NIC Standards

GUIDING FRATERNITY

NIC membership and the Governing Council propose and vote on standards that guide the larger fraternal community and help unite fraternities to be who we say we are. As the needs of fraternity communities and their campuses are constantly changing, these standards call upon leadership to create changes to what “fraternity” means and asks each member to live to the highest standards of fraternity membership.

NIC membership requires each member organization to adhere to the following Standards of Membership, known as the NIC Standards. Undergraduate chapters are self-governing. Nothing in the NIC Standards shall be interpreted to imply that a member organization has a duty to provide day-to-day supervision or direction, or control the daily activities of undergraduate chapters and/or individual members associated with that member organization. However, member organizations are expected to provide appropriate follow up with their chapters on compliance with NIC Standards to the same extent they follow up with chapters on compliance with the policies of the member organization and to provide its undergraduate chapters with ongoing education on the NIC Standards. Failure of a member organization to provide appropriate follow up with their chapters on compliance with NIC Standards shall subject the member organization to appropriate action by the NIC, up to and including suspension or expulsion of membership in this voluntary trade association.

Academic Enrichment

Each member organization shall maintain a ratio of at least 50% of its undergraduate chapters attaining a chapter-average GPA at or above the respective campus’ All-Men’s Average.

Health and Safety

Each member organization shall:

Have health and safety policies.

Respond according to such organization’s protocols in following up with their chapters on compliance with such policies.

Provide proactive harm reduction education related to such policies as well as a baseline health and safety education program to its individual chapters.

Provide documentation of such policies, organizational protocols and educational programs to the Conference; that address, at a minimum, the following topics:

  • Alcohol and drugs (inclusive of prohibition on the use of alcohol and drugs in new member education and recruitment activities)
  • Hazing
  • Sexual abuse and harassment
  • Fire, health and safety

Carry Commercial General Liability Insurance.

Have and enforce a policy prohibiting women’s auxiliary groups (i.e. “little sisters”) associated with their undergraduate chapters.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its risk management policies.

Adopt and implement a medical Good Samaritan policy.

Each member organization shall adopt and implement a policy by September 1, 2019 that prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor. Chapter facilities and  events outside the United States may have one additional year to achieve compliance.

Inter/national Support for Chapters

Each member organization will strive to work collaboratively with host institutions while supporting its respective chapters to maximize student enrichment.   

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy Supporting Opportunities for New Fraternities and Responsible Growth

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy that supports the opportunity for all NIC member fraternities to flourish through responsible access to open expansion. “Responsible access” requires that the CEO of the Conference has confirmed that:

  • The member organization has openly and in a timely manner communicated its expansion intention and timeline to the host institution, IFC and the Conference.
  • The member organization has made reasonable efforts to partner with the host institution, IFC and fraternity/sorority community in its expansion efforts.
  • There are no significant documented risk concerns with any existing interest group of the member organization on such host institution campus.
  • The member organization has assessed and taken into consideration any campus readiness assessment developed by the Conference regarding such institution.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its policy in support of open expansion.

Commit to responsibly colonizing chapters that enhance the campus community by working collaboratively with other member organizations and the host institution and adhering to responsible access expectations.

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy Supporting Student Choice

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy in support of student choice as to the ability of any male to freely choose when he can join an undergraduate chapter of any member organization without restrictions on the date, time and place of membership invitation, extension and acceptance.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its policy in support of open recruitment.

Interfraternalism

Each member organization shall comply with all provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Conference.

Each member fraternity shall have and enforce a policy that all of its eligible undergraduate chapters and colonies shall maintain membership in an Interfraternity Council, where applicable, that is NIC Standards Compliant, and pays annual NIC dues.

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy on Minimum GPA Requirements for Joining Undergraduate Chapters

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy establishing minimum GPA requirements for joining any of its undergraduate chapters by requiring the following:

  • In order to join an undergraduate chapter, a potential new member who has yet to establish a collegiate GPA shall have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50. A member organization, at its discretion, may establish a policy on minimum GPA requirements for joining that is higher than a 2.50.
  • In order to join an undergraduate chapter, a potential new member who has established a collegiate GPA shall have at least a 2.50 collegiate GPA. A member organization, at its discretion, may establish a policy on minimum GPA requirements for joining that is higher than a 2.50.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its policy establishing minimum GPA requirements for joining.

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy on Minimum Undergraduate Chapter Annual Cumulative GPA Requirements

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy establishing a minimum annual cumulative GPA requirement for its undergraduate chapters by requiring either a cumulative GPA:

  • Of 2.70 or higher; or
  • That is at or above the all men’s GPA for the host institution where an undergraduate chapter exists, if the all men’s GPA for the host institution is below a 2.70.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its chosen policy establishing minimum annual cumulative GPA requirements.

Membership Data Submissions

In addition to complying with the NIC Standards, each member organization shall accurately submit data (outlined in the NIC Bylaws), covering the preceding academic year, to the NIC by Sept. 1 of each year.

GUIDING FRATERNITY

NIC membership and the Governing Council propose and vote on standards that guide the larger fraternal community and help unite fraternities to be who we say we are. As the needs of fraternity communities and their campuses are constantly changing, these standards call upon leadership to create changes to what “fraternity” means and asks each member to live to the highest standards of fraternity membership.

NIC membership requires each member organization to adhere to the following Standards of Membership, known as the NIC Standards. Undergraduate chapters are self-governing. Nothing in the NIC Standards shall be interpreted to imply that a member organization has a duty to provide day-to-day supervision or direction, or control the daily activities of undergraduate chapters and/or individual members associated with that member organization. However, member organizations are expected to provide appropriate follow up with their chapters on compliance with NIC Standards to the same extent they follow up with chapters on compliance with the policies of the member organization and to provide its undergraduate chapters with ongoing education on the NIC Standards. Failure of a member organization to provide appropriate follow up with their chapters on compliance with NIC Standards shall subject the member organization to appropriate action by the NIC, up to and including suspension or expulsion of membership in this voluntary trade association.

Academic Enrichment

Each member organization shall maintain a ratio of at least 50% of its undergraduate chapters attaining a chapter-average GPA at or above the respective campus’ All-Men’s Average.

Health and Safety

Each member organization shall:

Have health and safety policies.

Respond according to such organization’s protocols in following up with their chapters on compliance with such policies.

Provide proactive harm reduction education related to such policies as well as a baseline health and safety education program to its individual chapters.

Provide documentation of such policies, organizational protocols and educational programs to the Conference; that address, at a minimum, the following topics:

  • Alcohol and drugs (inclusive of prohibition on the use of alcohol and drugs in new member education and recruitment activities)
  • Hazing
  • Sexual abuse and harassment
  • Fire, health and safety

Carry Commercial General Liability Insurance.

Have and enforce a policy prohibiting women’s auxiliary groups (i.e. “little sisters”) associated with their undergraduate chapters.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its risk management policies.

Adopt and implement a medical Good Samaritan policy.

Each member organization shall adopt and implement a policy by September 1, 2019 that prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor. Chapter facilities and  events outside the United States may have one additional year to achieve compliance.

Inter/national Support for Chapters

Each member organization will strive to work collaboratively with host institutions while supporting its respective chapters to maximize student enrichment.   

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy Supporting Opportunities for New Fraternities and Responsible Growth

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy that supports the opportunity for all NIC member fraternities to flourish through responsible access to open expansion. “Responsible access” requires that the CEO of the Conference has confirmed that:

  • The member organization has openly and in a timely manner communicated its expansion intention and timeline to the host institution, IFC and the Conference.
  • The member organization has made reasonable efforts to partner with the host institution, IFC and fraternity/sorority community in its expansion efforts.
  • There are no significant documented risk concerns with any existing interest group of the member organization on such host institution campus.
  • The member organization has assessed and taken into consideration any campus readiness assessment developed by the Conference regarding such institution.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its policy in support of open expansion.

Commit to responsibly colonizing chapters that enhance the campus community by working collaboratively with other member organizations and the host institution and adhering to responsible access expectations.

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy Supporting Student Choice

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy in support of student choice as to the ability of any male to freely choose when he can join an undergraduate chapter of any member organization without restrictions on the date, time and place of membership invitation, extension and acceptance.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its policy in support of open recruitment.

Interfraternalism

Each member organization shall comply with all provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Conference.

Each member fraternity shall have and enforce a policy that all of its eligible undergraduate chapters and colonies shall maintain membership in an Interfraternity Council, where applicable, that is NIC Standards Compliant, and pays annual NIC dues.

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy on Minimum GPA Requirements for Joining Undergraduate Chapters

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy establishing minimum GPA requirements for joining any of its undergraduate chapters by requiring the following:

  • In order to join an undergraduate chapter, a potential new member who has yet to establish a collegiate GPA shall have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50. A member organization, at its discretion, may establish a policy on minimum GPA requirements for joining that is higher than a 2.50.
  • In order to join an undergraduate chapter, a potential new member who has established a collegiate GPA shall have at least a 2.50 collegiate GPA. A member organization, at its discretion, may establish a policy on minimum GPA requirements for joining that is higher than a 2.50.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its policy establishing minimum GPA requirements for joining.

Establishment and Enforcement of Policy on Minimum Undergraduate Chapter Annual Cumulative GPA Requirements

Each member organization shall:

Have and enforce a policy establishing a minimum annual cumulative GPA requirement for its undergraduate chapters by requiring either a cumulative GPA:

  • Of 2.70 or higher; or
  • That is at or above the all men’s GPA for the host institution where an undergraduate chapter exists, if the all men’s GPA for the host institution is below a 2.70.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its chosen policy establishing minimum annual cumulative GPA requirements.

Membership Data Submissions

In addition to complying with the NIC Standards, each member organization shall accurately submit data (outlined in the NIC Bylaws), covering the preceding academic year, to the NIC by Sept. 1 of each year.