Information on this page was last updated on Monday, October 19th.

COVID-19 Related Questions

  • What has been changed regarding social events and ensuring safety?
    • Beginning October 19th, student organizations may host social events with these rules:
      • All events, including off-campus events at a business or venue in the city of Tuscaloosa, must be registered and approved through mySource.
      • Given current University restrictions on travel, no events may take place outside the city of Tuscaloosa.
      • Events must follow capacity limits set by UA Environmental Health and Safety (on campus) and ADPH and city officials off campus.
      • Regardless of capacity, attendance must remain limited to no more than 50 for indoor events and 100 for outdoor events.
      • Attendance at all in-person events must be tracked by the student organization through the Campus Labs Check-In App and mySource Event Pass. Failure to track attendance could result in sanctions for the organization.
      • In-person events of any kind are PROHIBITED on UA home football game days and from Thanksgiving break through winter break (Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 12, 2021).
      • Virtual events are allowed and strongly encouraged.
      • Masks, social distancing and all policies outlined in the Social Event Guidelines Addendum must be strictly followed at all events. Details about planning and hosting events are on this chart. Please carefully read these directives with the guidelines for any events. Contact our Office of Student Involvement with questions.
    • Beginning October 1st, student organizations may host non-social engagement events that support the mission and business operations.
      • Examples of events that are permitted include: organizational business meetings, community service, recreational activities, academic study groups, religious gatherings, sister/brotherhood events, intake/recruitment, initiation, community-building events, limited philanthropy events (approved on a case-by-case basis, see below).
      • In-person events are permitted to take place between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
      • Very limited off-campus activities may be approved.
      • Beginning Tuesday (September 29th), the SOURCE will begin accepting registration for events that fit the outlined criteria and will take place on or after October 1st.
      • Virtual events are allowed and strongly encouraged.
  • What procedures or protocols have been put in place for Fraternity/Sorority housing and the meal options?
    • Prior to move-in for the fraternities and sororities, our office staff along with staff from Environmental Health and Safety preformed walk throughs at all chapter houses. The walk throughs provided COVID-19 cleaning information, meal service guidelines, and how houses will need to be set up in order to socially distance (this will apply for all common/general spaces but will not impact the individual bedroom spaces). It has also been highly encouraged that chapters follow all the CDC, Alabama Department of Health, and the University of Alabama’s Return to Campus protocols and documents; however, it will be left up to each individual chapter to implement and enforce these guidelines.
    • If you would like to know specific protocols and policies for your chapter, we recommend you reach out to the chapter directly.
  • What should a member do if they test positive, are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed?
    • Students who experience COVID related symptoms, have tested positive or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, should follow the steps and protocols that are posted on healthinfo.ua.edu.
  • What should a member do if they test positive and live in the chapter house?
    • Any Greek member who has tested positive should contact the House Director or designated Chapter representative and call the COVID Hotline 205-348-CV19. Students should isolate in their room and avoid any interactions with others.
    • Once a need is identified, a case manager will be assigned to assist the student. If a student requires quarantine or isolation housing, HRC on-call and/or university staff (depending upon location) can assist with issuing keys to students needing to gain entry to these spaces. Dining Services will be notified and will deliver food to the rooms or area for each meal. Student Care and Well Being staff (or designees) will provide support as appropriate based upon the situation.
      • In quarantine/isolation housing, students receive the following: bottled water, snacks, hand cream, toilet paper, trash bags, dial soap for kitchen counter, hand soap for each bathroom, Ajax/comet cleaner. They will also receive a supply kit that includes wipes, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, paper towels, 2 trash bags, 1 bar of soap, 4 paper cups, 2 sets of plastic silverware, liquid dish detergent and a sponge for sink.
      • Meals for students are delivered between 6:30-8:30pm, and include a hot dinner and cold breakfast and lunch that can be stored in the refrigerator.
    • The House Director or Chapter representative should contact:
      • Primary contact: Julie Elmore, jelmore@ua.edu or 205-886-8246
      • Secondary Contact: Jennifer Brown jhbrown6@ua.edu or 205-454-0966
      • Julie or Jennifer will provide guidance and follow up with campus partners based on each individual circumstance.
  • What training is required of the students regarding COVID-19 and safety?
      • As the fall semester approaches, it is critical that everyone remain focused on prevention and mitigation efforts aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.  Students and employees are required to take online training prior to returning to campus. Training includes important information about health and safety expectations as well as useful steps to take at home and in the community.
      • Upon completion of all training components, you will be emailed a Certificate of Completion from UA LMS. Please note that you may be required to provide your certificate to return to campus or participate in activities.
      • More information can be found on the Corona Virus Training page.
    • What has changed regarding recruitment or intake procedures?
      • Alabama Panhellenic Association Update
        • In response to the COVID-19, situation, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the governing body of the 26-member organization of sororities, recently released a Recruitment Contingencies Task Force Report encouraging the use of virtual recruitment, where social distancing guidelines will be in place. Therefore, the Alabama Panhellenic Association made the decision to move to Scenario 3 (Enhanced Efforts or Shelter-in-Place): All Virtual Rounds for 2020 Panhellenic Recruitment. Some chapters are also participating in virtual Continuous Open Bidding (COB), and potential new members can find more information on how to begin that process by checking the APA website.
      • Interfraternity Council Update
        • The Interfraternity Council’s recruitment will be a hybrid model consisting of two phases.
          • Phase 1 will consist of an all-inclusive virtual introduction and digital house tours followed by a Phase 1 virtual bid signing on August 25th, for those fraternities with a completed new member class.
          • After Phase 1 bid signing, fraternities with incomplete classes who still need additional time to recruit on campus will enter Phase 2. This phase included a virtual event through Zoom to introduce potential new members to chapter recruitment chairs. Phase 2 virtual bid signing will be on September 16th, which marks the beginning of the new member education period for Phase 2.
        • Please feel free to visit the IFC website for more information.
      • Alabama National Pan-Hellenic Council Update
        • The Alabama National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) hosted their Fall 2020 Convocation virtually and chapters participating in Intake this semester will post flyers outside of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life including details about their virtual interest meetings or informationals. Please check out the NPHC Instagram, @ua_nphc, to find more information about council-wide events as well.
      • United Greek Council Update
        • Information regarding United Greek Council (UGC) chapters’ recruitment or intake will be posted through individual social media accounts. Please make sure to follow UGC on Instagram, @bamaugc, and follow UGC member organizations on social media to learn about specific recruitment details.

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.