We the fraternities, sororities, and societies of Kenyon College, hereby call into being this Council to protect, propagate, and govern Greek Life at Kenyon. We commit to uphold the honor, dignity, and integrity of Greek organizations and to promote camaraderie in our organizations, cooperation between our organizations, and unity on campus. These bylaws shall govern the Greek community at Kenyon College. The values Greek Council will uphold are leadership, ritual, service, friendship, and scholarship.
Article I. Membership
Organization delegates are responsible for the following:
The Greek Council Executive Board officers, in rank order, are: President, Vice President, Director of Recruitment, Director of Risk Management, Director of Outreach, and Director of Marketing.
Greek Council officers shall be elected annually in the spring semester.
The administrative advisor shall be assigned by the Office of Student Engagement. Their powers and duties shall be:
The standing committees of Greek Council shall be Recruitment Schedule Review Committee and New Member Education Review Committee.
Special Meetings may be called in the event of a concern or emergency related to the Greek community.
Robert's Rules of Order shall guide this Council in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws. The Council shall loosely following Robert's Rules of Order unless a ⅔ majority vote of present, voting members determines that Robert's Rules of Order should be strictly observed.
Meeting attendance shall be mandatory and recorded by the Vice President.
The sole power to pass legislature and appropriate resolutions to regulate the action of member organizations lies within the General Session, in accordance with the voting procedures.
Each member organization in good standing, according to Bylaws Article I. Section 1, with Greek Council will have one vote.
The General Session is charged with voting on Greek Council’s budget at the end of each academic year, for the following academic year. All member organizations are required to pay yearly dues to the Greek Council as a term of membership. The cost of dues for the member organizations will be determined based on a budget set forth by Greek Council each academic year. Greek Council will manage its own finances in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Office of Student Engagement and Student Council Finance Committee.
Voting to approve a budget proposal will be conducted as outlined in Bylaws Article VI.
If member organizations fail to pay dues by the deadline, then the following policy will go into effect.
Greek Life uses Campus Director as an operating system to facilitate recruitment procedures. Greek organizations participating in fall and/or spring recruitment are subject to the following policies:
Informal recruitment is defined as any recruitment activities outside of the partially structured spring recruitment process.
Greek organizations are responsible for distribution of bids in accordance with Kenyon College and Greek Council policy and procedures, and local/state/federal laws and ordinances.
In order to be an organization in good standing with Greek Council, all organizations must meet the expectations of General Session membership, in accordance with Article III. Section 1.
Greek Council supports the Kenyon College policies, Ohio State Law, and the policies of its member organizations in regards to Risk Management.
Greek Council encourages anyone to report possible acts violating these policies through the Report of Concern. The Report of Concern can be found on the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities website. This form is anonymous and all reports will be investigated promptly.
The full Standards of Excellence document may be found on the Kenyon Greek Life website and is attached as Appendix A.
The Standards of Excellence exists to provide a framework for Kenyon Greek Organizations to be evaluated and held accountable. The first Kenyon College Standards of Excellence program was developed and put in place by the Office of Student Engagement and Greek Council in 2012. The most current revision took place in March 2018. The goal of this revision is to create guidelines that allow organizations some freedom to choose standards that adhere specifically to their respective values, while still maintaining an evaluation system. The goal of Standards of Excellence is to reward excellence, recognize compliance, and help improve underachievement.
The Standards of Excellence Review Committee will be comprised of the following individuals: Director of Student Engagement, Greek Life Administrative Advisor, Greek Council President, Greek Council Vice President, and Greek Life Intern.
The Standards of Excellence Review Committee will provide an overall score and feedback for each member organization. Greek Council will recognize those organizations obtaining above a “Compliant” score each year.
Greek Council shall have jurisdiction over cases involving alleged member organization violations of the Greek Council policies, including but not limited to the Greek Council Constitution and Bylaws, deadlines, and mandatory events.
Any individual or group may file a complaint against a member organization, specifically in writing. This must be done by submitting a Greek Council Violation Complaint Form to the administrative advisor. The administrative advisor will then promptly review the alleged violation with the appropriate Greek Council officer to determine if the complaint has merit.
Once the appropriate Greek Council officer and administrative advisor have determined that the filed complaint has merit, the member organization is provided a written notification of the violation. Included in that notification is a request for a follow-up meeting with the member organization.
Sanctions that may be imposed by the Greek Council President and administrative advisor include, but are not limited to:
Any sanction attached to a violation will specify the duration and deadlines of any sanctions imposed. After such specified time, if the member organization has fulfilled the requirements of the sanctions imposed, the member organization shall return to good-standing. In the event that the member organization does not fulfill all of the requirements of the sanctions imposed, the Greek Council Executive Board and administrative advisor shall convene to determine future course of action.
In the event that the Greek Council Executive Board member’s own member organization is involved in the alleged violation, the administrative advisor will appoint another officer to oversee the violation.
These Bylaws shall become effective and shall supersede any previous Bylaws of the Greek Council when ratified by an affirmative majority vote of the member organizations and when approved by Kenyon College Student Council.