Fraternity & Sorority Life 2022-23 GUIDE
ON BEHALF OF the fraternity and sorority community, welcome to the University of Kentucky! At a public, flagship university, there are countless opportunities for campus involvement that await you. The fraternity and sorority community affords members the opportunity to become involved both on and off campus through philanthropy, academics and leadership development – all while building intentional relationships. Regardless of the distance between your home and Lexington, your chosen organization will become your home away from home, just as your newfound brothers or sisters will become like family to you. Joining the fraternity and sorority community at UK is one of the best decisions you can make during college. Fraternity men and sorority women have been part of a long-standing tradition at the University of Kentucky since the first fraternity was established in 1893. When you become a member of one of our organizations, you are following in the footsteps of countless accomplished members who came before you. The fraternity and sorority community is 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 can provide you with a small glimpse into all the ways fraternity and sorority life will enhance your experience. We wish you the very best on your college journey.
Interfraternity Council President
National Pan-Hellenic Council President
Katherine Cermack Panhellenic President
We look forward to meeting you soon! –– Council Presidents
United Greek Council President
FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE UK Fraternity and Sorority Life includes professional fraternity and sorority advisors dedicated to working with fraternal organizations and providing support to those interested in joining. Fraternity and Sorority Life is a part of the Dean of Students Office and works collaboratively with other units in the Office for Student Success to create a positive social culture that supports and promotes academic success and wellbeing for all members of the fraternity and sorority life community. Each member of the staff supports the governing councils and chapters in all areas of fraternity and sorority operations. Those include membership education, leadership, community service, university involvement, finance, recruitment, scholarship, personal growth and accountability. The team works collaboratively with council officers, chapter officers and members, as well as chapter advisors, alumni corporations and inter/ national organization volunteers and staff. UK’s Fraternity and Sorority Life staff members hope you find a home away from home in the fraternity and sorority community, and they look forward to providing you with guidance and support to achieve your goals and be wildly successful at UK.
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FSL FEE Many of the resources provided to individual members of the fraternity and sorority 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
UK’s fraternity and sorority community takes immense pride in their scholastic achievement. Both the new member and the undergraduate FSL grade point averages regularly exceed the undergraduate average at UK. The Fall 2021 all-FSL undergraduate semester GPA was 3.24 compared to the undergraduate all-university semester GPA of 3.06. The difference was even greater for new members who achieved a GPA of 3.208 compared to the all-first year-student average of 3.100. 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 involvement expectations.
Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers you opportunities to develop your leadership potential, both within the chapters and on campus. From day one, members can enhance their leadership skills through involvement with committees, event planning and personal and professional development programs. Chapters take great pride in serving in leadership positions in a variety of campus groups, including the Student Government Association, NAACP, DanceBlue, Club Sports, Student Wellness Ambassadors, K Crew, College Mentors for Kids, the Underground Perspective, Student Activities Board, Residence Life Association, Latino Student Union and many others.
While many chapters focus on national philanthropies, all support local agencies, as well. Each of the councils promotes collective service and philanthropy among its member chapters. For example, the Panhellenic Council is raising money to help Circle of Sisterhood build a school, while the United Greek Council hosts a day of service each year. There is no denying that service is a foundational component of the fraternity and sorority experience.
UK’s fraternity and sorority community provides a diverse selection of social opportunities for members, varying from brotherhood and sisterhood events to social functions between 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 proud members of the Big Blue Nation and fill the stands to cheer on the Cats. Chapter members actively participate and serve on planning committees for student-life events like Labor Stay, Crunch Brunch and campus-sponsored concerts. These social opportunities help members form bonds and develop relationships that last far beyond their collegiate years.
The University of Kentucky was founded on the principle of service, and chapters support a strong tradition of service to our campus, the local and global community. Each year, members donate thousands of dollars and, more importantly, thousands of volunteer hours to various charities. 7
REQUIREMENTS These are general requirements. Chapterspecific requirements are listed in council publications.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS Individuals interested in participating in recruitment or intake must be full-time 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.
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 groups with chapter facilities. The amount varies by chapter, and each organization will have different options for payment, including payment plans. 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.
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority involves giving back to the local community as well as to each chapter’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 and learn the importance of giving back to others.
There are currently 27 Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council chapters that have chapter facilities. Living in a fraternity or sorority house is a great transition from living in a
residence hall because it has many of the same benefits, 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, 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, as well as supervision of meal plans, maintenance and housekeeping. All chapter housing is different, so this is a great topic to discuss with each organization.
POLICIES HAZING STATEMENT
Fraternities and sororities were founded by students who came together 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 respect for others. As such, hazing in any form will not be tolerated. All secondyear members are required to participate in hazing prevention education and new members are provided with information during FSL 101 in the semester they join.
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. If you feel you are being hazed or know of a hazing incident, report it immediately online at go.uky.edu/ReportHazingUK or call the Hazing Hotline at 859-257-8573.
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.
