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 regard 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 fraternity (with independent organizations in United States and the Philippines)
Epsilon Sigma Alpha ΕΣΑ coed national
Gamma Sigma Sigma ΓΣΣ national sorority, males admitted, primarily female
Kappa Kappa Psi ΚΚΨ coed national honorary band fraternity; founded November 27th, 1919 at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University).
Omega Phi Alpha ΩΦΑ national sorority, only females
SPURS National Honor Society defunct (October 2005) coed national, primarily female [2]
Tau Beta Sigma ΤΒΣ coed national honorary band sorority;founded March 26, 1946 [3]
Upsilon Phi Upsilon fraternity ΥΦΥ founded March 21, 1990 at Southern University and A&M College
Alpha Kappa Sigma ΑΚΣ national fraternity

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) [4]
Gamma Pi Alpha sorority ΓΠΑ local, strictly female, founded at Tuskegee University in 1994
Rho Pi Alpha fraternity ΡΠΑ local, strictly male, founded at Tuskegee University in 1993 (defunct), Beta chapter at Michigan State University (defunct), Gamma chapter at Savannah State University {active}[5]
Alpha Tau Mu fraternity ATM coed regional, founded at Tuskegee University on September 2, 2009, Beta chapter at Auburn University on April 21, 2014 [6]
Phi Delta ΦΔ local, strictly female, founded at Truman University in 2006[7]
Delta Nu Zeta sorority ΔΝΖ strictly female, founded at Florida State University on December 12, 2003, Beta chapter at University of Florida on December 12, 2012 [8]
Delta Psi Nu fraternity ΔΨΝ Co-ed Leadership fraternity Virginia Tech on established in October 2011 by a group of students at Virginia Tech. It is an entirely student-run organization. We pride ourselves in our diversity of members and widespread involvement on campus and in the Blacksburg community. We are a co-ed group and value friendship above everything else. [9]

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

Organization Symbol Description
Epsilon Sigma Alpha ΕΣΑ international service organization (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
Epsilon Sigma Alpha ΕΣΑ international service organization

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Title IX". www.usdoj.gov. 
  2. ^ University of Puget Sound Open Line March 17, 2006
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  4. ^ Southwick, Emily (2008-04-14). "He's not your average bear: Service fraternity responsible for bringing out UM mascot shares behind-the-scene look at being Bananas". The Maine Campus. Retrieved 2008-04-15. [dead link]
  5. ^ Antwi Jr., Kofi (2000). "Rho Pi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Chapter". Michigan State University. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Alpha Tau Mu Fraternity, Inc.", sketche.wix.com, 2014, retrieved 2014-10-26 
  7. ^ "Phi Delta". truman.edu. 2006. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Delta Nu Zetta: University of Florida", deltanuzetauf.com, retrieved 19 October 2016 
  9. ^ October 2011 Delta Psi Nu: Virginia Tech Check |url= value (help)