Decisions and Outcomes
January 24, 2020 Update
Since being charged by SDSU President Adela de la Torre, members of the two Presidential Task Force Groups have begun meeting to evaluate student activities and safety and also alcohol and substance misuse given the depth of concern with such issues on college and university campuses, including San Diego State University.
Following de la Torre’s charge, members of the Presidential Task Force on Student Activities and Safety have recommended three important changes to student organization policies and practices. All three changes have been approved by SDSU’s administration and will be adopted immediately. They are as follows:
Good Samaritan Policy
SDSU will establish a Good Samaritan Policy. This new policy incentivizes all SDSU Recognized Student Organizations and their members to commit to making a priority the health and safety of the student community. The policy removes conduct penalties for certain alcohol and other drug violations. This applies when a student organization seeks timely assistance from appropriate emergency personnel and SDSU staff for any student impacted by alcohol or other drugs at a student organization activity.
The Good Samaritan Policy strives to make clear the responsibility of students in the event of an emergency; encourage students to take appropriate action; and ensure that organizations that do take appropriate action are supported and not met with formal disciplinary sanctions for reporting the issue or incident.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment and New Member Education
All social fraternities and sororities are required to participate in SDSU’s annual Recognized Student Organization (RSO) application process. SDSU’s Student Life & Leadership team has reviewed the status of all IFC member organizations and has posted the suspension statuses on the Student Life & Leadership-Fraternity & Sorority Life website.
In accordance with the new policy, only organizations that are Recognized or Recognized with Conditions will be able to recruit members during Spring 2020. Updates to IFC recruitment are as follows:
- All chapter-hosted recruitment and new member education events for IFC-member organizations must occur between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. This requirement becomes effective for all councils in Fall 2020. The Spring 2020 recruitment period is February 2 through February 11, 2020.
- Chapters may not host recruitment or new member education events and meetings at satellite houses.
- An organization advisor (faculty, staff or alumnus) must be present during all chapter-hosted recruitment and new member education events and meetings.
- All IFC-member organizations must submit an overview of the chapter’s recruitment and new member education plan prior to the beginning of recruitment, on January 27, 2020. The plan must include information about individuals responsible for all events and meetings, the advisor to be present, an overview of activities and other details. The university has already communicated this requirement to the IFC and IFC members.
Other Changes Implemented
The Office of Student Life & Leadership will also extend the required, formal acknowledgement of hazing policies. Beginning this semester, all social fraternities and sororities will now be required to make an acknowledgment.
All IFC-member organizations are also expected to participate in the SDSU-hosted New Member Education Symposiums. Chapters should meet or exceed the Greek accreditation standard of 90 percent of new members participating in the symposium.
Communicating Organizational Policy and Misconduct on University Website
To increase transparency and ease in finding important conduct information, the Office of Student Life & Leadership will introduce an “Organizational Policy & Misconduct” section on its website. The site will be regularly updated with publicly accessible information about the judicial status of organizations at SDSU.