Student Greek Life Organizations

Fraternity & Sorority Life

WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?

USC Upstate is home to 13 active Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. Fraternity & Sorority Life is housed in the Office of Student Life, 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.

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment, so we encourage you to learn more about our chapters as you make your decision on whether or not to join a fraternal orgnization by checking out the 2018-2019 Legacy Guide  and 2018 Panhellenic Recruitment Guide.

If you are interested in receiving more information about our sororities/fraternities, complete the Fraternity/Sorority Interest Form to be added to our mailing list.

 

Who We Are

USC Upstate is home to 13 active fraternities and sororities. All 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 Life.

Council Structure:
Our Greek community is governed by three councils. Each council sets forth policies and procedures for its affiliated chapters, and is advised by the Office of Student Life, which oversees Fraternity & Sorority Life at USC Upstate.

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC)
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. At USC Upstate, IFC Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
NPHC is the governance council for historically African-American 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 freshmen.

Panhellenic Council (PC)
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.

Active Chapters

Women's Organizations 

Men's Organizations 

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 Life 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

Mandatory Education Sessions

Students who are interested in joining a National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) organization or have accepted an invitation/bid to join an Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) or Panhellenic organization are required to attend a mandatory Fraternity/Sorority Education Session. The Office of Student Life will track student attendance and share this information with chapters. Students who have not attended a session (within the last two years) will not be cleared to participate in Intake/New Member Education.

Spring Semester Mandatory Education Sessions*
January 22 · January 23 · January 24 · January 25
*All sessions are at 5 p.m. in HEC 2001

 

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.

Fall 2018's IFC Recruitment Week has concluded. Please check back at the beginning of Spring 2019 for other opportunities to join an IFC fraternity.

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

Sororities
All NPHC sorority interest meetings that will take place this semester, have already taken place. Please refer back to this page periodically next semester as more information is added about upcoming NPHC interest meetings.

Fraternities
All NPHC fraternity interest meetings that will take place this semester, have already taken place. Please refer back to this page periodically next semester as more information is added about upcoming NPHC interest meetings.

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.

Fall 2018's Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment has concluded. Please check back at the beginning of Spring 2019 for other opportunities to join a Panhellenic sorority.

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 Life 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 Life 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 Life 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 and Organizational Conduct (Tucker Hipps Transparency Act)

In order for our students to be fully informed about their choices when joining a fraternity or sorority, USC Upstate provides a report on conduct violations dating back to 2011. This information can help students to evaluate the safety and integrity of the organizations they are considering joining. 

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.

USC Upstate Code of Conduct

National Organization Contact Information

Inter/National Name, Headquarters Website and Phone Numbers.

Sororities
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (773) 684-1282
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (202) 986-2400
Delta Zeta (513) 523-7597
Phi Mu (770) 632-2090
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (919) 678-9720
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (202) 387-3103
Zeta Tau Alpha (317) 872-0540
Fraternities
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (410) 554-0040
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (215) 228-7184
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (404) 284-5533
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (202) 726-5434
Pi Kappa Phi (704) 504-0888
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (847) 475-1856

Organization Violations (This page is current as of 11/14/2018)

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Violation:

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

Sanctions: Suspension extended by organization headquarters to November 2016

Kappa Sigma

Violation:

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

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

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. Please check back in early-mid January for the first posted Community Scorecard.

Fall 2018 Community Scorecard... coming soon.