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University of Virginia
Inter-Fraternity Council • Inter-Sorority Council • National Pan-Hellenic Council • Multicultural Greek Council
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Welcome to UVA
Involvement in the fraternity and sorority community has dramatically enhanced my time at UVA. The men and women I have met are consistently among the most passionate and engaged students that I know, so it is no wonder that our members are deeply invested in leadership and activities. â€“Kathleen Lavelle, Inter-Sorority Council President
For 160 years, fraternities and sororities at the University of Virginia have offered enriching values-based experiences that focus on scholarship, leadership, service, and brother/sisterhood. Since the establishment of our first chapter in 1852, the fraternal community has grown to support 61 chapters, which are governed by four distinct councils. Membership in our fraternity and sorority chapters encompasses nearly 30% of UVAâ€™s undergraduate population, representing over 4,000 students. Beyond the brotherhood and sisterhood inherent in membership, fraternities and sororities offer increased opportunities for leadership development, personal growth,
scholastic achievement, and philanthropic service. In the 2012â€“ 2013 academic year, fraternities and sororities at the University reported raising over $325,000 for charitable causes and logging over 78,000 hours of community service. This commitment to excellence in leadership and service has resulted in a significant impact for both the fraternal organizations and the local community. The following pages provide introductory information on the various councils and chapters that comprise the fraternity and sorority community at Virginia. We invite you to explore this information and our web based resources as you consider joining the fraternity and sorority community at Virginia.
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The Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) is the governing board for 31 social fraternities and approximately 1,700 men at the University. The IFC is comprised of three functional branches which are charged with developing and enforcing policies related to fraternity life, facilitating the membership recruitment process, implementing service based initiatives, and delivering educational programs and resources for the IFC community.
Alpha Delta Phi (Provisional)
Chapter | Virginia Founded | January 1832 Established at UVA | 2010 Philanthropy | Patrick Sean Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Alpha Tau Omega Chapter | Delta Founded | September 11, 1865 Established at UVA | November 25, 1868 Philanthropy | Charlottesville SPCA
Alpha Epsilon Pi (Provisional) Chapter | Mu Founded | November 7, 1913 Established at UVA | 1924 Philanthropy | Lion’s Legacy
Beta Theta Pi Chapter | Omicron Founded | August 8, 1839 Established at UVA | April 24, 1855 Philanthropy | Charlottesville Free Clinic
Chapter | Alpha Founded | December 24, 1824 Established at UVA | May 1859 Philanthropy | Ashley Cowie Foundation
Delta Sigma Phi
Chapter | Eta Founded | June 22, 1844 Established at UVA | November 26, 1852 Philanthropy | Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Chapter | Alpha Mu Founded | December 10, 1899 Established at UVA | May 1921 Philanthropy | Hope Community Center
Kappa Alpha Order
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Kappa Psi Chapter | Virginia Alpha Founded | February 19, 1852 Established at UVA | December 8, 1853 Philanthropy | Carson Raymond Foundation
Kappa Sigma Chapter | Zeta Founded | December 10, 1869 Established at UVA | December 10, 1869 Philanthropy | Reading is Fundamental Foundation
