FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE
UNITED GREEK COUNCIL
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
ON BEHALF OF the fraternity and sorority community, we would like to welcome you to the University of Kentucky! At a university of this size, the number of opportunities for campus involvement can be overwhelming. Our fraternity and sorority community allows members the chance to become involved on and off campus through philanthropy, athletics, academics and leadership development â€” all while building intentional relationships. Regardless of how far you will travel to Lexington, your chosen organization will be your home away from home, just as your newfound brothers or sisters will become family. For these reasons, joining our fraternity and sorority community has the potential to be one of the best decisions you will make in college. Fraternity men and sorority women have been part of the long-standing tradition at the University of Kentucky since the first fraternity was established in 1893. Should you choose to become a member of one of our organizations, you will be able to follow in the footsteps of the countless accomplished fraternity men and sorority women who came before you. Our community was founded on the values of scholarship, leadership, friendship and service; our members strive to live out these values each day. Your time spent at the University of Kentucky will be among the best years of your life, and we hope this guide will provide you with a small glimpse into all the ways fraternity and sorority life can enhance your experience. We wish you the very best on your college journey. We look forward to meeting you soon!
FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE The Fraternity and Sorority Life Office includes professional fraternity and sorority advisors with more than 50 years of combined experience working with fraternal organizations. Fraternity and Sorority Life is a part of the Dean of Students Office and works collaboratively with other departments in the Division of Student and Academic Life to promote the success of organizations and students through education, guidance and advocacy. Each member of the staff supports the governing councils and chapters in all areas of fraternity and sorority operations including membership education, leadership, community service, university involvement, finance, recruitment, scholarship, personal growth and accountability. They work collaboratively with council officers, members and chapter officers, as well as chapter advisors, alumni corporations and inter/national organization volunteers and staff. The Fraternity and Sorority Life staff hope that students find a home away from home in the University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority community, and they look forward to providing students with guidance and support to achieve their goals.
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Many of the resources provided to individual members of the fraternity and sorority life community are made possible through the FSL Fee. This fee is assessed similarly to other student fees, such as lab fees, through the student’s online tuition bill each semester. The FSL Fee, which shows up as “Greek Fee,” is first assessed the semester in which a student joins and continues each semester of their membership. The FSL Fee assessed to individual members of the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council is $65 and the FSL Fee assessed to individual members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and United Greek Council is $30. 5
Wildly Powerful COMMUNITY
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIP
UKâ€™s fraternity and sorority community takes great pride in its scholastic achievement. Both the New Member and the All FSL grade point averages exceeded the All University average. The Fall 2019 All FSL semester GPA was 3.32 compared to the All University semester GPA of 3.21. The difference was even greater for new members who achieved a GPA of 3.25 compared to the All First Year Student average of 3.04. Chapters place great emphasis on encouraging, developing and maintaining academic progress. All groups have minimum standards for membership that serve to encourage and hold members accountable for academic success. Councils and chapters provide tutors, study programs and other incentives to promote academic excellence. Additionally, time management skills of fraternity and sorority members improve as they work to achieve their academic goals while also meeting chapter expectations.
Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students many opportunities to develop their leadership potential within the chapters as well as on campus. From day one members have the opportunity to grow their leadership skills through involvement with committees, event planning and leadership development programs. UKâ€™s organizations take great pride in having members serve as role models on campus in a variety of ways. Members have served in leadership positions in campus groups including Student Government, Center for Community Outreach, NAACP, DanceBlue, Club Sports, Student Wellness Ambassadors, K Crew Leaders, College Mentors for Kids, Black Student Union, Student Activities Board, Residence Life Association, Latino Student Union and many others.
and, more importantly, thousands of volunteer hours to various charities. While chapters focus on national philanthropies, all support local agencies as well. Each of the councils promotes collective service and philanthropy among its member chapters as well. The Panhellenic Council hosts its annual School Supply Drive at the beginning of the semester for Fayette County schools, while the National Pan-Hellenic Council does a year-long Piggy Bank Drive, where donations are accepted at council events to raise money for a specific Lexington community nonprofit. Students are encouraged to participate in service from the beginning of their membership.
