Student Greek Life Organizations

Fraternity and Sorority Life

WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?

USC Upstate is home to 13 active fraternities and sororities and 1 Latinx sorority interest group. Fraternity & Sorority Life is housed in the Office of Student Involvement, located in the Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center.

Every chapter at USC Upstate was established by its founders based on a commitment to certain values: brotherhood/sisterhood, service/philanthropy, scholarship, and leadership. These organizations are more than social groups; they offer tools for personal development and campus involvement while also allowing opportunities to serve the greater community.

Learn more about our community by reading through the Fraternity and Sorority Life Information Guide.

Who We Are

USC Upstate is home to 13 active fraternities and sororities. Most USC Upstate chapters are members of larger inter/national organizations, meaning they have established governance structures, policies and procedures they must adhere to, in addition to the policies set forth by the University. Although the University establishes policies regarding the operation of all registered student organizations, the membership selection criteria are determined by each individual fraternity or sorority based on the policies and procedures of its inter/national headquarters. You must be a currently enrolled student at USC Upstate to be eligible to join one of our chapters.

Any questions regarding selection criteria should be directed to the chapter. Please also note that there are fees associated with membership in these organizations. For additional information regarding dues, please contact the organization or Office of Student Involvement.

Council Structure:
The USC Upstate Fraternity & Sorority Life community is comprised of three councils. Each council sets forth policies and procedures for its affiliated chapters, and is advised by the Office of Student Involvement.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)
IFC Fraternities limit their membership to USC Upstate students who identify as men. Students are eligible for membership beginning their first semester of enrollment. These organizations participate in IFC Recruitment, a series of social events and gatherings hosted by each IFC Fraternity that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, IFC Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
NPHC at USC Upstate is the council for our culturally-based fraternities and sororities. These organizations host Information/Interest Meetings where they discuss their chapter’s history, philanthropy and requirements to become a member. Students who apply and are accepted for membership would then participate in Membership Intake, the process of educating and initiating new members into an individual chapter. Each organization selects if/when they will host an Interest Meeting or Intake. This could happen in the Fall semester, Spring semester, or both, based on the needs of the chapter. Most organizations require sophomore status for membership, but some are open to second semester first year students.

Panhellenic Council (PC)
Panhellenic organizations limit their membership to USC Upstate students who identify as women. Students are eligible for membership beginning their first semester of enrollment. The organizations in this council participate in Panhellenic Recruitment, a series of on-campus events hosted by each Panhellenic sorority that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, Panhellenic Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Fraternity/Sorority Interest Groups

Active Chapters

Women's Organizations 

Men's Organizations 

 

* New provisional chapter started in Spring 2020. 

Why Join a Sorority or Fraternity

Sisterhood/Brotherhood
Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a great way to meet friends and find a peer-based support system while you are a student at USC Upstate. Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a life-long commitment that creates wonderful opportunities to interact with alumni members, as well as continue your involvement once you graduate.

Leadership & Campus Involvement
Many members of our Greek Community serve in leadership roles within their chapters, as well as across campus. Members can be found serving as Resident Advisors, Peer Leaders, Orientation Leaders and Campus Ambassadors, in addition to being involved with the Campus Activities Board (CAB), IMPACT and Athletics.

Scholarship
All fraternities and sororities at USC Upstate have a minimum grade point average (GPA) associated with joining and maintaining membership in their chapter. Some chapters have chosen to have a higher minimum GPA than required by their headquarters. Beginning January 2019, the Office of Student Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement Involvement will post the Fraternity and Sorority Life community score card so that prospective members can make more informed decisions.

Service and Philanthropy
Although there are social aspects to joining a fraternity or sorority, each chapter has a commitment to serving the greater community. Our chapters support a variety of a national philanthropies such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and March of Dimes. Our chapters also volunteer with local schools and community agencies, such as the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, Adopt-A-Highway and the Boys and Girls Club.

How to Join a Sorority or Fraternity at USC Upstate

Fraternity/Sorority Life Education Sessions (formerly known as Anti-Hazing Seminar)

Students who are interested in joining a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organization or have accepted an invitation/bid to join an Interfraternity Council (IFC) or Panhellenic organization are required to attend a Fraternity/Sorority Education Session. The Office of Student Involvement will track student attendance and share this information with chapters. 

Beginning January 2021, in addition to a few in-person workshop opportunities, Fraternity and Sorority Education Sessions will be available to be completed online, at your own pace.

