The Fraternity & Sorority Life team of staff advisors provides a high level of care to each individual chapter. If your chapter has questions or is in need of additional support, please contact a member of the FSL team.
FSL COVID-19 Chapter Resource Guide
Best practices and procedures for chapter operations during COVID, including COVID policies, tips for meeting and programming virtually (including academic and judicial/standards practices), and ideas for member engagement. This is a living document for and we will continue to update it with ideas, trends, and best practices as we learn about them from national organizations, peer institutions, and experts in the field. If you have ideas or content to contribute, let us know at [email protected].
Fraternities and sororities must complete the student organization registration each year online through Engage.
Fraternity & Sorority Life at GW also requires each chapter to:
- maintain membership in one of the four councils overseen by FSL
- be formally affiliated with an inter/national fraternity/sorority
- be incorporated
- operate under the provisions of Title IX of the Educational Amendments and IRS Code Title 26, 501.c.3, which permits the organization to admit exclusively men or women
- provide current certificate of liability insurance with a minimum of $1 million coverage
- provide a copy of the organization's anti-hazing policy or policies
- be in good standing with their inter/national headquarters
- have a minimum of one alumni/alumnae advisor recognized by their inter/national organization and actively engaged with the chapter
Here at GW, the campus culture and physical setting does not support hazing activities. Recent reports show that much of the most serious hazing incidents happening today are taking place in high schools, and students are bringing that experience with them to college. In addition, there are several indicators of concern with fraternities who are operating without the recognition or support of their institution or a national organization. It is imperative that we continue to work to keep hazing out of our community, and to eliminate any hazing activities, however small, from taking root in our community.
We have established a confidential hazing reporting process for anyone who becomes aware of suspected hazing activity on campus. Every report will be treated with respect and will be addressed by the FSL and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities teams.
GW Hazing Policy
Hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally, with or without consent, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Groups will be held responsible for the actions of their members, including pledges, associates, and any other pre-initiates.
The negligence or consent of the student/participant or any assumption of risk by the student/participant is not a defense to an action brought pursuant to the policy.
The adjudicating officer or body, not the alleged victim, will determine whether the action taken or situation created violated university policy.
District of Columbia Law:
Hazing is any initiation of applicants to or members of a student or fraternal organization in which a person or people knowingly or recklessly organize, promote, facilitate or engage in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury.
Any person who hazes or takes part in hazing activities on or off the property of any university located within the District of Columbia shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction, is subject to a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment of up to 6 months.
Any fraternity, sorority, or group recognized by any university within the District of Columbia who knowingly or recklessly permits hazing on or off the property of any university located within the District of Columbia shall be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000.
The implied or expressed consent of a student shall not be a defense under this section.
§ 268H. Hazing students prohibited
(a) Haze defined. - In this section "haze" means doing any act or causing any situation which recklessly or intentionally subjects a student to the risk of serious bodily injury for the purpose of initiation into a student organization of a school, college, or university.
(b) Violation constitutes misdemeanor; penalty. - A person who hazes a student so as to cause serious bodily injury to the student at any school, college, or university is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $500, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.
(c) Consent of student not defense. - The implied or expressed consent of a student to hazing may not be a defense under this section.
§ 18.2-56. Hazing unlawful; civil and criminal liability; duty of school, etc., officials
It shall be unlawful to haze, or otherwise mistreat so as to cause bodily injury, any student at any school, college, or university.
Any person found guilty thereof shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, unless the injury would be such as to constitute a felony, and in that event the punishment shall be inflicted as is otherwise provided by law for the punishment of such felony.
Any person receiving bodily injury by hazing or mistreatment shall have a right to sue, civilly, the person or persons guilty thereof, whether adults or infants.
The president, or other presiding official of any school, college or university, receiving appropriations from the state treasury shall, upon satisfactory proof of the guilt of any student found guilty of hazing or mistreating another student so as to cause bodily injury, expel such student so found guilty, and shall make report thereof to the attorney for the Commonwealth of the county or city in which such school, college or university is, who shall present the same to the grand jury of such city or county convened next after such report is made to him.