UKâ€™s fraternity and sorority community provides a diverse selection of social programs to its members. These programs vary from brotherhood and sisterhood events to social functions between different organizations. Friendship is a core value of fraternities and sororities, and groups work to provide events and activities that promote relationships within the chapter and in the entire fraternity and sorority community. Fraternity and sorority members are also members of the Big Blue Nation and fill the stands for Wildcat athletic teams as well as student-life events such as LaborStay, Crunch Brunch and campus-sponsored concerts. Doing things together helps members bond and develop relationships within their chapter and the larger fraternity and sorority community and UK.
The University of Kentucky was founded on the principle of service, and chapters support a strong tradition of service to our campus and community. Each year, members donate thousands of dollars
REQUIREMENTS These are general requirements. Chapter specific requirements are listed in council publications.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS All participants in the intake/ recruitment process must be fulltime undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. Each chapter requires a minimum grade point average for joining. The Interfraternity Council is the only council with a minimum academic requirement for participation in recruitment. FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS Joining a fraternity or sorority carries a financial commitment. This financial commitment covers the cost of participation in chapter activities, dues and fees to the inter/national organization and housing costs for those groups with chapter facilities. The amount varies by chapter and each organization will have different options for payment including payment plans and scholarships. New members can expect to pay more for the first semester of membership because of national
initiation fees and other one-time costs. All members of the FSL community are assessed the FSL Fee each semester, which is $65 for IFC and Panhellenic members and $30 for NPHC and UGC members. SERVICE REQUIREMENTS Being a member of a fraternity or sorority involves giving back to the local community as well as to each chapterâ€™s national philanthropy. Every chapter has its own service requirements for individual members that may range from completing individual service hours to attending chapter philanthropic events. Participating in these service events provides members with opportunities to get involved in the community to learn the importance of giving back to others. HOUSING REQUIREMENT There are currently 30 Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council chapters that have chapter facilities. Living in a fraternity or sorority house is
a great transition from living in the residence halls because it has many of the same benefits as the residence halls, plus the opportunity to live with fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. Chapter house living usually includes sharing a room with at least one chapter member and having meals served Monday through Friday. Residents also have the convenience of living in the hub of many chapter activities. If a chapter has housing, then members are likely to be required to live in the house for at least two semesters. Most fraternity or sorority housing corporations operate much like a landlord and must have all available spots occupied with a signed contract (and possibly a deposit). Most chapters have a house director who lives in an apartment within the house to provide security along with supervision of meal plans, maintenance and housekeeping. All chapter housing is different, so this is a great topic to discuss with each organization.
Did You Know? 828 STUDENTS live in fraternity and sorority houses
$3,081 average cost for living in a fraternity house per semester $4,480 average cost for living in a sorority house per semester 8
POLICIES HAZING STATEMENT Fraternities and sororities were founded by students who came together as friends to create a bond and support each other academically. Their goals were intellectual, social and moral growth. Fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky expect their members to strive for academic achievement, demonstrate responsible citizenship, show concern for the rights and needs of others and provide leadership by promoting self-respect of others. As such, hazing in any form will not be tolerated. All new members are required to participate in office facilitated hazing prevention education at the beginning of the new member process. The University of Kentucky defines hazing as any action or situation created by a member of the university community against another member of the university community for
the purpose of affiliation with a group or organization that: (a) is negligent or reckless in nature; (b) is humiliating or endangers an individual; or (c) unreasonably interferes with scholastic or employment activities. Actions and situations that may constitute hazing include, but are not limited to, the following: forced consumption of food, alcohol or drugs; paddling in any form; creation of unnecessary fatigue; personal servitude; physical and/ or psychological shocks; forced wearing of apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; degrading or humiliating games and activities; sleep or food deprivation; unreasonable exposure to the weather; kidnapping or abandonment; line-ups and berating; undue interference with academic pursuits; or expectation of participation in activities that are illegal, lewd or in violation of university policy.
If you feel you are being hazed or know of a hazing incident, report it immediately online at www.tinyurl.com/reporthazinguk or call the Hazing Hotline at 859-257-8573. ALCOHOL STATEMENT The University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority community opposes the misuse of alcohol and maintains that all chapters, all individual members and all guests must abide by state, local and university laws and regulations. Guidelines for social events involving alcohol are established by the University of Kentucky and prohibit students from possessing alcoholic beverages in the houses and on chapter premises. All chapters work to educate and foster a better understanding of social responsibility and alcohol education for their members.
United Greek Council
â€œThe United Greek Council shall promote awareness of member organizations through service, scholarship and fellowship.
