Much of a Student's time is spent outside the classroom, and co-curricular activities and related services are instrumental in a students' total development at Drake University. The following section, therefore, describes Drake's residence life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, student organizations, student government, recreational and athletic programs, and other important services offered to students.
Drake University and its fraternity and sorority system have a reciprocal relationship: the University has given fraternities and sororities University recognition and the privilege of using its campus provided they make positive and useful contributions to the University's total educational experience. The following section on fraternity and sororities, therefore, illuminates that relationship by describing fraternities, sororities and the bodies that govern them; the University's expectations of the Greek system; a chapter's procedures for gaining and maintaining recognition; and current policies and resolutions concerning matters that affect not only the Greek system but also the University of which it is a part.
Contact the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life or visit the Fraternity and Sorority Life webpage for further information concerning Greek organizations and governing bodies.
A fraternity is a group of men working together to learn, to share experiences and to develop human relations, tolerance and consideration. Fraternities emphasize scholarship, contribute to various University and community service projects and provide a variety of social functions. Through these activities members can develop lasting friendships. The following national fraternities operate chapters at Drake University:
- Alpha Phi Alpha, mailbox in SLC office
- Phi Delta Theta, 1245 34th St.
- Phi Gamma Delta, 1236 34th St.
- Phi Beta Sigma , Mailbox in the SLC
- Pi Kappa Alpha, 1218 34th St.
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 1235 34th St.
- Sigma Chi, 3212 Forest Ave.
- Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1243 34th St.
- Tau Kappa Epsilon, 1316 34th St.
- Theta Chi, 1320 34th St.
A sorority is a group of women who extend family living opportunities to selected members. Local chapters of the national organizations promote scholarship, personal development, leadership and lifelong friendships. Sororities support others through scholarships and services for people with disabilities, the elderly, etc. Students can become acquainted with the various sorority groups at open houses and other parties during recruitment. The following national sororities operate chapters at Drake University:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha, mailbox in SLC office
- Alpha Phi, 1240 34th St.
- Delta Gamma, 1227 34th St.
- Delta Sigma Theta, mailbox in SLC office
- Kappa Alpha Theta, 1335 34th St.
- Kappa Kappa Gamma, 1305 34th St.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
NPHC, the coordinating agency for Drake's historic black fraternities and sororities, is advised by the director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Drake University. Active groups on Drake's campus are, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Phi Beta Sigma.
Greek Programming Council (GPC)
GPC is a committee made up of representatives from fraternities and sororities. The committee helps develop service and social activities for the Greek system, communicate with Drake and the city of Des Moines and maintain relations among Greek houses. GPC sends representatives to Drake Neighborhood Association meetings, sponsor blood drives and other service-related projects and plans such events as Greek Week and Sweetheart Sing. Proceeds from fundraising events are given for Drake projects and to Des Moines or national charities.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The Interfraternity Council is the coordinating and governing body for Drake's fraternity system. Membership of IFC consists of one representative (chapter president) from each of the eight national fraternities under its jurisdiction, which constitutes the General Assembly, seven positions elected by a vote of the General Assembly, and five positions appointed by the president of the Interfraternity Council.
The Panhellenic Council is the coordinating agency for Drake sororities. Members are elected or appointed from the chapters to promote cooperation among sororities. Both the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council organize and coordinate formal membership selection –– a mutual selection process known as recruitment –– which occurs during the first few weeks of the fall semester and continues informally throughout the year.
Drake University maintains that the national social fraternity (the term "fraternity" is used throughout this document to refer to men's and women's groups) system is a significant aspect of its extracurricular and residential life.
The University provides the setting within which the fraternity recruits its members, conducts its programs and implements its objectives and it should be remembered that Drake is primarily an educational setting. However, the fraternity exists as an adjunct to the University and its program, not as its central feature, and the continued presence of the fraternity on the campus depends upon the extent to which it makes a positive and useful contribution to the University's total program.
