Office of Student Life

Sorority and Fraternity Life

Unrecognized Student Organizations

8/24/2018

Fellow Buckeyes: 

For over 140 years, sorority and fraternity life has been an integral part of the student experience at The Ohio State University.  Due to violations of the Code of Student Conduct for very serious safety concerns, The Ohio State University has suspended / derecognized four social fraternities in the past year.  

Organizations that have had their recognition suspended by the university due to violations of the Code of Student Conduct identify as Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE or Teke), Sigma Alpha Mu (SAM or Sammy), Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi or APES) and Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi).  The university has learned that these groups are referring to themselves as being “off-campus” or “underground.”  

Such “off campus” or “underground” organizations – and suspended organizations generally – are not recognized organizations at Ohio State.  They no longer have the rights or privileges afforded to a recognized student organization, have no affiliation, supervision or advising by Ohio State, and are not otherwise under any university purview.  Likewise, they do not follow the established rules for social Greek letter organizations and do not give the university the names of their members.    

Students are strongly encouraged to review the disciplinary history [sfl.osu.edu/posts/documents/greek-judicial-information-for-website-updated-8-24-18.pdf] of the social Greek letter organizations they wish to join and make informed decisions. Students are strongly discouraged from joining or attending the events of unrecognized student groups.  

If you are considering joining a recognized fraternity or sorority:

  • The Ohio State University requires students to achieve a 2.5 cumulative grade point average with at least 12 college credit hours before being eligible for membership in a recognized fraternity or sorority. 
  • If your organization does not enforce academic requirements, you are joining an unrecognized/suspended group. 

If you are a current member of a suspended / unrecognized organization:

  • The university advises that the organization has been found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Students participating in these organization do so without any engagement from The Ohio State University and students should give serious consideration to their continued involvement. 
  • Students who engage in activity that violates the Code of Student Conduct (including hazing, alcohol and other violations) may also be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from Ohio State.   

A complete list of all recognized student organizations at Ohio State can be found online (activities.osu.edu/involvement/student_organizations) which includes fraternities and sororities recognized by Ohio State.  We encourage your student to consider joining recognized clubs and organizations and are confident that your student’s involvement outside the classroom will enrich their time as a Buckeye.  

We value our partnership with the recognized fraternities and sororities who meet the expectations of our Code of Student Conduct, the principles of our Standards of Excellence and the policies and values of their inter/national organizations and our local governing councils.  Should you have questions about sorority and fraternity life at Ohio State, please contact Dr. Kim Monteaux De Freitas, Director of Student Life Sorority and Fraternity Life, via phone (614-688-4696) or email (defreitas.12@osu.edu). She would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. 

Sincerely, 

D’Andra Mull, PhD

Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Life