The Fraternity and Sorority community has been active at the University of New Hampshire and its predecessors since 1881 with the founding of Q.T.V. fraternity at New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. Currently, UNH Fraternity and Sorority members represent 9.5% of the campus with over 1300 students as current members in the seven recognized sororities, twelve fraternities and one co-educational society.
- Greek Honor Society:
- Order of Omega
- Member chapters of the Interfraternity Council:
- Alpha Gamma Rho
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Kappa Sigma
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Phi Mu Delta
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Beta
- Sigma Chi
- Sigma Nu
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Theta Chi
- Member chapters of the Panhellenic Council:
- Alpha Xi Delta
- Alpha Phi
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Kappa Delta
- Chi Omega
- Phi Sigma Sigma
The following groups lost recognition for serious risk management violations or affiliation issues and have no ties with the University of New Hampshire.
- Alpha Sigma Phi - AΣΘ
- Alpha Sigma Phi lost recognition from the University of New Hampshire for failing to meet GPEP benchmark standards four out of five years. They are eligible to return to campus in the fall of 2016.
- Zeta Chi Beta - ZXB
- Formerly the Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity, this group lost permanent recognition from the University of New Hampshire for various policy violations in the early 1990s. The group also lost recognition from Theta Chi in 1993. In 1994, the group was charged with prostitution and the sale of alcohol during a recruitment event. The group was convicted for these offenses by the New Hampshire court system, and this conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. It should be noted that Theta Chi Fraternity severed ties from this rouge group. Theta Chi Fraternity was official re-installed on the UNH campus Spring of 2015.
- Phi Kappa Theta – ΦΚΘ
- This group lost permanent recognition from the University of New Hampshire in 2003 after a lengthy history of UNH policy violations and numerous incidents with the university and Durham police.
- Phi Beta Gamma – ΦΒΓ
- Formerly Nu Beta of Phi Mu Delta, Phi Beta Gamma lost recognition from their national headquarters after an incident in which two new members were hospitalized for alcohol consumption. More recently, there was an alleged incident involving a knife at their residence.
Pi Kappa Alpha
The fraternity has demonstrated a pattern of violating university policies and has had numerous troublesome interactions with the UNH and Durham police departments. Attempts to work with the fraternity’s members we unsuccessful. The fraternity has the opportunity for re-recognition in Fall of 2019 and will be on Social Restricts for 2 years after they are re-established.
We strongly discourage student participation in these unrecognized groups, as the university does not provide any form of support, oversight and advisement for their members. Also, since these groups often lack national affiliation, they may not have liability insurance, or oversight policies for risk management, hazing or sexual harassment. Therefore if one of these chapters would experience a civil lawsuit, a member of that group might be held directly liable by a complainant, exposing himself/herself and their family members to unneeded risk. Furthermore, many times national organizations of these unrecognized groups choose not to acknowledge the University's concerns or to take action against their chapters.
Students who choose to become members of these unrecognized groups may not obtain all of the benefits available to those who join a recognized fraternity or sorority. Benefits of joining a recognized fraternity or sorority include:
- Interaction with the other members of the UNH Fraternity and Sorority community, consisting of over 1000 students and 18 chapters.
- Use of UNH facilities for meetings and events.
- Programming and leadership development training from the UNH Office of Student Involvement & Leadership (OSIL).
- Involvement in the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council, and the United Greek Association.
- Involvement in UNH community-wide events including Jukebox, University Day, and Greek Week.
- Involvement with student support programs, including the Alumni Center, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), and the Center for Academic Resources.
- Involvement in UNH Greek Awards program and Greek Performance and Evaluation Program (GPEP).
- Support from the MUB and Fraternity & Sorority Life staff.
If you are recruited by or have questions about unrecognized groups, please feel free to contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at 603-862-0303603-862-0303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This office is your best source for accurate information about any aspect of Fraternity & Sorority Life at UNH.
The above information was adapted from similar information at the University of Delaware and the George Washington University.