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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life is one of the many campus involvement opportunities at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Greek letter organizations provide academic support for their members, promote friendship, host social activities and community service events, and encourage philanthropic contributions. Students develop a strong sense of belonging to their organization and loyalty to LRU through the Fraternity and Sorority Community. Membership is lifelong, and alumni activities are numerous.

All students are invited to participate in recruitment and rush. First year students must have a high school GPA of a 3.0 or higher. While sophomores, juniors, or seniors must have a GPA of a 2.5 of higher.

Once a student gets involved in one of the sororities or fraternities, they have opportunities for leadership development through programs such as Greek Emerging Leaders Experience, community service, such as chapter philanthropy events and Make a difference day, and social interactions such as Greek Week. At the end of each year, LRU celebrates all the Greek organizations by coming together for the annual Ellis Boatman Greek Awards.


SORORITY RECRUITMENT FRATERNITY RECRUITMENT

Sororities

Zeta Xi ChapterThe Delta Zeta Sorority was founded in October of 1902 on the campus of Miami University. Today, Delta Zeta boasts a membership of over 254,700 women who share a common purpose: to lead full, meaningful and rewarding lives.




Gamma Chi Chapter
The rich traditions of Kappa Delta date back to its founding on October 23, 1897 at the then State Female Normal School in Farmville, Virginia. Today, the women who wear the olive green and pearl white find themselves in a sisterhood of more than 230,000, all sharing similar ideals: to become women committed to community service, active leadership, responsible citizenship, and reaching their full potential.


Epsilon Alpha Chapter
Formed in 1874 by the only women on Colby College’s campus at the time, Sigma Kappa aims to provide women long-lasting social, intellectual and spiritual development opportunities.


Theta Tau Chapter

The Zeta Phi Beta sorority was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., focusing on high academic ideals, service both in community and abroad, strength of character, and unity among its members. Part of the "Divine Nine," Zeta Phi Beta is of the nine historically African American sororities and fraternities in the United States.

Delta Omicron Chapter

Also founded at Virginia's State Female Normal School, Zeta Tau Alpha has had a simple mission since its inception in 1902: To impact the lives of its members by emphasizing leadership, service, academic achievement and personal growth.



For information about an individual chapter, please contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor.

Fraternities


Kappa Omicron Chapter

Theta Xi, the only fraternity founded during the Civil War, enjoys a membership of over 60,000 and promotes the mental, moral, physical, and spiritual growth of its members.

Epsilon Rho Chapter

Formed in 1904, Pi Kappa Phi was founded by three young men in Charleston, SC whose goal was one of identifying leadership opportunities in their community. Leadership in the classroom, on the athletic field, in politics, and in all aspects of life is at the heart of the organization's mission, all while creating a strong sense of brotherhood.


Alpha Delta Psi

Also founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Omega Psi Phi fraternity, is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college. Its name stems from the notion that "friendship is essential to the soul," The men of Omega Psi Phi must uphold the fraternity’s Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift. Omega Psi Phi is also one of the "Divine Nine," one of nine historically African American sororities and fraternities in the United States.


Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ) is a collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African-American membership. Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington, the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin. The fraternity has over 150,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, as well as international chapters.

Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the four sororities at LRU. Its purpose is to develop and maintain fraternity life and interchapter relations at a high level of accomplishment and in doing so:

  • Consider the goals and ideals of member groups as continually applicable to campus and personal life.
  • Promote superior scholarship as basic to intellectual achievement.
  • Cooperate with member fraternities and the university administration in concern for and maintenance of high social and moral standards.
  • Act in accordance with the National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements and policies.
  • Act in accordance with such rules established by the Panhellenic Council as to not violate the sovereignty, rights, and privileges of member chapters.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Panhellenic Council is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Panhellenic Creed

We, as Undergraduate Members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. We, as fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.

Get Smart With Greeks

An important part of membership in Greek Life is good scholarship. First years participating in fall recruitment must have had a GPA of 3.0 in high school. Transfers who completed at least one semester in college must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. If at any point a member's GPA slips below a 2.5, you must participate in the Get Smart With Greeks program. The reason for this rule is that Lenoir-Rhyne believes that academic excellence is important to being a part of an extracurricular organization. In order to be part of Greek Life at Lenoir-Rhyne University; you must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to keep your membership in your organization.

Study Hall Program

Panhellenic installed the Study Hall Program to help incoming members establish themselves in the classroom. Every week, each new member is required to spend a minimum of three (3) hours in the library for their first semester to establish time management skills as well as set aside time to study. A member is no longer required to attend once they maintain the required GPA.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body of LRU's social fraternities. IFC holds member chapters accountable to the ideals of fraternity membership as defined by the following basic expectations:

  • Chapters will respect the human dignity of all persons.
  • Chapters will strive for academic achievement and maintain academic integrity.
  • Chapters will respect their own property and the property of others.
  • Chapters will meet their financial and administrative obligations in a timely manner.
  • Chapters will maintain chapter property so that it is safe, clean and in a condition befitting of the community of which it is a part.
  • Chapters will not condone nor tolerate the use of illegal drugs or the misuse of alcohol.
  • Chapters will challenge all members to adhere to these interfraternal expectations and will confront those who are in violation of them.

Hazing Policy

Hazing

While hazing is not limited to Greek organizations, Lenoir-Rhyne has a zero tolerance policy on hazing. LRU educates all students interested and participating in Greek letter organizations about the definitions, signs, reporting mechanisms, and consequences of hazing. There are numerous online resources that also assist in educating students and aim to prevent hazing on college campuses.

Resources

StopHazing.org

HazingPrevention.org

Hazing hotline: 1.888.NOT.HAZE

Info for Parents

The Greek Life community at Lenoir-Rhyne University benefits both parents and students in many ways, including assisting with the college transition. Students involved in greek life experience leadership opportunities, make lifelong friends, and participate in philanthropic opportunities. Greek life membership also offers academic assistance, career and internship connections, and networking opportunities.

Advantages include:
  • A supportive environment to assist in adjustment to college.
  • Scholastic resources to help students achieve academic goals.
  • Exposure to leadership opportunities that provide hands-on experience.
  • Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

National studies indicate that students who choose to join Greek-letter organizations are:

  • More likely to stay in college than non-Greek students.
  • More financially successful than other college graduates.
  • As alums, give both more money and more frequently to their alma maters than non-Greek alumni.
  • More active on campus and in community activities.
  • Alums are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations.
Financial Obligations

There is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs or dues go toward National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Each chapter has different financial obligations. New members can usually expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. To prepare financially, make sure to inquire about the financial obligations of membership before joining.

For information about an individual chapter, please contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor.

Fraternity and Sorority Advisor

Jodi Jabs

Director, Student Activities