positive way.
The answers here are not easy. We should celebrate the realities of our complex
world and have honest conversations about the complicated issues in front of
us.

(Republished from PERSPECTIVES, a publication for the members of Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors)

Patrick Jesse

About
the Author

Patrick F. Jessee, J.D., CAE
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity

Patrick Jessee served as the CEO of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Foundation from 2013 to 2018. He dedicated himself in this role to the growth and continuous improvement of the Fraternity, and to leading positive change in the Greek community at large. Prior to joining Delta Sigma Phi, he practiced as a corporate transactional attorney at an international law firm, Akin Gump, in Washington D.C. He earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University School of Law.

Chapter Award of Distinction

The NIC’s Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes exceptional fraternity collegiate chapters demonstrating excellence in operations, involvement in their fraternity/sorority and campus community, and a commitment to a positive fraternity experience.

2018 Honorees

ALPHA TAU OMEGA, BETA DELTA CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

This chapter distinguished itself as ATO’s Top Chapter for the 2016-17 academic year. Beta Delta Chapter exemplifies self-governance and leadership, and it sets the bar for the campus fraternity community. It maintained the second highest fraternity GPA and, when factoring in the number of men in the chapter, the highest GPA for an organization of its size on campus. The chapter’s continued operation of an alcohol-free facility and mandatory drug testing for members speaks to the commitment to health and safety. The chapter is highly recognized within the campus as a model chapter, which includes a very engaged Board of Trustees to help advise the chapter.

BETA THETA PI, EPSILON OMICRON CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Since its re-founding, this chapter has raised the bar for the rest of the UK fraternity community by being well-rounded in high grades, leadership and service. Members stay true to the core value of intellectual growth and academic achievement and are dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. The chapter is also the largest fraternity on campus with more than 150 members. The chapter consistently tops the IFC academic rankings, including a 3.5 fall 2017 GPA that compares to the all-IFC GPA of a 3.02. The chapter initiated 88 percent of its new members. Twenty-nine percent of their members belong to other student organizations and 17 percent are leaders in other student organizations. Chapter members have held key leadership positions including Student Government President, IFC top offices, and Dance Blue Marathon chairs. Last spring, the chapter was awarded with Outstanding Membership Development at the 2017 Greek Awards, and has raised $25,000 each year through its ‘‘Bring It On’’ cheerleading competition to benefit the Nest Center and God’s Pantry.

DELTA SIGMA PHI, ALPHA UPSILON CHAPTER

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Delta Sigma Phi at Kansas State maintains a commitment to living its values, starting with the new member education program. The chapter maintains an exemplary program that engages every member of the chapter and its advisors, helping to prepare new members to be fully engaged in the chapter and the campus community. This is evident in the chapter’s involvement on campus, as members are currently involved in 180 different campus organizations including Student Government, Student Foundation, Student Alumni Board, Interfraternity Council, and many others. Throughout the academic year, the chapter hosts the “Better Men, Better Lives: Lecture Series,” in which they bring in a variety of speakers to touch on different personal and professional development topics including mental health, hazing and sexual assault. The chapter has built and maintained a relationship with the surrounding Manhattan community through different philanthropic partners such as the American Red Cross and Purple Paws Animal Welfare Society for which members raised more than $10,000. The chapter also provided over 11,000 hours of community service. Last year, the chapter was named the Chapter of the Year on the KSU campus and won the Pyramid of Excellence for Delta Sigma Phi.

LAMBDA THETA PHI, GAMMA THETA CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON

They say actions speak louder than words, and if there was an organization that held true to those beliefs, it would be the Gamma Theta Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Not only did the chapter successfully execute 37 programs during the past year, but as one nominator put it, “I was particularly impressed by the quality of programming the chapter hosted. Some of their events included a Book Drive for Latinx high school students, Lanterns for Peace, UNIDOS Turkey Drive, a fundraiser to support countries affected by natural disasters, Postcards to Congress, and the Run for Refugees 5K Run/Walk. Moreover, their work surrounding the immigrant community is outstanding. It is so rare to find an undergraduate chapter so entwined in the community.” The chapter is consistent in bringing in quality members, which is a testament to their presence and impact on campus. One nominator wrote, “They attract men who are strong advocates, activists and have a solid moral compass. For the last two years, individuals from this chapter have received the Meyerhoff Excellence Award. This award is given to less than 30 students at UW-Madison annually.”

SIGMA NU, GAMMA TAU CHAPTER

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES

As a testament to its outstanding performance in all operational areas, the Gamma Tau Chapter was recently recognized with Sigma Nu Fraternity’s Rock Chapter Award. The prestigious Rock Chapter Award honors collegiate chapters that have achieved excellence in all areas of chapter operations and maintained an ideal or nearly perfect state across a broad range of fraternity operations for a multi-year period. During the same year, the chapter was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest honor available to a fraternity or sorority at the university. The chapter is currently the third largest on a campus of 30 IFC fraternities and with a GPA of 3.33. The chapter is actively involved in the IFC and greater community. All members annually participate in community service and philanthropic initiatives benefiting both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Alliance Against Mental Illness. Chapter leadership has been communicative and eager to offer productive feedback and volunteer for leadership opportunities in the community.

THETA CHI, BETA DELTA CHAPTER

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Over the past year, the Beta Delta chapter of Theta Chi has proven itself an exemplary group of men inside and outside the classroom. The chapter continues to be a mainstay among the highest performing chapters in the Rutgers 36-chapter IFC. It had the third highest cumulative GPA in fall 2017, jumping four spots from the previous semester. In service and philanthropic work, the chapter performed 2,389 service hours, with significant time dedicated to expanding “GI Theta Chi” philanthropic event and tutoring at nearby Lincoln Elementary School. In 2017, the chapter received the Howard R. Alter, Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence, the highest award for chapters in Theta Chi Fraternity and its second Alter Award since re-chartering in 2007. The men are a presence on campus both within and outside of the Rutgers fraternity/sorority community, holding positions on executive boards in IFC, club sports teams, and academic societies. The chapter has made strong efforts in its risk management practices and sets an example for other fraternities.