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Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Loyola

Loyola's fraternal community provides opportunities for growth and excellence in academics, service, social interaction, intramural athletics, and values-based leadership. It's also a great way to make lifelong friendships. With 14 Greek-lettered organizations, joining a fraternity or sorority is an excellent way to get involved at Loyola. Check us out on Facebook or on Instagram!

Recognized Fraternities and Sororities

Membership is open to full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Fraternity and Sorority Life makes up about 16% of the undergraduate population.

Collegiate Panhellenic Council 

Independent Greek Council (IGC)

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC)

In the Fall of 2021, we will be hosting a formal recruitment process, referred to as Primary Recruitment, that will take place from September 9-12th. To register for Primary Recruitment for the Fall 2021 semester, please click here (This is required of all women participating in Fall recruitment).

What is Primary Recruitment?

Held each Fall during the beginning of the semester, Primary Recruitment is a mutual selection process by which National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities choose their new members, and potential new members (PNMs) select the chapter that aligns with their values. 

Who is Eligible for Recruitment?

Any woman at Loyola University New Orleans who meets the following criteria is eligible to participate in Formal Recruitment.

  • Enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at Loyola University New Orleans.
  • Has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (from high school or college). Some chapters may have a higher academic requirement.
  • Has never been initiated into an NPC sorority at Loyola or any other college campus.
  • Has not signed a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) within the past year.
  • Has completed the Formal Recruitment Registration Form. 

How Does Primary Recruitment Work?

Primary Recruitment takes place over 4 days in the Fall semester.

  • Day One serves as an orientation session where Potential New Members (PNMs) will meet the Panhellenic Executive Board along with their recruitment counselors and groups.
  • Day Two serves as our Philanthropy Round where PNMs will participate in “rounds” or meetings with all 4 of our chapters to discuss their respective philanthropies. At the end of this day, PNMs will rank the chapters in order of their preference.
  • Day Three serves as our Sisterhood Round where PNMs will go back to 3 (or less) chapters for rounds discussing sisterhood. After this event, PNMs will again rank the chapters in order of their preference.
  • The final day serves as our Preference Round, PNMs will go to rounds with 1 to 2 chapters before going to sign the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) and ranking the chapters in order of their preference.
  • The next day is Bid Day where PNMs will receive an invitation or a “bid” to join one of our chapters as a new member. 

NOTE: Alcohol and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited throughout the recruitment and new member process. Violations of Louisiana law and University policy will be reviewed and/or investigated by the Panhellenic Judicial Board, Department of Student Life and Ministry, and/or Office of Student Conduct. 

Contact Us!

For more information about Panhellenic Recruitment, please email the Panhellenic Council’s V.P. of Recruitment, Caroline Budd, or email Greek Life for general information.

You can also follow chapters on instagram to learn more!

  • College Panhellenic Council: @Loyno_panhel
  • Alpha Chi Omega: @axo_loyno
  • Delta Gamma: @deltagamma.loyno
  • Gamma Phi Beta @gammaphiloyno
  • Theta Phi Alpha: @thetaphiloyno

 

    How to join an Interfraternity Council Fraternity?

    To join an IFC fraternity at Loyola University New Orleans, you have to go through the formal recruitment process. This involves completing a recruitment registration form, attending virtual informational session, and attending rounds (these will be provided both virtually and in person) hosted by the member fraternities.  After attending these events, a Fraternity may offer you an invitation to join or a "bid."  The current member fraternities are Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI). Both on ground and distant learners CAN join a fraternity!

    How do I register?

    To register for recruitment you need to fill out the registration form available here.  Once filled out, IFC and the fraternities will be able to contact you about future rounds and events (both virtual and on ground) to look forward to. You must complete the registration form in order to participate in order to join a fraternity.

    What are the requirements to join a fraternity?

    • Both on ground and distant learners CAN join a fraternity!
    • Enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at Loyola University New Orleans
    • Has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (from high school or college). Some chapters may have a higher academic requirement
    • Has never been initiated into an IFC fraternity at Loyola University New Orleans or any other college campus
    • Has completed the IFC recruitment registration form

    How do I receive a bid?

    After fraternities have held all their rounds/events, they will be allowed to give out a bids, a formal invitation to join a fraternity. Students who receive a bid may choose to accept or decline it. A student may also receive bids from multiple fraternities, but can only choose one. Invitations to join a fraternity will be given out after a member fraternity’s third round.

    NOTE: Alcohol and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited throughout the recruitment and new member process. Violations of Louisiana law and University policy will be reviewed and/or investigated by the Interfraternity Judicial Board, Department of Student Life and Ministry, and/or Office of Student Conduct.

    How will COVID-19 affect IFC recruitment?

    IFC recruitment will follow Loyola University New Orleans COVID-19 guidelines. IFC will host an informational session over Zoom to accommodate for those who still wish to join a fraternity but are unable to attend in person. Member fraternities are also encouraged to host recruitment events both in person and virtual.

    How can I learn more about IFC fraternities or recruitment? 

    Follow us on social media or email Daniel Harris, Coordinator of Student Engagement

    • Interfraternity Council: @loyno_ifc
    • Pi Kappa Phi: @loynopikapp
    • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI): @loynofiji

        What Organizations Make Up The National Panhellenic Council?

        The National Panhellenic Council is made up of nine distinguished organizations (In Order of Founding): Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

        What Organizations are active on Loyola’s Campus?

        The Loyola University of New Orleans has five active chapters (In Order of Charter): The Eta Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Rho Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Nu Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Omicron Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., and the Iota Omicron Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  

        How Do I Join One Of These Organizations?

