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Fraternity and Sorority Housing Manual

 

Introduction

This manual is intended to assist Chapters living in Fraternity and Sorority houses, Housing Assistants, Chapter Liaisons, and Chapter House Boards.  Except for the contract portion of this manual, Residence Life reserves the right to modify the policies and procedures herein as necessary.  This document serves to clarify the relationship between the chapters and Residence Life as defined in the Fraternity/Sorority Housing Agreement.  The Fraternity/Sorority Housing Agreement supersedes anything outlined in this document.

 

Fraternity & Sorority Housing Mission Statement

In order to affirm and strengthen fraternity and sorority life as an important William & Mary tradition we seek to create living environments that advance the highest and historic values of fraternities and sororities that members, alumni, and the college as a whole will respect and appreciate.

 

Direct all questions related to Fraternity & Sorority Housing to the   Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing.

 

Table of Contents

 

Banners

Residence Hall Banner Policy

The following policies apply to the hanging of banners in, on, or from residential facilities.  These policies are designed to complement the College's policy on Posters, Banner, Signs and Decorations (College’s Use of Campus Facilities Policy).  Banners must comply with the provisions noted in both policies.

  1. Banners and signs must not exceed 14 inches by 22 inches in size and must be approved for size and form by the Director of Housing Operations prior to hanging.
  2. Banners must be removed at the end of one week unless an extension is granted.
  3. Items must not be secured by tape, glue, staples, and nails or otherwise permanently affixed to the interior or exterior of the buildings.  String or rope wrapped around pillars or porch railings to hang banners is permissible.
  4. Items must not be secured in such a way as to restrict or obstruct safe entry or exit from the buildings.  No banners may be placed over entry/exit ways.  Banners may not be hung on trees, poles, walls, doors, windows, or fences without special permission.
  5. Residents must not enter restricted areas to hang banners.  This includes balconies, building or porch roofs, fire escapes or areas marked "restricted" or locked.
  6. Items hung from or on residence halls are subject to inspection by the Campus Fire Safety Officer or other staff from Facilities Management. Any banner judged to be a safety hazard must be modified or removed as directed.
  7. Once permission has been granted to hang or display a banner, official notice will be provided to the organization or the individual student.

 

Requests to hang a banner in, on or from residential facilities may be made electronically via the Banner Request Form.

 

 

 

Building Services & Cleaning

Cleanliness of the facility is a responsibility of the chapter.  Facilities Management Building Services cleans common areas in the houses of normal debris and dirt that results from normal daily use. The staff is on campus from 7am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. Emergency services are available as needed in the evenings, on weekends and holidays.

 

Building Services staff is assigned to specific areas and buildings. Each staff member is responsible for cleaning a designated number of houses and shares the responsibility filling in for co-workers during their absence.

The desired outcome is a collaborative effort in providing a clean, healthy, and safe environment in which complement student’s academic experience, living community, and participation in community activities.

 

Building Services Closets:

In Fraternity Housing, the closets located on the second floor are designated for resident use; those on the first floors are locked and designated for Building Services staff only.  Second floor closets are stocked with toilet paper, plastic bags, paper towels, cleaning solutions, broom, dust pan, mop, mop bucket and wringer. Chapters will be billed for missing or misused items.

In Sorority Houses, building services closets are shared between multiple houses. If Sorority House residents need to access supplies, they should consult with the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing.

 

Added Charges: Hallways and stairwells must be kept free of personal belongings. Chapters and residents are also expected to maintain the house and their rooms in an orderly and sanitary condition.

Trash removal is the responsibility of the residents of each room, and members of each group, activity or house event. This includes removal of all trash bags, pizza boxes, food and beverage containers, etc. to a College dumpster or to College approved recycling areas. Personal trash is not to be left in hallways or common areas, or put into common area trash receptacles for the staff to remove.

 

Whenever Building Services staff encounter housekeeping situations that are beyond what is outlined in their daily responsibilities, or whenever housekeepers are directed or required to due to fire safety code to perform certain tasks, the chapter will be charged additional cleaning charges. The rate during normal work hours (Monday - Friday, 7am-4pm) will be of $25.00/hour/housekeeper. After normal work hours, that rate is $50.00/hour/lead staff member and $25.00/hour for every additional housekeeper needed to assist in the cleaning. Chapters will be charged $10.00/bag for removal of personal trash in common areas.

 

Establishing Relationships with the Staff: Building and maintaining positive relationships with the staff in your house fosters a family-style environment where minor issues can be resolved quickly and easily. Be open, respectful, and friendly to the staff working on your house. The importance of their work is often overlooked and their jobs can be stressful. Acknowledging their efforts to keep your house safe and clean, and feel more like home, shows respect and interest in them as individuals and demonstrates appreciation for their work.  Please address compliments, questions, and concerns to the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing.

 

It is understood that the organization is responsible for any damages or loss caused or non-routine cleaning or trash removal required to the common areas of their residence halls. Common areas include corridors, stairwells, fire escapes, recreation rooms, kitchens, study rooms, living rooms, laundry rooms, common baths, and lounges. When damage occurs, the organization will be documented, billed directly for the repairs, and sanctioned according to the Care of House Matrix.

 

Damages & Billing

Billing occurs on an "as needed" basis.  A weekly comprehensive walk-through will be conducted in each house.  Housing Assistant will complete safety checks twice daily. Damage, trash, and extra cleaning charges will be assessed and billed on a weekly basis. Vacancy charges are billed no earlier than 1 week after the first day of classes in the fall and spring semesters.

  • Damages should be paid within 30 days at the Residence Life office in Campus Center 212.
  • Vacancy charges are to be paid to the Bursar's Office through Sharon Mikanowicz, 221-7697 and must be paid within 30 days. The Bursar's Office, at their discretion, may work out terms for repayment in installments. However, due to state regulations regarding collections of outstanding debt all vacancy charges must be paid within the semester that the charges were incurred.
  • Please note that overdue damage bills or vacancy charges will result in the suspension of event approval and may impact the chapter's Special Interest Housing status.

 

Procedures for Appealing Damage Charges
In the event the chapter wishes to contest the charges for damages or loss, the following procedure is prescribed:

  1. Contact in writing the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing for the building in which the alleged damage occurred.
  2. If the matter is still unresolved, contact in writing the Director of Housing Operations.
  3. Charges must be appealed in writing within 30 days of the date of the bill. Bills received during the summer must be appealed in writing before the end of the first full week of fall classes. 

 

Care of House Organization Sanctioning Matrix

Organizational Expectation and Outcome Matrix- Care of Chapter House

 

1st violation

2nd violation

3rd violation

4th violation

 Tier 1 violation

Warning; pay costs of repair and clean up

Warning; pay costs of repair and clean up; written action plan outlining a problem analysis and strategy for remediation

Probation for at least one month; pay costs of repair/clean up; 1 hour of community service per member

Probation for at least one month; pay costs of repair/clean up; 1 hour of community service per member; $250 fine

 Tier 2 violation

Warning; pay costs of repair and clean up; written action plan outlining a problem analysis and strategy for remediation

Probation for at least one month; pay costs of repair/clean up; 1 hour of community service per member

Probation for at least one semester; pay costs of repair/clean up; 2 hours of community service per member; contingent loss of housing; $250 fine

Possible loss of housing

Tier 3 violation

Warning; pay costs of repair and clean up; 2 hours of community service per member; $250 fine

Probation for at least one semester; pay costs of repair/clean up; 3 hours of community service per member; contingent loss of housing; $500 fine

Possible loss of housing

 

 Tier 4 violation

Probation for at least one semester; pay costs of repair/clean up; 3 hours of community service per member; contingent loss of housing; $500 fine

Possible loss of housing

 

 

Tier 5 violation

Possible loss of housing

 

 

 

Tier 1 Violation:  Property damage/clean up costs totaling between $1 and $50 or violation of the housing agreement

Tier 2 Violation:  Property damage/clean up costs totaling between $51 and $200 or violation of the housing agreement

Tier 3 Violation:  Property damage/clean up costs of between $201 and $399

Tier 4 Violation:  Property damage/clean up costs between $401 and $1499

Tier 5 Violation:  Property damage/clean up costs in excess of $1500 or actions that significantly endanger health or safety

 

Fraternity and Sorority Summer Storage

Chapters in Fraternity and Sorority Houses are permitted to leave chapter property in designated spaces approved by the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing or in assigned storage sheds. Shed and closet keys are issued only to designated chapter officers for the current school year Resident property that is improperly stored in houses or storage sheds is subject to removal and will be discarded.

 

When preparing the house for the summer, items must be neatly stored in stackable containers to allow College staff and approved contractor's clear access to maintain, repair and clean the buildings.  

 
Chapter Rooms/Closets:

Space permitting, chapters may be provided with storage space. This area is provided to store fraternity/sorority ritual items, files, and other chapter property that should be restricted to chapter use only. This area is not ‘private' and falls under the auspices of all pertinent policies and procedures regarding the use of common spaces on campus. Residence LifeFacilities ManagementFire SafetyCampus Police and approved contractors may access the area at any time during the performance of their duties to clean, perform repairs, conduct safety inspections, respond to fire alarms, or complete routine preventive maintenance.

Please note that summer storage is a store at your own risk arrangement, exactly as the student storage in Landrum Attic is maintained. 

 

Residence Life bears no responsibility for lost, damaged or missing items stored in chapter houses or approved storage spaces. Any valuable items should be stored off site by the chapter in order to guarantee security.

 

House Additions, Changes, Improvements, and Modifications

Maintenance

The house and spaces therein will be maintained in accordance with the Student Housing Agreement and Fraternity/Sorority Housing Agreement.  The level of upkeep and allocation of resources will be equivalent to that of other student housing areas on campus.

      • Kitchen facilities will be provided and maintained as appropriate for the number of house residents.
      • Common areas will be provided and maintained as appropriate for the number of house residents.
      • Routine requests for maintenance concerns should be addressed through the Facilities Management on-line work order system.

 

Furnishings & Appliances

The house and spaces therein will be furnished and maintained as appropriate for the number of house residents in both common areas and student rooms. Washers and dryers may be provided as part of the campus laundry services contract unless the chapter chooses to provide their own washer and drying, including maintenance and/or replacement.

 

Any installation involving electrical or plumbing work must be done by College personnel.

 

Kitchen Facilities

Appliances provided by the College:  Cook-top, Oven/stove, Refrigerator

Permissible chapter supplied additional appliances:

  • microwave
  • dishwasher (if feasible without kitchen modification, only with permission and installation by Facilities Management personnel)
  • extra refrigerator/freezer
  • disposal (if compatible with the plumbing set-up, only with permission and must be installed by Facilities Management personnel)
  • Ice makers - dispenser type only (if compatible with the plumbing set-up, only with permission and installation by Facilities Management). Bin type ice makers are prohibited.

 

Student rooms

Each resident will be provided with the following:

  • bed and mattress
  • desk
  • dresser
  • desk chair
  • wardrobe or closet
  • All supplied room furniture is to remain in student rooms as indicated in the Student Housing Agreement.
  • Air conditioners will only be installed in student rooms in which residents have received prior approval from the Health Center. Air Conditioners may not be left in the room at the conclusion of the academic year.

 

Common areas

Each common area will be provided with furnishings as appropriate for the number of house residents and equivalent in nature with other campus housing.

  • Chapters assigned to Sorority Court are permitted to provide air conditioners for common areas on the first floor and upstairs hallways subject to dimension and electrical requirements as determined by Facilities Management.

Furniture

  • The chapter will assume responsibility for the presence and condition of all furnishings including reimbursement for damaged or missing items.
  • Individual chapters have the option of providing their own furnishings, at which point the college will remove the provided common area furniture. Such furnishings must be privately purchased and approved by Residence Life and the House Corporation prior to installation.
  • As outlined in the Housing Contract and Guide: "College furniture from student rooms and common areas may not be taken outside".

 

Carpeting/ flooring

  • The college does not provide carpeting for common areas (some exceptions exist as defined by maintenance requirements or existing flooring).
  • The college will provide wood or tile floors and steps in good condition.
  • Individual chapters may choose to have carpet installed although area rugs and hallway runners are strongly recommended.  Such installation must be privately purchased and approved by Residence Life and the House Corporation prior to installation. 

 

Paint/Wall coverings

  • Interior and exterior spaces will be painted according to the planned maintenance schedule or as needed due to damage (i.e.: leaks, plaster failure, etc.).
  • Houses that are scheduled for painting may select specific colors for common areas - if there is no preference the existing scheme will be duplicated.
  • Student rooms will be painted standard "birch" white, and residents will not be permitted to paint their rooms a different color as specified by the student housing agreement.
  • No items may be permanently attached to the walls unless approved in writing, including tape, nails, staples, wiring, pins, or screws.

 

Off schedule painting of common areas

Off schedule painting related to interior design is permissible. Any such request must be made within the deadline listed for summer projects. Off schedule painting will be done by contractors at the expense of the chapter subject to the materials and procedure guidelines supervised by Facilities Management and Residence Life. 

 

Wallpaper/borders

  • Installation of wallpaper on wall space is not permitted.
  • Trim borders are permissible and must be installed by college contractors at chapter expense subject to the materials and procedure guidelines supervised by Facilities Management and Residence Life.

Wallpaper will be removed as requested by Facilities Management at no cost to the chapter

Common area painting and mural agreement

 

Additions, Improvements, & Modifications

All additions, improvements, and modifications must be approved prior to installation or implementation.

 

Project requests

  • All requests for improvements, painting, or installation of new fixtures must be made in writing to the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing for approval by the Assistant VP/Director of Residence Life as indicated in the Special Interest Housing Agreement for the chapter.
  • Failure to follow the procedures as outlined in the Special Interest Housing Agreement may result in financial charges to the sorority and/or student conduct referral.

