March 2, 2011

SLC polishes policy

The Student Life Committee (SLC) polished off the policy concerning local fraternities and sororities during its regular meeting Tuesday, after which Professor of Theatre and SLC chair Elizabeth Carlin-Metz disbanded its task force on local chapter policy.

Carlin-Metz first proposed one change which would set a two year time limit on a local colony seeking local chapter status. The committee took action to pass the finished document, which will be sent to the faculty for approval.

The rest of the meeting focused on the “implementation document,” which refers to the guidelines that will direct the Office of Student Development in allowing the formation of a local chapter out of a local colony, pending the approval of the faculty in April.

Carlin-Metz argued that this is intended to ensure that locals will, in a sense, transcend the role of a club or student organization.

“We don’t want them to just devolve into another club,” Carlin-Metz said. “It has to fit into some other stratum, or it’s just a glorified club.”

Much of the conversation concerned what will be expected of local chapter advisors and how financial oversight of the organization will be handled.

Since the advisor of a local is meant partly to assume the role of the “national” Greek organization in the absence of such, it has been discussed that local chapter advisors will have to take a more active role.

It was determined that a local chapter should fall under a board of advisors, such that those responsibilities would not fall upon a single advisor. It was also stipulated that one of the board should be a member of the faculty.

With respect to risk management, a local would fall under either the Interfraternity Council or the Panhellenic Council and would have to follow their respective universal risk management policies.

Also, elements like scholarship, service and philanthropy were added to the implementation document as necessary for chapter status.

The only other action taken during the meeting was to pass the last meeting’s minutes.

SLC meets on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Borzello Hall.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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