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. Does the organization support student growth and learning and align 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), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), or Panhellenic Association (PA) or access to the myriad resources those organizations provide.
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:
Sigma Lambda Beta
Sigma Tau Gamma
Zeta Beta Tau
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.