The United Greek Council at the University of Kentucky is the governing council for special-interest and culturally-based fraternities and sororities and is the fastest growing council at the University of Kentucky. The main focus of the UGC is to support a diverse community by creating a culture of respect, inclusivity and empowerment for its organizations.
Asians Changing Expectations ACE Asians Changing Expectations is an organization determined to bring a new Asian-interest sorority onto the University of Kentuckyâ€™s campus. ukyace
HOW TO JOIN Fraternities and sororities within the United Greek Council individually coordinate their recruitment opportunities by chapter. To provide a centralized location to learn about each organization within UGC, the council hosts an open house event within the first few weeks of school. Traditionally, Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority and Sigma Phi Lambda Christian Sorority host week-long recruitment periods each semester that include different events allowing potential new members to meet and get to know the active members of the group. Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. conduct membership intake, or recruitment, individually at different times of the year based upon the needs of the chapter. This process is organized by each chapter individually and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership. @uk_ugc
Another way to join the UGC community is by starting an interest group! Interest groups are a group of men or women who come together to create a new fraternity or sorority experience that is not already being offered at the University of Kentucky. Asians Changing Expectations is a great example! The women who started ACE recruited other women into the interest group who were looking for an Asianinterest sorority experience. Together, they will work to meet the benchmarks to affiliate with a national Asianinterest sorority. While all interest groups within UGC will eventually affiliate with a national special-interest or culturally-based fraternity or sorority founded on one specific interest or culture, all of our UGC chapters celebrate a diverse membership! Contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office if you are interested in creating a new interest group within the United Greek Council.
University of Kentucky United Greek Council
Kappa Beta Gamma KBG Kappa Beta Gamma has been dedicated to improving members morally, socially and intellectually since 1917. kbg_UK
Kappa Beta Gamma - Alpha Nu Chapter
Sigma Phi Lambda Phi Lamb Sigma Phi Lambda is a Christian sorority that strives to glorify God by providing a source of fellowship for college women who sincerely seek to know His person, His will and His ways. ukysigmaphilambda
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Gammas Through excellence in the organization’s five founding principles, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. provides opportunities for lifelong empowerment to its members, thereby positively influencing the global community. uk_gammas
Theta Nu Xi
Multicultural Sorority, Inc. Theta Nu Xi The mission of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. is to promote leadership, multiculturalism and self-improvement through academic excellence, involvement in and service to the campus and community, as well as being living examples of sisterhood across different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds and lifestyles. tnxao @tnxao Alpha Omicron Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
National Pan-Hellenic Council â€œThe purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council is to initiate, discuss, coordinate, oversee and maintain programs and activities of mutual interest.â€?
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at the University of Kentucky is the coordinating body of the seven active historically Black fraternities and sororities. NPHC organizations were established during a time when African Americans were denied the rights of equal opportunity in society, including at colleges and universities. Today, these organizations continue to embrace the ideals of unity, achievement and service to the community. The chapters strive to empower their members and the larger community socially, economically and politically through education and positive, intentional relationships. The opportunity to experience such a genuinely rich tradition and history, while adopting an excellent legacy, makes NPHC organizations a great fit for prospective members.
HOW TO JOIN NPHC organizations take new members into their organizations through a process called membership intake. This process is organized by each chapter individually and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership. Some will host membership intake every semester, every year, or every two years. Chapters work with their national organizations to schedule membership intake when it best suits their membership needs. Students interested in joining any of the NPHC organizations are required to attend NPHC 101. NPHC 101 is an in-person educational program organized by the council each semester to provide interested students with more information about each chapter, membership intake and the expectations of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Kentucky. @uk_nphc 14
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. AKAs Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “service to all mankind.” @IotaSigmaAKAs
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Deltas Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. MuEpsilon_DST
Mu Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Zetas The purpose of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. @UK_Zetas
Iota Mu Zetas
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alphas Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. @UK_Alphas
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Iotas The purpose of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is the development and perpetuation of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity and brotherhood among men. @ZetaPsilotas
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ques The purpose of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is to bring about union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive, helpful and constructive place in political life of the community and nation; foster the humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status. @Rho_LambdaQues
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Sigmas The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. are the fraternity’s most valuable resource and strength and should effectively embody “culture for service and service for humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service. @UK_Sigmas
“The mission of the Interfraternity Council is to unite in the pursuit of scholarship, community service, character and the continued growth of the Greek system.”
