NOTICE OF PROPOSED REGULATION AMENDMENT
Date: July 30, 2008
REGULATION TITLE: REGULATION NO.:
Social Fraternities and Sororities 6C1-4.004
SUMMARY: The general principles relating to social sororities and fraternities are set forth.
The regulation sets forth the requirements for classification as a social sorority or fraternity as set
forth by the Deparmnent of Education and the University. Social sororities and fraternities may
exist as registered student organizations at the University and shall be governed by the
applicable policies, guidelines, and regulations of the University. In addition, the governance
structure of social sororities and fraternities includes student input and participation. New social
sororities and fraternities must complete the University's expansion process as outlined in the
Policy Expansion for Social Sororities and Fraternities. No social sorority or fraternity shall be
registered at the University without approval by the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Affairs and
affiliation with a designated governing council. Social sororities and fraternities that operate a
residential unit must abide by the facility and management policies contained in this regulation.
The University may withhold, revoke or suspend the registration of any social sorority or
fraternity that fails to adhere to University regulations, policies, and/or guidelines.
AUTHORITY: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003
COMMENTS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED REGULATION SHOULD BE
SUBMITTED WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE TO THE
CONTACT PERSON IDENTIFIED BELOW. The comments must identify the regulation
you are commenting on.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED REGULATION
IS: Rebecca J. Holt, Administrative Assistant, 123 Tigert Hall, Post Office Box 113125,
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, 352-392-1358 office, 352-392-4387 facsimile,
NAME OF PERSON WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED REGULATION: Patricia
Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED REGULATION IS ATTACHED TO THIS
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
6C1-4.004 Student Affairs: Social Fraternities and Sororities.
(1) Social sororities and fraternities are student organizations that are founded on the
principles of brotherhood/sisterhood and are based on the ideals of friendship, personal growth
and service to the community. In keeping with the educational mission of the University, social
sororities and fraternities promote the highest standards of scholarship, leadership, and service
for their members.
(2) The United States Department of Education has established requirements for
classification as a social sorority or fraternity. Social sororities and fraternities meeting such
requirements are permitted to exist as single-sex organizations. In keeping with these criteria
established by the Department of Education, the University of Florida classifies social sororities
and fraternities as organizations that:
(a) Do not limit membership to persons pursuing or having interest in a particular
field of study, profession or academic discipline;
(b) Do not serve as honorary societies for academic, leadership, or any other
(c) Do not permit members to hold membership in other social sororities or
In addition, social sororities and fraternities must:
(d) Have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code:
(e) Limit membership to currently enrolled students at the University of Florida.
(3) Social sororities and fraternities may exist at the University of Florida as
registered student organizations and shall be classified as social sororities and fraternities.
(4) Social sororities and fraternities shall be govered by policies established by the
Division of Student Affairs and administered through the Center for Student Activities and
Involvement/Office of Sorority and Fraternity Affairs (OSFA).
(5) The goverance structure established by the University of Florida includes
student input and participation. Student input and participation is accomplished through
authority delegated by the OSFA to designated student governing councils. Social sororities and
fraternities must abide by university policies, regulations, and procedures governing student
organizations, as well as policies, guidelines and procedures established by the OSFA and the
designated governing councils.
(6) A new social sorority or fraternity seeking registration at the University of Florida
must complete the expansion process as outlined in the Policy Expansion for Social Sororities
and Fraternities, available from the OSFA. No social sorority or fraternity shall be registered at
the University of Florida without approval by the OSFA and affiliation with a designated
(7) A social sorority or fraternity that operates a residential unit and provides
opportunities for housing to university students must abide by facility management policies and
standards as established by the University, including but not limited to the following: (a)
organizations must have a live-in House Director and be in compliance with related policies; (b)
organizations must be in compliance with fire safety standards and must pass Fire Safety
Inspections; (c) organizations must comply with building inspection and related policies and
must take corrective measures as needed or required.
(8) The University reserves the right to withhold, revoke, or suspend the registration
of any social sorority or fraternity that fails to adhere to University regulations, policies, and/or
(1) Social fraternities and sororities exist at the University of Florida as residential
unit or groups under policies established by the Dean of Students Office. Fraternities and
sororities that provide housing for fifteen (15) or more students must have a live in resident
advisor in accordance with criteria set forth by the Dean of Students Office. The criteria are set
forth in "Fraternity and Sorority House Dir-ector Policy," rev. 1992, incorpor ated herein by
reference. Fraternities and sororities that provide housing for fifteen (15) or more students must
also comply with the facilities criter-ia set fao rth in +the "Chapter Facility Policy," 200C4-,
incorporated herein by reference and can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office.
(2) Sororities and fraternities are governed by the Panhellenic Council, Inter
fraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, or the National Panhellenic Council. The
policies, governing constitutions, by laws, rules and regulations of these Councils must not
conflict with the rles of the University of Florida or University policies, including but not
limited to, the policies established by the Dean of Students Office, which are the "Fraternity and
Sorority House Director Policy," rev. 1992, the "Fraternity and Sorority Social Event
Guidelines," rev. 200C, the "Chapter Facility Policy," 200C, and the "University Requirements
for Fraternities and Sororities", October 2003, which are incorporated herein by reference and
can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office. Refer also to subsection 6C1 4.003(1), F.A.C.
(3) The right of a fraternity or a .orodty to exist at the University can be revoked by
the University if a frate o rty fails to comply with the rules and r-egulationis of the
University of Florida or University policies, including but not limited to, the policies established
by the Dean of Students Office as noted above.
Specific Authority: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003 1001.71 (1) 1006.60(2) FS.
Law Implemented 1001.71(10), 1006.60 FS.
History--New 9-29-75, Amended 3-25-85, Formerly 6C1-4.04, Amended 10-31-99, 6-21-
00, 2-5-03, 6-3-03, 12-31-03, 5-30-04, 7-19-05,