Policies and Reporting Resources
Washington has a no-tolerance hazing law that requires an organization to lose recognition from the university if they are found responsible for hazing or the University is in violation of state law.
If you witness acts of hazing, please provide us with the following information in order to begin investigating the issue. We ask that you provide your contact information so we have a viable reason to follow up on the report.
The following are a few reporting resources that everyone has available to them:
Violation Reporting Resources
If you see something, say something. Maintaining community standards is important for all of us! Fraternities and Sororities are privately owned organizations that operate off campus.
Reporting to the Police:
If you are experiencing an emergency, need immediate help, or are observing a situation that needs to be resolved immediately, please call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.
If you would like something to be addressed immediately but feel that this is not a police emergency, you can contact the police non-emergency line at (509) 332-2521.
Reporting to the Center for Community Standards:
You can report violations of the Standards of Conduct for Students directly to the Center for Community Standards at Washington State University: 509-335 4532 or firstname.lastname@example.org (anonymous complaints are accepted)
Reporting to Compliance and Civil Rights:
You can report violations of Executive Policy 15 (Sexual Assault, Harassment, or Discrimination) directly to the Compliance and Civil Rights at Washington State University:509-335-8288, email@example.com or online at https://ccr.wsu.edu/file-a-complaint/ (anonymous complaints are accepted).
Reporting to the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life:
The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life does not conduct or participate in investigations of policy violations. Reports that are submitted to CFSL staff members will be referred to either Center for Community Standards or Compliance and Civil Rights.
Reporting to the Local/National Organization
All of the fraternity and sorority organizations are privately owned and operated. They each have their own standards regarding behavior of members. You can report directly to the local or national organization by contacting them directly. Typically contact information is available on their national website.
Other Policy Resources
NIC Health and Safety Pilot Program
In November 2016, in response to multiple assaults, sexual assaults, falls, and hospitalizations during Halloween Week, the WSU Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council Leadership implemented a social moratorium on all affiliated chapters. As a result the two councils developed the Post Moratorium Action Plan (PMAP), which sought to address community wide issues through risk management and member/chapter education. The NIC and NPC were both requested to review the PMAP prior to a vote by the council’s membership. The PMAP was passed by the IFC in March 2017 and has been utilized as the standard for community accountability and was utilized as part of the application to apply for participation the pilot of the NIC Health and Safety Initiatives in Fall 2017.
Participation in the Pilot Program
In January 2018, a formal agreement was signed by WSU, IFC, and the NIC to participate in the implementation of the new health and safety standards and piloting the use of the “Social Safe” mobile app. Initially our IFC leadership struggled with the expectations of the contract resulting in only three chapters being identified to participate in the pilot program prior to our visit from the NIC in March 2018. During this week long visit from Archie Messersmith, many areas of concern were identified to be able to get the pilot back on track for the full implementation in Fall 2018. These concerns included increasing the number of chapters piloting the Social Safe application, fully implementing the new health and safety standards community-wide, and identifying a plan for the Fall 2018 implementation. These areas of concerns were asked to be addressed before our April 2018 campus visit from Jud Horras and Archie Messersmith.
On April 2nd 2018, our campus hosted Jud Horras and Archie Messersmith who attended meetings with campus administration, alumni, Panhellenic council leadership, IFC council leadership, and chapter leadership. The focus of these meetings was to better understand the campus structure, clearly articulate the purpose of participation in this program, and to answer questions of the various groups. As of this date, IFC has identified 13 chapters to participate in the spring pilot of the application and to adhere to the new health and safety standards. On April 10th 2018, the IFC proposed legislation in Senate to add the health and safety standards to the IFC bylaws. On April 26th 2018, IFC chapters voted to approve the addition of the new health and safety standards with a vote of 19-3-2 (4 chapters were not present at the meeting). With approval of these bylaw changes, the health and safety standards and use of the social safe application will be fully implemented in phases during Fall 2018.
Following the affirmative vote from the IFC chapters on April 26th 2018, the community has begun to plan in partnership with the NIC the community-wide campus kick-off event for Fall 2018. The kick-off event will take place September 9th 2018 in Pullman, WA. These policies and the use of the social safe app will have an initial soft launch starting August 20th 2018 and will be fully implemented following the kick-off event. The kick-off will include bringing together in/national headquarters members, Alumni, NIC partners, council leadership, and chapter leadership for training, community conversation, and to support chapters regarding issues found during the soft implementation. The soft launch will allow chapters to ensure members are educated about the new policies, understand how their chapter will enforce and ensure policies are followed through at the chapter level, and allow the chapter/council to test the use of the app at events.
Learn more about the Enhanced Healthy & Safety Standards Pilot Program through IFC.
Fraternity and sorority chapter facilities are not owned, operated, nor managed by Washington State University. Each chapter facility and Greek letter organization is controlled by its respective national organization, local chapter and/or housing corporation. Students and families should familiarize themselves with the policies and culture of each organization prior to joining.