General guidelines

  • Small projects and/or work requests may be accomplished during the year (ex: light fixture replacement, installation of new appliances).
  • Projects involving significant work will only be done during the summer months and must be requested by February 1st preceding the summer that the work is to be completed.
  • Projects will be completed only as time and resources allow.
  • Residence Life cannot accept deliveries.

Installation of new fixtures/furnishings

  • Individual chapters may purchase alternate fixtures for their house - these items must be purchased privately and approved prior to installation by Residence Life and the House Corporation.
  • Any project work by College personnel above and beyond simple installations will be charged to the chapter at cost.
  • Items that must be installed by College personnel
    • Any work involving electrical wiring or new electrical  fixtures (ex: light fixtures, door bells, common area air conditioners)
    • Any work involving plumbing (ex: disposals, icemakers, dishwashers)
    • Any structural or cabinetry work
    • Any permanent flooring including wall-to wall carpeting
    • Any additional telecommunications work
    • Washers/dryers
    • Window treatments
    • Artwork, Composites, Plaques
    • Furniture
      • Items that may be installed by an outside contractor hired by the chapter

Refrigerator/freezers

  • Machines with ice makers must be installed by college personnel
  • Any additional plumbing required will be charged to the chapter
  • New units must be sized and powered appropriately for the space

 

Prohibited Items

  • Exterior flag poles are prohibited
  • Stages, Platforms & Amusement Devices:  for safety reasons and according to state policy, stages and platforms are prohibited.

Wiring and Audio Visual Equipment  

All audio-visual equipment hung from ceilings must meet the following guidelines:

      • All installations must be approved in writing prior to installation.
      • Under no circumstances shall the overhead fluorescent light fixtures be modified, tampered with or have the bulbs replaced by any bulbs other than those provided by the College. Any damage or misuse of these fixtures will result in damage charges and possible conduct sanctions.
      • Any "party" lights, bubble machines or other devices must be approved prior to installation and use.
      • No items may be attached to the walls unless approved in writing, including tape, nails, staples, wiring or extension cords.           
      • Tape shall not be used to attach any item to the ceilings or walls.

 

Landscaping Work

The College's Garden and Grounds department is responsible for the maintenance of the grounds surrounding both Sorority Court and Fraternity Housing. As with all chapter house modifications previously mentioned all requests to do landscaping, plantings and the permanent installation of exterior furniture (such as benches) beyond what is already provided must first be approved by the Director of Housing Operations. Once approved, Residence Life will coordinate the work to be done with the Associate Director, Garden and Grounds to assure that all work is completed properly and is consistent with adjacent landscaping.

 

It should be explicitly understood that all chapter installed plants, landscaping and furniture are the responsibility of the chapter and will not be maintained by College personnel.

  1. Landscape Approval – Application for permission to install fraternity and sorority owned landscaping shall be made to Residence Life. A simple hand drawn plan of the planned installation is to be provided by the fraternity.  Approval will come from Residence Life and the Associate Director of Gardens and Grounds (AD).
  2. SAFETY – BEFORE YOU DIG – Life threatening underground utilities crisscross the campus.  The fraternity is solely responsible for calling an underground utility locating service (call 811) before digging (have a street address ready to provide to the service).       The locator service requires a 72 hour notice in advance of digging.  The person or party requesting the service shall mark the area with dashed lines of white spray paint to indicate the limits of the digging.  The area will then be marked with various colored lines by the locator service if utilities exist in the area.  At the end of the 72 hour period the service will provide a confirmation number.  The number is to be given to the AD before any digging begins on campus.  Go to www.va811.com for more information.  The fraternity is responsible for payment to restore damaged utilities if a confirmation number has not been received before digging.
  3. Landscape Bed Installation – Fraternity owned landscaping shall be restricted to a landscape bed no more than three (3) feet wide on either side of the front entrance walk from the street to the front door.
  4. Plant Material – The plant material shall consist of woody plant material (maximum mature size of 3’ high and 3’ wide), a perennial ground cover, or a combination of the two.
  5. Flowering Annuals – Once the landscape bed is established (see 1 – 4) no approval is needed for seasonal planting of summer annuals, flowering bulbs, or fall/winter pansies. 
  6. Maintenance – College resources are unable to provide for the installation and maintenance of these areas.  All maintenance such as providing tools, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and pruning is the sole responsibility of the fraternity.  The fraternity will be billed for the removal of any unkempt landscape beds.
 
Work Orders & Maintenance

Chapters are responsible for submitting routine work requests for the house.

 

Work Control Customer Service Desk Contact Information

The Facilities Management Work Control Customer Service Desk is the point of contact for all facilities inquiries, including maintenance, grounds, and projects. The Customer Service Desk is the initial point of entry for all work submitted to Facilities Management.  

 

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day 
Location: Facilities Management Building, Grigsby Drive
Phone Numbers: 221-2275 or 221-2270; Fax Number 221-2254

Online Service Work Request

The preferred method of submitting a routine Service Work Request is through the online work request form. For emergency situations, telephone call-ins are appropriate. The Work Control Staff, upon receipt of a Service Work Request, will enter the request into the work order system. Specific information about the request should include requestor’s name, email address and telephone number; building in which the problem exists; room number; and detailed description of the request. It is anticipated that duplicate calls will occur and Facilities Management will screen them. 

 

Incomplete Work Orders

Most work order requests should be attended to within a week's time. Safety, plumbing or electrical issues will receive priority as will heating during cold weather. If there are concerns about a delay in completion of the work, chapter members may contact the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing or Area Director who will then find out the reason for the delay and work with Facilities Management to complete the work request.

 

Maintenance Emergencies

 Maintenance emergencies are problems that should be called into Work Control (221-2270, 24 hours a day).  A maintenance emergency is generally defined as a deficiency or problem that could cause damage to the building and furnishings (including resident property) or to residents if not corrected immediately.  Definitely, significant life safety and security issues should be dealt with promptly. Work requests are prioritized by Work Control as either urgent, emergency, or routine.  Urgent or emergency requests are normally issued by radio as soon as possible and are those that will affect the security or safety of the campus. The following guidelines are designed to be helpful in determining if a situation warrants an emergency request.

 

Emergency Work Order Requests

Emergency

Non-Emergency

Fire Safety

When in doubt about any fire safety equipment - call Work Control or W&M Police

Visible smoke or fire

Smell of smoke or burning

Buzzing smoke detector

Buzzing fire alarm panel (normally located near an exterior door to the building)

Nuisance alarms

Discharged fire extinguisher

Un-mounted fire extinguisher

Physical damage to detector

Electrical

Power outages

Sparking/smoking outlet or fixture

Lights out in stairwell or bathroom that severely restrict visibility

Any faulty electrical appliance - if smoking or sparking

Light out in student room

Single light out in hallway

Plumbing

No water
No hot water - residence halls only
Major leaks with flooding
Major clog with flooding 
Clogged suite toilet where there is no access to a hall bathroom
Continually running toilet or shower

Clogged toilet - not overflowing

Dripping faucet or showerhead

Slow drain

Slow filling or flushing toilet

Heating and Air Conditioning

Building (multiple rooms) a/c is out (~April 15~October 15)

No heat (in cold weather)

Individual room a/c is out

Partial heat

EH&S Concerns

Detectable haze/cloud or odors (i.e. fumes, vapors) indoor coupled with physical discomfort

Live wild animal (i.e. bat, raccoon) found inside building

Dead wild animal found in sleeping area

Swarm of stinging insects (i.e. wasps or bees) inside a building, NOT outside

 

Visible signs of mold/mildew on interior surfaces

Dead feral animal found in non-sleeping areas of the building

Nuisance odors, dusts, fumes, etc.

