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Chapter Conduct/Standing

Last Updated: March 2, 2024

Good Standing:

Organization Council Organization Council
Alpha Chi Rho IFC Lambda Theta Phi UGC
Alpha Epsilon Pi IFC Lambda Upsilon Lambda UGC
Alpha Kappa Alpha UGC Phi Alpha Delta IFC
Alpha Kappa Psi IGC Phi Kappa Psi IFC
Alpha Phi Alpha UGC Phi Mu Alpha IFC
Alpha Xi Delta PANHELL Sigma Alpha Epsilon IFC
Beta Theta Pi IFC Sigma Alpha Iota IGC
Chi Upsilon Sigma UGC Sigma Kappa PANHELL
Delta Epsilon Psi IFC Sigma Lambda Gamma UGC
Delta Phi Epsilon PANHELL Sigma Sigma Sigma PANHELL
Delta Sigma Pi IGC Tau Kappa Epsilon IFC
Delta Sigma Theta UGC Theta Phi Alpha PANHELL
Delta Zeta PANHELL Theta Tau IGC
Kappa Delta Rho IFC Zeta Tau Alpha PANHELL
Lambda Theta Alpha UGC

 

Good Standing, Pending Completion of Sanctions/Probation/Deferred Suspension:

Organization Council Status
Delta Tau Delta IFC Organizational Deferred Suspension through Spring 2024
Zeta Phi Beta UGC Probation through May 2026

 

Organization Council TCNJ Status National HQ Status
Kappa Delta PANHELL Organizational Probation through Spring 2026 National Probation Status with a full suspension of activities for a minimum of 12 months

 

*For more information on each organization’s conduct history, please see the Greek Life Fact Sheets page

*Information on the Timothy Piazza Hazing Report can be found on the Student Conduct & Off Campus Services page

 

Under Conduct Review:

Organization Council Status

*These organizations are considered in good standing until pending conduct investigations are finalized.

Organizations Approved for Expansion/Extension:

Organization Council Status

 

Organizations Returning from Suspension:

Organization Nickname Status Reason for Suspension

Unrecognized Groups:

PLEASE NOTE: The organizations listed below are not currently recognized by the College. In some cases this is due to removal by TCNJ due to conduct violations and in some cases due to the Expansion Policy. They are not under the sanction of the College.

Office of Student Life’s statement on unrecognized student organizations as of Spring 2024.

Organization Nickname(s) Date Removed/Notes Duration/Timeline of Status Stipulations Upon Return
Sigma Pi Spring 2016, REVOCATION of recognition by TCNJ due to repeated alcohol, drug, and new member violations
Phi Kappa Tau Phi Tau Spring 2017, SUSPENSION of recognition by TCNJ due to multiple alcohol violations – Spring 2021, stutus changed to REVOCATION of recognition by TCNJ due to hazing violations Revoked through Fall 2024
Kappa Alpha Psi Kappas, Nupes Fall 2017, REVOCATION of recognition by TCNJ due to hazing violations Revocation expired at the start of Fall 2021 semester — can reapply anytime the community is open for expansion. Should the organization choose to reapply for recognition and is reinstated, the organization will be on a Deferred Suspension status for two years.
Omega Psi Phi Ques Spring 2022, failure to complete the Epansion Policy process Can reapply anytime the community is open for expansion
Kappa Sigma Kappa Sig Spring 2022, failure to complete the Epansion Policy process Can reapply anytime the community is open for expansion

 

The College of New Jersey seeks to support and advance all of its recognized student organizations in order to provide developmental and experiential opportunities for students. These groups benefit from staff advisement, facility usage, funding opportunities, leadership training, educational programming, risk management support, insurance coverage, and engagement with over 240 other recognized student organizations. The recognized organizations that meet their standards of recognition can be found on ROAR*.

Groups that fail to meet recognition expectations or that have engaged in activities that violate organizational or College policies have lost recognition from the College. These unrecognized groups are no longer advised, supported, or regulated by of the College and are considered underground organizations. Despite having lost recognition from the College, some of these underground groups may continue to operate in violation of College directives.