The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for a large portion of the men’s fraternities at the University of Kentucky. IFC works with member chapters to coordinate programs and activities that benefit the members, as well as advocates for the needs of fraternities at the University of Kentucky. Joining an IFC organization is a great way to get involved on campus and continue pursuing high academic performance and service to the community.
HOW TO JOIN Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity must be a full-time enrolled student at the University of Kentucky, as well as meet the academic requirement of either a 2.7 high school GPA (on a 4.0 unweighted scale) or a 2.5 college GPA (minimum of 12 credit hours). In order to receive a bid from an IFC fraternity, interested students must also register online at www.kentuckyifc.com and pay the $55 recruitment fee at the end of the registration form. @Kentucky_IFC 18
The fall IFC recruitment period kicks off with IFC’s annual Main Lawn Mingle K Week event and then continues with the primary recruitment process, which is typically a week long and includes an information session about all participating chapters, as well as open and invite-only chapter hosted events. Bid Day is the last day of primary recruitment and is when new members are officially invited to join. Some chapters will choose to continue to informally recruit after this structured process and men interested are still required to register through IFC’s website.
Kentucky Interfraternity Council
Alpha Gamma Rho AGR Alpha Gamma Rho is the fraternity sharing a common bond within a dynamic, global agriculture committed to fostering the highest values and providing each and every brother with superior lifelong personal development and professional success. @UKAlphaGammaRho
Alpha Gamma Rho - Omicron
Alpha Sigma Phi Alpha Sig Alpha Sigma Phi is dedicated to better the man, through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood founded upon the values of character: silence, charity, purity, honor and patriotism. @alphasiguk
Beta Theta Pi Beta The mission of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity is to develop men of principle for a principled life. @Beta_Kentucky
Beta Theta Pi - University of Kentucky
Chi Psi Chi Psi The mission of the Chi Psi Fraternity is to create and maintain an enduring society which encourages the sharing of traditions and values, respect for oneself and others and responsibility to the university and community. ukchipsi
@UKChiPsi Chi Psi at UK
Delta Sigma Phi Delta Sig The mission of Delta Sigma Phi is to empower and encourage members to become better men â€“ men of courage, men of action and men of excellence. ukdeltasig
Delta Sigma Phi at the University of Kentucky
Delta Tau Delta Delt Members of Delta Tau Delta are committed to lives of excellence based in four core values: truth, courage, faith and power. @KentuckyDelts
FarmHouse FarmHouse The purpose of FarmHouse is to promote good fellowship, to encourage studiousness and to inspire its members in seeking the best in their chosen lines of study as well as in life. @UKFarmHouse
University of Kentucky FarmHouse Fraternity
Kappa Alpha Order KA Kappa Alpha Order seeks to create a lifetime experience, which centers on reverence to God, duty, honor, character and gentlemanly conduct. ukkappaalpha
Kappa Sigma Kappa Sig The Fraternity should complement and enhance the educational mission of the host institution, promote the ideal of brotherhood, actively contribute to the personal growth and development of its members, promote ethical behavior and decision making and encourage service to others. @KappaSigmaUK
Phi Delta Theta Phi Delt Phi Delta Theta was built on three pillars: the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality.
Phi Delta Theta Kentucky Epsilon
Phi Gamma Delta FIJI Phi Gamma Delta unites men in enduring friendships, stimulates the pursuit of knowledge and builds courageous leaders who serve the world with the best that is in them. ukphigam
Phi Kappa Tau Phi Tau The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character. PhiTau_Kentucky
Kappa of Phi Kappa Tau â€“ University of Kentucky
Phi Sigma Kappa Phi Sig Phi Sigma Kappa is a lifelong brotherhood dedicated to the betterment of the individual, the university community and the world, by giving its members opportunities to develop leadership skills, participate in service to others, achieve academic excellence, experience cultural diversity and practice personal integrity. PhiSigUKY
Pi Kappa Alpha Pike Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience. @KentuckyPikes
Sigma Alpha Epsilon SAE The Fraternityâ€™s mission is advancing the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service for members throughout life. KentuckySAE
Kentucky Epsilon of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Chi Sigma Chi The mission of Sigma Chi Fraternity is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community. uk_sigmachi
Sigma Nu Sig Nu The mission of Sigma Nu Fraternity is to develop ethical leaders inspired by the principles of love, honor and truth; to foster the personal growth of each man’s mind, heart and character; and to perpetuate lifelong friendships and commitment to the Fraternity. SigmaNu_UK
Sigma Nu at UK
Sigma Phi Epsilon Sig Ep Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded with the cardinal principles of virtue, diligence and brotherly love. The mission is “building balanced men,” which is achieved through a commitment to sound mind and sound body. @SigEp_UK Sigma Phi Epsilon at the University of Kentucky 24
Sigma Pi Sigma Pi The mission of Sigma Pi Fraternity is to advance manâ€™s quest for excellence. sigmapi_uk
Sigma Pi Fraternity at University of Kentucky
Tau Kappa Epsilon Teke The mission of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity is to aid men in their mental, moral and social development for life. kentucky_tekes
Theta Chi Theta Chi Theta Chi Fraternity believes in true friendship, the primacy of alma mater, the promotion of knowledge and the advancement of culture, the virtues of truth, temperance and tolerance and the usefulness of the Fraternity. UKThetaChi
Theta Chi - University of Kentucky
The purpose of Triangle shall be to maintain a fraternity of engineers, architects and scientists. It shall carry out its purpose by establishing chapters that develop balanced men who cultivate high moral character, foster lifelong friendships and live their lives with integrity. @UKTriangle
Triangle Fraternity Kentucky Chapter
“The Panhellenic Council stands for good scholarship, for the guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards and for serving our college community.”
The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the 14 National Panhellenic Conference sororities and one associate member sorority at the University of Kentucky. Panhellenic’s main goals are to create community-wide standards and relationships through leadership opportunities, educational and social programming, as well as oversee fall primary recruitment. Panhellenic events include a Women’s Leadership Conference, Month of the Woman and Month of the Scholar. As the largest women’s organization and the second largest student organization, Panhellenic makes a significant impact on UK’s campus with its support for philanthropy, scholarship, leadership and sisterhood.
FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS Each of the Panhellenic sororities carries a financial commitment. Dues are assessed at the beginning of each semester, meaning that women will be expected to make two payments per year to her sorority. The first semester of membership tends to be the most expensive as there are often one-time initiation fees. At UK, those costs range from approximately $970 to $1,900 per semester, with the average being $1,375 per semester. Subsequent semesters average approximately $980 per semester. Chapters do offer the opportunity to live in a sorority house. The cost to live in the chapter house ranges, with
the average in-house cost at approximately $4,800 per semester. Chapter members are expected to live in the facility during their membership, most in their second year. Many Panhellenic women pay for their own dues by working throughout the school year or having a summer job. To help with financial obligations, each organization will have different payment options that may include payment plans and scholarships. Potential new members will receive a financial disclosure document after they register for primary recruitment that outlines the specific financial commitments for each chapter
HOW TO JOIN Panhellenic hosts primary recruitment in the fall semester. This is the best opportunity to join because interested women will
visit each of the 14 chapters during recruitment. Phi Sigma Rho is an associate member and does not participate in primary recruitment.
PRIMARY RECRUITMENT The University of Kentucky uses a fully structured recruitment process in order to build relationships between chapter members and potential new members, discover shared interests and values among chapter members and potential new members and display the high standards held by all NPC member organizations. Primary recruitment is a values-based, mutually selective process. Potential new members and chapter members look to find women who share common values, principles and standards. The recruitment process is designed to allow both chapters and potential new members to make choices about their best fit based on shared values. Women interested in participating in primary recruitment should register at www.uksorority.com between June 1 and August 26. RECRUITMENT DATES Primary recruitment in 2020 will be hosted the first two weekends of the academic year. A mandatory orientation session for women participating will be held Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, depending upon their recruitment group. Open House Round will be @UK_Panhellenic
held Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, August 30. The following weekend will include Philanthropy Round on September 4 and 5, Sisterhood Round on September 6, and Preference Round on September 7. Bid Day will be held Tuesday, September 8 in the evening. REGISTRATION INFORMATION Participants in primary recruitment must be full-time enrolled undergraduate UK students for the Fall 2020 semester. Register for primary recruitment online at www.uksorority.com and click the “Recruitment” tab. The cost to register on or before July 16 is $150, after July 16 is $175, and after August 1 is $225. CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING Continuous Open Bidding (COB) begins after the conclusion of primary recruitment and continues throughout the academic year. COB is recommended for anyone who chooses not to participate in primary recruitment or did not match to a chapter at the end of the process. Participating sororities will contact women directly to invite them to attend their membership activities or will post information about their COB events on their chapter and Panhellenic’s social media. Keep in mind, women will not hear from all Panhellenic sororities, because some chapters fill their chapter total during primary recruitment. Women interested in COB may register online at www.uksorority.com.