Updated policy:

Successful completion of the workshop must be reached by the time of initiation into an organization. This means that Fraternity and Sorority Life will no longer mandate that an prospective student completes the workshop before pursuing membership in an fraternity/sorority. However, it is required that the workshop is completed before that prospective member's initiation. Chapters may; however, require that it is completed prior to joining/ submission of your application for membership.

Successful completion of the workshop is defined as either of the following: 

  • Attendance (arriving on time and full participation) at an in-person workshop, achieving 80% on the quiz and signing the USC Upstate anti-hazing pledge.
  • Watching the ENTIRE virtual workshop online, achieving 80% on the accompanying quiz and signing the USC Upstate Pledge to End Hazing. You will need to sign in using your Upstate email and password.  You can complete the FSL Education Session - Virtual Experience HERE. 

Please note that the Pledge to End Hazing will apply only to those completing the workshop in Spring 2021 and beyond. 

Spring 2021 Semester In-Person Fraternity and Sorority Life Education Sessions* **

January 29th at 6:30 pm in HEC 2001 (RSVP HERE)
 

*Please check back here periodically for updates and follow @UpstateFSL on Instagram for the most up-to-date information.

** RSVPs are mandatory for in-person events. If you choose to complete the workshop, in person, please RSVP for your preferred session HERE.

IFC Recruitment

IFC Fraternities limit their membership to male students at USC Upstate. Students are eligible for membership beginning their first semester of enrollment. These organizations participate in IFC Recruitment, a series of social events and gatherings hosted by each IFC Fraternity that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. Questions about specific organization requirements should be directed to the organization as each has their own minimum requirements outside of University requirements.

Alpha Sigma Phi

Interested in Alpha Sigma Phi? Complete the membership interest form at uscupstate.edu/alphasig and a member will reach out to set up a time to meet with you!

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Interested in Sigma Alpha Epsilon? Complete the membership interest form at uscupstate.edu/sae and a member will reach out to set up a time to meet with you! 

NPHC Intake

NPHC organizations limit their membership to students at USC Upstate. NPHC organizations host Information and Interest Meetings where they discuss their chapter’s history, philanthropy and requirements to become a member. Students who apply and are accepted for membership would then participate in Membership Intake, the process of educating and initiating new members into an individual chapter.

Each organization selects if and when they will host an Interest Meeting or Intake. These meetings could happen in the Fall semester, Spring semester or both, based on the needs of the chapter. Most organizations require sophomore status for membership, but some are open to second semester freshmen. Questions about specific organization requirements should be directed to the organization as each has their own minimum requirements outside of University requirements.

Sororities

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Virtual Informational Meeting
January 26, 2021
6:20 PM
Notes: Business Attire Suggested 
Contact AShanti Carothers to RSVP and for questions at pirhochapter2002@gmail.com.

 

Fraternities

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Interest Meeting
January 27, 2021
7:14 PM
CASB 104
Notes: Business Casual Dress and Masks Required
Contact Jamar Faulk with questions at jfaulk@email.uscupstate.edu

 

Panhellenic Recruitment 

Panhellenic organizations limit their membership to female students at USC Upstate. Students are eligible for membership beginning their first semester of enrollment. These organizations participate in Panhellenic Recruitment, a series of on campus events hosted by each Panhellenic sorority that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, Panhellenic Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Sometimes, however, there are opportunities to join a Panhellenic sorority in the spring semester if the organizations are able to welcome in new members for that semester. Questions about specific organization requirements should be directed to the organization as each has their own minimum requirements outside of University requirements.

If you're interested in joining a Panhellenic Sorority, email fsl@uscupstate.edu to inquire about spring 2021 membership.

Intake/Membership Recruitment for Interest Groups and Prospective Expanding Organizations

Upstate fraternity/sorority interest groups are organizations seeking to affiliate with a(n) (inter)national social fraternal organization. Much like NPHC organizations, interest groups may host informational/interest meetings where they discuss their perspective organization's history, philanthropy and requirements to become a member. 

Each organization selects if and when they will host an Interest Meeting or Intake. These meetings could happen in the Fall semester, Spring semester or both, based on the needs of the chapter. Questions about specific organization requirements should be directed to the organization as each has their own minimum requirements outside of University requirements.

At USC Upstate, prospective expanding organizations are (inter)national social fraternal organizations that have some interest in starting a chapter at USC Upstate. They may host an informational/interest meeting as a way to gauge student interest. 