Insect infestation

Unusual build-up of trash/garbage

Locks and Doors

Inability to lock room or exterior building doors

Inability to open room or building doors

Broken door closure on building entrance

Malfunctioning ID access system affecting both entrances to the house

Door is hard to close

Lock sticks but is operable

 

Broken Windows and Glass Doors

Shattered or missing glass on door or window on main or basement level

Jagged glass

Cracked glass

Missing screen

 

 

Room Selections and Assignments

Room Changes

Please contact the Assistant Director to complete the process for changing room within the house.  

 

Vacancy Information

Below is information related to vacancies and vacancy charges:

  • It is the responsibility of the chapter president to determine how vacancies will be handled. Filling vacancies must have the approval of the chapter president. The chapter president must notify Residence Life with the name(s) of the person(s) filing the vacancies. That approval may be made over e-mail provided that the approval comes from the email account of the chapter president. If the individual filling a vacancy currently lives in campus housing he/she must complete a Room Change Request Form with the Residence Life office. If the individual is not currently in housing, he/she must submit a housing application which is available through the Residence Life website.
  • An exception to getting chapter approval is made during the Room Selection Process for filling vacancies not filled by the chapter during the Fraternity and Sorority Room Selection Process.
  • Occupancy and Release (student staff offers impacting occupancy): In the event that a chapter member residing in a fraternity or sorority house is offered a student staff position after having signed a housing agreement to live in the fraternity or sorority house, the Chapter President must agree to release the member from house residency. In doing so, the Chapter accepts responsibility to fill that space or pay the established rate for that house vacancy. The approval may be made over e-mail provided the approval comes from the William and Mary e-mail account of the Chapter President.
  • Current freshmen are not permitted to fill vacancies in Fraternity or Sorority houses.
  • Vacancy charges will be assessed one week after the first day of classes in the fall and spring semesters.
  • New vacancies that occur later than one week after the first day of classes will be assessed to the chapter on a prorated basis based on the date the vacancies occur. Organizations will have one week from the date of the vacancy to fill the space before charges are assessed.
  • Vacancies that occur after the first day of classes following fall break in the fall and spring break in the spring will not be assessed to the organization.
  • When Fraternity and Sorority Room Selection rosters are submitted for the next academic year any space not filled by the chapter will be made available during the official Room Selection Process. The official Room Selection Process concludes when the last wait listed student is offered a space in campus housing. Vacancies not selected during the regular Room Selection Process will be the responsibility of the chapter.
  • The maximum number of vacancies and non-members permitted in any given semester cannot exceed the numbers listed below to remain in compliance with the terms of the housing agreement:

 

Number 
in House

Max. # of 
Vacancies Allowed

Non-members*Allowed
* Vacancies = non-members

20

2

4

16-18

1

3

12

1

2

7

0

1

6

0

1

Room Selection Process
 

A.            $200.00 NON-REFUNDABLE Room Reservation Deposit

All eligible students who wish to live in fraternity or sorority housing for 2015-2016 must have a $200 Room Reservation deposit on file by the February 13, 2015 deadline.  This NON-REFUNDABLE deposit can be paid at the cashier's window in Blow Memorial Hall 102 between 8:00am -5:00pm, Monday - Friday or be paid on-line following the links on the Residence Life website.  It is imperative that all individuals on the roster submit the $200 Room Reservation Deposit by the deadline; late deposits and postmarks will not be accepted.

If a student pays a $200 Room Reservation Deposit in order to live in a fraternity or sorority house and the house subsequently fills so that he/she is unable to live there, the deposit may be refunded.  The President must make this request in writing to Residence Life (living@wm.edu) on the individual’s behalf, by the housing roster deadline (Wednesday, February 25, 2015).

If your organization would like our office to look up potential members that will be placed on your housing roster to see if they have paid the $200 Room Reservation Deposit BEFORE the (date changes based on academic year) deadline, we would be happy to do so. A Residence Life staff member will contact you in early February to reiterating our desire to help and check on deposits. Nothing will be more frustrating to you then to find that someone failed to pay the $200 deposit and it is after the deadline. We will NOT accept any payments after the deadline. Spaces may be made available during the Room Selection process if members fail to pay the housing deposit!

B.            Contracts

In order to be included on a fraternity or sorority roster each individual must accept the terms and conditions of the 2014-2015 on-line Housing Contract by February 25, 2015.  After the deposit deadline all students with a $200 deposit on file with receive an email with instructions on completing the on-line housing contract.  This is a change from past years and should make it easier for chapters with students who are away from main campus during the room selection process.

C.             Rosters

In order to provide Fraternities & Sororities the opportunity to control who resides in their houses, to protect house residents from being wait listed for housing, and insure that only the necessary number of room selection participants are wait listed, the completed house rosters must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 to the Residence Life Office, located in the Campus Center 212.

Please remember that turning in rosters does not necessarily guarantee that Residence Life will enter into a Special Interest Housing Agreement (lease) with your organization. This process involves several steps including the paying of debt, student conduct reviews of pending and new cases and submitting a complete and accurate housing roster. The president will formally sign the Special Interest Housing Agreement for the organization in late April.

 

A completed roster will be defined by the guidelines listed below.   Failure to submit a complete roster by the deadline or submission of an incomplete roster may result in the loss of the assigned space.

D.            Eligibility

All names on the roster must:

1)       Have paid the $200 Room Reservation Deposit by the February 13, 2015 deadline.  Late deposits will not be accepted and postmarks will not be honored

2)       Must have accepted the terms and conditions of the on-line 2015-2016 Housing Contract by February 25.

3)       Be eligible members or pledges. (Current membership rosters on file with the Student Leadership Development will be used by Residence Life to verify housing rosters.)

4)       Not have outstanding bills for loss/damage with Residence Life.

5)       Be a currently enrolled, full-time degree seeking student at the College of William and Mary for the spring semester of 2015, including students on a College approved study away program or be officially readmitted by the Dean of Students Office for the fall semester by the February 13 deposit deadline.

 

 

 

E.             Rosters Due

Two rosters must be submitted to Residence Life.
> The first roster must include:

1)  A listing in room number order of House members with full name (please no nicknames--last name first),               2) Student ID number

3) Whether person is a member or non-member of the Greek organization, and

4) W&M e-mail address for each student.

