CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

Sparknotes!
This constitution creates the following bodies & Entities:

  • The General Assembly (Article IV) Which is the main legislative body of IFC, made up of 2 Delegates per Chapter/Colony for a total of 20. The IFC President serves as the Chairman & votes in the case of a Tie.
  • The IFC Executive Board (Article V) Which is the main executive body and fulfills the wishes of the General Assembly.
  • The IFC Judicial Board (Article VI) which is the main judicial body and handles all issue pertaining to Chapter conduct & disputes.
  • The IFC President’s Council (Article VII) which serves as a advisory auxiliary group of the General Assembly for which all Chapter Presidents serve on.
  • The IFC Advisor, which establishes roles & duties of the advisor

This constitution defines:

  • Minimum expectations for each IFC Member Fraternity (Chapter)
  • Expansion Policies for new IFC Chapters
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What’s next?

  • This document serves as the “bare bones” of IFC – the guiding document that establishes all of what we do.
  • In the coming months, the IFC GA will create the IFC Bylaws, where rules pertaining to Recruitment, Academics, Judicial, etc will be establish.
  • The purpose is the Constitution is your Bedrock, and is harder to change; The Bylaws is your policy and is easier to change each semester.

ANY QUESTIONS? Call (305)-434-0245 (Timothy Rose, IFC President)

CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

ARTICLE I – NAME, MISSION STATEMENT

Section 1. Name. This organization shall be known as the Interfraternity Council (IFC) at The University of Tampa. For the purposes of all official documents, it may be referred to as the Interfraternity Council or IFC.

Section 2. Mission Sta tement. We, the Interfraternity Council at The University of Tampa set forth this Constitution and Bylaws in order to cause closer working relationships and coordination among its Member Fraternities and The University of Tampa, in accordance with the policies and standards established by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVE & GOALS

Section I. Objective. It is the object of the Interfraternity Council shall be to develop and maintain a cooperative fraternity life and interfraternal relations at a high level of cooperation and accomplishment and in so doing to:

  • Consider the goals and ideals of member groups as continually applicable to campus and personal life.
  • Promote superior scholarship as basic to intellectual achievement.
  • Cooperate with member fraternities and the university administration in concern for and maintenance of high social and moral standards.
  • Act in accordance with the National Interfraternity Council (NIC) rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Act in accordance with all rules established by the Interfraternity Council as to not violate the sovereignty, rights, and privileges of member fraternities.
  • Act in accordance with all policies outlined in The University of Tampa Fraternity and Sorority Life Policies.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section I. Membership Definition & Eligibility
Membership in the IFC is open to chapters and colonies of fraternities at University of Tampa, as follows:

  • Any chapter or colony of a North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) member organization shall hold membership in the IFC.
  • Any chapter or colony of a local, state, regional, or inter/national fraternity, which is not a member of the NIC, may hold membership in the IFC.

Section II. Membership Classification for Member Fraternities
The membership classification of Member Fraternities shall be as follows:

Full Member: Any fraternity chapter which has obtained its charter from its inter/national organization, or any local fraternity chapter. Full Membership grants the Member Fraternity all rights, privileges and responsibilities under the IFC Constitution and Bylaws.

  • For the purpose of this Constitution and the IFC Bylaws Full Members are referred to as Member Fraternities.

Section III. Member Fraternity Minimum Expectations
Each Member Fraternity shall adhere to and abide by the following minimumexpectations:

  • Each Member Fraternity shall comply with all policies set forth by:
    • The IFC Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Conduct, and other policies.
    • The rules and regulations of The University of Tampa Code of Conduct
    • The rule and regulations of the office of Fraternity & Sorority life at The University of Tampa
    • All federal, state, and local laws to which the University of Tampa falls under its jurisdiction.
    • The general values-based conduct of fraternity men.
  • Each Member Fraternity shall maintain a minimum annual cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Each Member Fraternity shall be current on all IFC dues owed.
  • Each Member Fraternity shall submit required membership rosters to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
    • Active Member Roster: Active Member Rosters shall be submitted by the deadline set by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • New Member Roster: New Member Rosters shall be submitted within one week of pledging any New Member.
  • Each Member Fraternity shall comply with the attendance policies for the IFC General Assembly, IFC Council of Presidents, and the IFC Judicial Committee, as outlined within this Constitution.

