The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the undergraduate students, the alumni house corporations and the Town of Chapel Hill take the issue of fire safety very seriously. To ensure this level of safety, the OFSL-CI Fire Safety program was created in 1996, following the tragic fire at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. Annually this program is evaluated and new components are added, in keeping with our overall belief in continuous improvement.
Each semester, each fraternity and sorority that operates a house is required to participate in fire safety training co-hosted by OFSL-CI and CHFD. Following the training, each house conducts a fire safety self-inspection to prepare for their official inspection. The fraternity and sorority houses are inspected by the Chapel Hill Fire Department as the houses are in the Town of Chapel Hill, pay over $350,000 in property taxes, and thus are under the jurisdiction of the CHFD. The inspections occur within the first 6-8 weeks of the semester along with a fire drill monitored by CHFD. During the inspection, the Fire Department looks for any violations of the National Fire Safety Code. If a violation is found, the chapter is written up in a report and assigned a time period during which they must rectify the problem. This report is sent to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UNC-Chapel Hill, who compiles the results and monitors compliance. Each chapter appoints an undergraduate member to the position of Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal is responsible for attending the training, conducting the self-inspection, and accompanies the Fire Inspector during the inspection.