Information on this page was last updated on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021.

Learn about frequently asked questions and answers about the Fraternity and Sorority Community at The University of Alabama.

COVID-19 Related Information

  • What are the current health and safety guidelines?
    • Consistent with Executive Order 14042 and accompanying guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, effective Nov. 5, 2021, face coverings will no longer be required for fully vaccinated individuals in most UA facilities.  

      Face coverings will be required:  

      • For unvaccinated individuals indoors, and in crowded outdoor settings or during outdoor activities that involve sustained close contact with others who are unvaccinated;  
      • For all individuals in patient clinical-care settings, including the University Medical Center, the Student Health Center, the Capstone Village assisted living and specialty care units, Brewer-Porch Children’s Center, and the Working on Womanhood program; and  
      • For all individuals on Crimson Ride buses.   

      Unvaccinated individuals will not be required to wear masks when eating or drinking while maintaining appropriate distancing, when alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls and a closed door, while actively exercising, or in residence hall rooms. To the extent practicable, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should maintain social distancing.  

      Anyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, should feel comfortable choosing to wear a mask, even when not required. 

General Questions

  • How can a student join a fraternity or a sorority?
    • It is first important to know that we have four governing councils here at the Capstone that oversee our 68 fraternities and sororities. More information on our four governing councils can be found on the Community and Council Overview.
      • The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) has both fraternities and sororities and goes through a chapter specific process called Membership Intake to select their new members. To learn more about Membership Intake, visit NPHC’s How to Join Page.
      • The United Greek Council (UGC) also has both fraternities, sororities, and co-ed fraternities, and each chapter has their own recruitment/rush/intake process for students to join. More information on UGC’s join process can be found on UGC’s How to Join page.
      • The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is comprised of just fraternities and recruits through two primary methods; the first method allows for organizations to recruit members and extend bids for membership before the beginning of classes for fall semester. There is also a structured recruitment that occurs in late August and early September for students to participate in as well. More information about the two recruitment processes can be found on IFC’s How to Join page.
      • The Alabama Panhellenic Association is comprised of just sororities and they traditionally admit new members in August through the Primary Recruitment process which occurs the week before the start of the Fall semester. More information on Primary Recruitment, as well as Continuous Open Bidding, can be found on APA’s How to Join.
      • More specific information can also be found on council-specific websites and social media accounts. 
  • What is the average cost to join a fraternity or a sorority?
    • The financial obligations of joining a fraternity or sorority vary for each individual organization. Each individual chapter has their own set of dues and fees and payment system; we recommend students ask about the financial obligations of an organization when participating in an intake, recruitment, or rush process. The Financial Information page has the average financial information for each council broken down by the semester.
  • My student is a current member of a fraternity or sorority; what is the best contact information for their chapter if I have a question or concern?
    • If you have a question regarding specific chapter operations (including finances, housing, membership concerns), we recommend reaching out to the chapter directly primarily through the chapter president. If you or your student needs assistance in receiving this contact information, you can contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and we can pass your contact information along to those individuals.
  • When should I contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life?
    • Our office provides oversight and guidance to the governing councils and the chapters within those councils. If you ever have questions about community-wide policies or a concern, you can always reach out to our office for our support.
    • Our office can always connect you with or pass along your contact information to a specific individual in a chapter or department as well. We want to be a resource for everyone and will do our best to address questions, comments, and concerns.
  • Is hazing permitted at the University of Alabama?
    • The University of Alabama is committed to maintaining a supportive, educational environment that seeks to enhance the well-being of all members of its community. The University of Alabama prohibits hazing, in any form, of any member of the University community. For more information, visit Hazing Prevention.
    • The EthicsPoint Hazing Reporting Form, hosted by third party provider, Navex Global, allows for both anonymous and personally identifiable reports of Student Code of Conduct violations. Concerns can also be reported anonymously by calling the Navex toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: CALL 1-866-362-9476.
      • After processing the report, Navex will provide the information to designated University officials for appropriate action. Reports submitted to Navex will be handled promptly and discreetly. Retaliation of any kind will not be tolerated.
      • The hotline is not a 911 or emergency service. Do not use the online reporting form or the toll-free number to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please call 911.
  • What policies and procedures are put into place to ensure the safety of fraternity and sorority events?
    • All student organizations on campus participate in event training and a registration program through The Source. Student organizations must also abide by the Social Event Guidelines to ensure a successful event that adheres to all standards and restrictions for events.