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.
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;
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.
Chapters will be evaluated on four metrics. The metrics are the following:
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.
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.
Chapters will be evaluated and given one of the four possible ratings:
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.
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.
Chapters receiving an Accredited with Excellence rating will be recognized in the following ways:
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
Option 2: $250 towards a chapter need