The fraternity and sorority community at UCR is dedicated to helping students have the best experience inside and outside of the classroom. UCR students dedicate countless hours to community service, donate thousands of dollars to charitable organizations and are involved in many different areas on campus.
The Fraternity and Sorority Involvement Center sponsors major campus traditions like Pillars Week, Presents and Pyramid. We host educational and leadership workshops, presentations and trainings to build skills for students to succeed at UCR and beyond. We also recognize individuals and organizations through our Pillars Banquet Awards program.
Recognition of Fraternities & Sororities at UCR
UC Riverside is home to social, professional, service and culturally based fraternities and sororities. Whether local (existing only at UCR) or national/international (with other chapters across the United States and/or in other countries), all fraternities and sororities at UCR must be recognized by one of the following governing councils:
- Collaborative Multicultural Council (CMC) – multicultural fraternities and sororities
- Interfraternity Council (IFC) – fraternities only
- College Panhellenic Association (CPA) – sororities only
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) – historically African American fraternities and sororities
The fraternities and sororities listed on the Councils and Chapters page are the only chapters recognized at UCR.
Non-Recognized Fraternities & Sororities
There are hundreds of fraternities and sororities in the United States. However, not all of them are officially recognized here at UCR. Recognized fraternities and sororities receive advising services from the Fraternity and Sorority Involvement Center as well as from the Office of Student Life. Recognized organizations are required to operate in compliance with University policies as well as city and state codes and laws.
Non-recognized groups like the ones listed below have no relationship with the University. Students, departments, sports clubs, registered student organizations, and other organizations should avoid joining or collaborating with any of the groups listed below. They do not receive any oversight or liability coverage from the University and are not held accountable at the local, regional, or national level. Students, organizations, and campus departments who interact or seek affiliation with these organizations do so at their own risk. Joining dismissed organizations and/or participating in activities of dismissed organizations perceived to be official activities of dismissed organizations is considered a policy violation and could result in suspension or dismissal from the University.
Please visit the Councils and Chapters page for a list of recognized fraternities and sororities. You can also contact the Fraternity and Sorority Involvement Center if you come into contact with, or have questions about, non-recognized fraternities or sororities, including those groups listed below.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKΔΦ) Sorority was dismissed by UCR in 2013 as a result of hazing.
Beta Upsilon Delta (BUD) Fraternity was dismissed by UCR in 2018 as a result of risk management violations and failure to comply with University sanctions.
Pi Alpha Phi (ΠΑΦ) Fraternity, also known as "Pineapples", was dismissed by UCR in 2012 as a result of hazing and failure to comply with University sanctions.
Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ) Fraternity, also known as "PIKE", was suspended by its national headquarters and dismissed by UCR in 2016 as a result of risk management violations and failure to comply with University sanctions.
Alpha Phi Alpha (AΦA) Fraternity was placed on interim suspension in September 2018 as a result of hazing allegations.
Delta Chi (ΔC) Fraternity was placed on interim suspension in January 2019 as a result of hazing allegations.
Rho Delta Chi (RΔC) Sorority was placed on interim suspension in December 2018 as a result of hazing allegations.
Kappa Sigma (KΣ) Fraternity began activity in Riverside in 2011, but is not recognized by the University.
There are honor societies and other professional organizations that use Greek letters but they are not recognized as a fraternity or sorority at UCR. Please visit HighlanderLink to learn more about these groups.