The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) is available to provide support to our four councils and 68 organizations as we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester and work to promote a safe return to campus. Information regarding recruitment updates, how to join sororities and fraternities, and links to council websites are available on our website.
Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life COVID-19 Updates
Sorority and Fraternity LifeIndiana Memorial Union Student Involvement Tower
IMU Suite 371
900 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
- Phone: 812-855-4311
- Fax: 812-855-3584
- Email: email@example.com
All residents residing in Greek and student organization housing this summer who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, who are NOT fully vaccinated (2+ weeks since full vaccination), or who have not reported their full vaccination to IU, should participate in mitigation testing twice a week. If one of your residents is not receiving email invitations to test twice a week, please email their name, IU email address and the name of your organization to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indiana University’s mitigation testing requirements for fall 2021 will be posted as soon as a plan is finalized and approved by the University.
Monroe County Health Department Regulations
The Monroe County Health Department has issued updated Public Health Recommendations for Residential, Communal Living Facilities, updated on June 15, 2021. These recommendations “are intended and meant to provide helpful and uniform health guidance for these facilities, to reduce the likelihood that these facilities will experience concentrations of COVID-19 such that closure would be required, to prevent conditions likely to contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in Monroe County, and to protect the general public and public health in Monroe County.”
The recommendations provide updated guidance pertaining to occupancy, shared living and dining facilities, food distribution, shared bathrooms, shared sleeping spaces, laundry facilities, guest policies, quarantine and isolation plans, and record-keeping.
In partnership with the Monroe County Health Department, OSFL provided guidance last year in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester. This guidance included recommendations regarding crisis management, facility arrangements, and cleaning, to those who own and operate the Greek housing facilities. In addition, OSFL requested that all housed Greek Organizations communicate and provide updates to students and family members regarding their plans for the Fall 2020 semester. We are monitoring the changes in guidance and regulations and will provide an update with respect to Fall 2021 soon. Students, parents, and family members should contact the owner or operator of their chapter facility directly for information regarding these plans.
In preparation for the Fall 2020 semester, OSFL asked that Housed Greek Organizations do the following:
- Provide a list of students living in the facility, contact information for their house corporation board members, and contact information for employees to OSFL.
- Develop plans and expectations for residents experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and who test positive or presumed positive for COVID-19. This includes plans for self-isolation and quarantine with a private room and private bath, as well as quarantining close contacts and other member(s) in the facility by providing them with a private room and private bath.
- Develop plans should the facility need to be locked down or is no longer habitable due to concerns of a potential outbreak.
- Develop plans if the House Director or other employee(s) are sick and unable to complete their duties.
- Communicate their plans regarding COVID-19 prevention, risk mitigation, and response with members, parents, and campus partners.
- Provide information regarding housing plans for the 2020-2021 academic year to OSFL.
- Develop internal policies, procedures, and accountability mechanisms for their members to help ensure they follow IU and public health guidance and organization policies.
Houses Directed to Quarantine
There are currently no houses directed to quarantine.
To access the Virtual Resource Guide and Resources for Quarantined Students and Chapters, please visit our Community Resources page.
In-Person Gathering Limits
As we work to keep the campus and greater community healthy, a number of public-health informed event restrictions have been put in place in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All student organizations, including sororities and fraternities, must abide by University, City and County guidelines for in-person gatherings and activities. Monroe County and City of Bloomington lifted gathering size restrictions, effective May 17, 2021. Indiana Department of Health guidance regarding restrictions will continue to be followed. Please note that the following expectations regarding student organizations, sororities and fraternities, and housed organizations remain in place:
Events that take place on or off-campus before July 31,2021 that have 25 or more people must be approved by the University Event Request Committee. Beginning August 1, 2021, any events on or off-campus with 50 or more people must be approved by the University Event Request Committee. This includes any events hosted at Greek and student organization houses. For the most up to date event and conference guidance, visit the IU Event and Conference COVID Guidance website.
- All student organizations must follow the 2020-2021 student organization guidance from the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, which can be viewed in the documents section of SILC’s beINvolved page. Student organization event guidance for the upcoming academic year will be posted once it is finalized.
- The Summer 2021 Restart Report outlines expectations and guidance pertaining to campus operations until July 31, 2021.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity life placed additional restrictions for sororities and fraternities. Those restrictions have been lifted for the upcoming academic year. Sororities and fraternities are expected to follow University Event Guidance for the Fall 2021 semester, OSFL policies and student organization guidance when planning and hosting events.