Section IV. Membership Status for Member Fraternities
The membership status of Member Fraternities shall be as follows:

  • Good Standing: A Member Fraternity shall be deemed to be in Good Standing if the Member Fraternity meets all minimum expectations of membership in a timely manner and is in good standing with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and their inter/national organization.
  • Probation: A Member Fraternity shall be deemed to be on Probation if the Member Fraternity is currently under any form of probation, both social & academic by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, their inter/national organization, or if found to not meet the minimum expectations of membership for 1 semester.
  • Poor Standing: A Member Fraternity shall be deemed to be in Poor Standing if the Member Fraternity has been placed under Suspension by the IFC Judicial Board, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the University of Tampa Office of Student Conduct, or has currently failed to meet the minimum expectations of membership for 2 cumulative semesters.

Section V. Individual Member Definitions
For the purpose of this Constitution and the IFC Bylaws, and with an understanding
that each Member Fraternity may have its own terminology for internal use,individuals will be defined as follows:

  • Active Member: An Active Member shall be defined as any man who has been initiated into any Member Fraternity at The University of Tampa.
  • New Member: A New Member shall be defined as any man who has accepted a bid to join a Member Fraternity at The University of Tampa, but has not been initiated into that fraternity.
  • Potential New Member: A Potential New Member shall be defined as any man who has not accepted a bid from any fraternity at The University of Tampa.
ARTICLE IV – IFC GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Section I: Purpose It is the purpose of the Interfraternity Council to establish a general body, to be defined as the IFC General Assembly, to be the supreme legislative body of the IFC, and for this body to compose membership of all Member Fraternities

Section II: Legislative Power The Interfraternity Council shall invest legislative powers to the Member Fraternities through the General Assembly, which will be the supreme legislative body of the Interfraternity Council.

Section III: Definition & Membership Any voting member of the IFC General Assembly will be considered a Delegate of that Member Fraternity. Each Member Fraternity will have (2) voting delegates with the following criteria:

  • Must be an Active Member of a Member Fraternity in good standing.
  • Maintain good academic standing with the The University of Tampa.
  • Be devoted to the general ideals and principles of fraternity life and conduct
  • Himself in a professional manner consistent with the Mission Statement of the IFC.
  • Have a working knowledge of the IFC Constitution and Bylaws,The University of Tampa policies, NIC Standards, and FIPG risk management policies.
  • Not be a current member of the IFC Executive Board.
  • Must be (1) Active Member that is not a current office-holder within the Member Fraternity.
  • Must be (1) Active member that is a current office-holder within the Member Fraternity.

Section IV. Term of Office of IFC Representatives The term of office for IFC Delegates shall be for (1) year, beginning on the first day of the Spring semester at the University of Tampa. A IFC Delegates term may end prematurely via resignation, or replacement under the procedures determined by each Member Fraternity; or upon his election to serve on the IFC Executive Board or as his appointment to the IFC Judicial Board.

Section V: Governance & Procedure The IFC General Assembly will follow the following procedure:

  • The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be used to run all meetings.
  • A majority of Member Fraternities present shall constitute a quorum in order to conduct IFC General Assembly business. Only Member Fraternities with full delegate attendance will be counted towards a quorum.
  • The IFC General Assembly shall conduct regularly scheduled business meetings weekly. This time shall be chosen & communicated by the IFC Executive Board.
  • Special meetings may be called by the IFC President at any time or at the request of two Member Fraternities, with notice of the time, location, and purpose of the special meeting provided to all Member Fraternities at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Each Member Fraternity’s IFC Delegates are required to attend all meetings of the IFC. More than two absences per academic year shall result in the Member Fraternity being referred to the IFC Vice President of Community Standards for potential judicial review by the IFC Judicial Board.
  • The IFC President shall act as the Chairman of the General Assembly In the event of a tie, the IFC President shall cast the deciding vote.

Section VI: Legislative Duties The IFC General Assembly reserves the right on voting and approving the following operational standards on a semester basis:

  • The IFC Executive Budget, proposed by the Vice President of Finance
  • The IFC Programming Calendar, proposed by the Vice President of Programming
  • IFC Bylaws additions
  • Any other business deemed necessary & appropriate by any Member Fraternity.

Section VII: Loss of Delegate Voting Privileges: If a Member Fraternity is placed in Poor Standing as defined in Article III, Section IV, C, then the Member Fraternity shall lose all delegate voting privileges. All due process shall be followed for each Member Fraternity.

ARTICLE V – IFC Executive Board

Section I: Purpose To provide the Interfraternity Council with leadership from within its Member Fraternities, this constitution will establish the IFC Executive Board to serve as the officers of the Interfraternity Council.

Section II: Executive Power The IFC Executive Board shall be responsible for carrying out the purpose and policies of the IFC as deemed necessary and for its day-to- day operations and activities, as directed by the IFC General Assembly.

