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Recognition Status of Fraternities and Sororities

A “recognized” fraternity or sorority is one that is currently in good standing with the University.  Recognized fraternities and sororities are monitored for performance related to University policies and standards, including the anti-hazing policy and the alcohol policy. Staff in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life advise these chapters and help them to continue to improve and excel.  A list of all recognized fraternities and sororities at University Park can be found on the Chapters & Councils page and you can learn more about how chapters are perfoming on the Community Scorecards.

A suspended fraternity is one that has lost all rights and privileges associated with being a recognized student organization at the University. Loss or suspension of recognition means that they cannot participate in any Greek-life activities and are prohibited from participating in any University function as a group, including Homecoming and THON. For all intents and purposes, a fraternity does not exist in the Penn State community when it loses recognition.

Benefits of Joining a Recognized Fraternity/Sorority

Benefits of joining a recognized fraternity or sorority include, but are not limited to:

  1. Interaction with the other members of the Penn State fraternity and sorority community, consisting of over 7,000 students and 70 University recognized chapters;
  2. Use of Penn State facilities for meetings and events;
  3. Programming and leadership development training and materials from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life;
  4. Involvement in the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council (PHC);
  5. Involvement in Greek community-wide events and programming sponsored by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life or the governing councils;
  6. Support from the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff.

Suspended Fraternities & Sororities at University Park

These fraternities and sororities have had their recognition revoked by Penn State for various reasons, including such things as hazing, risk management violations, and/or failure to comply with University policies and expectations. These organizations have in almost all cases also had their charter suspended or revoked by their inter/national organization because they were not upholding fraternal values and were engaging in risky behaviors that endangered their members and/or other students. In other cases, some groups may still be chartered and continue to operate without the recognition of Penn State.

The following fraternities have lost recognition from Penn State in recent years and remain under suspension:

The following fraternities and sororities have lost recognition from their Governing Council – Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) or Panhellenic Council (PHC), in recent years and currently remain under suspension.  The University also revoked the recognition of these chapters:

Please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life if you have any questions about whether or not the fraternity or sorority you want to join is recognized or if you would like more information. If you have experienced a harmful incident involving Penn State students or organizations, please report the incident to the University.

213-216 HUB-Robeson Center | 814.863.8065 | Contact The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life