• What are the requirements for becoming an Interest group?
Interest groups form as precursors to the colonization process for some new fraternities or sororities. The purpose of the interest group is to prepare the group for the colonization process, it is also a time for the members to continue recruiting and building their numbers. To form an interest group, they must meet with representative in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to discuss their intention and the process for recognition by the University. No interest group will be recognized until this meeting has taken place.
• What councils will most interest groups fall under
Interest groups are not recognized by a council until they have completed the colonization process. However, interest groups are typically associated with many of the culturally-based fraternities and sororities and will likely become members of the Diversified Greek Council. For those that fall under the Independent Council, they will still need to meet all of the requirements for recognition by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
• Based on councils or national polices can you define how long an organization will be classified as an interest group or can you explain why this process may very from one organization to another?
Interest groups remain interest groups until they have met the requirements for colonization as determined by the national organization they seek to affiliate with. Typically there are benchmarks the group must meet before they submit a request for colonization to the national organization. The length of time it takes is ultimately determined by the interest group. If adequate progress is not made, however, the interest group may need to be disbanded.
• Current Recognized Interest Groups: Phi Sigma Nu Native American Fraternity, B.I.G.A.P.E.S – Asian Interest Fraternity Interest Group