Service fraternities and sororities

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Service fraternity may refer to any fraternal public service organization, such as the Kiwanis or Rotary International. In Canada and the United States, the term fraternal organization is more common as "fraternity" in everyday usage refers to fraternal student societies.

In the context of the North American student fraternity and sorority system, service fraternities and service sororities comprise a type of organization whose primary purpose is community service. Members of these organizations are not restricted from joining other types of fraternities. This may be contrasted with professional fraternities, whose primary purpose is to promote the interests of a particular profession, and general or social fraternities, whose primary purposes are generally aimed towards some other aspect, such as the development of character, friendship, leadership, or literary ability.

Some general fraternities and their chapters, especially members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, emphasize the service aspects of their activities; however classification as a strictly service organization has legal meaning in regards to Title IX. Service fraternities, like professional fraternities and honor societies must be open to members of both genders since they do not have an exemption from Title IX similar to the one given in section (A)(6)(a) for Social Fraternities and Sororities.[1]

List of national college service fraternities and sororities[edit]

This list only includes groups within the United States; see below for groups of the Philippines.

Organization Symbol Description
Alpha Phi Omega ΑΦΩ coed national (with independent organizations in United States and the Philippines)
Epsilon Sigma Alpha ΕΣΑ coed national, female
Gamma Sigma Sigma ΓΣΣ national sorority, males admitted, primarily female
Omega Phi Alpha national service sorority ΩΑ national sorority, males admitted
SPURS National Honor Society defunct (October 2005) coed national, primarily female [2]
Upsilon Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated Founded March 21, 1990 at Southern University and A&M College

List of local/regional college service fraternities and sororities[edit]

This list only includes groups within the United States; see below for groups of the Philippines.

Organization Symbol Description
Alpha Delta ΑΔ local, strictly male, founded at University of Maine (formerly the Sigma Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega) [3]

List of primarily non-collegiate fraternities and sororities[edit]

Organization Symbol Description
Epsilon Sigma Alpha ΕΣΑ international service sorority (coed collegiate division also exists)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows IOOF non-collegiate international service fraternity for men and women whether professional or college students

List of national college service fraternities and sororities in the Philippines[edit]

Organization Symbol Description
Alpha Phi Omega ΑΦΩ co-ed national (with independent organizations in United States and the Philippines)
Gamma Omicron Delta Sigma ΓΟΔΣ Inter-Society and National Service Fraternity/Sorority


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