Questions Related to Safety in Greek Life
1. Are Fraternities and Sororities safe for my child to join?
Taking into consideration how the media portrays fraternities and sororities, it could be perceivable that joining a Greek organization could compromise a student's safety, however this could not be further from the truth at Mansfield University. We strive to ensure a safe environment for members to join and become active members. Mansfield University, as a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is a "dry-campus" and the majority of our members live on-campus in Pinecrest, our All-Greek Residence Hall. The university and the chapters also comply with local, state, and inter/national regulations that pertain to student organizations. As mandated by Pennsylvania General Assembly Act 175, all new members are required by state law to participate in a Hazing Awareness Program as well as participate in Alcohol Awareness programming in conjunction with Residence Life.
2. What are the rules/regulations/laws regarding alcohol?
As stated above, Mansfield University is a dry-campus, meaning no alcohol is permitted at any-time on campus. Greek Life is no exception. Students caught in possession of alcohol or illegal substances are referred to the campus judicial system as a component of Residence Life. Each organization maintains strict alcohol policies that is in compliance with all applicable regulations.
3. What about hazing?
Hazing, which is defined as "any act meant to physically or mentally harm or demean a person," is a crime in Pennsylvania and will not be tolerated. Any person found guilty of hazing commits a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania, and is punishable by up to one year in prison and $1000 in fines and will be expelled from the university. As stated above and required by Commonwealth law, all new members are required to participate in a hazing awareness program and sign a document (which is kept until graduation) acknowledging the rules, regulations, and laws pertaining to it.
More information regarding Mansfield University's hazing policy
4. Who oversees the fraternities and sororities at Mansfield University?
Each organization elects their own executive board to govern the chapter, above the chapter(s) are their inter/national headquarters, and either the Inter-Fraternity Council for the men's fraternities or the Panhellenic Council for the sororities.