February 8, 2021
Sorority and Fraternity Community,
I would like to thank you all for your compliance with the sorority and fraternity community social event moratorium as we began the spring semester. I would also like to celebrate the students who participated in COVID-19 testing upon returning to Ames. Your individual and chapter commitment to help mitigate risks related to COVID-19 is being noticed by university administration and the ISU public health team.
The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement (SFE), the Dean of Students, and university leadership have reevaluated the sorority and fraternity community social event moratorium that started January 19, 2021. Our team is appreciative of your efforts and thus, we can make several modifications to the moratorium.
Under the new moratorium guidelines chapters can allow non-resident members in the chapter house for member-only events. Additionally, chapters may have events on campus with non-members. The entire revised moratorium is below.
ISU Sorority and Fraternity Community Social Event Moratorium Effective Feb. 8, 2021
Effective immediately, during this revised moratorium activity period, sorority and fraternity chapters are to refrain from the following:
- Hosting in-person gatherings at their chapter facilities with people who are not members of the chapter, including gatherings with and without alcohol
- Allowing non-essential guests into the chapter facility
- Hosting in-person gatherings, at their facilities, on or off campus with alcohol
Chapters can continue to host in-person events with guests outside of their membership including but not limited to chapter meetings, initiations, philanthropy events, educational programs, and social events under the following parameters:
- Chapters are encouraged to host chapter meetings in a hybrid format where only in-house members attend in person in the chapter facility and all other members attend virtually during this time
- Recruitment events should be virtual when possible or on campus as outlined above during this period. Recruitment efforts that take place one on one may continue as long as the Cyclones Care behaviors are followed.
Our staff—in collaboration with the ISU public health team—will continue to evaluate community progress and determine what modifications or alterations to the moratorium should be considered moving forward.
Have a great week,
Assistant Dean of Students for Development and Student Leadership
Director, Sorority and Fraternity Engagement
cc: Chapter advisers, house directors, house corporation board presidents, university advisers