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Accreditation

Greek Life History

Fraternities and sororities are an integral part of the University of Hartford student experience.  Greek Life was introduced at the University of Hartford in 1989. The Greek community at the University of Hartford is relatively young, but with the historical background of our chapters and quality of our members we have had continuous growth each year. Currently, there are over 400 men and women involved in Greek Life on our campus, and within this population 70% of our members have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This community has seen great growth with its philanthropic efforts, student programming, and recruitment approach.  The Greek Life community at the University of Hartford is devoted to providing the fraternal experience, while challenging students personally and professionally, promoting academic success, maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct, and fostering diverse, philanthropic pursuits.

What is Accreditation?

In search of Greek excellence at the University of Hartford, it is imperative that we hold each Greek chapter, its members and the Greek community accountable and responsible for the community in which they serve.  To ensure the support of the Greek community, all registered and recognized Greek organizations are required to submit an annual report which will be the tool used to evaluate Greek Life at the University of Hartford.  

The Greek Audit has been a staple requirement in measuring individual Greek organizations.  In reviewing the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life auditing process, best practices, and surveying other institution the Office decided to adapt Lehigh University’s annual assessment process.  In the Fall of 2018 the University of Hartford introduced an updated accreditation tool known as the Greek Life Assessment process (Greek - LAP). 

The Office of Student Activities and Greek Life strives to develop members of every fraternity and sorority to become values-driven contributors to a larger society.  While there is data that demonstrates Greek contributions the Greek - LAP is essential in setting expectations that challenge organizations to continuously pursue excellence.  Our goal is to align each chapter with the University mission.  Developing members that are dedicated to learning, personal growth, knowledge creation, and the betterment of society. 

Accreditation is an annual assessment process implemented by the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life in 2018.  It is a comprehensive review and assessment of all facets of chapter operations and is a key process in the development and maintenance of chapter standards. Chapters are required to submit an annual report and conduct a presentation to a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni.  

Chapters are rated and given feedback through reports and chapter development questions that they are encouraged to consider in their planning for the following year. 

The purpose of the Greek Life accreditation process is;

  • Showcase Greek Life and the individual organizations contributions to campus life
  • Reflection of chapter development, membership development, leadership development, community service, academic achievement and philanthropic efforts
  • Cultivation of chapter pride and historical documentation of annual success

Accreditation History

The University of Hartford is committed to the successfulness of each registered and recognized Greek organization.  As such, the Greek Life auditing process was created to measure Greek Life organizations effectiveness.    

The Greek-LAP process is designed to review and assess all facets of chapter operations and is key in benchmarking Greek excellence.  The accreditation process sets clear standards aimed at excellence in the development and maintenance of chapter standards.  Accreditation will evaluate the contributions that each chapter makes to the campus and local communities.  

The decision was made to undertake this comprehensive assessment of Greek Life functioning with the intent to recommit and strengthen the fraternity and sorority community at the University of Hartford. 

Accreditation Metrics

Chapters will be evaluated on four metrics.  The metrics are the following:

  • Leadership & Member Development
  • Organizational Operations
  • Community Service & Engagement
  • Academic & Intellectual Advancement

Additional criteria to consider: brotherhood/sisterhood activities, exploration of post-graduate opportunities, and professional/career development activities. 

There is an overall rating that considers additional performance indicators.  This rating focuses on the overall performance of the chapter throughout the year.  This is not an average of the ratings received in previous metrics.  Chapters are measured against themselves each year and are encouraged to demonstrate growth and development in each metric.  

Fraternity & Sorority Life Expectations

  • Participate annually in the Greek-LAP
  • Earn a minimum of “Accredited” status during the accreditation year
  • Challenge chapter appropriately to meet “Accredited with Excellence” status
  • Seek support and resources from governing councils, the Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisors, and the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life

Please click here for the Accreditation Metrics.

Chapters are rated annually by a panel of faculty/staff, students, and Greek alumni.  The panel observes the chapter presentation and reviews their accreditation report.  Each Accreditation panel also reviews all relevant statistical documents related to the chapter (ex. grade reports, community service and philanthropy logs, conduct reports, etc.). Each panel assigns an initial rating recommendation immediately following a chapter’s presentation. A final rating is assigned after committee deliberations have been finalized, and all statistical information regarding chapters is finalized.

