University of Wisconsin–Madison

Proactive review to strengthen fraternity and sorority life

Three female students talking outside the Pi Beta Phi sorority house.
UW’s external review of fraternity and sorority life aims to strengthen these student organizations and their relationship to the university.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison will work with students, alumni, campus and community stakeholders and nationally recognized experts in an external review of fraternity and sorority life. The review aims to strengthen these student organizations, which have been a part of campus life since 1857, and ensure they have a robust future.

“We appreciate the many contributions individuals and chapters have made to UW–Madison. We also know that, as at other campuses around the country, challenges remain,” says Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor. “This review aims to help our fraternities and sororities benefit from the many new initiatives and best practices that are being developed nationally. Overall, this review is intended to increase safety in our community and to elevate to a new standard of excellence.”

UW–Madison currently has 60 fraternity and sorority chapters made up of 4,500 student members. The chapters are overseen by four councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC), and Panhellenic Association (PHA).

The university implemented the review proactively, not in response to any specific incident or issue. It will assess, clarify, and strengthen the relationship between the university and the fraternity and sorority community.

“Our shared goal is for students to be healthy and safe and for fraternities and sororities to contribute positively to the campus community through their shared values of scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood,” says Reesor.

Read the full news release.