Section III. IFC Executive Board Composition The IFC Executive Board shall be composed of the following positions with duties and responsibilities outlined within Section VI:

  • President
  • Vice President of Community Standards
  • Vice President of Recruitment
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Vice President of Programming
  • Vice President of Scholarship
  • Vice President of Public Relations

Section IV. IFC Executive Board Eligibility In order to be elected and serve as a member of the IFC Executive Board, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Active Member or New Member, in good standing, of a Member Fraternity.
  • Maintain good academic standing with the University of Tampa.
  • Be devoted to the general ideals and principles of fraternity life and conduct himself in a professional manner consistent with the Mission and Purpose of the IFC, as defined within this Constitution.
  • Have a working knowledge of the IFC Constitution and Bylaws, University of Tampa policies, NIC Standards, and FIPG risk management policies.
  • Not currently serve as his Member Fraternity’s IFC Representative or IFC Judicial Committee Justice, or as Member Fraternity President.
  • Must complete formal judicial policies and procedures training.

Section V. IFC Executive Board Meeting Policies The IFC Executive Board shall conduct its meetings according to the following Requirements:

  • The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be used to run all Meetings.
  • A majority of IFC Executive Board members present shall constitute a quorum in order to conduct IFC Executive Board business.
  • The IFC Executive Board shall conduct regularly scheduled meetings on a weekly basis.
  • All minutes shall be recorded by the IFC Vice President of Public Relations and published for access by all Member fraternities within 3-5 business days of the meeting taking place.
  • Special meetings may be called by the IFC President with notice of the time, location, and purpose of the special meeting provided to each IFC Executive Board member at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Each IFC Executive Board member is required to attend all meetings of the IFC Executive Board and all meetings of the IFC General Body. Absences of (3) consecutive meetings may result in removal from office by the IFC Judicial Board.

Section V. IFC Executive Board Voting Policies The IFC Executive Board shall operate utilizing the following voting policies during IFC Executive Board meetings:

  • Each IFC Executive Board member shall have one vote.
  • The IFC President should refrain from casting his vote except for in the event of a tie. In such instances, the IFC President shall cast the deciding vote.
  • There shall be no secret ballot votes.

Section VI. IFC Executive Board Roles & Definitions

IFC President: The duties and responsibilities of the IFC President are as follows:

  • Provide guidance and focus to the efforts of the General Body and Executive Committee.
  • Preside over all meetings of the General Assembly, IFC Executive Board, and IFC President’s Council.
  • Cast the final vote in the event of a tie in all three.
  • Build rapport and establish positive working relationships between IFC and Member Fraternity leaders.
  • Serve as the official spokesperson for the fraternity community.
  • Serve as the liaison of the IFC to the office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the University of Tampa, and all governing boards both campus wide & external.
  • Establish positive working relationships with campus and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Regularly interact with the leaders of other governing councils and campus organizations.
  • Establish a working relationship with key college administrators.
  • Establish a working relationship with the NIC.
  • Be responsible for all actions taken by the IFC Executive Board at all times.

IFC Vice President of Community Standards: The duties and responsibilities of the IFC Vice President of Community Standards are as follows:

    • Serve as chair of the IFC Judicial Board and serve as the non-voting Chief Justice of all IFC Judicial Board hearings.
    • Investigate and refer to the IFC Judicial Board alleged violations of IFC policy, including but not limited to:
      i. the IFC Constitution, Bylaws, and policies;
      ii. Federal, state, and local laws;
      iii. the rules and regulations of The University of Tampa Office of Conduct, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life; and
      iv. the general values-based conduct of fraternity men.
    • Ensure proper filing and preparation for all judicial actions.
    • Ensure compliance with all IFC judicial action imposed upon a Member Fraternity.
    • Educate Member Fraternities on the IFC Constitution and Bylaws, judicial processes, and risk management

policies.

  • Conduct judicial policy and procedures training for new IFC Judicial Board justices.
  • Assist in conflict mediation between Member Fraternities.
  • Review all IFC governance documents, at least annually.

IFC Vice President of Recruitment: The duties and responsibilities of the IFC Vice President of Recruitment are as follows:

  • Organize, plan, and execute the IFC Recruitment Week with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and the IFC Executive Board.
  • Be the chief facilitator of year-round “365-recruitment” policies.
  • Keep organized a Recruitment Guideline Document, to be updated each semester upon approval by the IFC Executive Board and disbursed to Member Fraternities.
  • Utilize technology in recruitment and marketing efforts.
  • Produce and distribute promotional materials to all incoming students and unaffiliated students.
  • Develop recruitment workshops and programs for Member Fraternities.
  • Uphold the IFC Recruitment Policy and ensure no restrictive policies are placed on new member recruitment.
  • Maintain an interest list of Potential New Members.
  • Collect and maintain accurate New Member Rosters for each Member Fraternity.
  • Provide advice and support to Member Fraternity recruitment officers.

