Rewards, Recognition, and Accountability

For the 2017 - 2018 academic year, the Standards of Excellence Review Team will provide final evaluation feedback by Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Upon receiving feedback and a final evaluation rating, a chapter may appeal its final rating to the Director of Student Involvement within seven (7) days following any decisions made by the Standards of Excellence Review Team. Grounds for appeal include:

  • Procedural due process
  • Absence of sufficient evidence to support the rating decision
  • Submission of new information as allowed by the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Documentation of the Standards of Excellence Program is the responsibility of the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff (Assistant Director, Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Graduate Intern, and Student Employees). Assistance from the governing councils and Order of Omega is essential in keeping accurate records. A master spreadsheet for tracking purposes is housed in the Fraternity and Sorority Life office and is updated on a weekly basis. Chapters may request information regarding their standing at any point during the academic year.

The Standards of Excellence Program is associated with the previous and following term's Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards given each December. Chapters must receive "Accredited with Excellence" or "Accredited" evaluations in the previous academic year to be eligible for Fraternity and Sorority Life awards. Additionally, the information compiled throughout the academic year via the Standards of Excellence Program will supplement the corresponding Fraternity and Sorority Life awards applications. Chapters may reference any Fraternity and Sorority Life awards received in the semester prior to submitting the annual Final Report and Project.

Rubrics for accreditation requirements within each Category for Excellence can be found in Appendix C of the Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards of Excellence Program Summary Document here.

This chapter exceeds expectations set foth by Villanova University. The chapter excels in multiple metrics, making valuable contributions to the Fraternity and Sorority Life and larger Villanova University communities.

Chapters that achieve an "Accredited with Excellence" rating will be recognized in the following ways:

  • A letter from the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff to your inter/national organization and local chapter advisors noting the chapter's achievements
  • Preference for Final Project presentation scheduling for the following academic year
  • Exemption from the Final Report submission requirement for the following academic year - "Accredited with Excellence" chapters will not be required to submit a Final Report in the following year
  • $250 toward a chapter need in any of the following areas:
    • Programs/Events: Any type of program or event (i.e. social, educational, service, philanthropic). The funds will be issued to help cover specific costs (i.e. food, event-related expenses, etc.)
    • Sponsorship: Scholarships or travel funds for individual students. Travel should be chapter-related
    • Use of the $250 outside of these options must be discussed and approved by the Fraternity and Sorority Life office in advance of any financial transfers
  • Preference for selecting/reserving space on campus for chapter meeting locations and study spaces
  • Published as "Accredited with Excellence" on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website
  • Recognition banquet for "Accredited with Excellence" and "Accredited" chapters in late April
  • Annually themed t-shirts with "Accredited with Excellence" chapter names on the back, to be handed out to chapter members prior to the Fall Involvement Fair in the following academic year

This chapter meets expectations set forth by Villanova University. The chapter is fully successful in all metrics and is an active contributor to the Fraternity and Sorority Life and larger Villanova University communities.

Chapters that achieve an "Accredited" rating will be recognized in the following ways:

  • A letter from the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff to your inter/national organization and local chapter advisors noting the chapter's achievements
  • Preference for Final Project presentation scheduling for the following academic year
  • Preference for selecting/reserving space on campus for chapter meeting locations and study spaces
  • Published as "Accredited" on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website
  • Recognition banquet for "Accredited with Excellence" and "Accredited" chapters in late April

This chapter does not meet expectations set forth by Villanova University. This chapter is not successful in multiple metrics and does not contribute to the Fraternity and Sorority Life and/or larger Villanova University communities. A chapter that receives an "Unaccredited" rating for two consecutive academic years loses university recognition. Chapters that receive "Unaccredited" evaluations will be placed on Chapter Development Plans, to be completed in the following academic year.

Chapters that receive an "Unaccredited" rating will be challenged and supported in the following ways:

  • Chapter Development Plan created in collaboration with the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff, to be complied with and completed by the end of the following academic year
  • Automatic social probation for the following full academic year
  • A letter from the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff to the inter/national organization and local chapter advisors noting the chapter's challenges and accreditation status
  • Mid-year check-in presentation with Fraternity and Sorority Life staff

This chapter fails to meet minimum expectations set forth by Villanova University. This chapter fails in multiple metrics and is negatively impacting the Fraternity and Sorority Life and larger Villanova University communities.

Characteristics of an "Unacceptable" chapter may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Does not attend or participate in meetings
  • Unresponsive to reasonable requests
  • Does not sponsor events or send representatives to events or functions sponsored by the university and/or other student organizations
  • Faces significant conduct challenges or exhibits recurrent poor behavior
  • Is determined to be in serious conflict with or violation of university, Office of Student Involvement, and/or Fraternity and Sorority Life policies
  • Fails to meet majority of minimum "Deal Breaker" expectations and requirements

The chapter loses university recognition immediately following conversations with inter/national organization staff and review of the decision by administrative staff beyond the Fraternity and Sorority Life area.