Expansion Policy

At times, an opportunity presents itself to grow the offerings within the sorority and fraternity community.  These opportunities can look different depending on the council with which the group would affiliate.  A brief overview of our Expansion Policy can be found below.  To receive more information regarding this topics, please contact the office directly. 

Cornell Sorority and Fraternity Expansion Criteria & Process

Below you will find a brief explantion of the Growth Committee, the Process of Approval, and Expectations for Organizations Applying Following Prior Withdrawal of University Recognition.

Growth Committee

The Growth Committee is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Director of OSFL with approval from the Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement.  The Growth Committee is composed of undergraduate student members of sororities and fraternities, unaffiliated students, staff from OSFL and also the wider University community, faculty as available, and sorority and fraternity alumni.  The Growth Committee will have two chairs (one sorority or fraternity alumnus and one undergraduate sorority or fraternity member) who will be appointed annually by the Director of OSFL with the approval of the Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement. The Growth Committee may also be used to advise sororities and fraternities struggling with membership numbers. This advising can be done via meetings, conversations with alumni and national representatives, and increased mentorship or support regarding opportunities to build membership.

Process

All applications for expansion are due to the Growth Committee by either September 15, if organizations wish to have their applications considered in the fall semester, or February 1, if organizations wish to have their applications considered in the spring semester.  The Growth Committee will review all requests received by the applicable deadline and will use reasonable efforts to review the applications and make recommendations within one month of the submission deadline.

The Growth Committee will determine the number of sororities or fraternities that may begin in a given academic year.  A vote of at least 60% of the membership of the Growth Committee is needed to affirm a recommendation.  If the Growth Committee does not recommend a sorority or fraternity be approved, they will give the sorority or fraternity guidance regarding a timeline to reapply.  All recommendations of the Growth Committee are subject to the approval of the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) and the Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement (CCE).  If the Growth Committee's recommendation is accepted by the Director of OSFL and the Executive Director of CCE, the independent governing council the sorority or fraternity would belong to must also approve the new/returning chapter by a 3/4 vote. 

Applying Following Prior Withdrawal of University Recognition

An organization requesting Recognition following a period of loss of recognition must also submit a Chapter Improvement Plan ("CIP") to the Growth Committee addressing the specific issues that led to the separation, as well as a general plan to effectively manage risk. Additionally, the plan must detail the alumni and Inter/National organization plan for thorough support of the organization, both in the initial expansion phase, and the long-term running of the organization. It is strongly recommended that the group work with the OSFL staff to design this plan. It is important to acknowledge that the length of time University Recognition was withdrawn is only the minimum duration for which the organization will not be eligible for recognition. The conclusion of that disciplinary period is not the date upon which the organization can return or regains recognized status.


Council Specific Information

Interfraternity Council

Organizations who wish to join the Cornell sorority and fraternity community can submit to the growth committee for consideration and must follow the procedures outlined in the Expansion Policy.

Multicultural Greek & Fraternal Council

Organizations who wish to join the Cornell sorority and fraternity community can submit to the growth committee for consideration and must follow the procedures outlined in the Expansion Policy.

Panhellenic Association

When the need for growth is explored and determined to exist, the Panhellenic Association must vote to open for Extension before Expansion can begin.  All Panhellenic Expansion procedures follow the Nationan Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Manual of Information. 


Full Expansion Policy Document