        Loyola's NPHC does not have a collective formal rush. Each chapter hosts membership intake at their own times and at their own discretion. Each of these prestigious organizations has its own rules and guidelines for membership, which can be found on their national websites. It is important to note that the organizations that make up this council are organizations that are historically built on the foundation of service and the advancement of people of color. It is crucial while seeking membership that you thoroughly do your research on the organization and its history to determine if the organization best aligned with you. Joining a NPHC organizations is a lifelong privilege and responsibility. NPHC looks for members who aim for high academic achievement, are dedicated to service in their respective areas, align with our chapter and organization values, and wish to act as a representative of good deeds for the duration of their lives. 

        It is important to attend both council and chapter events regarding the organization that you are interested in to be sure that when the time comes, you are familiar with the chapter, and the chapter is familiar with you. If you have any questions or concerns about the intake process, please contact gogreek@loyno.edu. The Greek Life advisor will be happy to answer your questions via email or in person! Below you can find the social media for all active chapters.

        Follow us on social media!

        National Panhellenic Council: @loyno_nphc

        Rho Epsilon (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.): @rhoepsilonalphas

        Eta Theta (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.): @etathetaaka

        Nu Mu (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.): @numu_dst

        Omicron Upsilon(Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.): @oupnupes

        Iota Omicron (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.): @iotaomicronzetas

        As a caregiver, it's important to learn about the fraternities and sororities of interest to your child in order to help your child make the best decision when he or she enters into the Greek community. The following information should provide you with a better understanding of the fraternities and sororities on the Loyola University New Orleans campus.

        Academics

        Academics should be your child's main focus while in college. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in order to join and maintain active membership in a fraternity or sorority at Loyno. 

        Grade Reports 2015-2020

        Hazing

        Hazing is considered any action taken that produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Today, all fraternity and sorority policies strictly prohibit any type of hazing activity. Loyola University New Orleans holds a zero-tolerance stance on this issue. These types of actions are against university policy and the Louisiana state law. For more information on hazing and contact information reporting these actions, please visit our Policies and Forms page.

        Time Commitment

        Joining a fraternity or sorority involves a weekly time commitment. The amount of time spent weekly with the organization varies with each member. Typically, each chapter holds at least one (1) meeting each week. There are mandatory events for the individual chapters and Fraternity and Sorority Life as a whole; however, members are always given at least two (2) weeks notice to these events. Some members choose to participate in optional activities, such as holding an office, attending social events, helping out with various projects, committees, etc. Some organizations require more time than others, so it is important for your child to ask for information on the time commitment during recruitment.

        Hazing Policy

        Loyola University New Orleans does not tolerate hazing and severe action will be taken against any student or organization found in violation of the Hazing Policy, up to and including indefinite revocation of the charter for the organization and suspension or dismissal for students involved. Loyola University New Orleans is committed to a safe and healthy campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our university family is dedicated to supporting an environment that encourages respect for the dignity and rights of the entire university community.

        A bias incident is an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence committed against any person, group or property that appears to be intentional and motivated by prejudice or bias. Such acts are usually associated with negative feelings and beliefs with respect to others’ race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability status, marital status, citizenship status, and other identity characteristics. If you witness or experience such acts, please inform us so that we can respond appropriately and in keeping with the law:

        Bias Incident Reporting

        Loyola wants all community members to feel completely free to report bias incidents, knowing they will be handled with appropriate confidentiality and with protection from retaliation (in accordance with Loyola’s Non-Retaliation Policy). Bias Incident Reports are reviewed immediately by the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). When you file a report, the CDO will request a private meeting with you to discuss the incident, your available response options, and your desired outcomes. Please note that while the CDO keeps reports as confidential as possible, compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and with University policy, may require reporting vital information to University officers who need to know.

        Student Conduct Reporting Forms

        Please use these forms to report any behaviors of concern involving Loyola University New Orleans students, whether these behaviors occur inside or outside of the classroom setting. Reportable behaviors may include Code violations, a student who you feel may be struggling physically or psychologically, general complaints or information, academic concerns, other behaviors of concern that you would like to see addressed or would like to discuss. When completing this form, please include your name, title, and contact information. Please note that anonymously submitted forms may limit our effectiveness in dealing with concerning behavior.

        • Behavioral Intervention Team Reporting Form – Use this link to report conduct or events that are cause for concern - whether behavioral or academic - including but not limited to changed mood/appearance, death of a loved one, personal wellness, academic difficulty, considering leaving the University, excessive absences from courses, and other academic concerns.
        • Incident Reporting Form – Use this link to report Code of Conduct violations, informational/FYI reports, and/or Campus Security Authority reports. 
        • Title IX Report Form – Use this link to report alleged sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence, stalking or retaliation pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct.

        You may also elect to file a University Police Silent Witness Form, which is monitored Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For immediate service call University Police at 504-865-3434 from your cell phone or 911 from a campus phone, which will route you to University Police. Completion of the Silent Witness Form is done under condition of anonymity. If you wish that University Police contact you, please complete the 'Contact Information' section at the bottom of the page. All information is kept confidential.

        Expansion Policy

        For information regarding expansion, please view our Loyola University New Orleans' Fraternity and Sorority Life Expansion Policies and Procedures below.  For further questions, please contact Dr. Dale O'Neill, Director of Student Life & Ministry.

         

        As of December 2, 2017

        Phi Kappa Psi
        University Charge Date: November 14, 2017
        Charges: Hazing
        Sanctions Include:
        Suspension from Loyola University New Orleans through 2019.

        Prior to the organization's return to campus, representatives from the National Fraternity must meet with the Chief Student Affairs Officer and other relevant staff, to submit a reorganization plan and be cleared to return to campus.