Topical Areas

The Task Force will be looking at data from a variety of sources in five main topical areas. In addition to written statements from key stakeholders, we will also be conducting informational interviews.

  1. Student Life 

    • Open Community Forums
    • articles from campus media (RAQUETTE, WAIH) on Potsdam Greek community from the past 5 years
    •  report on Greek Conduct incidents (with corresponding data for overall student population)
    • Greek membership and leadership roles in non-Greek student organizations
    •  statement from the Dean of Students or his representative
    •  statement from the Director of Athletics & Physical Education or his representative
    • statement from the Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards or her representative
    • statement from the Chief of University Police or his representative
    • statement from the Director of Residence Life or his representative
    • statement from the Director of Campus Life or her representative
    •  statement from Coordinator of Greek Life or her representative (including a discussion of the evolution of support for Greek Life [staffing and finances] over the past 10 years)
    • statement from the Director of the Counseling Center or her representative
    •  statement from the Director of Student Health Services or his representative
    • Joint statement from the Student Government Association Senate and Assembly
  2. Academic Life

    • State of Greek Life reports for that past 5 years
    • statements from the Faculty Senate Executive and Student Affairs committees
    • statements from the Deans of Crane, SOEPS, Arts & Sciences or their representatives
    • statement from the Faculty Senate Chair, the Faculty Senate Student Affairs committee, or their representatives
    • statement from the Director of Admissions
    • academic history of Greek Community over the past 10 years including retention and graduation figures (with corresponding data for overall student population) and President’s List, Dean’s List, Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal
  1. The Potsdam Community

    • articles from local media (newspapers, radio, etc.) on Potsdam Greek community from the past 5
    • interview with Chief of Potsdam Police, mayor of Potsdam or their representatives
    • interviews with people who live next to / near Greek houses
    • statement from Director of Experiential Education (or his representative)
  1. The Greek Community

    • statement from the All Greek Council
    • statements from each Greek house (including chapter founding dates, mission and values, number of members, class year breakdown, ethnicity breakdown, members participating in campus paraprofessional positions [RA, OL, Wellness Advocates, etc.])
    •  teams of task force members (2 or 3) visit each house to talk with members
  1. Greek Alumni

    • open e-mail to alumni (Greek, non-Greek) inviting comments
    •  statement from VP for Development or her representative
    • statement from alumni organizations (Greek, non-Greek)
    • contributions of Greek alumni (gifts of time, talent, money) to the College
  1. Documents / Reports from SUNY Potsdam & other College

    • demographic data on Greek Community and SUNY Potsdam student community
    • 1996 Greek Life Task Force report
    • report detailing chapters that have closed / been closed / become inactive
    • Recognition Requirements (referred to as the Relationship Agreement in the 1996 Greek Life Task Force report)
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Greek Life Strategic Plan
    • SUNY wide policies / statements regarding Greek Life
    • status reports on Greek Communities on comparable campuses
    •  Task Force reports from other US colleges/universities 

Additionally, the Task Force will be holding two town hall-style forums open to all members of the SUNY Potsdam community. These forums will be an opportunity for all interested community members – Greek and non-Greek – to express their views, comments and concerns directly to Task Force members. We expect these events to be well-attended and may limit comments to 2 minutes per person. We will also, though, accept longer written statements via e-mail to GreekTaskForce@potsdam.edu.