Jurisdiction

Through the Recognition Policy, the Multicultural Greek-Letter Council, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Association (MGLC, IFC, and PA) will have jurisdiction over all member fraternities and sororities to enforce Greek policies and University rules and regulations, and to maintain appropriate standards of conduct.  Instances of alleged chapter misconduct would result in referral of the fraternity or sorority to the appropriate Greek or University body for disciplinary action.  Charges of misconduct by individuals are referred to the University Judicial Administrator.  Charges of misconduct by fraternity or sorority chapters are referred to the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life.  Action by the University Judicial Administrator may run concurrently with the action by the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life; one type of judicial action does not necessarily affect or preclude the other. 

Cases may be resolved informally through mediation with the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life or his/her designee or through a Greek Judicial Board hearing.  If the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life feels that a hearing is in the best interests of the Greek System or the University, the case may be referred to the appropriate judicial board even though the aggrieved party may not desire that formal disciplinary action be taken.  Actions taken or pending by a chapter’s internal judicial body, the national/ international office or the chapter, or by the State of New York Court System will not necessarily affect the determination of whether or not a case is referred to the appropriate judicial board or to the University Judicial Administrator.  The actions taken by other bodies may, however, be considered as a mitigating factor in determining how the appropriate judicial board will handle a particular case.

In the event that a serious violation of one or more of the Greek policies has occurred, where a possible outcome of the judicial process may be to remove the chapter’s recognition at Cornell University, the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life reserves the right to involve/refer the matter to the Vice President for Student and Campus Life or his/her designee(s).