Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Policies & Guidelines

Chapter Recognition Policies 

In order to maintaining good standing and official recognition as a fraternity or sorority at Winthrop University, chapters must adhere to requirements and procedures outlined in the Recognition Guidelines (pdf - 295 KB). Part of these requirements is maintaining good standing with the Department of Student Engagement as a registered student organization.

Hazing Policy

Winthrop University is committed to the health and safety of our students. All chapters have a new member education program that consists of teaching new members the history, traditions, values, and expectations of their organization. Hazing has no place in these programs and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life works closely with each chapter and national organization to set clear expectations for new member activities through our Membership Policy. Hazing violates South Carolina State law, University policy, and all fraternity/sorority national policies. We proactively educate all new members on hazing, its definition, examples, what to do, and how to report it. If you feel that you may have insight to an incident that may be considered hazing, please contact:

Laporcha Ellick, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Phone: 803-323-2248
Office Location: 269 DiGiorgio Campus Center


Collins Cornwell, Director of Student Conduct - Dean of Students
Phone: 803-323-4503
Office Location: 248 DiGiorgioa Campus Center

Membership: Intake/Recruitment & New Member Education Policies 

Chapters must adhere to the following requirements outlined in the Membership Policy (pdf - 602 KB) if they are to conduct recruitment/intake and new member education at Winthrop University. Be sure to follow the guidelines specific to joining process and submit all necessary Membership Paperwork

Event Policies 

All chapters must adhere to the Social Event Guidelines and register any events as defined as a chapter social event this this policy. Additionally, any on-campus events must follow the policies and procedures as outlined in the Student Organization Handbook. Additional event policies are as follows:

Risk Management Policies 

All chapters must abide by these risk management-related policies: