Fraternity & Sorority Life
5-Star Program Guide
Phi Delta Theta
Alpha Theta Beta
Delta Phi Epsilon
Phi Sigma Sigma
Sigma Delta Tau
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Epsilon Pi (Colony)
Phi Beta Sigma
Pi Kappa Alpha
Phi Iota Alpha
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Gamma Rho
Tau Epsilon Phi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Alpha Phi Alpha
The Office of Student Leadership & Activities has implemented the following evaluation system to improve the management and the quality of social fraternity and sorority organizations at Hofstra University. The results of the evaluation will be used to designate an organization as a 5-Star, 4-Star, 3-Star, 2-Star, or 1-Star organization.
The intent of the Fraternity and Sorority Life 5-Star Program is to provide a framework by which Fraternity and Sorority organizations can quantify and document their activities and successes, while creating a tool by which they may be evaluated. There is a hope that the organizations will strive to attain a 5-Star rating, but a 3-Star is the baseline. Every chapter is expected to submit a 5 star program.
One main point of this Program is to allow Fraternity and Sorority organizations to strive towards the mission of the University, as well as achieve organizational success. Fraternity and Sorority organizations will not be able to maintain status quo; continued improvement will always be expected. Your submissions will be reviewed by a Committee including the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Leadership & Activities and their Graduate Assistant.
The Star Rating begins in September (Fall Semester and runs through the academic year until April - end of Spring semester). The official "Star Rating" will be determined at the end of the Spring semester. At the end of the Fall semester, a mid-year rating will be determined in order to track the organization's progress within the Program.
The Purpose of the 5-Star program is to encourage the Fraternity and Sorority Community to achieve higher standards, which showcase a positive image, successful operations and management, and chapter achievements. The 5-Star Program is a collection of standards that chapters are encouraged to accomplish in five key categories. Chapters will earn a star rating for each category in which the established requirements are accomplished. At the end of the academic year an average of the 5 categories will be taken to calculate the chapter's official star rating. Ratings will not be rounded up (eg. If your average is a 3.6 your official rating is a 3). A total of five stars may be earned by each chapter. The program will be administered on an academic year basis, running from September to April of each year. Chapters will be awarded their stars at the end of the spring semester so the marketing for the start of the following year will reflect the star status of the organization.
Your 5 star packet will replace your application for Fraternity/Sorority of the year through the Division of Student Affairs Student Leadership Awards, in April (HSLA).
The 5-Star Program has been determined to showcase best practices in creating a positive and constructive Fraternity and Sorority community that is firmly based in its founding values.
- Community: Instilling the values of their organizations and Hofstra University. The chapters form a strong unified community, as well as brotherhood/sisterhood within their chapter. They have an active recruitment process and help to form a positive image of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The organizations will work not only to strengthen their council but to work with the other councils as well. With a focus on developing Hofstra P.R.I.D.E., the members are to exemplify Hofstra's mission and values by serving as great role models for the Hofstra community, with clean judicial records and exemplary reputations on campus.
- Academic Excellence: Positively affecting member's intellectual development.The chapter members excel in academics. The members should strive to be part of the Dean's List or Provost List every semester. The members should also be in honor societies within their major or scope of studies. At the minimum, members must excel beyond the GPA requirement to be involved in the organization.
- Philanthropy & Service: Developing citizenship through service and outreach. The chapter members exemplify civic engagement while facilitating, as well as participating, in various service initiatives both on campus and off.
- Leadership Development: Developing leadership skills and abilities. The chapter members value leadership and work to continuously develop their own skills so as to apply those skills to the betterment of their organizations. Members are expected to be an engaged presence on campus and contribute to various leadership opportunities.
- University Engagement: As a diverse community, we expect that the students would stretch beyond their horizon and be involved in events that are either cultural, religious, gender-related, and political. It should be a focus to ensure our members are becoming well rounded students and global citizens.
Chapter Rating Scale
Five Star Chapter - Premier Chapter
The chapter has demonstrated eagerness towards achieving excellence in each of the 5 categories. The chapter is strong and knows the true purpose of why the organization was founded. A chapter that reaches 5 star has not only challenged itself but it has challenged each member to become better individuals. The organization has gone above and beyond to excel inside and outside Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Four Star Chapter – Exemplary Chapter
A four star chapter has excelled in fulfilling the essential requirements. The chapter has challenged itself in becoming a better chapter. The chapter showcased exemplary Fraternity and Sorority unity through collaboration, support, and programming of all Fraternity and Sorority-lettered organizations.
Three Star Chapter - Standard Chapter
The chapter has fulfilled all general baseline requirements that make the group a chapter that is viable. The chapter with a 3 star can do an analysis and focus on improving an area they feel is lacking.
Two Star Chapter – Probationary Chapter
A chapter that is on probation and has not met the basic standards of a 3 star chapter. The chapter has an opportunity to regroup and hopefully fulfill the basic standards and become a 3 star chapter, by the following year.
One Star Chapter – Non-Compliant Chapter
The chapter has demonstrated unsatisfactory performance. (By the next mid-semester check in the chapter must be performing at a 3-star level). Chapter with an average 1 star are usually on the verge of losing recognition at Hofstra University or Nationally. The entire chapter would need to use all of their resources (Hofstra advisor, alumni advisor, & national advisor if applicable) and work closely with OSLA to meet baseline standards by the following semester. If the chapter loses recognition, it will have to wait 4 years to reapply as an organization to the Expansion Committee.