Did You Know? 718 STUDENTS
live in fraternity and sorority houses
$4,537 (including dues)
average cost for living in a fraternity house per semester
$4,940 (including dues)
average cost for living in a sorority house per semester
UNITED GREEK COUNCIL “The 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 focus of UGC is to support a diverse community by creating a culture of respect, inclusivity and empowerment for its organizations.
HOW TO JOIN Fraternities and sororities within the United Greek Council individually coordinate their recruitment and intake opportunities by chapter. To provide a centralized location to learn about each organization within UGC, the council hosts its annual Uni-Tie Dye event during K Week. Traditionally, Beta Upsilon Chi - Brothers Under Christ Fraternity, Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority and Sigma Phi Lambda Christian Sorority host week-long recruitment periods each semester, including different events that allow potential new members to meet and get to know the active members of the group. Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., conduct membership intake at various times of the year, based upon the needs of the chapter. This @uk_ugc
process is organized by each chapter individually and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership. Another way to join the UGC community is by starting an interest group! An interest group is a group of people who come together to create a new fraternity or sorority experience that is not already being offered at the University of Kentucky. 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 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
Beta Upsilon Chi Brothers Under Christ BYX (Pronounced “Bucks”)
Beta Upsilon Chi, a National Christian Fraternity, exists for the purpose of establishing brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ. @kentuckybyx
Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. DPhiL
Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. advocates Asian awareness, empowers women leaders through its values-based programs, and forges Everlasting Sisterhood through diverse shared experiences. @ukydphil
Kappa Beta Gamma KBG
Kappa Beta Gamma has been dedicated to improving members morally, socially and intellectually since 1917. @kbg_uk
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
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 seek to know His person, His will and His ways. @ukysigmaphilambda
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
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL “The purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council is to initiate, discuss, coordinate, oversee and maintain programs and activities of mutual interest.”
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the coordinating body of the historically Black fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky. 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. We have had chartered chapters of all nine NPHC organizations and currently have seven active chapters.
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, while others take new members every year or every two years. Chapters work with their inter/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, an educational program organized by the council each semester to provide interested students with more information about each chapter, as well as membership intake and expectations. @uk_nphc 14
University of Kentucky National Pan-Hellenic Council
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 elevated ideals of scholarship and manhood 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
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 16
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. SGRhos It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. @muo_sghros
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Zetas The purpose of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is to foster ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. @uk_zetas
INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL “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 substantial 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 terrific 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) for new students, or a 2.5 college GPA for returning and transfer students. Interested students must register online at www.kentuckyifc.com/recruitment.
IFC primary recruitment kicks off with the annual Main Lawn Mingle event at K Week. From there, students will attend an information session called IFC 101 about all participating chapters, as well as open and invite-only chapter hosted events. Signing 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 in this informal process are encouraged to complete the Fraternity Interest Form at bit.ly/FraternityInterest and are still required to register at www.kentuckyifc.com/recruitment.
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 every brother with superior lifelong personal development and professional success. @ukagr
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_uky
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
Delta Sigma Phi Delta Sigs The Mission of Delta Sigma Phi is to empower and encourage members to become better men - men of courage, men of action and men of excellence. @deltasigmaphi
Delta Tau Delta Delts
Members of Delta Tau Delta are committed to lives of excellence based on four core values: truth, courage, faith and power. @kentucky_delt
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. @kappasigmakentucky
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. @ukphideltatheta
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
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 22
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
Phi Kappa Psi Phi Psi The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. @phikappapsi
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 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. @uksigep
Sigma Pi Sigma Pi
The mission of Sigma Pi Fraternity is to advance man’s quest for excellence. @sigmapi_uk
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. @thetachiuk
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
Zeta Beta Tau ZBT
The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is to foster and develop in its brotherhood the tenets of its Credo: intellectual awareness, social responsibility, integrity and brotherly love, in order to prepare its brothers for positions of leadership and service within their communities. @zbtkentucky 25
PANHELLENIC COUNCIL “The Panhellenic Council stands for good scholarship, for the guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards and for serving to the best of our ability 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, wellness programming 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.
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.
The University of Kentucky uses a fully structured recruitment process to build relationships between chapter members and potential new members. Women participating in primary recruitment will have the opportunity to meet all the chapters and learn about different components of membership through each round of the process. Primary recruitment is a valuesbased, mutually selective process 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 Sunday, May 1, and Wednesday, August 24.
Primary recruitment in 2022 will be hosted the first two weekends of the academic year. A mandatory orientation session for women participating will be held during the first week of classes, depending upon their recruitment group. Open House Rounds will be held Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28. The following weekend will include Philanthropy Round on Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3; Sisterhood Round on Sunday, September 4; and Preference Round on Monday, September 5. Bid Day will be held on the evening of Tuesday, September 6.
Primary recruitment participants must be full-time enrolled undergraduate UK students for the Fall 2022 semester. Register for primary recruitment online at www.uksorority.com and click the “Recruitment” tab. The registration fee for primary recruitment is $150.
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 does not match with 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 will not have available spaces after primary recruitment.
Be sure to check out Panhellenic’s Recruitment Guide for even more information about Panhellenic and the primary recruitment process!