IFC Vice President of Finance: The duties and responsibilities of the IFC Vice President of Finance are as follows:

  • Be the chief financial officer of the IFC, and supervise the annual budget process.
  • Propose a semester budget (1) semester in advance, to the General Assembly for approval.
  • Collect IFC Member Fraternity dues or other assessments as needed.
  • Maintain accurate records throughout the year through invoicing and receipts.
  • Review and approve all IFC Expenditure Request Forms and IFC Reimbursement Request Forms.
  • Make all disbursements with a cosigner.
  • Prepare financial statements monthly and at the end of each term for distribution to all Member Fraternities.
  • Make bank deposits when necessary and in a timely manner.
  • Maintain current information for accurate Member Fraternity rosters with the office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Provide advice and support to Member Fraternity financial officers.

IFC Vice President of Scholarship The duties and responsibilities of the IFC Vice President of Scholarship are as follows:

  • Coordinate a scholarship orientation program for Member Fraternities.
  • Collect and distribute academic performance rankings for the IFC Community
  • Publish important academic dates and deadlines.
  • Collect and distribute information about campus academic services, such as tutors, the writing lab, math lab, learning assistance programs, interest tests, career counseling, placement workshops, and library resources.
  • Work individually with member fraternity scholarship chairs below the all- men’s grade point average.
  • Build and maintain relationships with faculty, academic offices, and academic honorary societies.
  • Supervise all academic policy of the IFC as set in the Bylaws & Constitution.
  • Provide advice and support to Member Fraternity scholarship officers.

IFC Vice President of Programming The duties and responsibilities of the IFC Vice President of Programming are as follows:

  • Develop best practices for new member and member education programs for Member Fraternities.
  • Supervise the programming of the IFC, with a calendar proposal for each new semester submitted for approval by the General Assembly (1) semester in advance.
  • Collaborate with other organizations on campus to provide programming both internally for IFC and externally.
  • Work with the Vice President of Public Relations to promote and coordinate philanthropic events within the Greek community and University of Tampa community,
  • Collect and report new member retention, academic, and involvement statistics.
  • Organize, develop, and implement a new member orientation program.
  • Develop opportunities for continuing member education by collaborating with alumni, University of Tampa offices and departments, and student organizations to offer educational programming covering the following topics: academic achievement, alcohol consumption, career preparation, civic engagement, hazing, leadership development, sexual assault/abuse, and values and ethics.
  • Provide advice and support to Member Fraternity member development officers.

Section VII. IFC Vice President of Public Relations: The duties and responsibilities of the IFC Vice President of Community Relations are as follows:

  • Serve as secretary of the IFC General Body.
  • Develop and execute a public relations and social media strategy.
  • Develop service projects and philanthropic events for Member Fraternities, in coordination with the Vice President of Programming
  • Collect and report Member Fraternity community service hours, philanthropic dollars, and activities.
  • Collect and disseminate information on the fraternity community to all campus and community media sources.
  • Keep the media informed on upcoming events or potential news.
  • Establish a positive working relationship with external constituents.
  • Assist in the development of various IFC publications and outreach programs.
  • Provide advice and support to Member Fraternity community service/philanthropy officers.

Section VI. IFC Executive Board Election Policies The following policies and procedures shall be utilized for the election and removal of IFC Executive Board officers:

  • Nominations for IFC Executive Board positions shall open two meetings prior to the last business meeting of each calendar year.
  • Elections and installations of IFC Executive Board officers shall take place during the last business meeting of each calendar year.
  • Each IFC Executive Board officer shall be elected by a majority of the vote cast by the IFC General Body.
  • Any individual serving in an IFC Executive Board position may be removed from his position by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the IFC General Assembly.
  • In the event of a vacancy in any IFC Executive Board position, the IFC President shall appoint a successor to complete the term under the advice and consent of the remaining members of the IFC Executive Board.
  • Should a vacancy occur in the office of the IFC President, a special election shall be held within two meetings after the vacancy was created.

Section VII. Report of IFC Officers A report of any newly elected or appointed IFC Executive Board officers shall be submitted to all Member Fraternity Presidents within one week of the election appointment.

