Aug. 4: University Social recommendations for IFC/PC

This year, the Greek community at Michigan State University has shown great determination and perseverance in its collective goal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It has not gone unnoticed by MSU leadership that Fraternity & Sorority Life at MSU has adapted and cooperated with all recommended guidelines, and we are proud of the community’s collective efforts. In order to continue to limit the spread of the virus, it is essential that the Greek community continues these efforts. Fall 2020 will
be another opportunity for our community to step up and lead at Michigan State. COVID-19 has caused many aspects of our lives to be altered, and in order to contain, we must continue to accept these changes and do everything we can to keep others safe.

Being a part of a fraternity or sorority includes group interactions and social experiences. While we realize this is not only part of the “Greek experience,” but of the “college experience” as a whole, we must place the health and safety of others as the top priority at this time. Considering local, state and CDC guidelines regarding the Coronavirus, it is clear that these social gatherings pose a substantial risk to not only those present, but to others who may come in contact with members of the fraternity
and sorority community.

With these efforts in mind, Michigan State University strongly recommends a moratorium on all Type I, Type II and Type IV registered social events for the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils for the Fall 2020 semester.
These events are defined by the 2020 Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council Joint Social Policy as follows:

  • Type 1 (Social / Restricted): An event that is exclusively between Greek affiliated chapters and their members. This includes mixers, tailgates, day-parties, etc. All Type I socials must abide by the social guidelines.
  • Type II (Open): An event in which the number of attendees is more than the total of in-house initiated members, and not all persons attending the party are members of the chapter. This includes rush parties, open parties, and closed parties. Type II social events are already prohibited according to the IFC/PC Joint Social Policy.
  • Type IV (Family / Alumni Events): An event that is strictly for members and alumni/families and consists of no outside guests. This includes alumni tailgates, Mom’s/Dad’s Day, parent’s weekend, etc.
In addition to a social moratorium until the end of the Fall 2020 semester, we also recommend all members continue to monitor and follow Ingham County, East Lansing, and Michigan State University physical distancing guidelines. Updates and more information can be accessed via the links below:
If you have a potential exposure, we ask that you take the following necessary precautions:
  • Get tested. Here are some testing locations in the area (this list does not include all testing locations):
    • Sparrow Hospital
    • Lansing Urgent Care
    • CVS
    • Ingham Community Health Centers
    • RediCare Okemos
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Comply with county contact tracing procedures
  • Notify your peers who could be at risk

We know at this time many chapters will also want to host Brotherhood/Sisterhood events and meetings. Currently, we recommend chapter leadership move all events virtual. If meetings of 10 or fewer take place, practice social distancing, wear proper protective equipment and follow all local, state, and federal regulations.

We recognize these recommendations may be disappointing for many members in the Greek community and we understand your frustration. To ensure that Fraternity & Sorority Life continues to be a safe and successful community at Michigan State University, we all must do our part. We ask you as members of your organizations and as students of MSU to undertake a challenge that no student body has ever faced before. Help us keep Spartans safe.

Together we will!

Guillermo Flores
Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life
Michigan State University