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 Delta Pi ADPi
Alpha Delta Pi is committed to sisterhood, values and ethics, high academic standards and social responsibility. @ukadpi
Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Gam
Alpha Gamma Delta promotes academic excellence, philanthropic giving, ongoing leadership, personal development and above all, a spirit of loving sisterhood. @alphagamepsilon uky.alphagammadelta.org
Alpha Phi A Phi
Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. @ukalphaphi
Chi Omega Chi O
Chi Omega is an intergenerational women’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
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
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 Zeta DZ
Guided by the organizational purpose, Delta Zeta inspires, promotes and nurtures enduring friendships, personal development, leadership excellence and innovative growth. @ukdeltazeta
Gamma Phi Beta Gamma Phi
Gamma Phi Beta’s mission statement is to inspire the highest type of womanhood. @ukgammaphibeta
Kappa Alpha Theta Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta nurtures each member throughout her lifetime, offering opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. @uktheta
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 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
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
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
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 32
FREQUENTLY USED TERMS ADVISOR: An alumnus member who serves as a resource for the active chapter and liaison between the alumni and collegians. ALUMNI: Members of a fraternity who have graduated. (Singular is alumnus.) ALUMNAE: Members of a sorority who have graduated. (Singular is alumna.) BADGE: Also known as a pin, it is an item of jewelry given to members upon initiation. BID: An official invitation to join a Panhellenic or IFC organization given to potential new members. BID DAY: The last day of IFC and Panhellenic recruitment where potential new members receive formal invitations to join a fraternity or sorority. CALL: A yell used most commonly by NPHC and culturally-based chapters. Used to identify and greet brothers and sisters. Non-members are not permitted to use the call. CHAPTER: A branch of a national sorority or fraternity established at a campus. Each will have its own name, usually designated by Greek letters. CHARTERING: When an establishing chapter receives official recognition from its national office to have a chapter at a campus. COLLEGIAN/COLLEGIATE: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority currently in college. Formerly known as active. CULTURALLY BASED: Fraternities and sororities that include the celebration or appreciation of a particular culture. Examples include African American and Latino organizations. ESTABLISHING CHAPTER: A new organization that is awaiting official recognition from its national office to have a chapter at a campus.
EXPANSION/EXTENSION: The process used by inter/national organizations to establish a new chapter of their organization at a university. IFC: The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for some of the men’s fraternities at UK. INITIATE: A person who has recently learned the ritual of a fraternity or sorority and is a full member. INITIATION: A ceremony where a new member becomes a full member of the organization. Initiation ceremonies are private and different for all organizations. INTAKE: Term for the process by which NPHC and other culturally-based organizations select candidates to become new members. LEGACY: The grandchild, son, daughter, brother or sister of an initiated or alumnus/alumna member. Some organizations also include nieces, nephews or stepchildren as legacies. LINE: New member class of an NPHC or culturally-based organization. NEOPHYTE: New member of an NPHC or culturally-based organization. Also called a neo. NEW MEMBER: Term for a person who recently accepted a bid or invitation to membership. Some organizations refer to new members as associate members or neophytes. NEW MEMBER CLASS: A group of new members who join at the same time. Also referred to as a pledge class or line. NEW MEMBER PRESENTATION: Presentation show for new members of NPHC or culturally-based organizations. Also called a probate. NIC: The North American Interfraternity Conference is the
national governing body of the majority of men’s fraternities. UK’s IFC is affiliated with the NIC. NPC: The National Panhellenic Conference is the organization that governs 26 national women’s sororities. UK’s Panhellenic Council is affiliated with the NPC. NPHC: The National Pan-Hellenic Council, the coordinating body of the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities, also known as the Divine Nine. UK’s NPHC is affiliated with the NPHC headquarters. ORDER OF OMEGA: An honor society for fraternity and sorority members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic achievement. PANHELLENIC COUNCIL: The governing body for the 14 NPC sororities and one associate member organization at UK. 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 can 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 governing body for the culturally-based and special-interest fraternities and sororities at UK.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Will joining a fraternity or sorority have a negative effect on my grades?
It’s more likely that membership in a fraternity or sorority will help improve your grades. The Fall 2021 undergraduate all-FSL semester GPA was 3.24 compared to the allUniversity semester GPA of 3.06. 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 guidance and support during the transition to the University of Kentucky by organizing study groups and connecting students with campus resources. Ultimately, succeeding in the classroom is the student’s individual responsibility. With the broad range of resources available within the fraternity and sorority community, 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 clear policy that hazing is prohibited on campus. This 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. Additionally, hazing has been renounced by all inter/ national organizations and their governing bodies. 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 these 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. Additionally, all chapters are required to follow and stay up to date on all University guidelines related to COVID-19 safety. Fraternity and Sorority Life is committed to working with the University to encourage all students to protect, respect and do their part.
Do I have to identify as a student of color to join a culturally based fraternity or sorority?
No. Chapters within the National Pan-Hellenic Council, as well as the culturally-based organizations in the United 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 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 truer. 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 a key 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. 35
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