Student Activities: Greek Life

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Marywood's Greek Community

Marywood University currently recognizes two local sororities and one national fraternity. The Greek community at Marywood University is comprised of values-based organizations which are reflective of the university’s core values. These Greek organizations maintain a focus on service, leadership, and lifelong friendships.

    Mission

    Alpha Sigma Psi, a local sorority, was founded and recognized as student organization in 2013. This sorority was founded on the basis of service for current members and that of future generations. The organization believes that sisterhood is a place where individuals from different backgrounds come together and become sisters for life, with the goal of turning young ladies into strong and independent women.

    Philanthropy and Service

    The sisters of Alpha Sigma Psi work with children through various organizations and maintain the view that they can make a difference in the world through the lives of children. Alpha’s main foundations include the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Alpha Sigma Psi is service-oriented and has made it a practice to contribute time to any local foundation and any service projects taking place at Marywood University.

    Recruitment Schedule

    Accepts new members each fall semester.

    Annual Dues are required. It is important that you ask about costs during the recruitment period to ensure that you fully understand the financial obligations of membership.


    Membership: $100/academic year.

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    Alpha Sigma Psi Non-Discrimination Policy

    It is the policy of Alpha Sigma Psi to ensure equal recruitment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or other characteristics protected by law. Alpha Sigma Psi prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

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    Mission

    Zeta Phi Delta, a local sorority, was founded and recognized as a student organization in 2001. This sorority was founded based on the belief that there are great advantages for younger women to uphold a sisterhood of women who appreciate friendship, promote loyalty and service, build character, and enhance the members' total education.

    Philanthropy and Service

    Zeta Phi Delta’s philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness. Although the organization’s efforts span across the community, the organization often works with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other breast cancer associations through service events and fundraising activities. The organization is service-oriented and each member must complete 12 service hours in the fall and 8 in the spring semesters.

    Recruitment Schedule

    Accepts new members each spring semester

    Annual Dues are required. It is important that you ask about costs during the recruitment period to ensure that you fully understand the financial obligations of membership.


    Membership: $100/academic year.

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    Social Media

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    Zeta Phi Delta Non-Discrimination Policy

    Zeta Phi Delta prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political views, age, or disability in any step of the new membership process or active membership.

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    Mission

    Phi Mu Delta is a national fraternity, founded in 1918 as the first national fraternity to accept men regardless of their race or religious affiliation. Phi Mu Delta’s mission is to provide a positive fraternity experience for today's college man, encouraging high personal standards, morally, mentally, and spiritually, and, to help its members live the ideals of the founders: democracy, brotherhood and service.

    Philanthropy and Service

    The Mu Phi colony prides themselves in being service-oriented and therefore takes part in a multitude of service activities. Service projects are ongoing and develop based on member interest. Examples include but are not limited to participation in Big Friends Little Friends, Food Recovery Network, Adopt a Family, local events with the Neighborhood watch, Steamtown Marathon, Kidstuff, Earthday Cleanup, Campus Ministry Blood Drives, and puts special efforts toward sexual assault awareness. 

    Recruitment Schedule

    The men take part in ongoing recruitment, so they accept new members at all times!

    Annual Dues are required. It is important that you ask about costs during the recruitment period to ensure that you fully understand the financial obligations of membership.


    Membership: New member dues are $330 and semester dues are $350.

    Creed

    "I believe in Democracy... a democracy characterized by the practice of justice in every relations of life. I hold that justice is the foremost principle to be considered in making my decision as a voting member of Phi Mu Delta, the student body, and as a citizen of the United States.  I believe in that Broad conception of democracy which seeks freedom of opportunity, and recognizes no color, race, creed or position.  
     
    I Believe in Service.. service to the college;service to every group organized for the common good; service to the individual.  I believe in service defined in the terms of voluntary sacrifice for the welfare of those with whom I come in contact.  
     
    I Believe in Brotherhood... Brotherhood that reaches beyond the limits of Phi Mu Delta and welcomes every man as my Brother.  I believe in the intrinsic worth of the man at my side, and in his ability to make good and justify my faith in him.
     
    I hold these beliefs as my profound conviction, and I pledge my fellow men to live up to them to the best of my ability."  

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    Phi Mu Delta Non-Discrimination Policy

    The Chapter shall not discriminate as to its membership on the basis of race, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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Eligibility of Membership

  • A 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA is required for active members of each organization.
  • Must be an undergraduate student to join Phi Mu Delta fraternity or Alpha Sigma Psi sorority. Graduate students may join Zeta Phi Delta sorority. 
  • Annual dues are required within each of these organizations. It is important that you ask about costs during the recruitment period to ensure that you fully understand the financial obligations of membership.

Get Involved

Interested in joining one of Marywood’s Greek organizations? You have several opportunities!

Meet the Greeks: September 2019 (Details TBA)

  • Learn about what each of Marywood’s Greek organizations stand for and get to know their members!

Involvement Fair: Wednesday, January 23rd from 2-4pm in the Fireplace Lounge

  • Start your semester off strong and get involved in something new. Meet representatives from over 50 organizations, and stop by each of the Greek Life tables to speak with members of each organization to hear about their experiences and get details about joining.

Anti-Hazing Policy

    Antihazing Policy

    Hazing, in any form, is strictly prohibited at Marywood University. Any individual joining University-sanctioned organizations and/or clubs should not tolerate such behavior, which is in direct opposition to the Core Values of Marywood University and the principle of a welcoming and supportive community which is integral to Marywood University’s Mission.   The policy is applicable to acts deemed to constitute hazing conducted both on- and off-campus.  The University supports and will enforce the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law.  Criminal sanctions may be imposed pursuant to the Timothy J. Piazza Pennsylvania’s Antihazing Law.  Consent by a person being hazed is not a defense to a hazing charge. Any individual and/or organization found in violation of this policy will be held accountable.