 

EXAMPLE:

ORGANIZATION’S NAME

 

ROOM NUMBER

 

Student ID NUMBER

 

LAST NAME

 

FIRST NAME

 

MEMBER OR NON-MEMBER

 

W&M E-mail Address

 

113

 

930000000

 

Mary

 

William

 

MEMBER

 

xxxxx@email.wm.edu

 

> The second roster must include:

1) A listing in alpha order (full name -- last name first), and

2) Student ID number

3) Room number

4) Whether person is a member or non-member of the Greek organization

5) W&M e-mail address for each student

 

EXAMPLE:

ORGANIZATION’S NAME

 

LAST NAME

 

FIRST NAME

 

Student ID Number

 

ROOM NUMBER

 

MEMBER OR NON-MEMBER

 

W&M E-mail Address

 

Mary

 

William

 

930000000

 

113

 

MEMBER

 

xxxxx@email.wm.edu

 

Please type both rosters or email them to living@wm.edu.  
We strongly suggest that the President keep at least one copy of each roster.

All students who have paid the $200 Room Reservation Deposit and sign a Housing Agreement will not be able to participate in any other part of the Room Selection process.  Once an individual accepts the on-line housing contract and are included on a house roster to live in the House, they cannot be wait listed for housing and are not eligible to participate in any other part of the Room Selection Process or trade places with anyone who is.

F.             Billing

Each House will be billed for any existing vacancies one week after the first day of classes at the beginning of each semester.  A list of vacancies will be provided to the President and rent charges will be levied for each vacancy.

G.            Vacancies

The following guidelines apply to spaces not filled after the submission of the room selection roster or occur after the submission of the room selection roster.  The assumption is that all House rosters are full and must remain full through graduation in May.   (Vacant spots in fraternity or sorority housing will be made available during the Room Selection Process to be selected by independent students.  The Room Selection Process officially concludes once the last wait listed student is offered as space in campus housing.)

 

To insure a full House, Fraternities & Sororities need to consider:

1) Making sure the President of the organization has an alternate list of brothers/sisters who are not             locked into other leases and who know that if someone drops from the House roster, they will be the next one to move in.


2) Not including members on the roster who are:

a. considering or in the process of transferring or applying to study abroad.

b. in shaky academic standing. 

This implies that the responsibility is on the fraternity/sorority to know the status and plans of their               members and to communicate the need for commitment to the House.  If members in situations as                              described above are included on a roster, it is the responsibility of the House to have predetermined          replacements for these individuals.

3) Due to confidentiality, Residence Life will not notify chapters about vacancies that may occur due to withdrawal, academic drop, judicial removal or non-member changes after the Fraternity & Sorority Room Selection Process. At the beginning of the fall semester Residence Life will send each chapter a copy of their house roster but Chapter Presidents may, at any time, request a copy of their current house roster. 

4) Any space not filled by the chapter will be made available to any student during the Room Selection Process (concluding with offers made to the last wait listed student). 

5) Making contingency plans to replace members on the roster who will only be in residence one semester (are graduating, studying abroad, dismissed, etc.)

6)  Residence Life will help provide on-going assistance to Houses needing to fill vacancies by discussing options that other organizations have tried. However, the ultimate responsibility falls on the Fraternity or Sorority to fill their house or be charged for the vacancies.

7)  If a resident of the House withdraws during the summer, the fraternity/sorority will be given an extension to fill the space (1 week after the first day of classes in the fall semester).  Each chapter President will be responsible for communicating with Shylan Scott, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing, via email when changes occur with the house roster.

REMINDER:

ALL STUDENTS WHO PAY THE $200 ROOM RESERVATION DEPOSIT ARE ENTERED INTO THE ROOM SELECTION PROCESS. ONCE THEY ACCEPT THE HOUSING CONTRACT AND ARE INCLUDED ON A ROSTER TO LIVE IN A FRATERNITY OR SORORITY HOUSE, THEY CANNOT BE WAIT LISTED AND ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OTHER PART OF ROOM SELECTION. 


 

Rosters are due the Wednesday before Spring Break. Residence Life will be counting on the Presidents to provide the information needed for the room selection. If you choose to delegate this to another brother or sister, make sure they are reliable and understand the process. 

Please let the Assistant Director know if additional assistance is needed.  

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Greek Life Task Force Report Recommendation - Interpretation by Vice President for Student Affairs

 

The Greek Life Task Force Report submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs in 1997 contains the recommendation noted below.

No more than 20% of residents in a fraternity and sorority house that accommodates more than 15 people should be non-members. If that limit is exceeded for one year, the chapter will be placed on probation, after which time its protected housing status will be reviewed for possible reassignment. Houses accommodating fewer than 15 people will be reviewed if, over a three-year period, less than 50% of the assigned spaces are filled with members. Specific implementation of this policy should be the responsibility of Residence Life.

In determining when a chapter will be placed on probation, the following criteria apply to this recommendation.

 

  • Special Interest Housing status is a privilege. Chapters are expected to fill the spaces assigned to them with official members or pledges of their chapter. Those students whose names are submitted to the Office of Student Activities as members or pledges of the organization are the only students who will be considered official members. 
  •  As noted in the Fraternity and Sorority Housing Agreement, item #10, No person other than undergraduate or graduate members, or pledges, of the fraternity/sorority may live in the house without prior written approval from the Office of Residence Life.
  •  If the allocated space has a capacity for 36, then 36 residents are expected to reside there.
  •  The percentage of members residing in the allocated space is based on the actual capacity of the space, not on the occupancy. If the capacity is 36, the chapter is expected to have no less than 80% of the spaces assigned to members. The minimum number of members required for a space with a capacity of 36 is 29.
  •  In any semester that a chapter drops below 80% members in the house, the chapter will receive a letter of probation indicating that the percentage of members residing in the house or unit must increase.  In the example noted above, if only 28 of the 36 spaces are occupied by official members, then the chapter would be placed on probation. 
  •  Probationary status means that when the chapter submits its housing roster for the subsequent academic year the roster must meet the minimum number of required members for the chapter to retain the assigned space.

ADDENDUM

In an effort to assist chapters whose members study abroad in the spring semester this policy was amended to reduce the percentage of members or pledges required from 80% to 70%. This change became effective in the spring of 2008.   

Fraternity and Sorority Occupancy Numbers

90% Occupancy Levels

Capacity 
of House

Number of 
Vacancies Allowed

Number of Spaces 
that Must be Occupied
by Members

20

2

18

19

1

18

18

1

17

17

1

16

16

1

15

12

1

11

7

0

7

6

0

6

 

80% Members/Pledges*

Capacity 
of House

Number of Vacancies/
Non-members Permitted

Number of Spaces
that Must be Occupied
by Members

20

4

16

19

3

16

18

3

15

17

3

14

16

3

13

12

2

10

7

1

6

6

1

5

 

70% Members/Pledges*

Capacity 
of House

Number of Vacancies/
Non-members Permitted

Number of Spaces 
that Must be Occupied
by Members

20

6

14

19

5

14

18

5

13

17

5

12

16

4

12

12

3

9

7

2

5

6

1

5

*Vacancy = Non-member

 

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Special Interest Housing Committee Criteria

Criteria to be met by Fraternity and Sorority chapters or academically-related groups (Living Learning Communities) seeking Special Interest Housing.

