Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

About OFSL

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life was formed in 2009 as a partnership between the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, the Alumni Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Alumnae Advisory Committee, and the University of Washington. Prior to this arrangement the UW did not have a “Greek Life” office and the IFC and Panhellenic privately employed their own advisors. As part of the arrangement, the IFC, Panhellenic, and the UW all provide financial support to operate the OFSL.

The OFSL has a primary role in advising the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Association, and their services and programs. The OFSL was also founded to provide a range of services to fraternity and sorority chapters, their members, alumni/ae and (inter)national offices. These include:

Programming – Provide educational programs and learning opportunities via presentations at individual fraternities and sororities, as well as support for the programming efforts of the councils. Support advisors and house corporations by raising awareness of na- tional trends and best practices.

Advocacy – Represent the needs and interests of the Greek Community within the University as well as to non-University constituents. Support the efforts of student leaders, advisors, house corporations, and alumni/ae through creation of new services, programs, and development efforts.

Advisement – Directly advise the efforts of council officers as well as regularly meet with fraternity and sorority presidents to provide ad- vice and support. Hold quarterly meetings for advisors and house corporations. Meet with representatives and officers of the (inter)national offices of the fraternities and sororities to assess the organization.

Connections – Facilitate connections between Greek organizations and members and University points of service, resources, and pro- grams. Encourage University department interaction and involvement in the Greek Community.

Training – Plan and execute council officers’ retreat and presidents’ retreat. Assist with Recruitment Counselor training. Work with individual officers in understanding responsibilities of positions. Provide training and education regarding the Greek Community to University departments and programs.

Standards – Encourage high standards and best practices in the ar- eas of housing, recruitment, behavior and accountability while acknowledging the value of peer governance. Guide the Greek Com- munity to become recognized among the top 10 communities in the nation. Assist each fraternity and sorority to rank among the top 10% of chapters within its (inter)national organization.