ARTICLE VI – IFC JUDICIAL BOARD

Section I. Purpose: For the intent to enforce the rules & regulations set forth by the Interfraternity Council through the Constitution & Bylaws, the rules & regulations of the University of Tampa, and all other governing bodies, we establish the IFC Judicial Board to ensure accountability, transparency, and independence in all disputed manners.

Section II. IFC Judicial Powers and Responsibilities: The IFC shall be a self-governing organization with an independent Judiciary Board who shall have jurisdiction over cases involving alleged member fraternity violations of IFC policy, including but not limited to:

  • The IFC Constitution, Bylaws and policies;
  • the rules and regulations of the University of Tampa; and
  • the general values-based conduct of fraternity men.

Section III. IFC Judicial Committee Composition The IFC Judicial Board shall be composed of (5) IFC Justices with (2) alternates. All Justices shall be selected through an application process and appointed by the IFC Executive Board. The Judicial Board shall be chaired by the IFC Vice President of Community standards.

Section IV. IFC Justice The duties and responsibilities of an IFC Justice are as follows:

  • Serve as an impartial justice, as called, on IFC Judicial Board hearings.
  • Uphold:
    • the IFC Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Conduct, and policies;
    • the rules and regulations of the University of Tampa; and
    • the general values-based conduct of fraternity men.
  • Maintain confidentiality in all judicial hearings, matters, and deliberations.
    • A IFC Non-disclosure agreement will be signed by all IFC Justices to be enacted for the duration of their term.

Section V. IFC Justice Eligibility In order to serve as the IFC Justice for a Member Fraternity on the IFC Judicial Board, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Active Member or New Member, in good standing, of an IFC Member Fraternity.
  • Maintain good academic standing with the institution.
  • Be devoted to the general ideals and principles of fraternity life and conduct himself in a professional manner consistent with the Mission and Purpose of the IFC, as defined within this Constitution.
  • Must not be a Member Fraternity office-holder of any kind.
  • Have a working knowledge of the IFC Constitution and Bylaws, University of Tampa policies, NIC Standards, and FIPG risk management Policies.
  • Not be a current member of the IFC Executive Board or serve as his Member Fraternity’s IFC Representative or Alternate Representative for the IFC General Body.
  • Must complete formal judicial policies and procedures training prior to serving on an IFC Judicial Board hearing.

Section VI. Term of Office of IFC Justices The term of office for IFC Justices shall be until their graduation, resignation, or replacement under the procedures determined by each Member Fraternity; or upon his election to serve on the IFC Executive Board or as his Member Fraternity’s IFC Representative or Alternate Representative for the IFC General Body.

Section VII. IFC Judicial Board Hearing Justice Selection The IFC Vice President of Community Standards will schedule a hearing within 7 business days to hear a case. In the event the IFC Justice whose Member Fraternity is involved in the alleged violation, an alternate Justice shall take their place for that hearing.

Section VIII. IFC Judicial Board Hearing Attendance All IFC Judicial Board hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the following requirements:

    • All IFC Justices assigned to an IFC Judicial Board hearing shall be present in order to conduct business.
    • Each IFC Justice assigned to an IFC Judicial Board hearing is required to attend the hearing. Failure of an IFC Justice to attend an IFC Judicial Board hearing for which he was assigned shall result in his Member Fraternity being referred to the IFC Vice President of Community Standards for potential judicial review.

Section IX. IFC Judicial Board Hearing Voting Policies All IFC Judicial Board hearings shall operate utilizing the following voting policies:

        • Each IFC Justice serving on an IFC Judicial Board hearing shall have one vote.
        • A majority vote shall govern all actions of an IFC Judicial Board.

Section X. IFC Judicial Policy The Judicial Board shall perform all duties and be subject to all regulations contained within this Constitution for due process and follow all procedural guidelines as set forth in this Constitution

        • In all cases of supremacy in decision making from the University of Tampa Office of Student Conduct, the Interfraternity Council recognizes all decisions and finds all IFC Judicial Board decisions in conflict with decision making of the Office of Student Conduct in regards to a Member Fraternity to be null and void.

Section XI. Due Process: In appearing before the Judicial Board, each Member Fraternity shall be granted certain rights termed “due process.” Those rights are:

        • Right to be notified, in writing, of all charges, as outlined in the Bylaws;
        • Right to present a defense, including the calling of witnesses;
        • Right to question witnesses;
        • Right to be accompanied by an advisor for advisory purposes only, but not for representation;
        • Right to be notified, in writing, of all findings and sanctions imposed, as outlined in the Bylaws;
        • Right to appeal the decision, as outlined in the Bylaws.
        • Right against double jeopardy.

