Revised and approved by President Roth, July 2015
Wesleyan University believes that residential life represents an extremely important aspect of the overall college experience. It therefore commits a great deal of its resources and energy to providing students with opportunities for their development as scholars, as social beings, and as individuals. However, to get the most out of these possibilities, it is essential that students bring to residential life a spirit of understanding for, and generosity toward, all members of the community. This spirit, accompanied by an active and enthusiastic willingness to share and participate for the good of all, virtually guarantees the realization of a successful and rewarding residential community.
In the spirit of creating and maintaining this unified community at Wesleyan, the University has a residential requirement for all undergraduate students. A limited number of exemptions from the residential requirement are permitted via the off-campus application process (information available from the Office of Residential Life). Wesleyan provides university housing sufficient to accommodate all single undergraduate students.
Wesleyan continues to recognize the right of existing, private, residential, independently chartered Greek organizations to function at the University provided that they are formally recognized by the University via program housing and comply with applicable university rules and regulations. Greek organizations formally recognized by Wesleyan may receive the privileges accorded to student organizations. By recognition, Wesleyan does not endorse any such organization but agrees to provide it with access to certain facilities and privileges.
If a Greek organization limits its membership to students of a single-sex, then in order to be recognized by the University, it must satisfy the requirements for social fraternities and sororities established by Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972. These requirements, as now in effect, exempt the membership practices of single-sex Greek organizations from Title IX’s anti-discrimination requirements provided that they are tax exempt organizations under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
To be recognized by the University, Greek organizations as described above must sign the Wesleyan University Greek Organization Standards Agreement and their members must comply with all applicable University rules and regulations and also with all applicable local, state, and federal law. The rules and regulations of Wesleyan take primacy over the rules and procedures of the applicable organization.
Wesleyan students are prohibited from using houses or property owned, leased, or operated by Greek and affiliated organizations that are not recognized by the University. Wesleyan students are also prohibited from using any other property that the University informs students are off-limits for health, safety or conduct reasons at the University’s discretion. These prohibitions include using such houses or property as residences, taking meals at such houses or property, and participating in social activities or otherwise being present at such houses or property.