Fraternities and Sororities at Dickinson

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The purpose of this section of the Student Handbook is to set basic expectations between Dickinson College and its (general/social) fraternities and sororities which have collegiate chapters in operation at the College, and to explain the mutual benefits and responsibilities which the relationship between these organizations entail.

The College, by action of the President and Board of Trustees, has officially recognized the College Interfraternity Council and the College Panhellenic Council and their constituent member organizations as members of the official organizational structure of the College and sets forth in the mutual covenants specified in their respective governing documents, rituals and mission statements, their rights and responsibilities.

The relationship is founded upon the College's acceptance of fraternities and sororities as an integral part of campus life and a source of support for the mission of the College. The success of the fraternity and sorority community will depend upon the mutual efforts of the College, the collegiate chapters, headquarters staff, alumni volunteers, and alumni/ae associations. The College pledges its ongoing support by assignment of the area of Greek Life to the Division of Student Life, as an official component of its departmental responsibilities.

Fraternities and sororities have been recognized by the College because they can:
  • Enhance the diversity of student life.
  • Foster the development of life-long relationships and friendships.
  • Contribute to the educational and personal development of students.
  • Create an environment that promotes and encourages academic achievement and intellectual development.
  • Enhance the extra and co-curricular programs of the college and contribute to the life of the campus through participation in and support of programs and activities.
  • Provide structured opportunities for self-governance, leadership and management skill development.
  • Serve as a vehicle to involve students in service to the college and Carlisle communities.
  • Foster a life-long affiliation with Dickinson College.

Recognized/Unrecognized Fraternities and Sororities

The fraternity and sorority community at Dickinson College is composed of organizations which have petitioned the college for recognition and have accepted and met the conditions for recognition. The fraternities and sororities are organized under the jurisdiction of their respective governing/coordinating bodies recognized by the College, the College Interfraternity Council and the College Panhellenic Council. These bodies and the fraternity and sorority chapters are recognized as official components of the Division of Student Life and contribute to the fulfillment of its mission and objectives as well as to those of the College.

The following organizations are officially recognized by Dickinson College as of Fall 2015:

  • Delta Sigma Phi - Theta Lambda Chapter
  • Kappa Alpha Psi - Xi Kappa Chapter
  • Kappa Sigma - Beta-Pi Chapter
  • Phi Delta Theta - PA Epsilon Chapter

  • Delta Nu - Local Chapter
  • Kappa Alpha Theta - Epsilon Lambda Chapter
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma - Epsilon Omega Chapter
  • Pi Beta Phi - PA Gamma Chapter
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma - Beta Epsilon Chapter
The following organizations are no longer recognized by Dickinson College. Participation in organizations that have had their recognition suspended or revoked by the College is prohibited and is a violation of the Community Standards. These violations may result in individual sanctions up to and including suspension from the College. Organizations will also be charged when an individual is charged with unauthorized fraternity or sorority membership, and unrecognized organizations found to be operating (including participation in recruitment, new member activities, or living in a house or apartment run by or on behalf of an unrecognized group) will face an extension of current sanctions.

Unrecognized Fraternities:
  • Alpha Chi Rho - Phi Beta Chapter
  • Beta Theta Pi - Alpha Sigma Chapter
  • Chi Phi - Omega Chapter
  • Delta Chi - Dickinson Chapter
  • Phi Epsilon Pi - Iota Chapter
  • Phi Kappa Psi - PA Zeta Chapter
  • Phi Kappa Sigma - Epsilon Chapter
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon - PA Sigma-Phi Chapter
  • Sigma Alpha Mu - Sigma Chapter
  • Sigma Chi - Omicron Chapter
  • Theta Chi - Pi Chapter
  • Theta Delta Chi - Sigma Chapter
  • Zeta Beta Tau - Iota Chapter
  • Zeta Psi - Alpha Chapter
Unrecognized Sororities:
  • Chi Omega - Delta Chapter
  • Delta Delta Delta - Gamma Epsilon Chapter
  • Gamma Phi Beta - Delta Rho Chapter
  • Phi Mu - Beta Delta Chapter
  • Zeta Tau Alpha - Beta Beta Chapter
As of Spring 2015, the college will not entertain any new groups or re-colonization of prior groups until the College has completed its Greek Life review during the 2015/2016 academic year. This means that during the review process the College will not be open to any new groups and it means that groups that have been suspended or removed from campus will not be allowed to return. Following the Greek Life Review, if the College has selected to continue its relationship with Greek organizations, the Greek Life Working group shall use the data and results from survey to determine the optimal number of fraternities and sororities for a healthy Greek Life at Dickinson.

Fraternity & Sorority Community Code of Conduct

Individuals who assume membership in a fraternity or sorority do not surrender their rights to escape their fundamental responsibilities as a citizen, but acquire additional rights and responsibilities to the whole Dickinson College fraternity and sorority community.

All members of the Dickinson College fraternity and sorority community are expected to abide by all expectations, policies, procedures, resolutions, rules and regulations of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the NALFO (National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations), and all respective National Organizations. The Dickinson College fraternity and sorority community will not tolerate any of the following behaviors and/or actions in any manner.

1. Assaulting, striking, intimidating, harassing or in any way threatening the well-being of another person
2. Destroying or vandalizing personal, chapter or College property
3. Trespassing upon or forcefully entering chapter or College premises without authorization
4. Disorderly conduct, disrupting activities of others, or rioting
5. Violating Hazing Policies as set forth by individual fraternities and sororities, Dickinson College, and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
6. Theft of or possession of stolen property belonging to fraternities, sororities, individuals, community residents, the College, the Borough of Carlisle, or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
7. Violating the risk management policies of individual fraternities and sororities, Dickinson College or the Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group, Inc.
8. Failing to comply with any sanctions, as a result of a hearing, from the Office of the Dean of Students
9. Failing to take responsibility for the actions of members, new members, and guests
10. Violating any other rules, regulations, policies or procedures of individual fraternities and sororities, the Dickinson College Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, and Dickinson College
11. Engaging in conduct unbecoming a member of the Dickinson College fraternity and sorority community