While any recognized organization or group can apply to reserve College facilities through the established procedure for scheduling, the recognition of a Fraternity and Sorority chapters or academically-related groups (Living Learning Communities) in no way obligates the College to provide permanently assigned space or provide residential accommodations for the members of the group in separate, distinct housing.

According to the Special Interest Housing Calendar the following dates are to be followed:

Friday before Thanksgiving Break

Proposals from groups applying for new Special Interest Housing space due to the Special Interest Housing Committee.

Before Semester Break

Committee will meet to review and render recommendation to Vice President for Student Affairs to approve or deny requests for new Special Interest Housing space.

Before the end of January

Vice President for Student Affairs will render a decision which will then be communicated to the proposing group and to the Special Interest Housing Committee.

 

According to Special Interest Housing Guidelines, the number of spaces allocated to Special Interest Housing must comply with the percentages.

No more than 15% of female and 15% of male sophomore-junior-senior housing will be allocated for Fraternity and Sorority-letter social organizations. The present percentage for fraternities exceeds these guidelines but have been grandfathered based on the physical limitations of the facility.

No more than 10% of female and 10% of male sophomore-junior-senior housing will be allocated to Living Learning Communities.

 

The following guidelines establish the procedures for Fraternity and Sorority chapters to request special interest housing space when available.

    1. The Fraternity or Sorority-letter social organization must be a duly-recognized social organization. The group must not currently be on probation.
    2.  The membership of the Fraternity or Sorority chapter must be stable. At least twelve members and pledges must have existed over the past two years.
    3.  The Fraternity or Sorority chapters must have evidence of sound financial standing. This must be demonstrated in at least the following ways:
      • Sufficient resources must exist to support the goals of the organization.
      •  An active house corporation must exist in accordance with national bylaws. When national bylaws do not prescribe the membership of a House Corporation, the membership must be agreeable to the National Organization as confirmed by the Office of Student Leadership Development. 
      •  An adequate number of members must exist to support the facility under consideration. At least the minimum occupancy of the house must be met with members and pledges.
      •  There should be no outstanding indebtedness to the College at the time of the request.

 

The proposal for Fraternity or Sorority chapters to receive approval for special interest housing space must include a list of the members and pledges with a commitment by them to live in their acquired housing for the following academic year. This proposal must be submitted to the Special Interest Housing Committee no later than the Friday before the College's Thanksgiving Break and must include written recommendations from either the Inter Fraternity Council (IFC) or the Panhellenic Council; a letter of support from an alumni advisor; and a letter of support or acknowledgement from the chapter's national headquarters noting their awareness that the chapter is applying for special interest housing.  The chapter must also provide a letter of support from the Director of Student Leadership Development and a statement of conduct history provided by the Office of the Dean of Students. The proposal must include (1) a mission statement and goals of the organization, (2) a plan for achieving these goals, (3) why having special interest housing space is important to achieving these goals, (4) how the organization will contribute to the residential and campus community, and (5) how the organization will assess its progress and success. The proposal should also suggest a preference for space and should include the minimum and maximum size for the housing unit.

  •  A one-year conditional Fraternity/Sorority Housing Agreement will exist for any new social organization approved to occupy (or reoccupy) special interest housing space. 
  •  After the conditional first year, continuance in housing will depend on the ability of the social organization to meet the requirements stated in the Student Handbook, the Fraternity/Sorority Housing Agreement, the guidelines adopted from the Greek Life Task Force Report, and the expectations set forth in the Special Interest Housing Review process.  

 

The following guidelines establish the procedures for academically-related groups (Living Learning Communities) to request special interest housing space when available. The academically-related group (Living Learning Community) proposing allocation of Special Interest Housing space must have the support of an academic department or program to include:

 

  • Faculty members must be officially designated to serve as advisors and provide administrative support to the Living Learning Community.
  •  There must be a commitment of funds to support the programming efforts of the Living Learning Community. The proposing group must present evidence that financial support is committed for at least two years and must include the sources and amounts of funding. The Committee will consider appeals to this provision but must see significant evidence that sufficient resources exist to support the goals of the organization.
  •  Where appropriate, a tutor must be employed by the academic department or program to provide in-house support to the residents who will reside in the space. The proposal should include details concerning the preferred qualifications, hiring, compensation, training, and supervision of the tutor.
  •  The proposal must include the process whereby the housing spaces will be assigned each year. At a minimum, this will include a proposed written application form that would be completed by students interested in residing in the Living Learning Community and the procedures that would be used to select the house members. Procedures for developing and maintaining a wait list will also be required.
  1. The proposal for the Living Learning Community to receive approval for special interest housing space must include a list of students with a commitment by them to live in their acquired housing for the following academic year. This proposal must be submitted to the Special Interest Housing Committee no later than the Friday before the College's Thanksgiving Break and must include the written recommendations of faculty members who will assume advising and/or administrative support for the house. The proposal must include:
  • a mission statement and goals of the Living Learning Community
  •  a plan for achieving these goals
  •  why having special interest housing space is important to achieving these goals
  •  how the group will contribute to the residential and campus community
  •  how the group will assess its progress and success; the proposal should also suggest a preference for space and should include the minimum and maximum size for the housing unit. 

Adopted 1994

 

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Review of Special Interest Houses by the Special Interest Housing Committee
 

In accordance with the schedule developed by the Special Interest Housing Committee, Special Interest Houses must submit responses in writing to the items detailed below. PLEASE RESPOND IN ORDER TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES AND DESIGNATE THE QUESTION NUMBER ON YOUR RESPONSE.  For each of the categories below, the Committee will rate the special interest house as exceeding expectations, meeting expectations, or being below expectations, and will issue an overall rating.  

 

MISSION AND PURPOSE 
Mission, goals, and objectives consistent with mission statement and goals of the College as stated in the Undergraduate Program Catalog and evidence that the housing enhances the chapter's ability to meet its goals and objectives.  Statement of mission, goals and objectives of the chapter and a description of their relationship to the mission and goals of the College. 

 

PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOCUSED ON BUILDING COMMUNITY AMONG ORGANIZATION MEMBERS AND PARTICIPANTS

Quality and quantity of programs and projects in terms of fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of the chapter and clear and appropriate targets and plans for program improvement. 

 

Responses to this section must include incorporating how the chapter uses the assigned residential space.

Please list community building programs and projects, aside from chapter meetings and academic or philanthropic activities descripted elsewhere in this report, completed during the last academic year including activities that occurred in the house. If projects are collaborative, indicate the percentage or degree your chapter contributed.  For one event that was held in the house, please give the following information:

  • title and type of program
  •  whether it was a public or private event
  •  number of organization participants
  •  specific goal or purpose
  •  describe the activity or activities involved
  •  whether it should be continued or repeated 
  • What areas are targeted for improvement in terms of community building programs and projects?  What will you do for improvement?