 

Understanding Chapter Statuses

Good Standing

The organization is current with the Office of Student Life requirements, is not under review by the Office of Student Conduct and Off-Campus Services, and has no pending sanctions for completion.

 

Pending Completion of Sanctions/Probation/Deferred Suspension

The organization has not yet completed their educational sanctions, probation, or deferred suspension.

Educational Sanctions: In conjunction with any sanction listed below, a recognized student organization found to have been in violation of any of the Recognized Student Organization Privileges and Responsibilities will be assigned educational sanctions that are proportional to the violation such as, but not limited to: work assignments, reflective essays, presentations, research projects, classes/seminars, community service, restitution, conduct contracts, service to the College, action plans, or other discretionary sanctions, etc. If a recognized student organization has any outstanding educational sanctions at the conclusion of organizational probation or deferred suspension, the organization probation or deferred suspension status will remain in effect pending completion of the educational sanctions.

Warning: A notice that the organization is violating or has violated institutional regulations and that further violations may result in more severe disciplinary action.

Probation: A period of time during which any further violation of the Recognized Student Organization Privileges and Responsibilities puts the organization’s status with the College in jeopardy. Restrictive conditions may also be imposed as part of disciplinary action and will vary according to the severity of the offense. Restrictive conditions may include barring or limiting some or all of the organization’s activities and/or privileges (including, but not limited to: social activities, intramural competition, organizational competition, Homecoming, eligibility to receive any College award or honorary recognition, privilege to reserve space on campus, etc.). If a recognized student organization is found “in violation” for another violation of the Recognized Student Organization Privileges and Responsibilities while on organizational probation, more severe sanctions may be imposed. The organization does maintain recognition by the College while on this status.

Deferred Suspension: Organizational deferred suspension is used for offenses found serious enough to warrant organizational suspension, but where the specific circumstances of the case mitigate the offense or for repeated offenses of a less serious nature. Organizational deferred suspension is a designated period of time during which a recognized student organization is given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the community’s expectations of behavior articulated in the Recognized Student Organization Privileges and Responsibilities. Any further violations of College policy during the deferred suspension period may result in more serious sanctions including suspension or revocation of recognition. The organization does maintain recognition by the College while on this status.

Under Conduct Review

The Office of Student Conduct and Off-Campus Services has received a report of an alleged violation of the TCNJ Recognized Student Organization Privileges and Responsibilities and is in the process of reviewing the alleged incident through the conduct process. Depending on the nature of the alleged violation, interim immediate action may be taken to resolve the situation by placing the organization on a cease and desist or other interim action, only in effect until there is a resolution of the student conduct matter or the cease and desist/interim action is dismissed.

 

Unrecognized Groups

Unrecognized groups are groups that have had their TCNJ registration as a recognized student organization revoked, a temporary or permanent severance  of the organization’s relationship with TCNJ.

Suspension: While on organizational suspension, the organization loses its College recognition and/or registration for a temporary period of time. While an organization is suspended, it may not use College resources or participate as an organization in any College activities or events. All activities, recognized student organization affiliated events and privileges of College/Student Government/Inter-Greek Council/Sports Club Council recognition are suspended for a specific period of time. Before a suspended organization may regain active recognized status after the designated period of time, representatives from the organization and/or the (Inter)National Headquarters must meet with the Office of Student Life or Department of Recreation and Wellness to show satisfactory completion of any assigned directives or to discuss stipulated conditions for the organization to return to recognized student organization status. If new incidents involving the organization occur while on this status, the date they are permitted to return to recognized student organization status will be reset and/or the status may change to revoked.

Revocation: The organization loses recognition from the College and Student Government/Inter-Greek Council/Sports Club Council for a specified period of time. If recognition has been revoked, the organization must comply with any Student Government/Inter-Greek Council/Sports Club Council application (expansion) processes to regain recognition after the period of revocation is exhausted.

