Nine of Stanford's row houses house Greek organizations. Students who live in Greek houses, like all students who live on campus, must agree to and abide by the terms of the Residence Agreement.
The first complete or partial year a Greek student spends in their house uses that student's Tier 2. The second complete or partial year uses the student's Tier 1. Because Greek houses are required to fill, they sometimes have to pull in a member to live in the house in order to fill a vacancy. This can result in the usage of a Tier 1 if the student pulled in has already used Tier 2.
Most Greek students will live in their house sophomore year (Tier 2), live outside the house during junior year (Tier 3), and then return to the house for senior year (Tier 1). After the first year in a Greek house, students will only be able to select Tier 3 on their Autumn Draw applications. This is to ensure that all Greek students draw Tier 3 at least once during their Stanford career.
If a student will not be returning to the house during senior year, they can file a petition with Housing Assignments to use Tier 1 for their senior year Autumn Draw. These petitions should be filed at least three weeks before the Autumn Draw application deadline. Petitions are only granted if the student has drawn Tier 3 during a previous year and did not live in the house during more than one academic year. If a student has lived in a Greek house during any two complete or partial years, they would not be permitted to draw Tier 1 during their senior year.
To file a petition with Housing Assignments:
• Log into Axess
• Go to the Student drop-down menu and select Housing and Dining
• Select Petitions from the menu on the left side
• Select Greek Member Request for Return of Tier 1
Remember, any time spent in a Greek house counts as either Tier 2 or Tier 1. This means students who live in during their sophomore year (Tier 2) and then live in the house again for a portion of their junior year use their Tier 1. Students in this situation will draw Tier 3 for their senior year if they are not pulled back into the house.
The house leadership can pull any member into their house regardless of which tiers the student has remaining. Typically, students who live in a house for a portion of their junior year (and subsequently use their Tier 1) are given priority to return to the house for senior year so they do not have to draw Tier 3 for their last year on campus. Students should see their house leadership for details and to verify the organization's specific policy.
Please note that the tier policy does not apply to boarders. However, boarders may need to contact Housing Assignments if they do not believe the correct tiers are available to them when they apply for housing during the Autumn Draw.
Housed Greek organizations are required to fill their houses. Any member of a housed Greek organization may be pulled into the house to help ensure it is filled. For more information about Greek housing, see the Residence Agreement.