The Interfraternity Council (IFC) Addresses Chapter Affiliation
For the past 173 years, the Interfraternity Council has proudly partnered with the University of Michigan to offer students an experience focused on service, philanthropy, scholarship, and brotherhood. As we move toward 2020 and the 175th anniversary of this partnership, our community is excited to continue collaborating with student leaders, on-campus organizations, and University services to offer members an unparalleled experience. This effort already includes sober monitor training through Wolverine Wellness (University Health Services), mental health initiatives in collaboration with the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and hazing prevention education with the Dean of Students Office.
On July 16, the Ann Arbor City Council approved non-retroactive changes to the city’s zoning code that addressed prospective fraternity and sorority housing exemptions. Based on this issue, coupled with concerns on the First Year Experience announcement, some member organizations made an initial decision to leave the student-led Interfraternity Council.
While a large number of chapters initially indicated an intent to disaffiliate, the IFC Executive Board worked diligently with student leaders and inter/national organization representatives to re-affirm member organization's commitment to the IFC, the University of Michigan, and student wellness. Consequently, only a handful of chapters have elected to disaffiliate from the IFC.
While this has been a challenging time for student leaders, namely those that represent our member chapters, we are confident that our council has learned from this experience and is more dedicated than ever to the important work mentioned here, along with other initiatives.
The list of chapters that are no longer affiliated with the IFC can be found here. While these organizations maintain their right to continue operations, they will not have access to the institutions, programs, or support structures offered by the IFC or the University of Michigan. These structures include, but are not limited to, the Greek Activities Review Panel, the Social Responsibility Committee, the Hazing Response Team, and the Hazing Task Force.
As this situation evolves, we will continue to reflect and identify how we can best support our member chapters. We look forward to strengthening recruitment, new member education, and harm reduction programs in collaboration with our members, their inter/national organizations, and the University of Michigan.
Information about the ongoing IFC Fall Recruitment process and member education workshops can be found here.