 

Important Documents and Resources:

 

New Jersey Hazing Law

  • 2C:40-3. Hazing
    • A person is guilty of hazing, if, in connection with initiation of applicants to or members of a student or fraternal organization, whose membership is primarily students or alumni of the organization or an institution of higher education, the person knowingly or recklessly:
      1. Causes, coerces, or otherwise induces another person to commit an act that violates federal or State criminal law;
      2. Causes, coerces, or otherwise induces another person to consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the person to a risk of emotional or physical harm or is otherwise deleterious to the person’s health;
      3. Subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation of a physical nature, including, but not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, excessive calisthenics, or exposure to the elements;
      4. Subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation of a mental or emotional nature, including, but not limited to, activity adversely affecting the mental or emotional health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact, or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
      5. Subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation of a sexual nature; or
      6. Subjects another person to any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the person.
      7. Hazing shall not include any reasonable and customary athletic, law enforcement, or military training; contests; competitions; or events.
    • Hazing is a crime of the third degree if an actor commits an act prohibited in subsection a) of this section which results in death or serious bodily injury to another person and is ac rime of the fourth degree if the actor commits an act prohibited in subsection a) of this section which results in bodily injury to another person. Otherwise, hazing is a disorderly persons offense.
    • In addition to any other sanctions or penalties that may be imposed, a student or fraternal organization described in subsection a) of this section, or an institution of higher education, that knowingly or recklessly promotes or facilitates a person to commit an act of hazing prohibited in this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000 for an initial violation of subsection a) of this section, and a fine of not less than $5,000 or more than $15,000 for each subsequent violation.
    • A person, student or fraternal organization, or institution of higher education, and another person acting in concert with the person, organization, or institution, shall be immune from prosecution under this section if the person, or an employee, officer, or other agent acting on behalf of the organization or institution, as the case may be:
      • Called 9-1-1, or otherwise contacted campus security, police, or emergency services, and reported that a person was in need of medical assistance due to an act of hazing as described in this section;
      • The caller provided the caller’s name and, if applicable, the name of the person acting in concert with the caller to the 9-1-1 operator or other recipient of the emergency contact;
      • The caller was the first to make the 9-1-1 report or other emergency report; and
      • The caller and, if applicable, the person acting in concert with the caller remained on the scene with the person in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and cooperated with the emergency services on the scene.
    • In addition to any other applicable immunity or limitation on civil liability, a law enforcement officer or other official empowered to act as an officer for the arrest of offenders against the law of this State, or a prosecutor, who, acting in good faith, arrested or charged a person who is thereafter determined to be entitled to immunity from prosecution under this subsection shall not be subject to any civil liability for the wrongful arrest or charge.
  • C2C:40-4. Consent, sanction not available as defense
    • Notwithstanding any other provision of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to a prosecution under section 1 of P.L.1980, c.169 (C.2C:40-3).
    • It shall not be an affirmative defense to a prosecution under section 1 of P.L.1980, c.169 (C.2C:40-3) that the conduct in which the actor engaged was sanctioned or approved by a student or fraternal organization or an institution of higher education.
  • 18A:3-25. Pledge’s Bill of Rights
    • The Attorney general shall develop a “Pledge’s Bill of Rights” which outlines acceptable and unacceptable behavior and activities in regard to the pledge or rushing activities of college and university fraternities and sororities and other similar campus organizations. In developing the bill of rights, the Attorney General shall review the existing pledge and anti-hazing policies and procedures of public and independent institutions of higher education within the State and shall, as appropriate, incorporate those policies into the bill of rights. The Attorney General shall make the “Pledge’s Bill of Rights” available to each institution of higher education within the State.
  • 18A:3-26. Information on hazing included
    • The bill of rights developed by the Attorney General pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.388 (C.18A:3-25) shall include information on the criminal penalties for hazing and aggravated hazing established pursuant to P.L.1980, c.169 (C.2C:40-3 et seq.).

Additional information on hazing prevention:

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