Standards of Excellence

Relevant Paperwork

Standards of Excellence submissions for the 2016 year are due Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5pm (PST).

Standards of Excellence (SoE)

San José State University (SJSU) seeks to recognize and foster relationships with those Greek-letter organizations that contribute positively to the community and the academic mission of SJSU.

The Standards of Excellence have been designed to indicate what San José State University expects from each chapter. In addition, the standards show what sets fraternities and sororities apart from other student organizations. It is required that each chapter meets these minimum standards in order to be considered in good standing with the University, and to maintain recognition.

The standards of excellence have been designed to recognize the strongest Fraternities and Sororities at SJSU. Chapters that achieve the Silver and Gold Laurels have gone above and beyond what is expected of the fraternity and sorority community at San José State University.

Gold Laurel Standards of Excellence Silver Laurel Standards of Excellence Bronze Laurel Standards of Excellence

1,880 – 2,130 points

1,630 – 1,879 points 

1,400 – 1,629 points 

If a chapter achieves between 2,131-2,515 points, they will acheive a Platinum Laurel.

Additional Awards

Greek Man & Woman of the Year

One Fraternity man and one Sorority Woman who best exemplify the values of Greek Life at San Jose State University, will be selected as the Greek Man and Greek Woman of the Year. Individuals that are nominated will be evaluated based on information provided specifically describing their character, scholastic performance, chapter involvement, Greek life involvement, University & greater community involvement, public service, etc. throughout their undergraduate career.

Nomination Form:

Emerging Sorority/Fraternity Leader of the Year

One Fraternity and one Sorority member who is identified as having demonstrated taking initiative or action, and showed an ability to inspire and lead within their fraternity/sorority and/or the Greek community. Individuals that are nominated will be judged on the information provided on how they exemplified chapter values, took action/got involved regardless of a title or position, and served as a role model for other members within the organization. This award is intended for younger members within the Fraternity & Sorority community; looking to highlight those members that have made an impact in the short time in which they've been active.

Nomination Form:

Advisor of the Year

The Advisor of the Year Award recognizes an advisor that goes above and beyond to motivate, challenge, and support the undergraduate officers and members. This person demonstrates their commitment by being present at relevant Chapter events and meetings, assists with organizational goal setting and transitions, serves as a role model to the members, mentors individual students, and more.

Nomination Form:

Award Submissions

  • Awards submissions for the Greek Life Awards Ceremony will be due by 5pm on Friday, March 10th. It is encouraged that chapters complete award nomination forms to recognize members of the Greek community, but it is not required.
  • These awards are supplemental to those such as “Best in Council,” “Most Improved Chapter,” etc. These awards will be given out at the discretion of the Student Involvement Greek Life Team.

Awards Ceremony - Recogition Banquet

  • The 2016 Greek Life Awards Ceremony will be held on April 24, 2017 at 4pmand will recognize Chapters and individual members that have excelled in specific areas.