Elevation Philosophy

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life believes each chapter has the opportunity to elevate their organization and collectively elevate the entire fraternity and sorority community through the continuous process of improvement. The Elevation accreditation program allows chapters the opportunity to determine the best pathway for their success. The program is not a “one size fits all” model but instead encourages CSU chapters to assess their current reality, determine goals to fit their individual needs, develop action plans to meet their established goals, and reflect on successes and opportunities for improvement. Chapters have the opportunity to continually grow and improve; achieving the goals they set for themselves in each of seven priority areas created to provide congruence with the commonly shared values of fraternities and sororities.

Click here for the academic year Elevation program.
Click here for the calendar year Elevation program.

Academic Year Program

Program Runs September to May

Calendar Year Program

Program Runs January to December

Fall 2017

September 1, 2017:

September 22, 2017

September 30, 2016:

  • RamLink Student Organization Registration

October 13, 2017:

  • Chapter President Check-In with OFSL Staff Liaison
    (Meetings cannot be scheduled to occur before September 12th, please schedule at least a week in advance to ensure staff schedules can accommodate the chapter)
  • Chapter Roster Update

November 17, 2017:

December 8, 2017:

Spring 2018

January 2018:

  • Attendance at the Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Institute

January 26, 2018:

March 9, 2018:

  • Chapter President Check-In with OFSL Staff Liaison (Meetings cannot be scheduled to occur before February 6th, please schedule at least a week in advance to ensure staff schedules can accommodate the chapter)
  • Chapter Roster Update

April 20, 2018:

May 2- 3, 2018:

May 4, 2018:

Spring 2017

January 2017:

    • Attendance at the Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Institute

January 27, 2017:

February 17, 2017:

By February 28, 2017:

    • RamLink Student Organization Registration Completion

March 10, 2017:

    • Chapter President Check-In with assigned OFSL Staff Liaison (Meetings cannot be scheduled to occur before February 6th, please schedule at least a week in advance to ensure staff schedules can accommodate the chapter)
    • Chapter Roster Update

April 21, 2017:

May 5, 2017:

Fall 2017

September 1, 2017:

October 13, 2017:

    • Chapter President Check-In with assigned OFSL Staff Liaison (Meetings cannot be scheduled to occur before September 11th, please schedule at least a week in advance to ensure staff schedules can accommodate the chapter)
    • Chapter Roster Update

November 17, 2017:

December 4- 7, 2017:

December 8, 2017:

Roster Update Instructions

Before the roster update is due, your chapter liaison will send you a .pdf version of your roster. It is your responsibility to email your chapter liaison back with individual changes indicated. A few things to keep in mind regarding roster updates:

  • Please do not send back this pdf document edited or a separate chapter roster. Please only email changes to be made to the roster that was sent.
  • Please make sure the number of new and active members on this roster is accurate. Any active members with a changed status should be noted in this roster update using the following format: Individual’s Name and one of the following statuses: (e.g. Joe Smith- Resigned Initiated)
    • Active
    • New Member
    • Neophyte (New Member)
    • Neophyte (Associate Member)
    • Inactive – Semester
    • Inactive – Year
    • Alumni
    • Resigned – Initiated
    • Resigned – Not Initiated
    • Dismissed – Initiated
    • Dismissed – Not Initiated
    • Transferred – Initiated
    • Transferred – Not Initiated
  • Any members that do not appear on this roster need to complete the online membership information form and grade waiver (found here on our website). This is the only way a member can be added to your roster. All new members must complete this form within 72 hours of officially beginning an intake or new member process.

If any information is highlighted in yellow, it means that the information in that cell is incorrect and therefore should be verified and corrected when you send your roster update.

If the roster update is the last one of the semester, please be advised that the final roster updates you submit will be what we use to create the chapter’s grade report. Please double check to ensure that all new members from the semester appear on the roster and that the list of active members is complete. You will remove graduate seniors on the first roster update of following semester after they are no longer students. They should remain on this last roster update since they were a student and member of your chapter throughout the semester.

Elevation End of Year Panels take place at the end of each Elevation cycle, and t=are divided into two different components: (1) a video submitted in advance, and (2) a 30-minute Elevation panel with judges from across campus.


Elevation Video: The video should be 5-7 minutes in length.  The video is designed to be a synthesized version of your formal Elevation written reflections. You should address each of the seven priority areas in Elevation, citing success and areas for future improvement as you see fit.

The format of the video allows for your chapter’s creativity and unique identity to be presented; meaning that you can deliver that content any way you like. The chapter president could be the only chapter member in the video, the executive board could be in the video, or the entire chapter could be in the video. You can sing it, you can dance it, or you can read it. The only thing you are evaluated on is the content.

Here are two examples of Elevation Reflection Videos:

FarmHouse Fraternity Reflection Video
Delta Xi Nu Elevation Reflection Video


Elevation Panels: You will have roughly 10 minutes to share the information you would like to present to the panel (2-3 CSU faculty and staff members), followed by roughly 15 minutes of dialogue with the panelists. You may present information in any way you feel comfortable. The panel is meant to be your opportunity to make meaning of your past year through conversation with panelists.

You may do this by simply sitting across from the panel talking through your experience, by bringing physical artifacts or examples to share, or by creating a PowerPoint or similar presentation (AV will be available, but please let us know if you plan to use it so we can be ready). No extra points will be given for the formality or polish of a presentation. We are looking for depth of content and your ability to explain your experience. We don’t want this to be a stressful experience – we want it to be your opportunity to brag about your organization and reflect on areas for improvement!

Here is an example of what a walk-through of a panel could look like:

– In advance of panel, judges will watch your elevation reflection video.
– For the first ten minutes or so of the panel, provide a presentation and overview of your chapter’s participation in Elevation.
– The remainder of the time spent will be questions and answers and a dialog with the panelists about your chapter.

Elevation Panels Criteria: The judges will be looking for specific criteria in your panel, which are:

– Chapter can articulate their experience completing the Elevation program.
– Chapter is able to describe how they utilized the Elevation program to set and achieve goals connected to organizational values and initiatives.
– Chapter is able to reflect on areas of improvement as a result of completing the Elevation program.
– Chapter is able to reflect on areas of success as a result of completing the Elevation program.
– Chapter is able to articulate what they will do differently in the future when completing the Elevation program.

A sample rubric is available here.


Awards Panels: These are panels held separately from the Elevation panels.  Each chapter has the opportunity to opt in to any of the awards categories they would like.  More information can be found in the Awards and Recognition page under the Programs tab.