The responsible administrator for this section is the Amherst College Board of Trustees. The Amherst College Board of Trustees has approval authority.

Trustees’ Statement, February 1984

On and after Feb. 25, 1984, no resource of the College (physical, staff or monetary) shall be used or employed, directly or indirectly, in any procedure relating to rushing, pledging, initiating or otherwise admitting to or maintaining membership by any student of the College in any fraternity, sorority or other social club, society or organization (however denominated).

On and after July 1, 1984, every building owned or leased by the College and used by the College to house one or more students then attending the College shall be subject to rules and regulations of the College of general applicability from time to time in effect allocating residential space, and no fraternity, sorority or other social club, society or organization (however denominated) shall be permitted to participate, directly or indirectly, in the allocation process.

Nothing in these resolutions shall be deemed to prohibit the use of any building owned or leased by the College for meetings (including social functions, subject to rules and regulations of the College of general applicability) held by honorary clubs, societies and organizations, such as Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Nothing in these resolutions shall be deemed to prohibit the use of any building owned or leased by the College for a residential use directly related to the educational program of the College (such as a “language house”) solely by reason of the fact that social functions, subject to rules and regulations of the College of general applicability, may occur there from time to time.

Adopted by vote of the Board of Trustees, Feb. 24, 1984.

Trustees’ Reaffirmation on the 1984 Resolution on Fraternities Resolved on April 4, 2014

The Board reaffirms the 1984 Trustees’ Resolution on Fraternities. In addition, effective July 1, 2014, student participation in off-campus fraternities and sororities and fraternity-like and sorority-like organizations is prohibited. Violations will be subject to appropriate penalties, including suspension or expulsion from the College.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, Amherst College.