Chapter | Virginia Beta Founded | December 26, 1848 Established at UVA | February 19, 2001 Philanthropy | ALS Association
Delta Upsilon Chapter | Virginia Founded | November 4, 1834 Established at UVA | April 22, 1922 Philanthropy | Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville
Chapter | Lambda Founded | December 21, 1865 Established at UVA | November 19, 1873 Philanthropy | Mallette-Love Memorial Foundation
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Chapter | Omicron Founded | May 1, 1848 Established at UVA | December 31, 1858 Philanthropy | Jimmy V Foundation
Phi Sigma Kappa Chapter | Psi Founded | March 15, 1873 Established at UVA | 1907 Philanthropy | Habitat for Humanity
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Chapter | Virginia Beta Founded | December 26, 1848 Established at UVA | November 18, 1873 Philanthropy | Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville
Pi Kappa Phi
Chapter | Alpha Founded | March 1, 1868 Established at UVA | March 1, 1868 Philanthropy | Habitat for Humanity of Charlottesville
Chapter | Beta Upsilon Founded | December 10, 1904 Established at UVA | March 6, 1961 Philanthropy | Push America
St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Chi Chapter | Psi Founded | June 28, 1855 Established at UVA | December 10, 1860 Philanthropy | Children’s Miracle Network, UVA Children’s Hospital
St. Elmo Hall (Delta Phi) Chapter | Rho Founded | November 17, 1827 Established at UVA | January 1908 Philanthropy | One Love Foundation
Chapter | Virginia Omicron Founded | March 9, 1856 Established at UVA | December 19, 1857 Philanthropy | Camp Kesem
Pi Lambda Phi Chapter | Omega Alpha Founded | March 21, 1895 Established at UVA | 1932 Philanthropy | March of Dimes, Alzheimer’s Association
Chapter | Upsilon Founded | January 17, 1847 Established at UVA | 1860 Philanthropy | American Heart Association
Pi Kappa Alpha
Sigma Alpha Mu Chapter | Beta Psi Founded | November 26, 1909 Established at UVA | 1968 Philanthropy | Alzheimer’s Association
Sigma Nu Chapter | Beta Founded | January 1, 1869 Established at UVA | 1871 Philanthropy | Breast Cancer Research
SERP (Sigma Phi)
Chapter | Alpha of Virginia Founded | March 4, 1827 Established at UVA | February 27, 1954 Philanthropy | Monica Sue Long Foundation
Tau Kappa Epsilon (Provisional)
Chapter | Beta Pi Founded | February 26, 1897 Established at UVA | April 4, 1959 Philanthropy | Nursing Students Without Borders
Chapter | Gamma Omicron Founded | January 10, 1899 Established at UVA | December 1, 2012 Philanthropy | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Theta Delta Chi Chapter | Nu Charge Founded | October 31, 1847 Established at UVA | 1857 Philanthropy | Autism Speaks
Zeta Psi Chapter | Beta Founded | June 1, 1847 Established at UVA | 1868 Philanthropy | Jimmy V Foundation
Theta Chi Chapter | Xi Founded | April 10, 1856 Established at UVA | January 26, 1914 Philanthropy | Comfort Zone Camp
Zeta Beta Tau Chapter | Phi Epsilon Founded | December 29, 1898 Established at UVA | 1915 Philanthropy | Relay for Life, American Cancer Society
i n t e r - S o r o r i t y c o u n c i l • i sc The Inter-Sorority Council (ISC) is the governing body of 16 social sororities on the Grounds. With over 2,500 members, the ISC represents the largest group of women on Grounds and strives to enhance the Greek experience by providing opportunities that support leadership, service, scholastic growth, social development, and sisterhood. The ISC strives to uphold the values of integrity, loyalty, compassion, and humility, upon which our organizations were founded, while supporting the University and local communities and developing an atmosphere conducive to friendship and sisterhood.
