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The text on this page has been reprinted from the official Lafayette College Fraternity/Sorority Recolonization Guidelines, originally published June 21, 1993.

Fraternity/Sorority Recolonization Guidelines


A fraternity or sorority that wishes to recolonize at Lafayette College may be considered for recolonization by demonstrating its ability to satisfy and comply with the following guidelines. Applications for recolonization must be made to the Trustee Committee on Athletics and Student Affairs through the office of the Dean of Students.

  1. The Mission Statement of the College and the Mission Statement for Fraternities and Sororities must be an important part of the planning that will go into any recolonization program. The alumni in charge of the recolonization must give evidence of their understanding of the Mission Statements and the evaluation system, and indicate how the Mission Statements and the evaluation system will be incorporated into the organization's program, particularly during the first two years.
  2. The Alumni Board will be expected to conduct recruitment and the selection of new members for the first year. In succeeding years, alumni will be expected to participate in the recruitment process.
  3. The organization must provide a detailed new member orientation program that is three weeks in length. The new member program should address such issues as the meaning of fraternity, the history of the International and local organization, the Mission Statement and evaluation system, other organizational issues, etc.
  4. A critical mass of alumni, located within reasonable proximity to the College, must be identified as being responsible for the day-to-day activities of the chapter, particularly during the first year of its recolonization. The specific duties and responsibilities of these alumni must be identified, and regular meetings with College officers will be required.
    These alumni will be asked to participate in a training program developed by the Office of the Dean of Students, prior to beginning contact with undergraduate students. The training program will be approximately four hours in length, and may consist of two, two-hour sessions.
  5. If the suspension of the organization from undergraduate activity was due to a violation of College regulations, the organization must present a plan indicating how the organization will attempt to insure that violations of those regulations will not recur.
  6. Members of a suspended or inactive chapter should not be permitted to affiliate with a recolonized chapter. This prohibition should include those individuals who may have recently joined the organization. While the decision as to the status of membership belongs to the organization, exceptions to this general prohibition are not encouraged.
  7. The recolonization proposal should detail the involvement of alumni in the organization's preparation for City and College health and facility inspections, particularly during the first two years.
  8. A specific strategy for any repairs and improvements to the chapter house, as well as a clear and practical financial plan for raising the funds necessary to make such repairs, must be submitted in advance of any recolonization.
  9. Renewed operation of a fraternity entails some expense. The fraternity should provide a two-year budget as a part of its reorganization plan.
  10. The fraternity will provide response to the "Continued Recognition Questionnaire" noting specifically the questions on insurance and finance.

Trustee Committee on Athletics
and Student Affairs
June 21,1993

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