Section XII. Filing of Complaints: Any individual or group may file a complaint against a Member Fraternity, specifying in writing the particular alleged acts of the accused. This must be done by submitting an IFC Judicial Complaint Form to the IFC President. The IFC Vice President shall promptly refer the complaint to the IFC Vice President of Community Standards and investigate the allegation, with the advise & consent of the IFC Advisor. Upon determination that an allegation has merit, the IFC Vice President of Community Standards may present a Member Fraternity with charges of neglect.

        • The IFC Executive Board will provide advise & consent to the IFC VP of Community Standards in the submission of all charges of neglect to the IFC Judicial Board

Section XIII. Notification of Charges Once the IFC Vice President of Community Standards has determined the filed complaint has merit, the Member Fraternity is to be provided written notification of the charges at least one week in advance of the hearing. This written notification shall include the following:

        • Date, time and location of their informal judicial hearing;
        • Description of the alleged violation; and
        • Due Process Rights.

Section XIV. Investigatory Evidence All evidence related to a complaint shall be compiled and presented to all parties prior to any Informal Judicial Hearing or Formal Judicial Board Hearing. All evidence shall be directly related to the complaint(s) alleged against the Member Fraternity and shall be approved by the IFC Vice President of Community Standards prior to circulation.

Section XV. Informal Judicial Hearing Upon a finding of the IFC Vice President of Community Standards that a filed complaint has merit, he shall offer the charged Member Fraternity the opportunity to participate in an Informal Judicial Hearing. In cases in which the charged Member Fraternity accepts an Informal Judicial Hearing, the IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall meet with a representative of the charged Member Fraternity to discuss the allegations of the complaint. Within three (3) business days of the Informal Judicial Hearing, the IFC Vice President of Community Standards may dismiss the complaint with a finding of no violations or provide the charged Member Fraternity with his finding of violations and recommendation for a resolution through disciplinary sanctions. The charged Member Fraternity has three (3) business days to accept or reject the terms of resolution. If the charged Member Fraternity accepts the resolution, the charged Member Fraternity waives all rights of appeal and the outcome is final. If the charged Member Fraternity rejects the resolution, a Formal IFC Judicial Board Hearing will be convened to hear the case.

Section XVI. Prohibited Sanctions for Informal Judicial Hearings The IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall not recommend suspension or loss of IFC recognition through an Informal Judicial Hearing. Should the IFC Vice President of Community Standards believe suspension or loss of IFC recognition is warranted, the case shall automatically be referred to a Formal IFC Judicial Board hearing.

Section XVII. Formal IFC Judicial Board Hearing If:

        • the charged Member Fraternity rejects having an Informal Judicial Hearing;
        • the charged Member Fraternity rejects the Informal Judicial Hearing recommendation for resolution; or
        • the IFC Vice President of Community Standards determines the allegation is egregious enough to warrant potential suspension or loss of IFC recognition;

Then the IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall convene a Formal IFC Judicial Board Hearing.

Section XVIII. Formal IFC Judicial Board Hearing Proceedings For all IFC Judicial Board hearings, the following procedures shall be followed:

        • Participants: Attendance at all IFC Judicial Board hearings shall be limited to the Member Fraternities involved, any witnesses, the IFC Justices assigned to serve on the Judicial Board for the hearing, and the IFC Vice President of Community Standards. Additionally, the charged Member Fraternity may be accompanied by its chapter advisor during any Judicial Board hearing. The chapter advisor must be registered as the official chapter advisor of the Member Fraternity.
        • Confidentiality: All individuals involved in a hearing are required to agree to a statement of confidentiality. Individuals shall not disclose information regarding the following:
          • Any individuals, Member Fraternities, or IFC Justices involved.
          • Details of the proceedings
          • Witness testimony.
          • Hearing Process.
        • Initiation of the Hearing: The IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall inform all individuals present that the hearing will be conducted in an orderly manner and any person causing disruption will be asked to leave. Additionally, he shall advise the charged Member Fraternity of the formality of the hearing and the necessity of all parties to be truthful.
        • Overview of Judicial Hearing Process: The IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall outline the process for the remainder of the hearing as follows:
          • Presentation of alleged charges, violations, and investigatory evidence against the charged Member Fraternity shall be presented by the IFC Vice President of Judicial Affairs:
          • Charged Member Fraternity may ask questions;
          • IFC Justices may ask questions;
        • Presentation of charged Member Fraternity:
          • IFC Justices may ask questions;
          • Calling of Witnesses
          • Charged Member Fraternity may ask questions;
          • IFC Justices may ask questions;
          • Charged Member Fraternity may give final statement.
          • FC Justices deliberate in closed session to determine findings of responsibility and if necessary, appropriate sanction(s).