University of Kentucky's Panhellenic Council
Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Chi
Alpha Chi Omega is devoted to enriching the lives of members through lifetime opportunities of friendship, leadership, learning and service. uk_axo
Alpha Chi Omega UK www.kentuckyalphachiomega.com
Alpha Delta Pi ADPi
Alpha Delta Pi is committed to sisterhood, values and ethics, high academic standards and social responsibility. ukadpi
Alpha Delta Pi - University of Kentucky
Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Gam
Alpha Gamma Delta promotes academic excellence, philanthropic giving, ongoing leadership and personal development and above all, a spirit of loving sisterhood. @AlphaGamEpsilon
Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Kentucky uky.alphagammadelta.org
Alpha Phi A Phi
Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. @UKAlphaPhi
Kentucky Alpha Phi
Chi Omega Chi O
Chi Omega is an intergenerational womenâ€™s organization forever committed to the founding purposes including friendship, personal integrity, service to others, academic excellence and intellectual pursuits, community and campus involvement and personal and career development. @UK_ChiOmega
UK Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta Tri Delt
The purpose of Delta Delta Delta shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life and to assist its members in every possible way. @UKTriDelta
University of Kentucky Tri Delta
Delta Gamma DG
Delta Gamma is built on a foundation of fostering high ideals of friendship, promoting educational and cultural interests, a true sense of social responsibility and developing the best qualities of character. @ukdeltagamma
Delta Gamma UK
Delta Zeta DZ
Guided by the organizational purpose, Delta Zeta inspires, promotes and nurtures enduring friendships, personal development, leadership excellence and innovative growth. @UKDeltaZeta
UK Delta Zeta
Gamma Phi Beta Gamma Phi
Gamma Phi Beta’s mission statement is to inspire the highest type of womanhood.
Gamma Phi Beta's mission statement is to inspire the highest type of womanhood.
University of Kentucky Gamma Phi Beta gammaphibeta.org/universityofkentucky
Kappa Alpha Theta Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta nurtures each member throughout her lifetime, offering opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. @UKTheta
University of Kentucky Kappa Alpha Theta kentucky.kappaalphatheta.org
Kappa Delta KD
Kappa Delta is committed to: encouraging members to live with integrity and honor in the bonds of lifelong friendship; building confidence in members to excel in college and throughout their lives; inspiring members to be active leaders, responsible citizens and engaged members of the community; and providing opportunities and experiences that foster personal and professional growth for a lifetime. @uk_kappadelta
Kappa Delta - Epsilon Omega Chapter uky.kappadelta.org
Kappa Kappa Gamma Kappa
Kappa Kappa Gamma is an organization of women, which seeks for every member throughout her life bonds of friendship, mutual support, opportunities for self-growth, respect for intellectual development and an understanding of and an allegiance to positive ethical principles. @kentuckykkg
Kappa Kappa Gamma Beta Chi Chapter uky.kappa.org 31
Phi Mu Phi Mu
Phi Mu provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living, encouraging members to achieve their personal best. @PhiMu_UK
Phi Mu at the University of Kentucky uky.phimu.org
Pi Beta Phi Pi Phi
The mission of Pi Beta Phi is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service. @UKPiPhi
University of Kentucky Pi Beta Phi uky.pibetaphi.org
Phi Sigma Rho Phi Rho
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. Through Phi Sigma Rho, members develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that will last a lifetime. @UKPhiSigmaRho
Phi Sigma Rho - University of Kentucky 32
FREQUENTLY USED TERMS
ADVISOR: An alumnus member who
NEW MEMBER PRESENTATION:
chapter and liaison between the
organizations to establish a new
of NPHC or culturally-based
ALUMNI: Members of a fraternity who
ALUMNAE: Members of a sorority
by fraternities and sororities to
organization and celebrate its history.
item of jewelry given to members
organization was founded.
BID: An official invitation to join a
governing body for some of the men’s
to potential new members.