Alpha Chi Omega
Chapter | Zeta Lambda Founded | October 15, 1885 Established at UVA | April 19, 1980 Philanthropy | Domestic Violence Awareness, Shelter for Help in Emergency
Chapter | Zeta Xi Founded | May 15, 1851 Established at UVA | April 16, 1977 Philanthropy | Ronald McDonald House
Chapter | Zeta Iota Founded | September 18, 1872 Established at UVA | December 2, 1978 Philanthropy | Alpha Phi Foundation, Women’s Cardiac Care
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Zeta Chapter | Lambda Delta Founded | October 24, 1902 Established at UVA | November 12, 1977 Philanthropy | Starkey Hearing Foundation
Chi Omega Chapter | Lambda Gamma Founded | April 5, 1895 Established at UVA | June 4, 1927 Philanthropy | Make a Wish Foundation
Chapter | Beta Sigma Founded | November 27, 1888 Established at UVA | September 27, 1975 Philanthropy | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Alpha Delta Pi
Delta Gamma Chapter | Epsilon Gamma Founded | December 25, 1873 Established at UVA | November 18, 1978 Philanthropy | Service for Sight
Gamma Phi Beta Chapter | Zeta Beta Founded | November 11, 1874 Established at UVA | April 9, 1994 Philanthropy | Camp Fire USA, Girls on the Run
Kappa Alpha Theta
Chapter | Delta Chi Founded | January 27, 1870 Established at UVA | April 3, 1976 Philanthropy | CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), One Love Foundation
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Chapter | Beta Alpha Founded | October 23, 1897 Established at UVA | June 5, 1932 Philanthropy | Prevent Child Abuse America, Children’s Hospital In Richmond, Girl Scouts
Chapter | Epsilon Sigma Founded | October 13, 1870 Established at UVA | October 23, 1976 Philanthropy | Reading is Fundamental, Sydney Owens Memorial Scholarship
Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Sigma Sigma Chapter | Delta Chi Founded | April 20, 1898 Established at UVA | April 23, 1981 Philanthropy | Robbie Page Memorial Fund
Pi Beta Phi Chapter | Virginia Epsilon Founded | April 28, 1867 Established at UVA | April 30, 1975 Philanthropy | SARA (Sexual Assault Resource Agency), First Book
Chapter | Beta Rho Founded | March 25, 1917 Established at UVA | April 9, 2011 Philanthropy | Prevent Child Abuse America
Sigma Kappa Chapter | Theta Zeta Founded | November 9, 1874 Established at UVA | April 16, 1987 Philanthropy | Alzheimer’s Research, Maine Sea Coast mission
Zeta Tau Alpha Chapter | Gamma Nu Founded | October 15, 1898 Established at UVA | January 5, 1952 Philanthropy | Breast Cancer Eduation and Awareness
m u lt i c u lt u r a l g r e e k c o u n c i l • mgc The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the governing body for Latino/a, Asian-interest, and multicultural fraternities and sororities. Established in 2000, the MGC is the youngest and fastest growing council at Virginia. Through incorporating cultural values and traditions, the MGC focuses on unifying members and offering diverse and unique experiences. The devotion to service based initiatives, scholarship, leadership, and friendship supports the fundamental mission of the MGC while enhancing the vision and culture of the greater community.
Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau, Inc.
Chapter | Sigma Founded | February 7, 1990 Established at UVA | November 13, 1999 Philanthropy | Breast Cancer Awareness
Lambda Phi Epsilon, Inc.
Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Inc. Chapter | Alpha Epsilon Founded | February 19, 1982 Established at UVA | December 10, 1999 Philanthropy | P.A.T.H.E. Initiative (Access to Higher Education)
Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Inc. Chapter | Alpha Rho Founded | December 1, 1987 Established at UVA | March 23, 2013 Philanthropy | Literacy Empowerment
Chapter | Associate Status Founded | February 25, 1981 Established at UVA | March 16, 2002 Philanthropy | Bone Marrow Donor Program, Habitat for Humanity
Lambda Theta Alpha, Inc. Chapter | Gamma Alpha Founded | December 1, 1975 Established at UVA | April 29, 2001 Philanthropy | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Chapter | Kappa Founded | October 13, 1871 Established at UVA | March 29, 2009 Philanthropy | Global Education
alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Inc.
Sigma Psi Zeta, Inc. Chapter | Lambda Founded | March 23, 1994 Established at UVA | December 1, 2001 Philanthropy | Combat Violence Against Women
Theta Nu Xi, Inc. Chapter | Pi Founded | April 11, 1997 Established at UVA | December 7, 2002 Philanthropy | Girls for a Change
n at i o n a l p a n - h e l l e n i c c o u n c i l • n phc The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the umbrella organization for the historically African American fraternities and sororities on Grounds. The mission of the National Pan-Hellenic Council is to promote the ideals and standards upon which their respective organizations were founded. Member organizations carry out this mission through joint action and events, such as community service projects, forums, and step-shows within the University and Charlottesville community.
Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.
Chapter | Iota Beta Founded | December 4, 1906 Established at UVA | March 10, 1974 Philanthropy | Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville
Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.
Chapter | Kappa Rho Founded | January 13, 1913 Established at UVA | September 29, 1973 Philanthropy | Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville
Chapter | Eta Sigma Founded | January 5, 1911 Established at UVA | 1974 Philanthropy | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. Chapter | Zeta Eta Founded | January 9, 1914 Established at UVA | April 17, 1974 Philanthropy | Holiday Sharing with Madison House
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. Chapter | Theta Lambda Founded | November 12, 1922 Established at UVA | December 5, 1980 Philanthropy | March of Dimes
Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. Chapter | Tau Theta Founded | January 16, 1920 Established at UVA | April 2, 1978 Philanthropy | March of Dimes, National Education Foundation
Beyond Social By joining a fraternity or sorority at the University you also join a community that extends beyond a social affiliation. Membership in one of our 61 fraternities and sororities and the Greek community affords opportunities for leadership, service, scholastic achievement and personal development within a diverse community. We invite you to learn more about the commitment to these values which make Fraternity and Sorority Life an integral part of the rich tradition at the University of Virginia.
Leadership Fraternity and Sorority Life offers a multitude of opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. Whether a fraternity man or sorority woman becomes a chairperson, a leader on one of the executive boards for the four councils, or the president of their chapter, there is a way for each member to get hands-on leadership experience. These experiences are not only transferrable to the workplace, but also enhance personal development. Further, by joining a fraternity or sorority, members are provided the opportunity to
Leadership in Greek Life to me, in a word, has meant sacrifice. I have been afforded many opportunities since becoming Greek but I have also learned that with great opportunity comes great sacrifice. A good leader is always willing to give rather than to receive. â€“Ebonie Williams, NPHC President immediately seek out leadership positions that match their interests and aspirations. In addition to the officer positions and leadership development programs offered within each fraternity or sorority chapter, the Fraternity and Sorority Life office offers several programs to support the leadership development of our members. Each year, Fraternity and Sorority Life hosts Presidentâ€™s Academy, a day long workshop for all new chapter
presidents to prepare them for their new leadership role. The Fraternity and Sorority Life office works with student leaders to plan retreats for each councilâ€™s executive board and helps student leaders develop strategic priorities that are aligned with the mission of the council, Greek, and University communities. Additionally, Greek Advance is a sixsession engaging and interactive program geared toward second-year emerging leaders in the fraternity
Throughout my time on Grounds academics has remained at the top of my priority list. Contrary to the stigma sometimes associated with fraternity and sorority life, my Greek affiliation has provided me with a supportive framework of friends and has vastly enriched my undergraduate experience. â€“Daniel Todd, President, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and sorority community who are committed to furthering the valuesbased philosophies of the Greek community. Beyond fraternity and sorority life Greek student leaders are actively involved in the Honor Committee, the University Judiciary Committee, Orientation, 4th Year Trustees and Class Councils, and Student Council. Fraternity and sorority members encourage younger members to get involved and often serve as mentors who help connect them with areas of interest across the University. Greek students hold leadership positions in the over 700 independent student organizations (CIOs) across Grounds. Of the 4th years selected to live on The Lawn nearly half (25 of 52 students) are members of a fraternity or sorority. At the University, opportunities for leadership are boundless and Greeks take advantage of these occasions to
gain leadership experience and pursue their passions at the University. No matter what the area of interest you can almost always find members of the Greek community involved with leadership initiatives at the University of Virginia!