Section XIX. Conflicts of Interest In the event the IFC Vice President of Community Standards’ Member Fraternity is involved in the alleged violation, the highest ranking IFC Executive Board officer, starting with the IFC President, as listed in Article V, Section III of the IFC Constitution, shall serve in his stead.

Section XX. Prohibition on Recruitment Restrictions as a Sanction The IFC Judicial Board may impose educational and punitive sanctions, as prescribed in the IFC Bylaws, but under no circumstances may it prohibit a Member Fraternity’s ability to recruit.

Section XXII. Non-Status Sanctions: The following are sanctions that may be imposed by the IFC Judicial Board (including, but not limited to):

          • Letter of apology
          • Fines, as determined in the Bylaws.
          • Restitution
          • Educational programming
          • Public service to the campus or community
          • Meetings with campus office/departments
          • Loss of social event and/or campus event privilege.
          • Loss of eligibility for IFC Awards and/or Office of Student Leadership & Engagement Awards.
          • Censure

Section XXII. Status Sanctions: In the event of an egregious violation, the following are sanctions that may be imposed by the IFC Judicial Board for a specified period of time:

          • Suspension: Loss of IFC voting rights, removal from Good Standing status, and any additional sanctions listed in Non-Status Sanctions.
          • Loss of IFC Recognition: Loss of IFC recognition and its rights and privileges.

Section XXIII. Duration of Sanctions Judicial action shall specify the duration and deadlines of any sanctions imposed.After such specified time, if the Member Fraternity has fulfilled the requirements of the sanctions imposed, the Member Fraternity shall return to good standing. In the event the Member Fraternity does not fulfill all of the requirements of the sanctions imposed, the IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall convene a Formal IFC Judicial Board Hearing to determine future course of action.

Section XXIV. Notification of Findings Within three (3) business days of any Informal or Formal Judicial Hearing, the IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall communicate in writing to the charged Member Fraternity, its inter/national headquarters, and its chapter advisor, as well as any relevant University of Tampa administrators, the alleged violation, the findings of the hearing, and any sanction(s) imposed. The IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall notify the IFC General Body of any sanctions imposed upon a Member Fraternity through any Informal or Formal Judicial Hearing.

Section XXV. Appeals The IFC Judicial Board’s decision is subject to appeal by a Member Fraternity within two weeks of receiving written notification of the decision. Appeals shall be made in writing to the IFC President and shall be made solely on the following grounds:

          • Error in the charge and/or Judicial Board Hearing process that materially affected the outcome.
          • The severity of the sanction did not match the severity of the violation.
          • New information that could not have been discovered prior to the IFC Judicial Board Hearing through the exercise of reasonable diligence.

Sanctions imposed through the Judicial Process shall stand until an appeal is heard.

Section XXVI. Non-Status Sanctions Appeals The IFC Executive Board shall hear appeals for Non-Status Sanctions. The IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall first present the IFC Judicial Board’s decision and rationale for its actions. The appealing Member Fraternity shall then be afforded the opportunity to present its reasoning for seeking a reconsideration of the IFC Judicial Board’s actions. Any individual from the appealing Member Fraternity serving on the IFC Executive Board shall not participate in the appeal proceedings. The IFC Executive Board may either dismiss the charge(s) with no sanctions or to alter the sanctions imposed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote. The decision of the IFC Executive Board shall be final for Non-Status Sanctions.

Section XXVII. Status Sanctions Appeals The IFC General Body shall hear appeals for Status Sanctions. The IFC Vice President of Community Standards shall first present the IFC Judicial Board’s decision and rationale for its actions. The appealing Member Fraternity shall then be afforded the opportunity to present its reasoning for seeking a reconsideration of the decision. Upon completion of the Member Fraternity appeal presentation, all representatives of the Member Fraternity shall be dismissed from the meeting, including the Member Fraternity’s IFC Representative and Alternate Representative. The IFC General Body shall first vote on whether to uphold the status sanction, which shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote. In the event the IFC General Body fails to uphold the decision, the IFC General Body shall determine by a two-thirds (2/3) vote to either dismiss the charge(s) with no sanctions or to alter the sanctions imposed. The decision of the IFC General Body shall be final with no further appeal rights actions of the complaint.

ARTICLE VII – IFC PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

Section I: Purpose To promote the collaboration and communication of all Member Fraternity Presidents and solicit their input on community-wide issues, this constitution shall create the IFC President’s Council.

Section II: Membership All Member Fraternities within the IFC shall have one appointment to this board. The appointment shall be that Member Fraternity’s Chapter President.