    Definition of Organization

    "Organization.  Any of the following:

    (1)  A fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club or service, social or similar group, whose members are primarily minors, students or alumni of the organization, an institution or secondary school.

    (2) A national or international organization with which a fraternity or sorority or other organization as enumerated under paragraph (1) is affiliated.” (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §2801)

    Definition of Hazing

    “A person commits the offense of hazing if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, for the purpose of initiating, admitting or affiliating a minor or student into or with an organization, or for the purpose of continuing or enhancing their membership/status within an organization, causes, coerces or forces a minor or student to do any of the following:

    1. Violate federal or state criminal law.
    2. Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the minor or student to a risk of emotional or physical harm.
    3. Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements.
    4. Endure brutality of a mental nature, including activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment.
    5. Endure brutality of a sexual nature.
    6. Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury.” (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §2802a)

    In addition to the actions articulated in the law, activities that may cause extreme embarrassment to the minor or student will not be tolerated.  These may  include menial tasks, physical labor, running while blindfolded, engaging in public stunts or buffoonery, morally degrading or embarrassing games and activities, requiring the wearing of conspicuous apparel, requiring activities of new members that are not required of established members, or any other activities which are inconsistent with policies and/or values of Marywood University. 

    Under the Pennsylvania law, any form of hazing is considered a summary offense and shall be a misdemeanor of the third degree if the conduct results in, or creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the minor or student.  (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §2802b)  “Aggravated hazing” is considered a felony of the third degree when the hazing results in serious bodily injury or death and (1) the person acts with reckless indifference to the health or safety of the victim or (2) the actor causes, coerces or forces the victim to consume alcohol or drugs. (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §2803) 

    An organization that intentionally, knowingly or recklessly promotes or facilities a violation shall be subject to the following penalties:  1) A fine of not more than $5,000, for each violation of section 2802.  2) A fine of not more than $15,000, for each violation of section 2803.  In addition to any other sentence imposed, if an organization commits the offense of organizational hazing, the organization shall be subject to such relief as the court deems equitable.  (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §2804)

    Organizations and/or individuals may be subject to the conduct process as explained in the Student Handbook: Policies and Procedures, Conduct Policies and Procedures.  Concerns regarding hazing may be reported through the online Public Incident Report Form or by emailing deanofstudents@maryu.marywood.edu.

    Sanctions for organizations in which hazing occurs may include fines, suspension or disbanding of the organization, re-directive educational projects, restitution, and probation when the organization intentionally, knowingly or recklessly promotes or facilitates hazing, on- or off-campus. Any penalties imposed shall be in addition to a penalty imposed for violation of an offense under this policy or criminal law or for violations of any other institutional rule or policy to which the respondent may be subject. This policy shall apply to acts conducted on- or off-campus if the acts are deemed to constitute hazing or other offenses under this policy.

    Sanctions for individuals who are responsible for hazing policy violations may include fines, withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with the rules or repayment of fines, re-directive educational projects, restitution, loss of privileges and probation, suspension, dismissal, and/or expulsion when the individual intentionally, knowingly or recklessly promotes or facilitates hazing, on- or off-campus. Any penalties imposed shall be in addition to a penalty imposed for violation of an offense under this policy or criminal law or for violations of any other institutional rule or policy to which the respondent may be subject. This policy shall apply to act conducted on- or off-campus if the acts are deemed to constitute hazing or other offenses under this policy. Sanctions are detailed in the Student Handbook in the “Sanctions” section of the Student Handbook: Policies and Procedures, Conduct Policies and Procedures.

     “Safe harbor” criteria will protect individuals from criminal prosecution for involvement in a hazing incident if they make an immediate report of hazing to seek assistance in obtaining medical attention for a victim in order to prevent death or serious bodily injury. This individual must provide their own name and remain with the victim until police or emergency services personnel arrive.   Similarly, Marywood University’s ‘Medical Amnesty’ policy assures the community that when a student’s health and safety are in danger due to intoxication, alcohol poisoning or other drug-related emergencies, students who seek help for themselves or others will not be subject to conduct action for a violation of the University Alcohol and/or Other Drug regulations. In such cases, student(s) will be required to meet with the Dean of Students or designee shortly thereafter to address the issues that caused the risk to the student’s well-being. 

    Process

    In order to ensure that students and others are fully informed regarding the antihazing policy and non-tolerance of hazing practices, each student group must complete an annual attestation noting the intention to comply with the policy. To that end, team captain(s) for all athletic teams must sign and return to the Director of Athletics and Recreation the University’s antihazing attestation form within thirty days of the start of the season.  For all other student groups, the organization president must sign and return to the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development the University’s non-hazing attestation form within thirty days of the start of the fall semester, or thirty days after the election of the organization president, if election occurs after the start of the fall semester. For alumni groups, the organization president must sign and return to the Director of Alumni Engagement within thirty days of the start of the fall semester.

    References

    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law  (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §2801, et. Seq; Act 80 of 2018)

    HazingPrevention.Org

    Pennsylvania Antihazing Law Compliance Attestation Form

    Reported Hazing Incidents

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How to Report an Incident

Anyone in the Marywood community may file a report. You can also file an anonymous report online, which will be investigated by Campus Safety.

Hazing Hotline: Never hesitate to call Campus Safety 24/7 at 570-348-6242

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