Scholarship Scholarship is an integral component of fraternity and sorority membership. As organizations at the University of Virginia, all four councils promote and value academic excellence. All chapters require that members maintain a minimum GPA, provide financial scholarships, and recognize members who receive academic honors. Fraternities and sororities further support the pursuit of scholastic endeavors by providing tutoring programs to and hosting regular study sessions for members. Fraternity and sorority members
have also distinguished themselves as successful scholars beyond their GPAs. The fraternity and sorority community is proud to boast Echols and Jefferson scholars and well as a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship winner. Many Greeks also hold prestigious research positions in University laboratories and have presented their experiments and findings in various arenas. A number of Greek students have been accepted to the Distinguished Majors Program for demonstrating exceptional promise through advanced study in their field of interest.
In addition to these renowned achievements, chapters recognize their members for scholastic excellence through various means including financial scholarships. The Fraternity and Sorority Life office also awards the Greek Endowed Scholarship to outstanding students for their exemplary contributions as leaders and scholars. It is through these efforts that the fraternity and sorority community strives to recognize and celebrate scholastic achievement and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Service & Philanthropy An important component of the fraternity and sorority experience at the University of Virginia is the commitment to supporting philanthropic causes and participation in community service endeavors. Fraternities and sororities are comprised of some of the most dedicated volunteers. Each chapter requires members to participate in service initiatives and contribute to the local community. Outside of their devotion to service through their chapters’ initiatives, many Greeks
are involved with community service and philanthropic organizations on Grounds. Many volunteer regularly through Madison House, the University’s volunteer coordination center, to serve non-profit agencies in the local community. In Spring 2013, chapters in the Inter-Fraternity Council, Inter-Sorority Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council participated in Cavalier’s Care Day of Service. Through this initiative, fraternity and sorority members volunteered at several sites, including Habitat for Humanity, SPCA Animal Shelter, and The Haven Shelter for the Homeless. Participation through this
and other service initiatives provide Greek members the opportunity to make a positive impact in the local community. The overwhelming majority of Greek organizations host at least one philanthropic event each school year and many chapters host one each semester! It is through their efforts that thousands of dollars are raised each year for important causes such as the Charlottesville Free Clinic, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, numerous cancer research organizations, the I Have a Dream Foundation, and many others. Additionally, the entire Greek community comes together each year
to support Crimson War, a blood drive campaign that benefits Virginia Blood Services. Madbowl Madness, a flag football tournament held each spring, benefits Step Up! UVA, a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program to ensure the continued development of a community of caring at the University. Fraternity and sorority members pride themselves on being positive forces in the community and avid supporters of various local, national, and international organizations working for a better tomorrow. In the 2012-2013 academic year the fraternity and sorority community reported raising $328,691 in charitable donations for philanthropic causes and contributing over 78,538 hours of community service in the Charlottesville area.
Inter-Greek Partnerships Partnerships across the four Greek councils provide opportunities for chapters and councils to collaborate on initiatives that support the values and visions of the fraternity and sorority community. The InterFraternity Council, Inter-Sorority
Service in Greek Life prides itself on community engagement as well as community and university development. Through my chapterâ€™s efforts we have been able to foster relationships with charitable organizations in the Charlottesville area. â€“Thomas Antony , Past President, Lambda Phi Epsilon
Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council share a deep commitment to the fraternal values of scholarship, leadership, service, and support. This shared devotion to bettering the community provides opportunities to give back to the University and Charlottesville communities while fostering mutual respect and building relationships. On a University level, this idea of Inter-Greek partnerships is highlighted by Stroll the Lawn, an engaging and interactive opportunity where MGC and NPHC members teach IFC and ISC members how to stroll. Strolling is a culturally based tradition that is similar to a coordinated step routine and plays a strong role in the MGC and NPHC member experience. After MGC and NPHC members have taught choreographed routines to participants, IFC and ISC chapters
perform for the entire Greek community. This event is consistently considered a community favorite and students enjoy the opportunity to connect and collaborate with individuals from different councils. In the Charlottesville community chapters and councils partner throughout the year to perform community service, host philanthropic events benefitting causes of mutual interest, and develop meaningful connections with members of the Greek community. Crosscouncil partnerships are valued and highly emphasized, and particular recognition is given to chapters at the annual Greek Awards Banquet for outstanding Inter-Greek partnerships. The opportunities for partnership with other chapters promote leadership, encourage contributions to the local community, and cultivate relationships within the Greek Community.
