The Inter-Greek Council (IGC) aims to promote harmonious relations among the member fraternity and sorority groups, and act as the central governing body for member Greek letter organizations. The IGC works to assure that fraternity and sorority groups follow appropriate standards, promote group development, create member education programs, and provide training on hazing prevention. The IGC looks to create programs that are educational, athletic, and community service oriented. IGC member organizations provide opportunities for members to serve the community, cultivate leadership skills, be engaged in campus life, encourage academic excellence, and work to help members reach their potential and act as positive and productive members of the academic community.
Along with the privileges of being a recognized fraternity or sorority, comes a responsibility to adhere to all MCLA policies and appropriate behavioral standards. Many of these policy and behavioral standards are listed in the Student Handbook. These policies and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and federal laws supersede the rules and procedures of fraternity and sorority chapters. Fraternity and sorority chapters that are unable to operate within these policies and/or laws or adhere to guidelines will lose or be denied recognition as an IGC member organization at MCLA.
The IGC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, color, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, sexual preference, or national origin. Specific regulations regarding recruitment, expansion, and Greek system policies are established and administered by the College and the IGC. Membership in fraternities and sororities is limited students who are in good standing with the College, and first semester students are not eligible to participate.
Membership in and/or association with fraternities and sororities not affiliated with the IGC is strongly discouraged by the College. The Pi Upsilon Pi fraternity and the Beta Lambda sorority are the only affiliated Greek letter organizations at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Hazing – The term "hazing" as used in this section shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into a student organization whether on public or private property that willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the weather; forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance; or any other treatment or forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Notwithstanding any other provisions, consent shall not be available as a defense to any campus disciplinary action under this action. Principal organizers and/or participants are considered to be responsible for hazing. Further, whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing and is at the scene of such activity shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to their self or others, report such crime to an appropriate enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. This policy is consistent with Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) 269, sections 17-19.