At James Madison University, the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff understand the need to collaborate with all stakeholders including our advisor and headquarters partners. We hope that this page provides you all with resources that assist in providing a more thorough understanding of our community at JMU.
The chapter accreditation program is Fraternity and Sorority Life’s way of assessing the health of our organizations on an annual basis. The top scoring organizations in each category are awarded bronze, silver, or gold status.
Excellence Awards Program
At our annual Excellence Awards Banquet, we seek to recognize and honor our community members for their work in all of these areas.
The Grade Report shows the academic performance for each of our organizations semester to semester compared to the overall JMU academic statistics.
In the spring and summer of 2019, James Madison University conducted a comprehensive review of the fraternity and sorority community and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. An integral part of this review was a campus visit by LaunchPoint Consulting, a copy of whose report can be found below. The review revealed significant opportunity to enhance the fraternity and sorority experience at JMU and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life is actively working with stakeholders to achieve these outcomes.
Social fraternity and sorority organizational misconduct is handled by a combination of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life professional staff and student staff known as the Student Hearing Officers.
Student Hearing Officer Program
The mission of the Student Hearing Officer position is to facilitate civic responsibility through a peer-to- peer accountability process that is guided by integrity and commitment to organizational development. In teams of three to five, SHOs evaluate incident reports and related documentation to determine, by a preponderance of evidence, if an organization is responsible for the charges placed against it. Before their first case, SHOs must complete a minimum of six hours of training and participate in mock hearings. Additionally, they receive biweekly training updates based on trends and themes in organizational behavior.
For more information about the Student Hearing Officer program, please contact Adam Lindberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
All organizations advised by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life are expected to abide by and uphold the laws and policies of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Harrisonburg, and James Madison University. Any member of the Fraternity & Sorority Life Community is eligible to sponsor an amendment to the Standards Policy.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recognizes and highlights the wealth of programs and resources that have been developed by our campus partners.
Resources in this section are aimed at assisting in finding programs and resources to help members in the classroom and in their pursuits of practicums, internships, and jobs.
Citizenship and Social Responsibility
Resources in this section focus on helping members better understand the various communities that they are a part of while at JMU in an effort to ensure that they become engaged and enlightened citizens.
Resources in this section target the personal and professional development of all members.
Philanthropy and Service
Resources in this section assist members connect with service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recognizes and highlights the important resources that our industry partners have created.