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The mission of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is to advise, advocate for, and promote the learning and development of fraternity and sorority members through collaborative partnerships which support the University’s Mission and the Communal Principles of the College.


Students who engage in programs, activities, and services provided by Fraternity and Sorority Affairs will [or will be able to] :

  • Gain practical skills and knowledge  they can apply to daily life (Knowledge acquisition, construction, integration, and application)
  • Use critical thinking skills (e.g., raise vital questions, gather and assess relevant information, think open mindedly with alternative systems of thought and communicate effectively) to positively shape the vision, goals, and activities of their chapters and community. (Cognitive Complexity and Practical Competence)
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and make informed decisions that are congruent with personal values, the Communal Principles, and the tenets of their national/international organizations. (Intrapersonal Development)
  • Identify and use their personal strengths in leadership capacities to achieve chapter and community goals. (Intrapersonal Development and Interpersonal Competence)
  • Demonstrate care for others within their chapters, community, and a global society. (Interpersonal Competence; Humanitarianism and Civic Engagement)

Fraternity and Sorority Success-Driven Model

The current University of Rochester fraternity and sorority system was developed after an intensive review of both the culture of the institution and of the fraternity and sorority community during the 2003-2004 academic year. A committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and students reviewed the institutional culture and values of each fraternity and sorority, best practices across the country, and research and theory on such topics as learning, culture, and motivation to find congruence with the University of Rochester's mission, values, and educational philosophy. While doing so, there was a distinct commitment to creating a system rooted in the College and self-evaluation, which also expected its groups to achieve due to a belief in their capacity. The following is a visual representation of the University of Rochester's Success-Driven Model.