Unrecognized Organizations

Memo

Re: Unrecognized Fraternal Organizations at Miami University

We believe that membership in a student organization should provide students with a safe and productive learning environment that embodies Miami’s Code of Love and Honor. Miami is home to over 500 student organizations, including more than 45 fraternities and sororities associated with a national social fraternity or sorority organization. These organizations are recognized as groups that engage students in a co-curricular experience while also being held to high standards that promote student growth, accountability and respect.

Miami’s fraternities and sororities are local chapters of national organizations and they are recognized as student organizations by the University. On occasion the University revokes the recognition of a particular fraternity or sorority because it engaged in serious violations of University rules. Often recognition is revoked by both the University and the chapter’s national organization.  Our website lists any organizations that are currently not recognized by the University and/or their national organizations. Chapters and organizations lose recognition for a myriad of reasons. Unfortunately, these reasons may be associated with serious misconduct (e.g., alcohol and hazing).

Although the University cannot legally prevent students from joining or maintaining active involvement with a fraternity or sorority that has had its University recognition revoked, students are strongly discouraged from doing so and should understand the risks they are undertaking.  Any student considering joining or maintaining membership in such an organization should carefully investigate the organization, the circumstances surrounding the University’s or national organization’s revocation of recognition and evaluate whether the organization maintains a safe environment that supports student growth and learning, and aligns with Miami’s values, policies and guidelines. Unrecognized organizations operate without the advising, oversight, training, and education provided by the University and their national chapters. They do not have membership in the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), or Panhellenic Association (PA).

Recognized organizations should not engage with unrecognized organizations. Unrecognized fraternities and sororities are not held to the University or Council standards that govern the behavior of recognized chapters.

We understand students have often forged strong friendships and bonds through the organizations they join. We are not discouraging friendships and interpersonal relationships. However, we must be responsible and diligent in identifying and discouraging affiliation with unrecognized organizations that could put students at risk.

Should you have questions about which organizations are unrecognized you can view those organizations here:

Acacia

On February 6, 2015, Acacia fraternity lost its recognition with the Interfraternity Council, the Cliff Alexander Office, and Miami University for failure to comply with the Community Advancement Program over the course of two years. At this time there are no known plans for the chapter to return to campus. 

Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has lost university recognition due to failure to meet organizational requirements as outlined in the student handbook.  Specifically, the chapter has failed to meet the Scholarship and Learning expectation and GPA Standard of maintaining a 2.5 chapter grade point average each semester. Alpha Phi Alpha failed to meet this minimum in both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. The chapter may be eligible to apply for a reinstatement of recognition after the Fall 2017 semester once the academic standing of all registered members can be confirmed. 

Alpha Xi Delta

Alpha Xi Delta was found responsible for violating the Miami University Code of Student Conduct, Section 105B (Prohibited use of alcohol). Alpha Xi Delta was suspended and recognition was revoked through May 16, 2014. A membership review is required prior to the chapter being re-recognized by the university. Upon re-recognition the chapter will be placed on probation for two semesters.

Kappa Sigma

Kappa Sigma's recognition was revoked by the group's national organization in August of 2015. This was followed with a revocation of the chapter's charter on May 9, 2016. Reorganization of the chapter is at the discretion of the national organization and no timeline for such has been established. 

Phi Kappa Psi

In July of 2015, Phi Kappa Psi was found guilty of violating the Miami University Code of Student Conduct. The chapter has been suspended with loss of university privileges through May of 2019.

Phi Kappa Tau

In April of 2016, Phi Kappa Tau was found responsible of violating the Miami University Code of Student Conduct. In accordance with Section 2.2.B of the Code, the chapter has been suspended through May 15, 2019. Phi Kappa Tau may submit a reorganization plan to the Cliff Alexander Office any time after November 1, 2018

Pi Beta Phi

In August of 2017, Pi Beta Phi Headquarters revoked the recognition of their chapter at Miami University. Pi Beta Phi Headquarters will be working with Miami to determine a date for the chapter to return to campus.

Sigma Lambda Beta

In February of 2017, the international organization of Sigma Lambda Beta notified Miami University that the colony established here was no longer active. No immediate plans have been made for a recolonization.

Sigma Nu

In May of 2015 Sigma Nu fraternity was found to be responsible for violations of the Miami University Code of Student Conduct. The chapter has been suspended with loss of university recognition through March 5, 2018.

Sigma Tau Gamma

Sigma Tau Gamma was suspended by the Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity on November 1, 2012; the chapter became eligible to return in 2014.

Zeta Beta Tau

In June 2016, Zeta Beta Tau was found to be responsible for violations of the Miami University Code of Student Conduct related to hazing. In accordance with section 2.2.A of the code, the chapter is suspended from May 10, 2016 to May 10, 2018. Submission of a reorganization plan can occur no sooner than August 1, 2017.

The University discourages students from joining a fraternity or sorority that the University does not recognize. Unrecognized fraternities are not held to the University or Council standards that govern the behavior of other chapters. They operate without the oversight, training, and education provided by staff in the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

It is important to understand that if you choose to become a part of an unrecognized organization you will never be recognized by the college as an official member of that organization. Therefore, be sure to verify the status of an organization with the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life before beginning a New Member Education Program for a fraternity or sorority.