Greek News

Recruitment + Flu

January 29th, 2013

As your chapter begins preparations for  the final rounds  of rush, it is important that your chapter incorporate additional training, education, and planning to prevent the transmission of the flu virus.

Recommendations for avoiding the flu include:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel or wipes when there is no water.
  • Coughing and sneezing into your elbow, rather than hands.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Eating well, staying hydrated, resting, exercising and following good-health guidelines.

If individuals are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, chills, body aches, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, occasionally nausea or diarrhea):

  • Call the Student Health Center at (434) 982-3915 or a local care provider.  Providing them information on all symptoms, including temperature, is extremely helpful for staff to ascertain if someone needs to come to the clinic or isolate.
  • If advised by a healthcare provider to isolate, then individuals should not attend rush activities, class, work, or leave their living space unless absolutely necessary for at least 24 hours after any fever has subsided.

Chapter Specific Prevention Recommendations:

  • Discuss the importance of education, prevention measures, and recovery tips with all chapter members prior to recruitment;
  • Develop a plan and protocol for cleaning the chapter facility between rounds of recruitment. Enlist active members, alumni, and volunteers to clean high-touch surfaces (bathrooms, doorknobs, tables, countertops).
  • Provide additional hand sanitizer in common areas; evaluate how often members are shaking hands with new members;
  • Provide individual meals and individualized portions (versus communal meals and share portions) for chapter members and potential new members.  If not possible, provide hand sanitizer near buffets.

Additional Resources:

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can be of any assistance to your chapter. Likewise, please continue to remain in good contact with our office and the Inter-Fraternity Council should your chapter experience an outbreak of the flu during recruitment or any other time during the year.

Best wishes for a healthy and successful formal recruitment!

Sexual Assault Awareness FOA Program Opportunity

January 28th, 2013

What is a Community of Trust? A Public Conversation about Gender Violence at UVA

February 7, 2013

6-7:30pm in Ern Commons

On Thursday, February 7th from 6-7:30 in Ern Commons, the University will welcome two national experts on the issue of sexual violence on college campuses. Gina Maisto Smith, JD, an expert in university policy related to sexual misconduct, and Dorothy Edwards, PhD, expert in prevention of gender violence, will lead a public conversation about ending gender violence at the University.  What is a Community of Trust? A Public Conversation about Gender Violence at UVA will provide a unique opportunity to participate in a discussion of how the University can be a national leader in ending gender violence.   All members of the University and greater community are invited to attend.  Opening  remarks by President Teresa Sullivan.

IFC & ISC recruitment continues as planned

January 17th, 2013

We have continued to monitor current weather conditions and have been in communication with the staff from across the University.  Since the University continues to operate on a regular working schedule, both IFC & ISC recruitment processes will move forward as planned.

Still, the safety and well-being of our community members is of the utmost importance to us.  Chapters must have a plan in place to shovel your walkways and sidewalks as well as disperse rock salt around the icy areas that may form throughout the evening.  This will help minimize risk and ensure that others can travel safely.  Likewise, we anticipate that travel tonight may become dangerous. Please encourage members to travel in the safest way possible – travelling by foot or using University Transit buses may provide a safer alternative to driving a car.   Finally, please allow for extra travel time to ensure safe travel conditions.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Similarly, if you encounter any issues due to the weather, please alert us to these concerns as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The Fraternity & Sorority Life Staff

Winter Storm and Potential Impact on ISC and IFC Recruitment

January 16th, 2013

At present, the National Weather Service is calling for snow accumulations tomorrow that range from a possible 6 – 10 inches. According to our colleagues with Emergency Preparedness, this is an unpredictable storm that continues to shift.  There is potential for bands of heavy snow, which could impact recruitment processes. We will continue to monitor the weather closely and will work to keep everyone posted. In the meantime, please note the following:

In the event of inclement weather, we will work with the IFC and ISC to amend the recruitment schedule so that rounds of recruitment can occur on the same day.  Rounds of recruitment may need to condensed, delayed, or otherwise altered in order to respond to the inclement weather and to preserve the recruitment process.

Cancelling any aspect of recruitment will be a measure of last resort and will be done in consultation with the appropriate Governing Council and University’s Office of Emergency Preparedness,  the Office of the Dean of Students, and other University offices as necessary.  A decision to cancel any aspect of recruitment will be largely based in ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of University students.

Chapters must be equipped with a plan for snow removal, especially around sidewalks and walkways. A shovel, rock salt and other snow related equipment should be in the chapter’s possession for use if needed.

Any and all changes to the recruitment schedule will be communicated in 2 ways:

1)      Email. Chapter presidents and recruitment chairs will receive an email (sent to their UVA email account) that details any changes to the recruitment schedule. This email will be sent from a representative of the Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life. Chapter presidents are expected to communicate these changes to chapter members via any internal process that will allow for the quick dissemination of the information (listserv, phone call, text message).

2)      Fraternity & Sorority Life Website. Changes to the recruitment schedule will be posted to the “Announcements” section of the Fraternity & Sorority Life Website ( The FSL website will be shared with all potential new members involved in the recruitment process so that they are able to readily access information about the recruitment process and any changes due to inclement weather.

Chapters must be equipped with a plan for snow removal, especially around sidewalks and walkways. A shovel, rock salt and other snow related equipment should be in the chapter’s possession for use if needed.

We look forward to working with you during the recruitment process.

Best Regards,

The Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life

2013 Orientation Leader Applications Open

January 16th, 2013

Learn more about joining the 2013 Summer Orientation Leader Team at optional information sessions to be held on January 22, 7.00PM at Ern Commons and January 24, 6.00PM at Newcomb Commonwealth Room.  Applications are due February 6 by 4.00PM. For any questions, contact

The application can be found here.

Spring 2013 Student Elections

January 14th, 2013

Please find the Spring 2013 Student Election Calendar at the link below. It has all the important dates and times related to elections. We encourage all of our Greek leaders to take a look at what positions are available!

Spring 2013 Election Calendar.