 

PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, INITIATIVES, AND POLICIES FOCUSED ON THE ORGANIZATION'S ACADEMIC MISSION AND GOALS
Quality and quantity of programs and projects in terms of fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of the chapter and clear and appropriate targets and plans for program improvement. 

 

Responses to this section must include incorporating how the chapter uses the assigned residential space.

    • Please list programs, projects, initiatives and policies focused on the organization's academic mission and goals that occurred during the last academic year.  If projects are collaborative, indicate the percentage or degree your chapter contributed.
    • Included with your cover letter is the total number of members of your chapter currently listed on file with the Office of Student Leadership Development. Also included are the average GPAs of your members for the past three years. Please provide any comments you have about these two numbers. Does your National organization have academic standards. If so, please explain them along with your chapter's means of compliance.  
    • What areas are targeted for improvement in terms of programs and projects related to academic mission and goals?  What will you do for improvement?

 

PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOCUSED ON THE ORGANIZATION'S COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PHILANTRHROPIC ACTIVITIES
It is a strong expectation that fraternities and sororities assigned housing be active in community service and philanthropic activities.  This expectation will play a significant role in the overall evaluation determining whether these organizations should receive the privilege of a house assignment.  Accordingly, such consideration as the number of these organizations' members who participate in community service and philanthropic activities, and the frequency of their participation, will figure importantly in their Special Interest Housing overall assessment. Responses to this section must include incorporating how the chapter uses the assigned residential space.

    • Please list and describe each of your organization's community service and philanthropic activities, giving the number of members involved in each and their usual level of involvement (e.g., an hour a day, a week, a semester, etc.). If the activity was a fund-raiser, please include how successful it was (money raised).
    •  What areas are targeted for improvement in terms of community service and philanthropic programs and projects?  What will you do for improvement?

 

FACULTY, ADMINISTRATOR OR ADVISOR SUPPORT 
Connections with a strong and involved advisor will strengthen the chapter. Identifying and requesting individuals to serve in these roles should become a priority for the house leadership. Chapters are encouraged to develop a position description for a faculty member and initiate asking a faculty member to serve in this capacity.

  • Describe the chapter's relationship to and support it receives from College faculty and administrators.
  •  Do you have a Chapter Advisor?  If so, describe the relationship the chapter has with him or her. How many times each academic year does that advisor visit the residence?  Include the frequency and level of participation, involvement and support from faculty, administrators, and/or advisors.

 

HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND OCCUPANCY

Evidence of reasonable house administration; physical facility and other resources sufficient to meet mission, goal and objectives; frequency and level of participation of membership.

  • Please provide a list of committee(s) that have a purpose specific to the physical house. 
  •  How do house improvements get accomplished?
  •  How are your house programs financed?  Have dues or donations been invested in house improvements?  If so, how?
  •  Are your physical resources adequate (libraries, videos)?  Does the assigned space adequately meet your organization's needs?  For example, do you need more common space? Do you need an increase or decrease in the number of spaces?
  •  Are there particular needs and/or additional resources that would enhance your programs?  Please list.  Do you need additional resources?
  •  Included with your cover letter are statistics about the capacity and occupancy rate of the house for the past three years, including, where appropriate, the number of non-members who resided in the house. If your house has had vacancies and/or non-members during the past three years, please provide an explanation for this and how you will address this as a chapter in the future.

 

CITIZENSHIP/RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR

Responsible citizenship (including evaluation of group damages, group student conduct history, and outstanding financial obligations to the College).  Where appropriate below use a scale of 1 - 10 with 1 being unacceptable and 10 being outstanding.

  • Included with your cover letter is a summary of any damage charges for each of the past three years.  Please rate yourself and where applicable provide information on how you will address this as a chapter in the future.
  •  Included with your cover letter is a summary of any outstanding financial obligations your chapter has to the College.  Please rate yourself and where applicable provide information on how you will address this as a chapter in the future.
  •  Included with your cover letter is a summary of any conduct history for each of the past three years.  Please rate yourself and where applicable provide information on how you will address this as a chapter in the future.

OTHER

  • This category is optional. What is one accomplishment of which you are most proud?

 

LETTER FROM ADVISOR(S)

  • If you have an Advisor, please include with your report at least one letter from either a Chapter or Faculty Advisor, or both. These letters should address the advisor' reflections and perspective on the past and future of the chapter.

 

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Special Interest Housing Committee Review Report Schedule

Based on the tentative schedule noted below fraternities and sororities will be reviewed in alphabetical order (using the English alphabet) and will follow a regular cycle in which each chapter is reviewed at least once every four years. Fraternities and sororities will be reviewed over a three year period; the Living Learning Communities will be reviewed in the fourth year of the four year cycle.

Year one:  three-five fraternities and three-four sororities
Year two:  three-five fraternities and three-four sororities
Year three: three-five fraternities and three-four sororities           
Year four: Living Learning Communities 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Kappa Delta Rho

Sigma Chi

Africana House

Beta Theta Pi

Kappa Sigma

Sigma Pi

Arabic House

Delta Chi*

Lambda Chi Alpha

Theta Delta Chi

Chinese House

Delta Phi

Phi Kappa Tau

Chi Phi

Community Scholars

Kappa Alpha*

Delta Gamma

Kappa Delta

Eco-House

Alpha Chi Omega

Delta Sigma Theta

Kappa Kappa Gamma

French House

Chi Omega 

Gamma Phi Beta

Phi Mu

German House

Delta Delta Delta Omega

Kappa Alpha Theta

Pi Beta Phi

Italian House

 

 

 

Japanese House

 

 

 

Mosaic House

 

 

 

Reves

 

 

 

Russian House

Spanish House

 

*Delta Chi and Kappa Alpha began sharing unit G in 2009-10 (review will be in same year)
Theta Delta Chi housed in Ludwell 10-11
Sigma Pi housed in Ludwell in 10-11
Phi Kappa Tau housed in Ludwell in 10-11
Delta Sigma Theta re-housed in Bozarth in 10-11
Chi Phi first housed in 10-11(Ludwell)
Alpha Tau Omega housed in 11-12 (Ludwell)

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Fraternity and Sorority Facility Occupancy Continuance Purpose:

By providing designated on-campus housing the College makes a commitment to a thriving and exemplary fraternity and sorority community.  This statement addresses how Residence Life will manage fraternity and sorority housing facilities when chapters voluntarily relinquish their assigned space or lose housing privileges through either the College conduct sanctions or by decision of their (inter)national organization.

 
Criteria:

To regain an assigned facility in Special Interest Housing chapters who voluntarily leave their facility will be required to submit a roster during the annual room selection process that includes the required number of eligible members to fill the house for the subsequent academic year.  Chapters that have had their housing privileges revoked by the College or their (inter)nationals for conduct reasons must re-apply to the Special Interest Housing Committee for a return to residence, subject to availability and approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs.  All chapters must meet the criteria of being in good standing as an active and recognized (IFC, National PanHellenic, or National Pan Hellenic Council) organization on campus as well as have the ability to fill the facility to which the chapter will be assigned. 