Accreditation Ratings

Chapters will be evaluated and given one of the four possible ratings:

  • Accredited with Excellence
  • Accredited
  • Unaccredited
  • Unacceptable

Accredited with Excellence: The chapter exceeds expectations set forth by the University of Hartford.  The chapter excels in multiple metrics, making valuable contributions to the Greek and University communities.  

Accredited: The chapter meets expectations set forth by the University of Hartford.  The chapter is fully successful in all metrics and is an active contributor to the Greek and University communities.  

Unaccredited: The chapter does not meet expectations set forth by the University of Hartford.  The chapter is not successful in multiple metrics and does not contribute to the Greek and University communities.  A chapter that receives an Unaccredited rating for two consecutive academic years loses University recognition.

Unacceptable: The chapter failed to meet minimum expectations set forth by the University of Hartford.  The chapter fails in multiple metrics and is negatively impacting the Greek and University of Hartford communities.  Characteristics of an unacceptable chapter may include but are not limited to the following: does not attend or participate in meetings, unresponsive to reasonable requests, does not sponsor events or send representatives to events and functions sponsored by the university or other student organizations, has faced significant conduct challenges or exhibited recurrent poor behavior.  The chapter loses University recognition immediately following the review of the decision by the Dean of Students. 

Accreditation Rubric

An extensive guiding rubric has been created that all chapters are encouraged to use.  The rubric covers each metric and rating.  The rubric is not meant as an exhaustive “checklist” but should be used for examples and items to consider when preparing reports and presentations.  Chapters are still encouraged to use organizational values, priorities and requirements in crafting their Accreditation submissions. 

To view the rubric, click here.  

Report Guidelines

  • Reports should not exceed 50 pages total.  The recommend length is between 25-35 pages. 
  • Appendices should be limited and used only if absolutely necessary as supporting documentation.  (Require appendices include: chapter roster (template found on the website), community service & philanthropy logs (template found on the website), and a recent copy of your current liability insurance from your national office)
  • Reports are to be submitted approximately two weeks before your scheduled presentation (see attached schedule with deadlines) 
  • Reports are to be submitted by 4 PM on the due date
  • Reports are to be submitted as one document in PDF format titled “Organization Name_2018 Accreditation” in the following way:
    • Shared as a google files with uhartgreeklifeexcellence@gmail.com and grant editing rights
    • Chapters are encouraged to highlight their year in the report, not to summarize everything that occurred in the past 12 months
    • Reports should showcase action and results and not focus on future plans

Presentation Guidelines

  • Presentations are to be no longer than 40 minutes.  Remaining time will be used for panelists questions (up to 60 minutes total)
  • There is no limit on the number of members who may present.  Please note that the entire chapter membership is not required to attend the presentation. 
  • The presentation is open to alumni and advisors
  • Chapters are encouraged to use multi-media (PowerPoint, Prezi, Google slides)
  • Chapters are responsible for setting up any technology needed at least 5 minutes before the start time
  • Projector and screen are provided

Accreditation Rewards and Recognition

Chapters receiving an Accredited with Excellence rating will be recognized in the following ways:

  • A letter from the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life to your national headquarters noting your chapter’s achievement
  • An opportunity to share your accomplishment via the UNOTES

Chapters Accredited with Excellence will also receive preference in Accreditation presentation scheduling for the following year.  

Additionally, chapters Accredited with Excellence may select from one of the following options:

Option 1: An Accreditation presentation “bye” year

  • A chapter may choose to opt-out of presenting the year following their Accredited with Excellence rating.  A report submission is still required.
  • Chapters receiving Accredited with Excellence ratings in consecutive years may not opt-out of presenting back-to-back years (i.e. if a chapter receives Accredited with Excellence in 3 consecutive years, they may only choose to opt-out every other year)
  • Should a chapter encounter significant challenges or have notable conduct issues in a “bye” year, the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life reserves the right to require a presentation

Option 2: $250 towards a chapter need  

  • Programs/Events: Any type of program or event (social, educational, service, philanthropic).  The money will be issued at the time of the event to cover specific costs (i.e. food, security, event-related expenses).  The money may not be used to purchase alcohol. 
  • Sponsorship: Scholarship or travel funds for individual students.  Travel should be chapter or academic related.  
  • Donations to charitable organizations or non-profits are not permitted.  University funds may not be used to write checks directly to a chapter’s philanthropic causes, but can support events that are used to raise money for philanthropic initiatives.
  • Use of the $250 outside of these options must be discussed and approved by the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life in advance of any financial transfers