At this moment, there are no interest or informational meetings scheduled. Please refer back to this page periodically as more information is added about upcoming interest/informational meetings.  

USC Upstate Policy on Hazing

In addition to the legal and physical risks, hazing is harmful to the morale of members and creates additional problems within the organization. The very activities meant to “build pledge class/line unity” can be detrimental to the overall unity within the organization, creating issues with distrust and loyalty. It also hinders the ability of organizations to recruit and retain members and can create a vicious cycle that will ultimately destroy the organization.

The University defines hazing as any act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, faculty member or other University official. This includes the removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a continued membership in a group or organization (Code of Student Behavior). It is important to note that a student’s “willingness” to participate in the hazing activities is not a defense. Essentially, if someone gives an organization “permission” to haze them, it is still hazing and is still a violation of the Code of Student Behavior, South Carolina Law and organizational policies. Additionally, hazing is not an issue limited to fraternities and sororities, but can also occur in non-Greek organizations and athletic teams.

If you feel that you have been hazed, please contact the Office of Student Involvement by phone at 864-503-5387, or contact the Dean of Students at 864-503-5107. Additionally, a report can be submitted online. Such reports can be submitted anonymously. Additionally, any member of the University or surrounding community who has witnessed hazing activities can also submit reports for us to investigate.

Information for Parents

As a parent, you might wonder whether or not joining a fraternity or sorority is right for your student. Unfortunately, the media often highlights stereotypes and portrays Fraternity and Sorority Life as nothing more than expensive clubs that party. USC Upstate boasts a diverse and growing Greek Community. Our members are engaged in both campus and community organizations, and our Chapters provide opportunities for members to create life-long friendships and create a home away from home.

Deciding to “Go Greek” can be a difficult decision for most students, and as a parent you should keep the following in mind as your student navigates this process:

  • Support your student as they decide if Greek Life is for them. Learn more about our Greek Community and the resources offered by the Office of Student Involvement so you can refer your student to us should they have questions.
  • Encourage your student to keep an open mind while they make their decision. It is easy to get caught up in the events and “flash” associated with affiliation; however, joining an organization is a life-long commitment. Encourage your student to take his/her time getting to know the members and researching the organizations.
  • Respect your student’s decision. Often, students decide to join an organization that is different from the one their parent or other family member belongs too. Going Greek is a personal decision, and students should find the best fit for them, regardless of their Legacy status. Additionally, should your student decide they don’t want to join a fraternity or sorority that is perfectly, okay, as well. Greek Life isn’t for everyone and there are numerous other opportunities for students to get involved on campus.
  • Recognize there are financial obligations associated with joining fraternities and sororities. Have an honest conversation with your student beforehand to determine who will be responsible for paying their dues, membership fees, etc. or if there are any limits to what you are able to afford.
  • Allow your student to advocate for his or herself as they navigate this process. Encourage your student to contact the Office of Student Involvement if they have questions about membership, Greek Life information events, etc. 
  • Understand joining a fraternity or sorority is a competitive process based on various criteria such as academic performance, campus and community involvement and interactions with current members. Although the University establishes policies regarding the operation of all registered student organizations, the membership selection criteria are determined by each individual fraternity or sorority based on the policies and procedures of its inter/national headquarters. Any questions regarding selection criteria should be directed to the Chapter.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Organizational Conduct (Tucker Hipps Transparency Act)

USC Upstate cares about the safety and well being of its students! Help us keep our campus safe by being a part of the Spartans Care initiative where students support, respect and take responsibility for one another. Make a plan to be an active bystander in an unsafe situation and know what you can do to stop harmful behavior and get help for yourself and your peers. You may also report an incident anonymously via the R U OK form

In accordance with South Carolina's Tucker Hipps Transparency Act, USC Upstate reports findings of violations involving alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, physical assault and hazing by fraternity and sorority organizations formally affiliated with the University. Reports include the organizations name, incident date, report, charge, investigation and resolution. Reports also include a general incident description and subsequent charges, findings and sanctions placed on the organization.

More information

In accordance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information act, additional information not protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act is available by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students at 864-503-5107.

National Organization Contact Information

Inter/National Name, Headquarters Website and Phone Numbers.

