Standards of Excellence


The purpose of the Standards of Excellence Program is to:

  • Assess chapter performance based on the five pillars of Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Scholarship & Learning, Leadership & Values, Philanthropy & Service, Safety & Risk Management, Brotherhood & Sisterhood and Diversity & Inclusion
  • Promote and uphold the expectations and operational standards of the Fraternity & Sorority Life Office 
  • Provide chapters with a comprehensive guide of best practices that encourage continuous improvement 
  • Recognize high-performing chapters and identify areas of development for underperforming chapters 
  • Ensure that students involved in Fraternity & Sorority Life are receiving a well-rounded fraternal experience. The Standards of Excellence Program overview can be found here.
  • All chapters and colonies affiliated with the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association (PHA), or United Sorority & Fraternity Council (USFC) are required to participate.
  • The program will review chapter performance over one (1) calendar year through the submission of narratives, event summaries, chapter programs, and other detailed supplemental materials via a link provided by staff.
  • Final scores will be determined and chapters will be given a Standards of Excellence Status based on external evaluators scores, group conduct and council standing as determined by the FSL office.
  • All chapters will be reviewed annually based on SOE submissions. Chapters will be reviewed in depth by a committee of campus administrators on a 4-year cycle (9 chapters per year, selected at random) that is separate from SOE results. 
  • Chapters who submit the Standards of Excellence program, will be eligible for awards at the annual SOE Awards Banquet. 





Scholarship & Learning


Leadership & Values


Community Service & Philanthropy


Safety & Risk Management


Brotherhood & Sisterhood



Academic Achievement

Member Development

Community Service

Alcohol Risk Reduction

Chapter Programming

Diversity & Inclusion Education 

Academic Standards

Chapter Management


Anti-Hazing Efforts

Interfraternal Relations

Equity & Access in Recruitment

Academic Programming

Campus Leadership Involvement


Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts

Alumni Outreach & Programming

Culturally Relevant Programming


2019 Community Score Card


SOE 2020 Program

Community Score Card

SOE 2020 Program


Standards of Excellence Banquet


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