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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity ("Alpha Sig")
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity ("ATO")
Kappa Alpha Order ("KA")
Kappa Sigma Fraternity ("Kappa Sig")
Lambda Chi Alpha ("Lambda Chi")
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity ("Pi Kapp")
Theta Chi Fraternity
Zeta Psi Fraternity
Independent Interfraternity Council ("IIFC")
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.
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.
Theta Chi Fraternity - 760 Nevada Street, Reno, NV 89503
Zeta Psi Fraternity - 341 University Terrace, Reno, NV 89503
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).
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).
Please see the list for contacts under "Who is responsible for the oversight of unrecognized fraternities and sororities?"
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.