Sororities
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (773) 684-1282
Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. No National Number Listed
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (202) 986-2400
Delta Zeta Sorority (513) 523-7597
Phi Mu Women's Fraternity (770) 632-2090
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (919) 678-9720
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (202) 387-3103
Zeta Tau Alpha Women's Fraternity (317) 872-0540
Fraternities
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (410) 554-0040

Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity

(317) 843-1911

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (215) 228-7184
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (202) 726-5434
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (847) 475-1856

Organization Violations (This page is current as of 03/11/2021)

Omega Psi Phi

Violation:

Incident: 12/07/20 
Resolved: 02/09/2021
Charges:

  • Hazing - Responsible
  • Other Student Organization Charges (2) - Responsible

Sanctions: 

  • Suspended through February 3, 2022
  • Conduct fundraiser for the Student Emergency Fund in the amount of $50/member on the roster at the time of the infraction
  • Membership review of all active members conducted by the local and national officers
  • Anti-hazing educational program hosted for the entire USC Upstate fraternity/sorority community 
  • Advisors and local alumni must direct all new Membership Intake Processes for 2022 and 2023 academic years without undergraduate participation
Spring 2020 -- No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
Pi Kappa Phi

Violation:

Incident: 10/10/2019 
Resolved: 12/13/2019
Charges: Hazing - Responsible 

Sanctions: Suspended through Fall 2020

2018 - 2019 Academic Year: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
2017 - 2018 Academic Year: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
2016 - 2017 Academic Year: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
2015 - 2016 Academic Year: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
Kappa Alpha Psi

Violation:

Incident: 4/17/2015 
Resolved: 5/4/2016 
Charges: Harm to Persons - Responsible 

Sanctions: Social Probation (Fall 2015), Co-Facilitation of Retreat with other involved organization

Alpha Phi Alpha

Violation:

Incident: 4/17/2015 
Resolved: 5/4/2016 
Charges: Harm to Persons - Responsible 

Sanctions: Social Probation (Fall 2015), Co-Facilitation of Retreat with other involved organization

Fall 2014: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
2013 - 2014 and 2012 - 2013 Academic Years: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
Spring 2012: No fraternity/sorority organizations were found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
Kappa Sigma

Violation:

Incident:     11/28/2011 
Resolved:   12/9/2011 
Charges: Hazing – Responsible  

Note: Chapter Closed by organization headquarters 12/9/2011

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Violation:

Incident:     4/2/2011 
Resolved:   5/5/2011 
Charges: Hazing – Responsible 

Sanctions: Suspension extended by organization headquarters to November 2016

Prior to Spring 2011: No record of fraternity/sorority organizations found responsible for any sexual assault, physical assault, alcohol/drug or hazing violations (based on noted date of incident).
Standards of Fraternal Excellence and Community Scorecard

Standards of Fraternal Excellence 

Rolled out in Fall 2018, the Standards of Fraternal Excellence (SOFE) are a way to 1) establish a standard for fraternal organizational operations at Upstate, 2) provide chapters with semester goals 3) hold each chapter to the same standards and 4) to qualify for recognition for campus awards.

Chapters will be “graded” in different areas that have been identified as important aspects of fraternal operations that contribute to establishing fraternities and sororities as relevant, needed and desired parts of the USC Upstate community. 

Community Scorecard

The Community Scorecard is a by-product of the Standards of Fraternal Excellence. It shows data for each chapter relating to semester GPA, cumulative GPA, philanthropy dollars raised and service hours performed among other measurements of achievement.

Choosing to join a fraternal organization is a lifelong and important choice. We believe that the only way to make that decision is by being well-informed. For that reason, it is important that transparency is paramount within and amongst our community. 

Fall 2019 Community Scorecard
Spring 2019 Community Scorecard
Fall 2018 Community Scorecard

 

Fraternal Laurel Society

Throughout Greek mythology and world history, the laurel wreath has sybolized different things. For some, it sybolizes victory; for others, it symbolizes the graduation of a scholar. While these differ, the commonality lies in the recognition of a person's achievement. 

Each year, at the Student Affairs Awards banquet, USC Upstate's sorority/fraternity community recognizes our members who have achieved the academic feat of graduating magna cum laude (at least a 3.8 cumulative GPA). Through it's name, the Laurel Society pays homage to the Greek origins of the laurel wreath. 

While the Laurel Society first started in 2016, the first person was not inducted until 2019. 

Laurel Society members

Laurel Society Member

Fraternal Organization

Graduating Semester and Year

Alexis McAllister Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. May 20219
Lennah Farr Delta Zeta Sorority December 2019
Jada Leonard Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. May 2020
Anna Vick  Delta Zeta Sorority May 2021