It can be perceived that membership in a fraternity or sorority may compromise a student's safety and well-being because of concerns related to the party culture, hazing, body image issues, among others. At BGSU, we are diligent in creating a positive environment so that these risks are prevented through clear policies and intentional education. In addition to having policies and regulations through their national organization, fraternities and sororities must also stay within accordance with BGSU’s Code of Student Conduct which outlines clear policies regarding alcohol, hazing, event management, drugs, among others. These policies are in accordance with the state law of Ohio and are strictly enforced by BGSU administrators, leadership from the national headquarters, and members of the BGSU fraternity/sorority community themselves. All organizations have at least one alumni advisor to ensure the chapter is acting within accordance of policies. Additionally, every fraternity and sorority that is housed on campus has a live-in staff member who enforces policies, responds to crisis, and serves as a resource to members.
Beyond enforcing policies, the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff is committed to providing educational programming related to alcohol consumption and binge drinking, bystander behavior, body image, among many others to ensure that health and wellness are at the forefront of the fraternal experience. We also partner with several areas on campus that promote wellness and safety such as The Wellness Connection, the Counseling Center, and Student Conduct just to name a few.