Section III. Authority & Governance The IFC President’s Council shall serve as the supreme constitutional amendmending body and shall have a say in all matters concerning the existence of the Interfraternity Council. The President’s Council shall also provide feedback and suggestions on all operations of the Interfraternity Council.

Section IV. IFC President’s Council Meeting Policies The IFC President’s Council shall conduct its meetings according to the following Requirements:

          • The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be used to run all Meetings.
          • The IFC President shall serve as the Chairman of the IFC President’s Council
          • A majority of IFC Presidents present shall constitute a quorum in order to conduct business.
          • The IFC President’s Council shall conduct regularly scheduled meetings on a monthly basis.
          • All minutes shall be recorded by the IFC Vice President of Public Relations and published for access by all Member fraternities within 3-5 business days of the meeting taking place.
          • Special meetings may be called by the IFC President with notice of the time, location, and purpose of the special meeting provided to each IFC President at least 72 hours in advance.
          • Each IFC President is required to attend all meetings of the IFC President’s Council. Absences of (3) consecutive meetings may result in removal of voting privileges pending a IFC Judicial Board Review.

Section V. IFC President’s Council Voting Policies The IFC President’s Council shall operate utilizing the following voting policies during IFC Executive Board meetings:

          • Each IFC President member shall have one vote.
          • The IFC President should refrain from casting his vote except for in the event of a tie. In such instances, the IFC President shall cast the deciding vote.
          • There shall be no secret ballot votes.
ARTICLE VIII – IFC ADVISOR

Section I. IFC Advisor In accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), the duties and responsibilities of the IFC Advisor are as follows:

          • Advise the IFC and its Member Fraternities.
          • Advise financial processes.
          • Coordinate life safety, facility management, and risk management programs in conjunction with local agencies.
          • Facilitate or provide resources, including potential presenters of campus or national renown to conduct workshops, programs, retreats, and seminars on relevant topics, including the following:
            • Multicultural Competence.
            • Leadership Development
            • Recruitment and Intake
            • Risk Management
          • Monitor membership and academic retention by Member Fraternity and the entire community for purposes of improving academic support and recommending intervention strategies.
          • Gather and disseminate information via meetings, websites, newsletters, social media venues, and/or information bulletins to the various entities in fraternity life.
          • Provide assistance and advice in planning and assessing IFC and Member Fraternity programs.
          • Organize and facilitate leadership programs, retreats, and workshops.
          • Connect the Members and New Members of Member Fraternities to leadership opportunities across campus, in the local community, and within their inter/national organizations.
          • Publish or share documents that focus on current events, leadership opportunities, trends, and other information regarding fraternity life.
          • Provide for the recording and archiving of information about the fraternal community and encourage Member Fraternity leaders to do the same within their organizations.
ARTICLE IX – EXPANSION POLICY

Section I. Expansion Philosophy

          • In accordance with the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s Position on Open Expansion, the IFC at the University of Tampa believes the best interests of higher education and of the fraternity movement are served through the establishment of new chapters that provide a fraternal experience for an increasing number of college men. Expansion gives men more choices; it brings new influence and direction to a campus fraternal community; it provides new leadership and renewed motivation. To that end, the Member Fraternities of the IFC:
            • Will not prohibit an inter/national organization from selecting undergraduates
              for the purpose of establishing a chapter on the campus; and
            • Will not deter expansion by withholding membership in the IFC for any inter/national member organization.

Section II: Guidelines: The Interfraternity Council shall defer to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life for all guidelines and procedures in regards to expansion of the Interfraternity Council.

          • In the event that a prospective Member Fraternity wishes to join the council, the IFC President’s Council shall approve membership with a simple majority.
ARTICLE X – DISTRIBUTION OF CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

Section I. Publication and Distribution of Constitution and Bylaws: The IFC’s current Constitution and Bylaws shall be published on the IFC website. An updated copy of the IFC Constitution and Bylaws will be electronically distributed to each Member Fraternity and the NIC after any amendment is adopted.

ARTICLE XI – NULLIFICATION CLAUSE

Section I: Nullification In all cases of supremacy in decision making and conflict with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life rulings, we find all rules in conflict to be null & void, unless (2) Member Fraternity proposes a petition to conference, in which the IFC General Assembly will vote to remain in conflict.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS

Section I. Amendments The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the IFC President’s Council provided notice of the proposed amendment has provided to Member Fraternities at the preceding regularly scheduled business meeting.

Section II. Adoption This Constitution shall become effective and shall supersede all previous Bylaws of the IFC when adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the IFC President’s Council.