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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!

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 15% of the undergraduate population.

Collegiate Panhellenic Council 

Independent Greek Council (IGC)

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC)

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we will be hosting an informal recruitment process this fall, referred to as Continuous Open Bidding (COB). To register, click here. Both on ground and distant learners CAN join a sorority!

 

What is Continuous Open Bidding (COB)?

COB consists of each sorority hosting informal, meetups or events (virtual or on-ground) hosted to get to know potential new members. While it is encouraged for potential new members to attend an event or meetups hosted by each sorority, it is not required. During these meetups, small in-person or virtual events, as a potential new member, you will get to meet a variety of women from the chapter in a relaxed setting and be able to ask your questions and learn more about the organization. Attending as many events or meetups hosted by a sorority is the best way to learn if you would like to be a member of that sorority. Chapters will host events the first day of class and potentially through October.  All on ground events will follow university guidelines as result of COVID.  In addition, chapters will also host virtual events.

 

Do I need to Register for COB?

Yes, please register for COB here.  By completing this registration form, you are informing the Panhellenic Council that you are interested in joining our sorority community. The following Panhellenic Sororities exist at Loyola University New Orleans: Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, and Theta Phi Alpha.  Your registration form will be shared with all chapters so that they can be in contact with you about their COB event schedule. All women embarking on the COB process must complete this registration form. 

 

Who is Eligible for COB?

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

  • Student who are virtual learning CAN join a sorority!
  • 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 COB registration form found on this website

 

How Does Continuous Open Bidding Work?

Since COB is a very informal process, it is up to the chapters how they will choose to recruit new members. Some chapters might have a few chapter members go out to eat with a potential new member. Some other examples of COB events might include a virtual trivia night or craft day. Or a chapter member may simply invite you to coffee.  No matter what the event is, they are always relaxed, fun and a great way to get to know members of the chapter.  

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. 

 

What are my options in receiving a bid?

Students can be offered an invitation to join a chapter, known as a bid, at any time after completing the registration form. If a student is offered a bid during the COB process, she can either decline or accept the bid. Students are also able to receive multiple bids.  If a student declines a bid, she may continue the COB process with any chapters she is still pursuing through COB, or she can choose to stop participating in the COB process. If a student chooses to accept the bid, she has 24 hours to sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA), which will be given and explained to her by the new chapter. All women accepting a bid much review this video, before signing the MRABA.

 

For more information about Panhellenic Recruitment email: pha@loyno.edu

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 virtully 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. For the fall 2020 semester, the last day to complete the recruitment registration form is September 22nd.  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 IFC recruitment chair, Nick Ryan, or the Director of Student Life and Ministry, Dale O'Neill.

  • 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?

      We do 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. We look 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 and informationals 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 and 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 Councl: @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 parent, 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.

      Expansion Policy

      For more information regarding expansion, please view our expansion policy. For further questions, please contact Dr. Dale O'Neill, Director of Student Life & Ministry, or at (504) 865-3622.

      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.