January 19, 2021

Iowa State Sorority and Fraternity Community,

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement (SFE), the Dean of Students, and university leadership are re-implementing a sorority and fraternity community social event moratorium, similar to the moratorium we implemented last semester. This moratorium is effective today, January 19, 2021 through February 7, 2021. During this time, our staff—in collaboration with the ISU public health teamwill evaluate community progress and determine what modifications or alterations to the moratorium should be considered moving forward.

Under this moratorium, sorority and fraternity chapters are to refrain from the following:
  • Hosting in-person gatherings with people who are not members of the chapter, including gatherings with and without alcohol, on or off campus
  • Allowing non-essential guests into the chapter facility

Chapters can continue to host in-person, member-only events including chapter meetings, initiations, and philanthropy events under the following parameters:

  • Chapters may 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
  • Chapters may request an exemption to hold a member-only initiation event at their chapter facility by emailing Assistant Dean of Students for Development and Student Leadership and Director of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement, Billy Boulden, at bboulden@iastate.edu.
  • Recruitment events should be virtual or on campus as outlined above during this period. Recruitment efforts that take place one on one may continue as long as the Cyclone Care behaviors are followed.

During this time we encourage all chapters to utilize university resources and the virtual siblinghood/sisterhood/brotherhood event guides to continue building community and connection during this time. Your chapter liaison can also assist with pivoting any in-person plans virtual during the duration of the moratorium.

This moratorium comes after many students in our sorority and fraternity community traveled home for winter break. We know that there are various factors that could contribute to the spread of this virus and it is important that chapters continue to execute risk mitigating practices. All sorority and fraternity members are encouraged to receive a free COVID-19 test by completing a pretest questionnaire and then scheduling a test.

We know our chapter leadership has worked effortlessly throughout the fall semester to navigate chapter operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and we know our chapters will continue to show their dedication to the Cyclones Care behaviors as we begin the spring semester.


Billy Boulden
Assistant Dean of Students for Development and Student Leadership
Director, Sorority and Fraternity Engagement

Sharron M. Evans
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Toyia K. Younger
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs                                                  

cc: Chapter advisers, house directors, house corporation board presidents, university advisers