Frequently Asked Questions

Provided below are questions frequently asked by students, parents, and community members about unrecognized fraternities and sororities. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at (775) 682-6846 or greek@unr.edu.

What concerns does the University have for students joining unrecognized fraternities and sororities?

The University is concerned for the health and safety of all students who consider joining an unrecognized fraternity or sorority, specifically because unrecognized organizations do not have local, professional staff working directly with them. Additionally, the institution is concerned for the academic success of all members of unrecognized organizations, as those fraternities and sororities have no way of checking or monitoring grades for individual members or the chapter as a whole. Unrecognized organizations are not obligated to follow the University of Nevada, Reno's credit requirement, which requires all active fraternity and sorority members to be enrolled in 12 credits and be considered a full-time student at the institution, which can gravely affect chapter members in meeting their expected graduation date. Unrecognized organizations are also not obligated to follow University of Nevada, Reno policies and expectations. As a result, the institution is unable to hold local, unrecognized chapters accountable for misconduct or policy violations. Instead, the University is solely able to hold individual members and students accountable for Student Code of Conduct violations. Lastly, the institution is concerned that individuals that join an unrecognized fraternity or sorority will have an extremely different student experience compared to members of University-recognized organizations. Unfortunately, unrecognized fraternities and sororities are unable to participate in Homecoming or Greek Week, as well as other Fraternity and Sorority Life or University-sponsored events and activities.

What is the difference between a University-recognized and an unrecognized fraternity or sorority?

University-recognized fraternities and sororities are supported by the University of Nevada, Reno and have access to a variety of resources and services. Their affiliation with the institution allows them to utilize space on campus at no cost, partake in leadership development, philanthropy and service opportunities, academic and professional development, health and safety education, and other programs provided by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and other University departments. Additionally, University-recognized fraternities and sororities often have access to funding provided by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) and can collaborate with other University-recognized student organizations and University departments.

Unrecognized fraternities and sororities do not have any of the privileges that University-recognized organizations have earned. In many cases, these fraternities and sororities may seem to operate like University-recognized organizations, but they are NOT affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno. When fraternities or sororities choose not to seek University recognition, they are no longer eligible for the same opportunities or resources that the campus provides to University-recognized organizations. Additionally, these organizations are not obligated to follow the University of Nevada, Reno policies and regulations.

Which organizations are currently not recognized by the University of Nevada, Reno?

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity ("AEPi")
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority ("AOPi")
  • Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity ("Alpha Sig")
  • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity ("ATO")
  • Delta Delta Delta Sorority ("Tri Delta")
  • Delta Gamma Sorority ("DG")
  • Kappa Alpha Order ("KA")
  • Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority ("Theta")
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity ("Kappa Sig")
  • Lambda Chi Alpha ("Lambda Chi")
  • Pi Beta Phi Sorority ("Pi Phi")
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity ("Pi Kapp")
  • Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • Theta Chi Fraternity 
  • Zeta Psi Fraternity 
  • Independent Interfraternity Council ("IIFC")
  • Reno College Panhellenic Association

What does it mean for my student if they are interested in joining an unrecognized fraternity or sorority?

If your student decides to join an unrecognized organization, the University will not be able to provide resources or services that are provided to University-recognized fraternities and sororities. Additionally, the institution has no oversight of unrecognized organizations and cannot hold chapters accountable as a whole. Instead, the University is only able to hold individual students accountable should misconduct occur.

Who is responsible for the oversight of unrecognized fraternities and sororities? 

Each unrecognized fraternity or sorority's respective inter/national or umbrella organization, local alumni board, and local housing corporation are solely responsible for the chapter.

Do any unrecognized fraternities or sororities have chapter facilities in which they operate as a chapter?

Most currently unrecognized fraternities have chapter facilities in which they operate as an organization. 

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity ("AEPi") - 424 University Terrance, Reno, NV 89503
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority ("AOPi") - 1075 Ralston Street, Reno, NV 89503
  • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity ("ATO") - 205 University Terrace, Reno, NV 89503
  • Delta Delta Delta Sorority ("Tri Delta") - 845 North Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89502
  • Kappa Alpha Order ("KA") - 1058 Bell Street, Reno, NV 89503
  • Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority ("Theta") - 863 North Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89503
  • Pi Beta Phi Sorority ("Pi Phi") - 869 North Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89503
  • Pi Kappa Phi ("Pi Kapp") - 255 Orrcrest Drive, Reno, NV 89503
  • Sigma Kappa Sorority - 255 University Terrace, Reno, NV 89513
  • Theta Chi Fraternity - 760 Nevada Street, Reno, NV 89503
  • Zeta Psi Fraternity - 341 University Terrace, Reno, NV 89503

If my student becomes a member of an unrecognized fraternity or sorority and reports to the University that the organization is participating in misconduct or concerning high-risk behaviors, what will the University do?

The University will investigate the report and, if applicable, hold individual students accountable for their misconduct. Additionally, the University will reach out to the unrecognized fraternity or sorority's respective inter/national organization to report the incident(s).

What should I do if my student is a member of an unrecognized organization and I believe they are being hazed?

Hazing is a violation of University of Nevada, Reno policy and State of Nevada law. We encourage you to reach out to the University and/or the unrecognized fraternity or sorority's respective inter/national organization in order to report the information. The University will investigate the report and, if applicable, hold individual students accountable for their misconduct. Additionally, the University will reach out to the unrecognized fraternity or sorority's respective inter/national organization to report the incident(s).

Why have these organizations decided not to seek recognition from the University of Nevada, Reno?

In 2018, the University of Nevada, Reno, along with its University-recognized fraternities and sororities, conducted its regular, annual review process and amended the "Relationship Agreement for the Recognition of Social Fraternities and Sororities" to more accurately reflect national standards. Current unrecognized fraternities and sororities took issue with three of the amendments, including Section IV. Responsibilities of the Fraternities and Sororities, items 14, 18, and 21.

14. Each fraternity or sorority that maintains a chapter facility must identify and hire a live-in advisor prior to the 2020 calendar year.

18. Each fraternity and sorority will not host, attend, or participate in chapter activities with any student organization or club that is not recognized by the University. 

21. Each fraternity or sorority must submit a comprehensive report outlining incidents or conduct involving individual chapter members managed by the chapter's internal standards board or process by the final day of classes each semester.

Will the University of Nevada, Reno notify parents if their student's organization becomes recognized by the institution?

Yes, the University will send letters to each student's mailing address on file with the institution after receiving accurate roster information from the fraternity or sorority. Additionally, the fraternity or sorority will be removed from the University's list of unrecognized organizations on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website.