CCLD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Listed below are general answers to CCLD’s most frequently asked questions while University Operational Postures are in effect.

Current Operational Posture Pittsburgh Campus: Elevated (starting 9pm Wednesday March 31st, 2021)

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CCLD Frequently Asked Questions (last updated: October 15th, 2020

Q: Is the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD) open?

A: At this time, CCLD is closed. Staff are available via email, phone, and meetings utilizing  Zoom/Skype/Microsoft Teams.

Q: Will student organization leaders have access to the floor?

A: The 6th floor is closed in the Elevated Posture, provided students are attending a class or have access to their office via activity pass.

Q: Will student organization space be accessible?

A:  All student organization office spaces will be locked while the 6th floor physical space is closed. When the office is open, spaces will be accessed only via pre-approved student organization members with an activity pass.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask all the time on the 6th floor?

A: Yes. If the 6th floor is open, a face covering, which may be cloth or disposable and may be self-supplied and re-used, is to be worn in campus buildings, except while eating or in an enclosed private, single occupancy space (e.g., private study room or private office). Please refer to  University’s COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines: Face Coverings, Personal Protective Equipment, and Personal Hygiene for more information.

Q: Can I meet my advisor in-person?

A: At this time, regardless of posture, all CCLD staff will be meeting on a virtual basis.

Q: Can I use printer, kitchen (microwave, refrigerator) on the 6th floor?

A: All communal points of access and spaces on the 6th floor  with the exception of the printer (microwave, refrigerator) are unavailable. See for further details.

Q: How can I learn about joining a fraternity or sorority?

A: Attend a Fraternity and Sorority Life 101 to learn an overview of our community, how to join, and expectations for members. These sessions will occur online. Find a date to attend and register here. You can also look for information about recruitment and intake on our Instagram, Twitter, and

Q: Does my chapter have to complete the Cathedral Standards of Excellence?

A: Yes-All chapters must complete the Cathedral Standards of Excellence. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is encouraging chapters to use this assessment as a tool to ensure every chapter is providing a worthwhile experience for their members.

Q: Is IFC or Panhel recruitment cancelled due to the pandemic and restrictions on campus? Should I just wait until things are “back to normal” to join a fraternity or sorority?

A: Recruitment will be taking place, it will just look different this year. Our Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Collegiate Panhellenic Association (Panhel) chapters and councils have worked hard to create virtual recruitment and continue to provide meaningful experiences for all fraternity and sorority members, even in a socially-distanced world. Many chapter members have expressed how grateful they are to have the support of their fraternity or sorority amidst this time of uncertainty and social distancing. Even over zoom or other digital platforms, recruitment is a chance to meet people who share your values and will provide the environment and experience you are looking for as a potential new member. There is no reason to wait to begin your experience in a fraternity or sorority.

Q: Will intake be cancelled for all NPHC chapters during the Fall semester due to the safety postures set by the university?

A: No, intake for the National Pan-Hellenic Council can still be held during the semester. Chapters are working with their national organizations to design and edit how their intake schedules will be for this semester. Chapters who will be holding intake, will communicate the intake format on their chapter social media pages. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life also will communicate to students interested. Intake will be held virtually and look very different for each chapters. Intake will be in accordance to the safety posture set by the University.

Q: Can I join a fraternity or sorority if I identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming?

A: Yes. While fraternities and sororities are traditionally gendered organizations, some chapters are open to students who identify outside of the gender binary. Please schedule a meeting with a staff member from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.