Greek Initiatives

Sorority and Fraternity Life Initiatives

The university has implemented a number of initiatives over the last five years to create a safe, positive, and meaningful student experience for members of fraternities and sororities. 

There are two primary documents that are the foundation of these initiatives and outline the behavior expectations for our sorority and fraternity members. 

  • Greek Organization Agreement
  • New Measures

Greek Agreement

The Greek Organization Agreement is a relationship agreement between social fraternities and sororities with Indiana University through which they become a recognized Greek Organization. Officially recognized Greek Organizations agree to abide by a set of standards and expectations in exchange for unique resources tailored to provide support for their organization from the university, such as programming initiatives, the ability to checklist members, funding opportunities and university staff support. This agreement between the university and student organization has been created with the intention to set expectations to help ensure that Indiana University students have a safe, healthy and meaningful fraternity and sorority experience.

Greek Task Force on Greek Life

In spring of 2018, Lauren Robel, provost of Indiana University Bloomington, appointed a task force of IU alumni to advise the Provost and the campus on issues involving Greek-letter organizations.  These initiatives have been developed in partnership with campus and community stakeholders, including the Greek Task Force.

The Greek Task Force meets regularly to discuss high-level issues and concerns, review initiatives on campus and nation-wide, and provides recommendations for ways to enhance the sorority and fraternity experience at Indiana University. 

Provost's Working Group on Greek Life Members

Co-Chairs

  • Jennifer Borland | BA 1995; MA 2000 | Rockman
  • Jeff Fettig | BS 1979; MBA 1981 | Chair of Whirlpool Corporation
  • Jeff Richardson | BA 1972; JD 1977; MPA 1981 | Retired Vice President of Abbot Fund, then AbbVie Foundation

Members

  • Libby Baney | BA 2004; JD 2007 | Faegre Baker Daniels (Washington, DC)
  • Mary Susan Buhner | BS 1994 | WXIN FOX 59
  • Tony Drake | BS 1984 | CME Group
  • Robert Johnson | BA 1988 | Kraft Foods Group (retired)
  • Peter King | BA 1976; JD (Tulane) 1979 | Cline, King & King PC
  • Charles McCormick III | BA 1972; MD 1975 | Indiana Eye Clinic
  • Ed Valdettaro | BS 1980 | Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

New Measures

This year we added some new initiatives focused on ways we can enhance IU’s efforts for creating a safe and healthy Greek community. These new measures were created after a series of seven forums held throughout the spring semester with engaged stakeholders regarding changes needed to improve the fraternity and sorority experience and community culture at IU. Following these forums, these measures were developed and reviewed by the Greek Task Force, which was created by the Office of the Provost, with the intention to implement a number of reforms aimed at improving the fraternity/sorority experience.

These new initiatives include 12 measures that address four broad focus areas:

  • Student safety
  • Academic achievement
  • Good citizenship
  • Diversity and inclusion

These new measures allow the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life to enhance educational programs, leadership development opportunities, prevention initiatives and staff support aimed at improving our Greek community. Our hope is that through these initiatives will serve as a model for other universities to follow.