Sorority and Fraternity Life News & Updates
A Note from Kara

Welcome back! This is a fall semester like no other. We appreciate the flexibility and grace each of you are exhibiting during such different circumstances. I know by working together we can weather our current reality.

I am sending this newsletter today to provide resource materials and information from recent trainings. My goal is to spread these educational opportunities to all sorority and fraternity members as well as advisors. Please keep this message and refer to it as a guide.

My best wishes to you at the start of a new semester. Please know we are here to support a meaningful sorority and fraternity experience for all of our members. We hope to see you (on a screen) soon.
Leadership Retreat PowerPoint
Leaders Retreat
We had a great virtual Leaders Retreat on Monday, August 24! If you missed the retreat or would like to be able to reference the presentation, we've made the full Leaders Retreat PowerPoint available here.
Chapter President Guide
We've recently added a resource to help chapter presidents identify their responsibilities and resources. The Chapter President Guide is available here! This guide provides important administrative, policy, judicial, and other guidelines for your reference. We think it's a must have document for chapter presidents and officers.
Event Guidelines and FAQs
Belonging at Cornell
Black Lives Matter. We give space and acknowledge the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, and the murders of Black men and women like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
We have posted anti-racism resources for our chapters on our website as a tool. OSFL, as well as our councils, will continue to listen, learn, reflect, and plan in order to best support all of our students. We will work to hear perspectives that have not been at the forefront and to promote dialogue. We will examine our practices and behaviors. We know we have work to do, and we encourage our members and alumni to be allies in this work.
Live Smarter Campaign
Cornell has just recently launched its new public health campaign to promote habits that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A valuable toolkit has been made available for campus partners that provides materials for digital and print distribution that you can use in your chapters. You can download the full toolkit here.
Cornell Votes!
We are excited to promote Cornell Votes. The Public Service Center is leading the effort of this non-partisan group which aims to get every Cornell student registered to vote. We plan to have opportunities to learn more about this initiative in the near future, but in the meantime, please visit the Cornell Votes website!
Chapter Registration
Don't forget to re-register your chapter in CampusGroups! You can find detailed instructions and relevant forms on the OSFL CampusGroups Information page. Your chapter re-registration as well as the Recognition Policy Acknowledgement Form must be completed by September 2, 2020.

In the upcoming days, we will also be forwarding a sexual violence prevention training for chapter officers as well as a chapter anti-hazing agreement. We'll communicate when they are live.
OSFL Staff Retirements
It is bittersweet that OSFL will lose two long-time staff members in Dale Williams (dlw5) and Patty Case (pac25) as they both begin their retirements this semester. Dale's last day at work is August 31, 2020 while Patty while stay until December. We have greatly benefited from their experience, hard work, knowledge, and the personal connections so many of us have built with them over their long careers at Cornell. We wish them both a hearty thank you and a wonderful time in retirement. We are grateful for their devotion to Cornell and OSFL. They will be missed.
Congratulations, Dale and Patty!
OSFL Going Virtual and Additional Resources
The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life (OSFL) will continue to be a resource for you throughout the fall semester. We will not regularly have an office presence as our home on the 5th Floor of Willard Straight Hall is currently closed, but our home offices are open for business! We are still available via email, Zoom, and phone. We will continue to support your sorority and fraternity experience. Do not hestiate to make contact.

There are many additional resources for your review as we begin navigating this semester! You'll find a number of them via the links below.
Looking for something to do? Check out the First 30 Days Programming coordinated by Campus Activities!
Have questions or concerns?
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