INITIATE: A person who has recently
Panhellenic recruitment where
sorority and is a full member.
invitations to join a fraternity
member becomes a full member of
CALL: A yell used most commonly by
are private and different for all
Used to identify and greet brothers
INTAKE: Term for the process by
permitted to use the call.
culturally-based organizations select
sorority or fraternity established at a
LEGACY: The grandchild, son,
usually designated by Greek letters.
initiated or alumnus/alumna member.
chapter receives official recognition
nieces, nephews or stepchildren as
chapter at a campus.
LINE: New member class of an NPHC
initiated member of a fraternity or
NEOPHYTE: New member of
known as active.
organization. Also called a neo.
sororities that include the celebration
who recently accepted a bid or
Examples include African American
organizations refer to new members
ESTABLISHING CHAPTER: A new
NEW MEMBER CLASS: A group of
recognition from its national office to
time. Also referred to as a pledge
serves as a resource for the active
process used by inter/national
alumni and collegians.
chapter of their organization at a
have graduated. (Singular is alumnus.)
FOUNDERS DAY: An event celebrated
who have graduated. (Singular is
highlight the founding of their
BADGE: Also known as a pin, it is an
It’s not necessarily held on the day the
IFC: The Interfraternity Council is the
Panhellenic or IFC organization given
BID DAY: The last day of IFC and
learned the ritual of a fraternity or
potential new members receive formal
INITIATION: A ceremony where a new
the organization. Initiation ceremonies
NPHC and culturally-based chapters.
and sisters. Non-members are not
which NPHC and other
CHAPTER: A branch of a national
candidates to become new members.
campus. Each will have its own name,
daughter, brother or sister of an
CHARTERING: When an establishing
Some organizations also include
from its national office to have a
or culturally-based organization.
sorority currently in college. Formerly
an NPHC or culturally-based
CULTURALLY-BASED: Fraternities and
NEW MEMBER: Term for a person
or appreciation of a particular culture.
invitation to membership. Some
and Latino organizations.
as associate members or neophytes.
organization that is awaiting official
new members who join at the same
have a chapter at a campus.
class or line.
Presentation show for new members organizations. Also called a probate. NIC: Stands for North American
Interfraternity Conference and is the
national governing body of a majority of the men’s fraternities.
NPC: The National Panhellenic
Conference is the organization
that governs 26 national women’s sororities.
NPHC: The National Pan-Hellenic
Council, the coordinating body of
the nine historically African American
fraternities and sororities, also known as the Divine Nine.
ORDER OF OMEGA: An honor society for Greek members who demonstrate
outstanding leadership and academic achievement.
PANHELLENIC COUNCIL: The
governing body for the 14 NPC sororities.
PHILANTHROPY: Service project or charity undertaken by chapters or
councils on a campus, community or national level.
PNM: A Potential New Member is a student interested in joining an
organization. Also called an aspirant by some groups.
RECRUITMENT: The process where sororities and fraternities get new
members. Potential new members
have the opportunity to interact with all participating organizations and learn more about fraternity/sorority life.
SPECIAL-INTEREST: Fraternities and sororities that focus on a specific common area of interest such as culture, faith or academic major.
UGC: The United Greek Council is the organization that governs the
culturally-based and special-interest fraternities and sororities.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Will joining a fraternity or sorority have a negative effect on my grades? Actually, it’s more likely that membership in a fraternity or sorority will help improve your grades. Last fall, the All New Member average at UK was 3.25 compared to the All First Year Student average of 3.04. Why the difference? When students join a fraternity/sorority they become part of a larger group of students who have already made it through their first year at UK. Not only does this group understand what a first-year student is facing, but it can also provide assistance in most of the courses new students will be taking. There are few other places where a student can gain access to the variety of resources that the fraternity and sorority community can offer. Ultimately, succeeding in the classroom is the student’s individual responsibility. With the broad range of resources available within the fraternity and sorority community, however, students are more likely to achieve their full academic potential.
Is hazing a traditional practice in fraternities and sororities?
The University of Kentucky has a very clear policy that hazing is prohibited on campus, and it is not limited to fraternities and sororities but for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Chapter members are educated on the dangers of such practices on an ongoing basis by both the University and the national/ international organization. Hazing, or any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion or mental distress, is entirely contrary to the purposes of the fraternity and sorority community and the University of Kentucky and is not tolerated. If anyone ever thinks that they are being asked to participate in inappropriate activities, whether in a fraternity or sorority or any other student organization, the student should contact the Office of Student Conduct immediately.
Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature, like in the movies?
