Fraternity and Sorority Life

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Joining a fraternity or sorority is an opportunity to serve the community at UB and beyond. It’s a commitment to scholarship and leadership. And it’s a privilege that you will enjoy for the rest of your life.

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Why Join a Fraternity or Sorority?

As a member of a fraternity or sorority, you can have fun, be part of a strong campus community, and gain skills that will continue to help you long after you graduate.

  • Make new friends
  • Try new experiences
  • Experience opportunities for leadership
  • Develop skills including time management, teamwork, networking
  • Enjoy social events throughout the year, including Greek Week
  • Be recognized through the Greek Academic Success Program
  • Give back to the community through philanthropic service
  • Enjoy access to exclusive alumni networks

Who Can Join?

You are only eligible to participate in new member education, intake or initiation if you meet specific academic requirements, including:

  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at UB (many organizations require a higher GPA)
  • 12 earned college credits

Freshmen Eligibility

Freshmen are not eligible for membership in a fraternity or sorority until they have earned 12 credits and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at UB.

How Do I Join?

Step 1. Recruitment

Each semester, you can meet with fraternity or sorority members during a designated time period known as “recruitment.” These events provide an opportunity to learn about the Greek system, meet hundreds of people and consider joining a fraternity or sorority.

Hazing

Read the hazing policy.

Get Information about Recruitment

You can search UBLinked for information about each organization’s recruitment process and events. If you’re interested in joining a sorority during the spring semester, please sign up for formal sorority recruitment.

Step 2. Join (Pledge)

After the recruitment, you may be invited to join (formerly known as “pledge”) a fraternity or sorority. During this time period, new members will attend activities and events to learn about their organization and Greek Life at UB. The length of the new member period is determined by the fraternity or sorority, but cannot exceed six weeks.

Step 3. Accept and enroll

If you are offered an invitation to officially join the fraternity or sorority, you can choose to accept it at this time.

Unrecognized Groups

There are groups of University students that wrongfully attempt to function and are not recognized by the University. These unrecognized groups have that status for a reason, and it’s in your best interest to avoid them. For your own well being — and to avoid disciplinary action including potential expulsion — we discourage you from attending their events and from affiliating with these organizations.

Unrecognized Groups of University Students

Chapter Name

What They Call Themselves

Year Removed

Alpha Epsilon PHI (sorority)

A-E-Phi

2009

Alpha Tau Omega

ATO

2002

Delta Delta (sorority)

Delta Delta

2009

Delta Sigma Phi

Delta Sig

2001

Kappa Sigma

Kappa Sig

1997

Phi Delta Theta

Phi Delt

1998

Sigma Alpha Mu

Sammies

1995, 2001

Zeta Beta Tau

ZBT

2016

Delta Xi Omega & Alpha Sigma Alpha (sorority)

Zeta Phi

2012

Affiliation with these groups is a violation of the UB Student Code of Conduct and puts students at risk for suspension and/or expulsion from the University. The University at Buffalo does not advise nor control the actions of these off-campus groups. Typically, the instances of hazing are high for these groups as well. University policy, effective fall 2004, in accordance with SUNY policy changes, mandates a permanent transcript notation for students who are found to be responsible for hazing incidents that involve the injury of another person.

These groups have been advised by the University and their former national headquarters to cease all operations, including recruitment, education, induction of new members and the sponsoring of and/or participation in on- or off-campus programs. Failure to abide by these conditions on campus will subject students to on-campus judicial proceedings. All activities are subject to litigation by the legitimate national organizations.

As a student, if you are recruited by or have questions about unrecognized student groups, please contact Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Guidelines and Policies for Fraternities and Sororities

UB has numerous guidelines and policies related to fraternities and sororities. You can find these guidelines and policies on the Student Life page.

Academic Organizations and Honor Societies

Please note that Fraternity and Sorority Life does not provide advisement and coordination for the Greek-lettered academic fraternal organizations and honor societies.

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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Campus Life

Student Life

University at Buffalo
150 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2055