 
NPC (National PanHellenic)

To promote a vibrant sorority system the college will work with NPC member groups to provide campus housing to recognized chapters in Sorority Court.  To support the anticipated fall 2016 recolonization of the Gamma Alpha chapter of Phi Mu this chapter will have the first right of refusal to the Moncure House (House 11). 

 
NPHC (National Pan Hellenic Council)

To support housing opportunities for NPHC groups and to honor historic commitments the College will seek to make the Bozarth House (House 10) available to a NPHC recognized sorority.  If active and able to meet the Special Interest Housing criteria the Mu Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will have right of first refusal for the Bozarth House (House 10).  If Delta Sigma Theta is not eligible, priority will be given to a NPHC member sorority that has met the criteria for Special Interest Housing.  If no NPHC sorority is eligible, the Bozarth House (House 10) will be made available to independent students in the annual room selection process.

 
Loss of Housing Due to Conduct Sanctions

To encourage chapter improvement and restoration, a fraternity or sorority that incurs a loss of housing privileges based on conduct sanctions may, at the discretion of Student Conduct and Residence Life, be offered the incentive to return to the same house after one academic year following the completion of the sanction(s).  This is not an offer held in perpetuity but is intended to support a short-term period (typically 1 year) related to a sanction.  During the time the house is unoccupied by the house it will be made available during the annual room selection process.  Once the chapter satisfactorily completes the required sanctions and shows significant improvement the chapter may reapply for Special Interest Housing status.

 
Additional Information

When a fraternity or sorority experiences a loss of College or (inter)national recognition due to a serious conduct violation the chapter may not be guaranteed the opportunity to return to the residential facility that was occupied when the chapter was a recognized organization.  If the chapter is invited to recolonize and subsequently completes the requirements for Special Interest Housing and is approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the chapter will be offered a fraternity/sorority housing option that is available at the time of eligibility.  This practice will be applied to all groups that are currently awaiting the opportunity for recognition, as well as any groups that may face a loss of recognition in the future.

Approved by Ginger Ambler, Vice President for Student Affairs, June 2013

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Chapter Liaison Position Description

The Chapter Liaison is a volunteer position with accountability to Student Affairs through Student Activities and Residence Life.  Liaisons are full-time students who are trained to provide leadership and administrative support to fraternity and sorority chapters and their members. Liaisons are expected to comply with all policies, procedures, and conditions printed in the current edition of the Student Handbook and the Student Housing Agreement.  The Liaison serves as a resource, referral, and communication agent between residents, chapter members, and Student Affairs. Each chapter will be expected to designate at least one and no more than three members to serve as Liaisons. For chapters assigned to campus housing at least one designee must reside in the house. 

Member Care and Development
  • Respond to crises and emergencies as outlined in established protocols (MEEP, Sexual Assault, Fire Safety, Weapons, etc.) or as directed by Student Affairs or WMPD
  • Serve as a resource and “go to” person for chapter member concerns.
  • Refer chapter members to appropriate resources to best meet their needs.  
  • Seek assistance from Student Affairs in resolving individual student needs and concerns
  • Report incidents and concerns through the Student Affairs online Incident Report system
Housing Responsibilities (for chapters with facilities) 
  • Facilitate hall meetings to educate residents about maintaining safe and secure living environments  including development, revision, and submission of Community Agreements
  • Participate in official PRC orientation. Chapters assigned to campus housing may make use of the PRC for house purposes only (not for chapter business)
Training
  • Attend training sessions as scheduled. Training will typically occur on the day before classes begin in both the fall and spring semesters. Orientation for new Fraternity-Sorority Chapter Liaisons will occur each April.
Qualifications/Eligibility
  • Must be a currently enrolled, full-time student of the College of William and Mary and a member in good standing of the fraternity or sorority for which they will serve
  • Must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average
Expectations
  • Must return to campus prior to the official opening of both the fall and spring semesters for training
  • Must provide a personal telephone number for emergency contact purposes
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement
 
Housing Assistant Position Description

Housing Assistants at the College of William and Mary are part-time student staff members.  The Housing Assistant is a member of the Residence Life staff reporting directly to the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/ Director of Residence Life and ultimately to the Vice President for Student Affairs. 

Housing Assistants will comply with all policies, procedures, and conditions printed in the current edition of the Student Handbook, the Student Housing Agreement, the Fraternity & Sorority Housing Manual, the Residence Life Student Staff Manual, the Housing Assistant Employment Agreement, the Student Acknowledgement of Confidentiality in Working with Administrative Data Agreement, and the written expectations provided by the Assistant Director.  Housing Assistants work a maximum average of fifteen (15) hours per week over the course of the spring and fall semesters according to the dates contracted.   

Administrative Responsibilities and Communication
  • Assist the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing in the administration and management of the assigned area, including completion of tasks and duties, and attending weekly staff meetings.
  • Document information as instructed on departmental and area-specific forms (work orders, damage reports, inventories, Incident Report system, Room Condition Reports, weekly reports, surveys, etc.).  Complete other paperwork as required and directed by The Assistant Director.
  • Perform key inventories and complete required forms according to instructions.
  • Perform building/safety inspections; identify and report safety/security concerns and violations of College and Residence Life policies.
  • Distribute paperwork, flyers, and brochures; email residents as directed.
  • Help educate residents about safety/security measures and College and Residence Life policies and procedures; attend chapter meetings as needed.
Training, Meetings, and Duty Responsibilities
  • In coordination with other staff members perform day and night time building/safety checks as scheduled by the Assistant Director.
  • Serve office hours as scheduled by the Assistant Director.
  • Attend staff meetings, training sessions and individual meetings with supervisor; work as member of a staff team.
  • Assist with the opening and closing of the residence halls at the beginning and end of each semester and other officially scheduled breaks.
  • Serve as a resource, referral, and communication agent.
  • Abide by College policies; assist campus officials or other responsible parties elsewhere on campus when requested to do so.
  • Assume other duties as assigned.
Qualifications/Eligibility
  • Must be a currently enrolled, full-time degree-seeking student of the College of William and Mary or a candidate for admission.
  • Must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average to be eligible for application, appointment and continuance.
  • Must not have a student conduct sanction that is equal to or more stringent than disciplinary/honor probation during the application, appointment, and employment period.
  • Must return to campus prior to the official opening of both the fall and spring semesters and must remain after the official closing of both the fall and spring semesters as contracted.
  • Student staff members hired for the subsequent year must attend job orientation meetings conducted in the spring semester.
  • Must agree to be listed in the College Directory in both paper and electronic formats.
  • Must provide a digital telephone to link with campus phone system (access assigned number and voicemail).
  • Preference in hiring will be given to members of fraternities and sororities.
Compensation
  • Room rent as specified in the Housing Assistant Employee Agreement
  • $500 in 4 installments of $125 each paid at the midpoint and end of each semester