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ISC Recruitment Recruitment Perhaps one of the most recognized functions of the ISC is overseeing the recruitment process that takes place each year. Potential new members are invited to consider sorority membership through two different processes: Informal and Formal Recruitment. Informal Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the fall semester and is open only to transfer, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students. Formal Recruitment takes places immediately following winter break. This formal process is considerably more structured and is the ISCâ€™s primary method of attaining new members.
ISC Contact Policy The Inter-Sorority Council values that deferred recruitment enables upperclassmen to develop
relationships with first year students who are not members of the sorority community. In order to ensure that all first year women are afforded the same opportunities during the recruitment process, the ISC has established a Contact Policy to explain what types of communication and interaction are permitted between sorority women and non-affiliated women. This policy further ensures that non-affiliated women can develop authentic and meaningful relationships with sorority women without feeling that they are either at a disadvantage or an advantage for being offered a membership bid. For detailed information and guidelines on the Contact Policy, please visit the Virginia ISC website (www.virginiaisc. com) and reference Contact Policy under Recruitment Regulations.
Letters of Recommendation While not required, a recommendation letter serves as an introduction of a potential new member to a sorority. Such letters are not in any way mandatory, but simply help chapters become acquainted with a potential new member before the Formal Recruitment process begins. Some sororities appreciate these letters and use them to help in the recruitment process. Should an alumna offer to write a recommendation, the recommendation should be sent directly to the individual sorority. Please visit www.virginiaisc.com/ recruitment for the contact information and addresses to which letters of recommendation should be sent.
ISC Recruitment Dates
IFC Recruitment Dates
Fall 2013 Recruitment
Fall 2013 Recruitment
(Second, Third, Fourth Year and Transfer Students Only)
(Second, Third, Fourth, and Transfer Students Only)
Sept. 20–21 Sept. 28
Information Session and Meet and Greet Sept. 8–22 Informal Recruitment Period Sept. 22 Informal Recruitment Bid Day *Bids cannot be distributed prior to September 22nd Spring 2014 Recruitment Jan. 10 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 15 Jan. 16 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 20
Early Move-In and Mandatory PNM Orientation Session Round Robbins • Day 1 Round Robbins • Day 2 First Day of Classes • No Contact Day No Contact Day No Contact Day Themes • Day 1 Themes • Day 2 House Tours Preferentials Bid Day (MJK, Jr. Day – no classes)
Open House Bid Day
7 – 10pm, All Houses
Spring 2014 Recruitment Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan. 23–25 Jan. 26–27 Jan. 28 Jan. 29–30 Jan. 31 Feb. 1
Open House • 7 – 10pm South of Beta Bridge Open House • 7 – 10pm North of Beta Bridge No Contact Day Open House • 7 – 10pm, All Houses No Contact Day First Invites Second Invites No Contact Day Third Invites Final Hours Bid Day
MGC & NPHC Intake Information The organizations of the Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council recruit at different times throughout the year. Each fraternity or sorority facilitates a specific intake process for new members. To find out recruitment information for MGC and NPHC organizations, please contact the specific fraternity or sorority.
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How many students are involved in fraternity/sorority life at UVA? Approximately 30 percent of the undergraduate population. The community is slightly smaller in the fall semester since formal recruitment occurs in the spring. Which chapters are represented at UVA? UVA is currently home to 61 chapters, governed by four distinct councils: the Inter-Sorority Council (ISC), the InterFraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). Specific chapter information can be accessed on their websites. What are the benefits of membership? Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations that focus on scholarship, leadership, service, and brother/sisterhood. By joining a fraternal organization, students are afforded sisterhood or brotherhood opportunities that often become lifelong friendships, as well as expansive contact networks during and after their college career. Fraternities and sororities also spend vast amounts of time and effort contributing to the
greater Charlottesville community and to charitable causes. Membership also affords students unique leadership opportunities as each of the chapters and governing councils is led by students. What are the expenses associated with membership? Is financial assistance available? Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment. The costs go toward council and national fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Students and alumni set the fees for membership in any given chapter, and those fees can be put toward national organization fees, operational expenses, philanthropic endeavors, insurance, retreat costs, social expenditures, scholarship funding, and parent and alumni functions. All prospective new members are encouraged to inquire about membership costs during the recruitment process. Be aware that additional costs may be incurred throughout the semester for gifts, pictures, social events, t-shirts, etc. The Greek Endowed Scholarship was created to offset some of the
costs associated with membership. A scholarship of up to $3,000 is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need, scholastic merit, and contribution to the Greek and UVA communities. Additionally, many individual chapters offer scholarship funds for members. Contact them directly to inquire what types of financial assistance is offered. Will I have time to be involved in fraternity/sorority life? Being a member can be a substantial time commitment. In any given week, it is likely for a member to have one chapter meeting, one new member meeting during the first semester of membership, one committee meeting and one to two social or community service activities. Recruitment events or intramural sports may be of interest to you as well. Members often balance multiple commitments and are able to determine what level of involvement they wish to have in their fraternal organization. How much time does membership take? How will it affect membersâ€™ academics? Each chapter has a minimum requirement for attendance at chapter meetings,
philanthropic and service events, and social events. However, members can choose their level of involvement. All students are encouraged to put their academics first, as scholarship is a top priority. To enter and remain a part, members of most organizations are required to maintain a minimum GPA. Many chapters offer tutoring and study hall services. If I go through recruitment/ rush, do I have to join? No. Recruitment is a time to see what fraternities and sororities offer. Going through recruitment or rush does not commit you to joining. When does recruitment start at UVA? Informal recruitment for transfer, second, and third year students begins in the fall semester of each academic year for the ISC and the IFC. The NPHC begins recruitment with a “Meet the Greeks” session in the first weeks of the fall semester. The organizations of the MGC recruit at different times throughout the year. Students interested in MGC or NPHC membership should contact the Council directly to find out about their specific recruitment timelines. The ISC Formal Recruitment
Process will occur from January 10-20, 2014. The IFC Formal Recruitment process will occur from January 18- February 1, 2014. Why does UVA have a deferred recruitment system? The University encourages “the first-year experience” and believes first-year students need time to adjust to college life without the time commitment of joining in their first semester. It is important for firstyear students to focus on academic achievement, making friends, getting settled into college life, and to begin to make decisions about what types of student organizations they will want to become involved in. What role does alcohol play in these organizations? All fraternities and sororities are expected to comply with the policies and regulations concerning alcohol that are outlined by the University, the respective Governing Council, and the Inter/National organization of the fraternity/sorority. Additionally, all fraternities and sororities are required to attend an educational program on alcohol and substance abuse during each academic year.
What types of activities or philanthropic events do fraternity and sorority members at UVA participate in? Service is a cornerstone of the Greek community, and each of our 61 sororities and fraternities is dedicated to one or more philanthropic causes or organizations. Additionally, students within the Greek community are involved in a number of activities around Grounds. What about hazing? UVA does not condone hazing in any form. If you would like to learn more about our stance against hazing, please visit www.virginia.edu/hazing for more information. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, contact Fraternity and Sorority Life. Calls will be handled in a discreet manner. Additionally, the Hazing Hotline, 434.243.HAZE (4293), is available to report incidents of hazing. All calls will be handled discreetly and efficiently. Our aim is to address all concerns about hazing and to ensure the wellbeing of our students.
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OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE
171 Newcomb Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 P.O. Box 400177, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 434.924.7430 • www.virginia.edu/fsl • @UVAGreekLife
An Introduction to the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at the University of Virginia.