In recognizing and granting fraternities the privilege of its campus, Drake University expects each chapter to uphold the following standards:
The principal agency through which the fraternity maintains liaison and communication with the University is the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in consultation with the Dean of Students. Continual consultation and communication with that office on fraternity problems and concerns is a necessary and significant means of obtaining the guidance and counsel which will ensure that fraternity programs and goals will be in harmony with those of the University.
Dean of Students Office, November 26, 1962
Revised July 1, 2006
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in consultation with the Dean of Students, grants recognition to the University's social fraternities and sororities. The privileges of recognition and the broad range of authority and self-governance provided fraternal organizations include those privileges granted to other student groups and organizations. Recognized fraternal organizations are expected, as a condition of maintaining that privilege, to meet their responsibilities as members of the academic community at Drake, which includes observing all federal, state and municipal laws.
In order to establish a colony or to charter/re-charter a chapter on the campus of Drake University, a fraternity must be invited to establish a group on the campus. This invitation is to be issued by the University administration upon the recommendation of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. In no instance shall the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recognize or encourage a local fraternity that does not have the endorsement of a national fraternity.
Prior to the extension of an invitation to colonize, national fraternities under consideration must present their goals and program plans. This presentation (points to be included are outlined below) is to be made to representatives of the governing council to which the group will eventually belong, the presidents of the existing campus chapters and their advisors and representatives of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Following all presentations, the aforementioned groups will consider the presentation of each petitioning fraternity and make a recommendation "in favor of" or "opposed to" recognition of the petitioning group. They also will recommend (in case of more than one presentation) the order in which invitations to colonize should be extended. A three-fourths (3/4) vote of the existing chapters will be required before consideration for expansion will be recommended by the University administration through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The criteria to be used in determining which national fraternities will be invited to campus to make expansion presentations are:
Procedures to Establish New Chapters
Procedures to be used in the establishment of new chapters of national fraternities on the Drake University campus are:
Recognition of a New Chapter
Subject to all other applicable requirements, upon the agreement of the national fraternity and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, a colony may be formally installed and granted a charter. Before this agreement can occur, a colony must:
Support and Assistance for Recognized Chapters
In providing recognition, the University also provides support and assistance in a broad range of programs that impact directly on the operations of recognized fraternities and sororities.
The University may sanction or withdraw its recognition of a colony or chapter when there is confirmed evidence that the chapter is not meeting the standards set forth by either the national fraternity or the University.
When a chapter is suspected of being in non-compliance with either national or University standards, the following shall occur:
A fraternity or sorority chapter that is on removal status:
Revised July 1, 2006
Article I - Purpose of IFC Judiciary Board
The purpose of the IFC Judiciary Board is to hear cases of alleged misconduct brought before the Board, decide guilt or innocence, impose proper sanctions and promote an increased sense of responsibility among the students of the Drake University fraternities.
Article II - Basic Principles and Rights of the Accused
Article III - Jurisdiction
- All member fraternity chapters of the Interfraternity Council.
- All undergraduate members, pledges or guests of a member fraternity chapter.
- To cases arising under the constitution or bylaws of the Interfraternity Council and any rules or regulations passed by that body.
- To cases involving "non-academic misconduct" as defined in the Code of Student Conduct. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in consultation with the Dean of Students/designee, may, at his/her discretion, require that any case involving "non-academic misconduct," as defined by the Code of Student Conduct, be adjudicated pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Code of Student Conduct or that the matter be handled pursuant to the University procedures for Chapter sanctions or withdrawal of University recognition, at which time the Judiciary Board's jurisdiction over the case will cease until further notice from the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Article IV - Judiciary Board Procedure
- within 30 days of obtaining knowledge of the alleged violation.
- Complaints should include the following information in writing:
- Complaint dismissed.
- Complaint handled pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct.
- Complaint referred to the Judiciary Board for a hearing.
- Complaint handled pursuant to the procedures for chapter sanctions or withdrawal of University recognition.
- Complaint mediated by the IFC and/or its adviser. Note: The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in consultation with the Dean of Students/designee, has ultimate authority to decide how each complaint is handled.
- An accused shall receive written notification seven (7) days prior to the date of the hearing before the Judiciary Board. The notification will describe the alleged misconduct and/or the University/fraternity rules and regulations allegedly violated. The notification will advise the accused of the date, time and place of the hearing. Along with the notification, the accused will be directed to or provided with a copy of this Constitution.
- The accused is required to appear on the stated date unless it/he/she can show good cause not to appear and provide a written statement of reasons therefore to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. If the Judiciary Board Chairman finds good cause, he shall postpone the hearing. If the accused ignores the notification, or if good cause is not found for postponement, the hearing may be held as scheduled in the absence of the accused, and the appropriate sanctions will be imposed.
- The inability to obtain the presence of one or more requested witnesses shall not affect the validity of the hearing, but it may be cause for postponement, in the discretion of the Judiciary Board Chairman.
- The Judiciary Board Chairman shall chair the hearing and shall control all proceedings and points of order.
- Before a hearing can commence, a majority of the member chapters must be represented by their vice presidents.
- If the accused feels that the composition of the Judiciary Board should be altered, it/he/she has the right to request such prior to commencement of the hearing. The unchallenged members of the Judiciary Board present will decide by majority vote whether the reasons stated warrant a change in composition. In making their decision, the unchallenged members shall consider whether the challenged member has an interest in the outcome or has knowledge or feelings, which would prevent him from making a decision based only on the evidence presented at the hearing. Disqualified members shall be replaced with a person from the same chapter designated by the chair.
- The accused or the University may make a tape or other record of the hearing for purposes of an appeal.
- Hearings are closed to the public unless the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the accused both agree otherwise.
- All witnesses shall be excluded from the hearing room except when testifying.
- The charges are to be read to the accused, and it/he/she shall be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If the accused pleads guilty, the plea shall be accepted and the hearing shall continue as set forth below for the purpose of determining the appropriate sanction(s) only.
- The accused shall present the evidence it/he/she believes tends to show the accused's innocence and/or evidence intended to mitigate the potential sanction.
- The Judiciary Board shall deliberate in private and issue its written decision no later than 10 days after conclusion of the hearing. The written decision shall state whether the accused was found guilty by a majority of the Board members and if so, the sanction(s) to be imposed, again pursuant to majority vote.
- The IFC Judicial Officer shall present the evidence against the accused.
- IFC probation, which shall consist of IFC censure plus a warning that any future infraction will be dealt with more severely.
- Activities Probation
- Fines on guilty chapters or members.
Article V - Appeal
All Judiciary Board decisions are appealable to the Dean of Students. To commence an appeal, a written memorandum, stating the reasons why the Judiciary Board wrongly decided the case and suggesting how the Board's decision and/or sanctions should be modified, must be delivered to the Dean of Students within fourteen (14) calendar days from the mailing date of the written Judiciary Board decision sent to the accused. Barring discovery of material new facts, an appeal is limited to a review of the written memorandum and any tape recording from the hearing. The Dean of Students/designee will decide the appeal. In his/her discretion, the Dean of Students/designee may affirm or reverse the previous decision as to guilt or innocence and may modify the sanctions previously imposed. The severity of sanctions cannot be increased on appeal. The Dean of Students/designee will provide to the accused, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Dean of Students office a brief written explanation of the decision on appeal, which shall be a final decision in all cases.
Article VI - Composition and Duties of Judiciary Board
- Insure that Board members are properly trained to carry out their duties.
- Chair meetings and hearings and maintain order.
- Send copies of the Judiciary Board decision to the accused, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Dean of Students office.
Article VII - Amendments
Revised July 1, 2006
IFC and Panhellenic Council Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Rape Policy
The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council at Drake University shall not in any way tolerate the existence of:
Drake University fraternities admit for membership students without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or nation/ethnic origin. The Interfraternity Council of Drake University shall not in any way tolerate the existence of discrimination and/or discriminatory practices and will not hesitate to pursue sanctions within its power for lack of compliance with this nondiscrimination statement.
IFC, November 1995
It is the objective of all fraternities at Drake University to aid members in the realization of their academic potential. A scholarship program for associate members in the Drake Greek system will be effective only if there is a unified action, common consent program.
The goal of the Drake University Greek system, in order to ensure the above objective, is to have the all-fraternity GPA consistently greater than the University all-men's GPA. All member chapters of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) shall adhere to the following regulations and policies regarding scholarship.
- the annual review and, if necessary, the audit of the IFC scholarship policy;
- review of individual chapter scholarship policies,
- serving as a liaison between their individual chapter and IFC;
- providing scholarship activities (i.e., study skills seminar, speakers, updated tutoring resources); and
- representing the Greek system at special scholarship events.
- The IFC scholarship trophy is prominently displayed in the Olmsted Center for two weeks after the chapter has been recognized.
- All houses above the University all-men's GPA will receive a congratulatory notice in the Times-Delphic before rush begins.
- Individual scholarship awards will be granted at the discretion of each house.
- The pledge class with the highest GPA will have their letters placed on the IFC pledge scholarship plaque in recognition of this accomplishment. The most current recipient will be allowed to display it at their chapter during rush.
- The academic status and GPA of each chapter will be distributed to the rushees, with clarification by the rush counselors (i.e., Alpha Alpha Alpha (2.65) —Academic Warning). The fraternity with the most improved GPA will also be recognized in this way.
Academic standing shall be determined on a semester basis by the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. All names appearing on the fraternity roster will be figured into the cumulative grade point average of the fraternity. This grade point average will be used to determine the academic standing of each fraternity within this policy. It is the responsibility of the fraternity president to ensure the fraternity roster is correct. Violations and sanctions of the IFC scholarship policy will be founded on a straight three-tiered scale based on the average of the preceding academic year's all men's average. A cushion of .05 below the all men's GPA will be established and any chapter falling within this cushion will not be subject to first tier sanctions.
First Tier — University All Men's GPA to .20 Points Below
Violation of Social Function Sanctions:
1st Violation: $250 fine
2nd Violation: $500 fine
3rd Violation: Review of chapter status by IFC and the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Second Tier — .201 to .35 Below University All Men’s GPA
Violation of Social Function Sanctions:
1st Violation: $250 fine
2nd Violation: $500 fine
3rd Violation: Review of chapter status by IFC and the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Third Tier — .351 or More Below University All Men’s GPA
Violation of Social Function Sanctions:
1st Violation: $250 fine
2nd Violation: $500 fine
3rd Violation: Review of chapter status by IFC and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
IFC Executive Council reserves the right to impose alternate standards and sanctions where it is deemed necessary with the approval of the IFC General Assembly.
An appeal process is available for any chapter that remains within the same tier and has made significant effort to improve its GPA. This chapter may make an appeal before the IFC General Assembly, within two weeks of the beginning of the semester, outlining its members' efforts made for improvement. Based on the efforts made for improvement, the IFC General Assembly will determine if the chapter's standing in the scholarship policy will change.
IFC, May 3, 1994
Revised July 1, 2006
The Panhellenic system of Drake University is striving to achieve and maintain an all-sorority average above the all-University women's average. In order to achieve this, we commit ourselves to encouraging scholastic improvement and excellence among our chapters.
All member chapters of the Panhellenic Council shall abide by the following regulations and policies regarding scholarship.
The Panhellenic Scholarship award shall be given each year to the chapter with the highest GPA.
Every chapter that obtains a GPA above the all-University women’s average shall be recognized,along with the chapter with the most improved GPA.
Since it is the aim of the Panhellenic system to promote scholarship, any chapter whose GPA falls below the all-University women's GPA will be given an academic warning.
Warning Period: At the end of the semester any chapter that fails to achieve the all-University women's average, but falls no more than one tenth of a point below the average, is placed on academic warning. The chapter will be issued a letter notifying them of their status. Within one month the chapter must submit a statement to the Panhellenic Scholarship Chair describing one program or policy that its members will implement.
Probation: At the end of the semester, any chapter that fails to achieve the all-University women's average by more than one tenth of a point will be placed on Probation for the following semester. A chapter on probation is required to implement two scholarship programs for the semester, one of which must be a Study Tables program. Evaluations must be filed with the Panhellenic Scholarship Chair as stated above.
At the beginning of each semester, upon receiving a list of each chapter's GPA, the Panhellenic Scholarship Chair shall notify each chapter that is placed on warning or probation for that semester and shall ensure that the probation is followed. The Panhellenic Scholarship Chair will meet with the scholarship chair of each house on probation and will assist in the development of an effective scholarship program. Any violations of this policy shall be brought to the Panhellenic Council and a suitable punishment determined.
Panhellenic Council, April 2004
The Panhellenic Council of Drake University affirms the previous national Panhellenic resolutions which looked with disfavor upon auxiliary groups. The council agrees to eliminate participation in auxiliaries to men's fraternities and prohibits the formation and recognition of new auxiliaries.
Panhellenic Council, April 2004
The Interfraternity Council of Drake University shall prohibit any further membership additions to any women’s auxiliary group associated with any member chapter. All applicable women’s auxiliaries shall be allowed to continue without added members until such time when their membership has been depleted. This resolution does not include parents clubs, alumni associations or any other generally accepted auxiliary groups associated with fraternities.
IFC, April 12, 1991
The following section describes the recreational and athletic opportunities available for Drake University students. A brief description of Drake's recreational facilities is followed by an explanation of the programs Drake offers: intramural sports, sport clubs, lifetime sports instruction, wellness programming and intercollegiate athletics.
Students, faculty and staff have a wide variety of recreation and leisure opportunities. Refer to the Drake Recreational Services website at http://www.godrakebulldogs.com for the latest information on Drake's facilities and rules for their use. The Drake Knapp Center includes five basketball/six volleyball courts, four racquetball courts, a seven lap/mile jogging track and a 6,000 square foot weight training room. The center also seats 7,002 during all-University events as well as home athletic events. The Bell Center is home to a swimming pool, multipurpose aerobics room, fitness room, equipment room, public locker rooms and a gym with three basketball courts that can be set up for volleyball or badminton. An indoor track and a basketball court are located in the Fieldhouse, while the Drake Stadium contains an outdoor track. The Drake Tennis Center has six indoor and six outdoor courts and locker facilities. All requests for use of athletic facilities should be put in writing (listing all necessary information) and directed to the attention of the Associate Athletic Director-Facilities.
Guest recreation pass
If a student has guests and wants to use any of the recreational facilities, a guest pass can be obtained for up to three guests per student at the Bell Center office for a nominal fee.
Most sports equipment (e.g., basketballs, racquetballs and racquets, volleyballs, jump ropes) may be checked out of the Bell Center equipment room with a Drake ID. The student is responsible for loss or damage to equipment. Ping-pong and billiards are available in each of the residence halls for residents and their guests.
Intramurals provide students, faculty and staff members with an opportunity to participate in competitive team and individual sports at various skill levels. A comprehensive schedule of activities allows members of the University community to compete against others of similar skill in men's, women's and co-ed play. For a complete listing of the sports currently offered and the rules applicable to each, refer to the Drake Recreational Services website at http://www.godrakebulldogs.com.
How to enter:
Entry blanks for team sports and individual/dual sports are available in the lobby of the Bell Center and online. Entries are accepted in the Bell Center Office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.), or at the manager's meeting for that particular sport. A legal roster must be turned in at sign-up with the minimum number of players to field a team for the sport in question. Additional events may be scheduled. Please see individual activity flyers for more information.
Actives and pledges are permitted to participate for their fraternity/sorority providing the general eligibility requirements are met.
Any individual or organization may enter the independent division providing the general eligibility requirements are met.
Any individual or organization may enter the COREC division providing the general eligibility requirements are met.
Additions to the roster
Members may be added to a team’s roster, providing the player is otherwise eligible. Additions to the roster may take place in the Intramural Office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.). The roster book is also available at the field/floor during the regular season in each sport. Players may be added up until the last regular season game. An individual must participate in at least one regular season game to qualify for playoffs.
The intramural sports program is open to all Drake University students, staff, and faculty according to the guidelines listed below. The basic purpose of the eligibility rules is to provide an equitable program for all participants. The rules have been drawn as a guide to enjoyable participation. Therefore, the "spirit of the rules" is extremely important. If each participant is willing to abide by the rules, the net result will be a better intramural program for all.
Recreational Services, November 2006
Sports clubs are University-recognized organizations of Drake students, faculty and staff organized for the purpose of furthering interest in a sport. The clubs may be recreational or competitive, competing against clubs from other institutions. The clubs are initiated and run by students. They may receive some funding from the University but also must be prepared to raise funds to support their operation. See the Recreational Services website at http://www.godrakebulldogs.com or contact Recreational Services for more information.
The goal of Drake Wellness is to assist in establishing lifestyle patterns that will enhance the client's well being throughout his/her life. The Wellness Program is designed to provide opportunities that emphasize the six dimensions of wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, occupational and spiritual.
The Wellness Program offers individual programs, special events, and leisure programs/activities throughout the year. With a personal commitment from you, the services provided will assist you in achieving your fitness goals and improving the quality of your life.
For more information, see the Recreational Services website at http://www.godrakebulldogs.com.
As an NCAA Division I institution, Drake is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Pioneer Football League. The intercollegiate athletics program includes men's competition in basketball, football, track, cross country, golf, tennis and soccer. Drake women compete in golf, basketball, track, cross country, soccer, softball, volleyball, tennis and crew. Full-time Drake students need only show their ID at the door to gain admission to home athletic events, except events requiring advance ticket pick-up.
For more information, see the Drake Athletics website at http://www.godrakebulldogs.com
The men's and women's athletic teams (except for football, which competes in the Pioneer Football League and crew) include Bradley University, Creighton University, Drake University, University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University, Missouri State University, Wichita State University.
The following section not only describes purely procedural matters affecting student organizations such as registration and funding, but it also explains the responsibilities and privileges of organizations and provides a listing of all registered student groups. See the Student Organizations web pages and/or contact the Assistant Dean of Students for further information.
Contact the Student Life Center in Olmsted Center or visit the webpage for a current listing of student organizations.
Any group of students, except those registered by the Office of Residence or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, may apply for registration as a Drake University student organization by submitting the Drake University student organization registration form to the Assistant Dean of Students in the Student Life Center in Olmsted Center.
Status of registration of any student organization shall be one of the following:
Among the responsibilities an organization accepts upon registration are:
Among the privileges of registered student organizations are:
The Drake University Student Senate Student Fees Allocation Committee shall conduct hearings to examine financial proposals of students and student organizations on Drake University's campus. Two kinds of funding requests will be heard.
The following document explains the process of obtaining student fees from the Student Fees Allocation Committee of Student Senate.
The following shall be the Student Senate priorities of funding programs and organizations in both yearly budget allocations and one-time funding requests.
Yearly Funded Organizations
Organizations that have been granted full registration may submit an application to receive funding from the student activities fee, which is included in tuition. The process of obtaining the ability to receive yearly funding is handled through the Student Life Committee. The Student Life Committee will accept applications, hold hearings and bring their recommendation to Student Senate for approval. At the conclusion of the fall semester, the Student Fees Allocation Chair will obtain a list of organizations that have been approved to receive yearly funding from the Student Life Committee Chair.
According to the Student Handbook, organizations in the following categories will be ineligible for yearly funding from student fees:
Before an organization can be approved for full funding, it must appear on "probationary funding." While on probationary funding, an organization may receive no more than 1% of the total budget allocated to the Student Fees Allocation Committee. An organization shall be on probationary funding if it is approved for funding and any of the following conditions are met:
All budgetary decisions are at the discretion SFAC.
- Transportation: SFAC does not consider transportation costs when allocating budgets.
- Registration Fees: SFAC does not pay for registration fees for conferences.
- Charity Events: Organizations that hold a charity event must cover the expenses of that event before giving money to the charity of their choice; student fees may not be donated to charity.
- Publications: All publications should come out at least one week before the last day of the academic year. SFAC strongly encourages groups to sell advertisements in their publications to cover their printing costs.
- Clothing: SFAC does not fund clothing of any kind for student organizations.
- Summer Programming: Reimbursements will not normally be granted for summer activities, but may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Alcohol and Tobacco: SFAC neither endorses nor permits the use of student fees to support the purchase of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.
Any organization wishing to appeal its budget allocation or the freezing of its funds may do so via written petition to SFAC. SFAC will in turn conduct an appeals hearing and determine whether or not their original vote stands. If an organization disagrees with the outcome of an SFAC decision, they can appeal to the Student Senate via written request. Appeals must be supported by documentation and explanation of the budget items. The Student Senate is vested with authority in all student fee matters, including the power to overrule the directives of the Student Fees Allocation Committee if necessary.
Passing the Budget
At the time the Student Senate considers annual fee allocation recommendations, it shall have the power only to approve or reject such recommendations. No amendments may be made to the budget motion. If rejected, the budget will return to the Student Fees Allocation Committee for further discussion. Once amendments have been made within the committee, the budget motion will be brought back to Senate for approval.
Use of Allocated Funds
Accountability for student fees shall be vested with the Dean of Students Office. Responsibility for the money rests with the various activities and it is expected that funds will be spent judiciously on items directly pertaining to the charge of the organization. SFAC, by two-thirds vote, may at any time freeze funds previously allocated to an organization upon evidence of violation of this responsibility.
All organizations accepting fee money agree to justify all expenditures, present copies of budgets and receipts for purchases made using student fee money if so directed by SFAC or the Student Body Auditor and to abide by the guidelines set forth in this document. Further, they accept the directives of the Student Senate in these matters. In the case of an organization disbanding, all items purchased with student fees shall remain the property of Student Senate and be held in the Student Life Center.
Organizations are responsible for only spending money that has been budgeted to them. Organizations will not be reimbursed for funds spent after their budgeted amount has been used. Organizations that overdraw their budgets will risk having their funds frozen for the next year. Organizations that have had funding problems in past years may be asked to review budgets monthly with the Student Body Treasurer and Student Body Auditor to ensure that student funds are being used responsibly.
Any student organization that has unspent funds at the end of the year may request SFAC to carry over any unspent money from year to year for projects mutually approved by the committee and the organization. This request is required to be submitted by the end of September, when the accounting has been completed for the previous year.
The Student Development Fund is administered by the Dean of Students Office through Student Senate and is spent on worthy projects of a "one-time" nature that meets one of the finance priorities. This fund is included in the Student Senate budget as the reserve account. This fund is used to cover the deficits incurred by groups funded by Student Senate. Any student (undergraduate, graduate or professional), group of students or student organization is eligible to submit a proposal for allocation of monies from the Student Development Fund.
Process for Requesting Funds
Students wishing to obtain funds from the Student Development fund must submit a one time funding request to SFAC. This request must describe the event for which it is requesting funds, provide SFAC with all of the costs that the event will entail, and provide reasonable justification that the event meets one of the finance priorities. Contact the Student Life Office for a one time funding request form and for further information. SFAC will hear any request for student fees and make a recommendation to Senate.
Process for Receiving Funds
Once Student Senate has approved a funding request, students will be notified in writing of the allocation. The written notification should be signed and returned to the SFAC Chair, showing the students' acknowledgement and agreement to the terms set up by the SFAC. Students should speak with the SFAC Advisor at Drake in order to secure those funds. Within two weeks of using the funds, students must submit a one-page reflection paper and all receipts to the SFAC Advisor, and Student Body Auditor. The reflection paper should include information about the event the money was used for, its success, and the benefit it provided to Drake University. In the case of an organization disbanding, all items purchased with student fees shall remain the property of Student Senate and be held in the Student Life Center.
SFAC will consider the funding of conferences and trips for any student or group that is eligible to receive funds from the Student Development Fund. Groups must submit price quotes for all hotel rooms and flights with the request. Hotel rooms must be filled to capacity. SFAC considers the following guidelines "Standard Allocations" in the consideration of funding conferences and trips. Standard allocations are not strict guidelines, but generally in the past what SFAC has allocated for similar events.
Mileage will be determined by the distance from Des Moines to the city of destination and back.
One Time Funding Set Precedents
One Time Funding Appeals
If an organization is unhappy with the allocation that SFAC agrees upon, they can appeal to SFAC for a second hearing. If a group is still unsatisfied with the result, they have the opportunity to convince a Senator to bring their request to Senate without the approval of SFAC.
The Drake University Student Senate can be a large part of your Drake experience. Student Senate has worked for over 20 years to bring exciting programs, new developments and consistent communication to all aspects of the University. Members of Senate serve on committees and meet with campus administrators, discuss policies with professors and produce tangible results. You can be a part of the tradition!
Check the Student Senate's website for additional details at http://www.drakesenate.com/.
Drake Campus Security is one of the largest private campus security forces in the state of Iowa, consisting of 20 full-time officers who patrol the campus around the clock and calendar. A computerized communications/dispatch post is staffed 24 hours a day to coordinate security activities.
Our security force conducts routine patrols to enhance the safety of our campus by deterring crime before it happens. Security officers work closely with the Des Moines Police Department in preventing crime in our surrounding neighborhood and, when necessary, making arrests and investigating crimes.
Check the Drake Security website at /security/ for additional details.
The American Republic Student Health Center is conveniently located west of the Drake Campus at the corner of 32nd and Carpenter. We provide health information, resources, and treatment for injuries and illnesses. We refer to area health care providers as necessary. The health center is available for full time students. Students may call 271-3731 to set up an appointment to be seen. We are staffed with nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and an office coordinator.
Check the Health Center's webpage for additional details.
The University Counseling Center offers to all currently enrolled Drake students a variety of counseling services. Depending on the student's need, individual, couple, family, or group counseling may be provided. The UCC is available for workshops, training, psychological testing, and for referral information. In addition, UCC also offers consultation services to students, staff, and faculty who might have questions about student mental health issues or topics.
Check the Counseling Center's webpage for additional details.
The mission of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is to provide the Drake community with the information technology leadership, services and support needed to achieve the University's goals.
OIT's vision is that of an IT environment which empowers faculty, students and staff to use technology creatively and effectively to achieve their goals. This environment will have a standards-based architecture with secure, reliable infrastructure and services, and easy access to information. OIT will be focused on anticipating and meeting the needs of the community in an efficient and effective manner, and will have the resources appropriate to its mission.
The values of OIT staff include: customer focus and service, empowerment, open communication, and a commitment to quality in all that it does. Visit our website at /it/about/index.php for additional details.
More than 250 international students from over 60 countries study at Drake University. The International Center provides pre-arrival information, arrival and orientation services, and special programs. Volunteers in the Des Moines community also offer a host family program. In addition, roughly 20% of Drake graduates study abroad during their undergraduate enrollment at the university. Opportunities exist in over 60 countries based on academic needs, language preparation and personal interests.
Check the International Center's webpage for additional details.
Professional & Career Development Services offer comprehensive services to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of Drake University. Our professional staff assists students and alumni in defining professional goals, obtaining career-related experiences, and creating and implementing job search strategies or plans for graduate/professional school.
Check the Professional and Career Development Services' webpage for additional details.
As a division of Business and Finance, the Office of Student Accounts handles several services besides billing and collection of tuition payments. These additional services include information on tuition and fees, payment options, parking registration, transcript requests and pickup of student payroll checks. Check the Student Accounts webpage for additional details.
The Office of Student Financial Planning provides counseling and services designed to help students and their families meet the costs of financing an education at Drake University. Check the Student Financial Planning webpage for additional details.
The University owns a variety of rental properties off-campus. See details at /realestate/.