The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life supports the journey of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in its efforts to become a Top 25 research university. In order to best contribute to that process, the office, in conjunction with students, staff, faculty, and fraternal umbrella associations, created the Standards of Fraternal Excellence (SOFE). The SOFE outline the commitments of the university, the Division of Student Life, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, sorority and fraternity organizations, national and international organizations, sorority and fraternity volunteers, and student members.
The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life will provide ample support and resources in order to maintain compliance with the SOFE requirements. Sororities and fraternities are expected to reach the minimum expectations set forth by the SOFE, and the organizations recognized by the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life will be required to meet these standards. Organizations not achieving minimum expectations will work in conjunction with the office to create plans for improvement and future success.
The SOFE comprise four categories: Scholastic Achievement, Civic Engagement, Member Development, and Administration.