That depends on your definition of “social.” The various activities of today’s fraternities and sororities include educational programs, community service events, intramural sports, alumni events, Parents’ Days, Homecoming, formals and date parties. While all of those events are “social” in some ways, there are additional benefits to participation. All fraternity and sorority chapter houses are alcohol-free facilities with exceptions only for registered alumni events. The Kentucky fraternity and sorority community prides itself on being a progressive, welcoming group.
Do I have to identify as a student of color to join a culturally-based fraternity or sorority?
Greek Council, are open to students of all ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. These organizations were founded by students who identify with a particular cultural background for the purpose of providing students of color with an opportunity to find support systems and encouragement in higher education. Membership in these organizations is now open to students of any background, but the groups still include an inter/national focus on initiatives that benefit their particular cultural background.
How much time is required to be a member?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires a time investment. The old saying “you get out of it what you’re willing to put into it” could not be more true. Most of the fraternity men and sorority women are successfully balancing academics, a part-time job and a social life alongside chapter membership. While there are mandatory commitments that are set well in advance (weekly meetings, community service projects, new member education), a student can be as involved as they choose to be. Time requirements vary from group to group depending upon how ambitious a chapter’s programming calendar might be. The students who are most active and involved are usually the ones most satisfied with their decision to join a fraternity or sorority.
Which chapter is the best one?
All fraternities and sororities share the values of scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood. The University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority community is very strong, and all of the chapters fulfill their duties to achieve excellence in these areas. Each chapter has its own identity, and students will know which chapter is the best fit for them in both values and personality.
What role do families play in the fraternity and sorority community?
Families play an important role in the fraternity and sorority community by being supportive and engaged in their student’s experience. No matter if they were never in a fraternity or sorority or still volunteer regularly with their organization, there are ways for family members to be involved and helpful. The Fraternity and Sorority Life Office encourages families to keep an open mind and encourage their students to do the same, as the membership experience is different for every member. Chapters frequently have events for families, regularly distribute newsletters and some even have parent and family clubs designed to support the chapter. If family members ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office.
No. Chapters within the National Pan-Hellenic Council, as well as the culturally-based organizations in the United
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FALL 2020 IMPORTANT DATES Will Takewell Aniya Hall
Susan West Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 19 - 23 K perrin Week britt emily
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life email@example.com SEPTEMBER 25 - 27 Interfraternity Council Advisor
National Pan-Hellenic Council President firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent and Family Weekend Katie Custer
Rachel Eberhart Panhellenic President Administrative SupportOCTOBER Associate 9 - 11 email@example.com Homecoming Weekend firstname.lastname@example.org Monica Peterman Jenna Lowe 22 Parker Robinson United Greek Council President AUGUST OCTOBER 9 Assistant Director ofCouncil Fraternity & Sorority email@example.com Interfraternity Main Lawn Life MingleInterfraternity Council President National Pan-Hellenic Council Homecoming Step Show firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com National Pan-Hellenic Council Minority Student Welcome National Pan-Hellenic CouncilUni-Tie and United United Greek Council Dye OCTOBER 19 Greek Council Advisor Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life AUGUST 21 firstname.lastname@example.org FSL Annual K Week Event Panhellenic Council Advisor
AUGUST 24 First Day of Classes
– FALL 2019 IMPORTANT DATES – OCTOBER 19 - 20
AUGUST 26 AUGUST 17 - SEPTEMBER 3 Fall Break First Day of Classes AUGUST 26Panhellenic Primary Recruitment SEPTEMBER 3-7 21 - 25 Panhellenic AUGUST Primary Recruitment Registration Deadline NOVEMBER 25 - 37 Interfraternity Council Recruitment K Week Thanksgiving Break SEPTEMBER 13 - 15 22 AUGUST 29AUGUST - 30; SEPTEMBER 4-8 Family Weekend Week FSL Block Party Panhellenic KPrimary Recruitment DECEMBER 14 - 18 OCTOBERFinals 11 - 13 AUGUST 24 Week Homecoming Weekend IFC SEPTEMBER 8 Main - 12 Lawn Mingle OCTOBER 11 UGC Uni-TieRecruitment Dye Interfraternity Council NPHC Homecoming Step Show NPHC Council Minority Student Welcome National Pan-Hellenic Council Week
OCTOBER 21 Midterm OCTOBER 21 - 22 Midterm Break NOVEMBER 27 - 30 Thanksgiving Break DECEMBER 16 - 20 Finals Week
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