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Office of Greek Life Policies

I.  Recognition of Fraternities and Sororities

A.  Recognition of fraternities and sororities is solely at the discretion of Johns Hopkins University.

B.  To be recognized, a fraternity or sorority must be affiliated, and be in good standing with, a national or international fraternity or sorority.

C.  To be recognized, a fraternity or sorority must carry liability insurance issued through their national or international organization.

D.  All recognized fraternities and sororities must be chartered at Johns Hopkins University and the membership must be exclusive to students of Johns Hopkins University. "Metro" or "city-wide" chapters may be granted access to Johns Hopkins University resources for the purpose of establishing a Hopkins charter; however this is at the discretion of the Office of Greek Life and/or the Department of Student Development and Programming.

E. Current fraternities and sororities operating as "Metro" or "city-wide" on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus will make the transition to a Johns Hopkins University charter with membership exclusive to Johns Hopkins University students by the start of the fall semester 2008 or lose University recognition and privileges.

F. Per the request of the Johns Hopkins Office of Risk Management & Insurance, fraternities and sororities are required to list Johns Hopkins University as an additional insured on their liabiliy insurance policy. Chapter liability insurance coverage must include not less than $2,000,000 in coverage per occurance, and include coverage for Host Liquor Liability and Sexual Misconduct and Molestation. A copy of the chapter's paid liability insurance certificate listing Johns Hopkins University as an additional insured must be submitted before the first business day of October each year to maintain University recognition.

II.  Expansion of New Fraternities and Sororities

A.  National or International fraternity and sorority headquarters may not solicit or recruit Johns Hopkins University students to establish new chapters without the express consent of Johns Hopkins University, the Department of Student Development and Programming, and/or the Office of Greek Life.

B.  New fraternities and sororities must be approved for expansion by the appropriate governing council in accordance with established expansion policies or, in the absence of a governing council, the Office of Greek Life.

C.  Once a group has membership and is granted permission to expand from the appropriate governing council and/or Johns Hopkins University, a new fraternity or sorority must register as a student organization with the Office of Student Involvement, provide contact information for chapter officers and advisors(s), and submit a roster of members to the Office of Greek Life.

D. New fraternities or sororities must comply with item I-F of these policies before recognition will be granted.

III.  Eligibility to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

A. Students seeking membership in a recognized fraternity or sorority, or starting a new one, must have completed one semester of college, either at Johns Hopkins or elsewhere, and not be on academic probation with the University.

B.  Only students enrolled at Johns Hopkins University may join fraternities and sororities recognized by Johns Hopkins University.

C.  Students joining fraternities and sororites must comply with University policies prohibiting hazing. [link to Hazing Information]

D. Chapters and governing councils may institute standards, policies, and processes for students seeking membership in member organizations.

IV.  Fraternities and sororities and the Undergraduate Student Coduct Code

A. Fraternities and sororities are subject to the Undergraduate Student Conduct Code and are expected to abide with the Code on and off campus.

B. Fraternities and sororities found to be in violation of the Undergraduate Student Conduct Code are subject to discipline including, but not limited to, probation, suspension, and/or expulsion from Johns Hopkins University. In the absence of a council judicial board, the judicial process of the Student Conduct Board of the Office of the Dean of Student Life will adjudicate cases involving fraternities and sororities.

V. Off-Campus Living

A. Before committing to off-campus housing, students are advised to make sure the use of the house/apartment is in compliance with applicable zoning code. The Baltimore City government has the ability to shut down houses and apartments that are not in compliance. If chapters have questions, they should be addressed to chapter advisors, housing corporation boards, and/or the landlord.

B. The Baltimore Zoning Code may be found here: