Awards & Assessment

Evaluation and Awarding Categories
Category TitleCategory Expectation


Organizations established during the calendar year

Does Not Meet Expectations

Organizations scoring > 65 points

Chapter of Promise

Organizations scoring 75-89 points

Chapter of Achievement

Organizations scoring 90-100 points

Chapter of Excellence

Organizations who demonstrate the greatest achievement from their council via submitted documentation and an interview

Chapter of the Year

The organization who demonstrated the greatest achievement among all recognized sororities and fraternities

Certificates of Excellence

An organization can be distinguished in specific Standard of Excellence categories baed on high performance and achievement.

Academic excellence is the demonstrated ability to perform, achieve, and/or excel in scholastic activities. Academic excellence is essential to the collegiate experience. Sororities and fraternities should create an environment that fosters the intellectual development of community members. 

  • Possible Points: 10
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 10

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religion, and national origin. Inclusion is recognizing the contributions, presence, and perspectives of different groups of people, and making sure they are valued and integrated into an environment. When we value and embody both in our organizations, we create a culture of care and a sense of belonging among the community. 

  • Possible Points: 8
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 6+

Health and Safety places an emphasis on the responsibility we must create a culture of care for individuals, students, visitors, our chapter, and our community. This commitment includes education and support for individual wellbeing, mitigation of risks, preventing and responding to crisis situations, and maintaining healthy and safe environments. 

  • Possible Points: 14
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 12+

The development of students into leaders who serve their communities and cultivate healthy, safe, inclusive, and supportive environments. Leaders who empower their membership. Organizations who prioritize continual growth and progress forward for themselves and the Greek and IU communities. 

  • Possible Points: 24
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 18+

Values are the foundation of our organizations. An organization’s ritual, and the values espoused within, is the only thing that separates it from any other student organization. Ritual is not something you are supposed to do once a semester, it should be implemented in our daily lives.  

  • Possible Points: 8
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 6+

Through demonstrated service and philanthropic endeavors, chapter members gain a deeper understanding of their value system and develop a sense of civic responsibility. Community service is voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area. Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money or goods to a good cause. 

  • Possible Points: 8
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 6+

Empowerment of members to assess potential risks by upholding their values, educating members, and establishing responsibility through accountable actions. For the success of the chapter and campus community, chapters must uphold university, state, and federal expectations and policies, and employ practices that challenge the chapter’s standards to be met and exceeded.  

  • Possible Points: 18
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 18

Organization membership is not limited to collegiate experience. Alumni members serve in critical roles (advisors, trustees, members of house corporations, financial contributors, etc.), and it’s imperative to maintain good working relationships with those who have laid the foundation for the organization to maintain its future.  

  • Possible Points: 10
  • Points Needed for Certificate of Excellence: 8+

Award Applications

Every chapter is expected to participate in GAAP as outlined by the OSFL Recognition Policy. Chapter Presidents will receive a unique Microsoft Teams folder to submit their GAAP documentation. Resources to support a chapter’s submission is included below. Once all documentation has been uploaded, the chapter must submit the certification form in BeInvolved.

Questions regarding the application process or award ceremony should be emailed to

Individual Awards

In addition to awarding chapter performance, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life also recognizes the individual performance of those supporting the sorority and fraternity community. Each year we award several individual awards:

  • Chapter President of the Year, up to one per council
  • Member of the Year, up to one per council
  • Advisor of the Year, up to one per council
  • Community Partner of the Year
  • Herman B. Wells Greek Legacy Award

Criteria and eligibility for each award is detailed in the Individual Awards Packet. All nominations will be submitted on BeInvolved and are due December 15.

Download the Individual Awards Packet

2022 Award Winners

All winners will be announced in early March.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

  • Delta Tau Delta, reactivation of chapter during the awarding year
  • Lambda Chi Alpha, international organization restrictions

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., reactivation of chapter during the awarding year

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., reactivation of chapter during the awarding year

Chapters receiving a Certificate of Excellence are outlined below: