North-American Interfraternity Conference

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North-American Interfraternity Conference
NIC-Logo.jpg
The NIC logo
FormationNovember 27, 1909;109 years ago (1909-11-27) [1]
Type Trade association [1]
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Region served
North America
Membership
70 [1]
Website www.nicindy.org

The North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC; formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) is an association of collegiate men's fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began at a meeting at the University Club in New York City on November 27, 1909. [2] The power of the organization rests in a House of Delegates in which each member fraternity is represented by a single delegate. However, the group's executive and administrative powers are vested in an elected board of directors consisting of nine volunteers from various NIC fraternities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the NIC also operates a small professional staff. [1] [3]

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The NIC seeks to provide services that will include, "but not be limited to, promotion of cooperative action in dealing with fraternity matters of mutual concern, research in areas of fraternity operations and procedures, fact-finding and data gathering, and the dissemination of such data to the member fraternities". However, it notes that "[c]onference action shall not in any way abrogate the right of its member fraternities to self-determination". [4]

As of June 2011, the NIC had seventy-five member organizations with 5,500 chapters located on over 800 campuses in the United States and Canada with approximately 350,000 undergraduate members. [1]

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Originally named the Interfraternity Conference, the name was changed to the National Interfraternity Conference in 1931. The current name, the North-American Interfraternity Conference, was adopted in 1999 to reflect the organization's affiliations at Canadian colleges and universities.[ citation needed ]

Membership requirements

The NIC membership requirements are detailed in the By-Laws of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. [5] Each member fraternity must be national or international in scope, as opposed to local, which is defined to mean having five chapters of ten men each, having three chapters which have been part of the fraternity for at least five years, and have a constitution that calls for national conventions with interim authority vested in a smaller governing body. Further, each fraternity must be exclusive of other NIC members and, therefore, in competition with them for the purposes of recruitment. All members' chapters must exist at four or two-year degree granting colleges. The members agree to share "best practices, statistics and information that will benefit member organizations".

Also, the members agree to uphold universal fraternal ideals, to hold their individual chapters and colonies to their general vision statements, honor NIC resolutions, abide by the NIC Constitution and By-Laws, attend all meetings of the House of Delegates, and pay membership dues.

A colony is a probationary body of a national fraternity or sorority. It can be considered a new Greek organization that is awaiting official recognition from their international headquarters to maintain a chapter on their college’s campus. A group wishing to become a member of a fraternity or sorority must first petition for status as a colony. The entire membership of the colony remains as uninitiated associates, usually learning and operating under the guidance of an advisor from the national organization and/or from a sponsoring chapter. If the colony prospers and meets its goals as set out by the national organization, the colony may later be chartered and the membership initiated. After this the sorority or fraternity will become a full chapter of the fraternity. This practice varies with different sororities and fraternities; however, many of them follow procedures and practices very similar to one another. Everything depends on the official nationals of each individual organization.

Each member fraternity must share a wealth of statistical information with the NIC including the number of new members, new member retention, the number of new initiates, total number of initiates, annual retention rate, the number of new chapters and their size, the number of closed chapters and the reason for closure, the total number of active chapters, number of members who are "campus leaders", number of hours of community service completed, and amount of money raised for charitable causes. This information is aggregated, and the raw data is destroyed.

The NIC requires its members to support open expansion on their campuses. It requires that its members are insured and have risk management programs. It imposes a grade requirement on new members and initiated members. It denies members from having women's auxiliary groups. It requires alcohol free recruitment and new member programs, and new member programs are capped at twelve weeks and encouraged to be shorter. Finally, each member must have provisions for the emergency temporary suspension of any of its chapters.

NIC members are required to "communicate its values through its ritual at least annually or as prescribed by its policies."

Mission

The NIC serves to advocate the needs of its member fraternities through enrichment of the fraternity experience; advancement and growth of the fraternity community; and enhancement of the educational mission of the host institutions. The NIC is also committed to enhancing the benefits of fraternity membership. Each of the 75 member organizations has adopted basic expectations of their members and agreed to the following Nine Basic Expectations.

  1. I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity ritual and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life.
  2. I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
  3. I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or harm any human being.
  4. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
  5. I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
  6. I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
  7. I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol.
  8. I acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is properly cleaned and maintained.
  9. I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternal expectations and will confront those who violate them.

NIC meetings

The NIC is not a governing or regulatory board. It is a voluntary trade association; therefore, it is important that the leadership of the organization gather on a regular basis. This occurs annually at the NIC Congressional Reception and the NIC Annual Meeting.

At the congressional reception, the leadership of the NIC, National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) sponsor a series of meetings and receptions to advance an agenda that is positive toward fraternal organizations. Legislative priorities are determined with current emphasis on the College Fire Prevention Act which authorizes federal funding to upgrade fire safety in college dormitories and fraternity/sorority housing. It is estimated that there is $3.7 billion worth of fraternity housing, most of which is currently not fitted with fire prevention devices such as sprinklers. Other legislative priorities include Freedom of Association, Freedom of Speech, student privacy, and single sex exemptions under Title IX.

Public relations efforts

The North-American Interfraternity Conference has conducted research which suggests that to most effectively improve its public perception, high school juniors and seniors should be the primary focus of its public relations campaign. Specifically, the NIC would like to convince these students that their values align with those of the fraternity system before they enter the college environment.

Additionally, the North-American Interfraternity Conference believes that fraternity involvement supports the retention and success of college students, and, therefore, that strong partnerships between the fraternity and university community will have a positive effect on both communities. Moreover, they believe that support from the university community is essential to the success on the NIC's public relations initiatives.

Educational programming

Five permanent staff members create learning opportunities for all undergraduate men through a variety of programs, most notably the IFC Academy, Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), IMPACT, Futures Quest, Recruitment Program, Alumni Academy, and the Alcohol Summit. The purpose of the NIC is to promote service, scholarship, the opportunity for self-development, and brotherhood.

The IFC Academy is a one‐day, 14‐hour program, focusing participants on their role in developing high‐performing IFCs - specifically the role of the IFC in serving the needs of its member fraternities, and the role the NIC Standards play in supporting high performance. The program provides IFCs with benchmarks to measure your successes on campus, tools to assess how IFCs should be responding to the needs of its member chapters, and a renewed enthusiasm for advocating for the needs of the fraternity community on its campus.

The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) is a five-day co-educational program that brings fraternity and sorority leaders together and teaches leadership skills, creates awareness of important issues, and calls on each graduate of the program to lead a change initiative within his/her fraternity/sorority community. The program, begun in 1990, has over 4600 graduates since its inception. In addition, over 120 fraternity/sorority advisors, staff, and volunteers participate each year as facilitators during the program. These facilitators support the work of the NIC staff by leading small group discussions that personalize the experience throughout the institute. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has become an active partner in the UIFI curriculum by sponsoring the Service component of the curriculum.

IMPACT is a campus based weekend program that brings fraternity and sorority community leaders together to identify a strategy for change and/or improvement to the local fraternal experience. IMPACT is an acronym for Influence, Motivation, Purpose, Action, Commitment, and Trust. These are the five ideals that the curriculum of the program emphasizes. The campus leaders work together during the course of the weekend to identify what needs to change in order to ensure a bright future for the entire community. The staff of the NIC leads these programs throughout the year.

The Jon Williamson Futures Quest brings together the newest members of the fraternity community. In order to participate, these men will have joined a fraternity in the previous year. The curriculum of Futures Quest is designed to allow the participants to begin their fraternal journey in a very positive way and builds an awareness of the vast scope of the opportunities that are available to each of them. During the experience, these men will identify a personal action plan for what he wants to accomplish during his years in college and beyond. The participants leave the program with a feeling of confidence and their self-esteem is affirmed. This in turn positively influences the fraternities as these men assume the leadership positions.

The most important aspect of the fraternal experience may be the need to invite new members to join a fraternity each year. As a result, the NIC offers a program to its members that teaches participants new skills in recruitment and focuses on the positive aspects of membership. The Recruitment Program is one of the most important programs offered by the NIC. Not only does it ensure that membership in fraternities will continue, it also teaches vital skills that each participant can use beyond the fraternal experience. The program makes the direct statement, "If you want to recruit me, then you better have a plan." The goal of the program is that every participant has a plan of action for their recruitment goals.

Programs are offered for alumni members of fraternities as well. Vital to the success of the undergraduate chapters, is the importance of having chapter advisors and alumni mentors. The Alumni Academy is an opportunity for alumni members of fraternities to identify ways to serve the fraternity as a chapter advisor, house corporation member, and/or mentor. In addition, the alumni are re-educated about the purpose of fraternity in the lives of young men and the newer aspects of the fraternity experience in today's society. Finally, the academy forms a community from among the alumni boards that are on each campus. It brings together the alumni role models, getting them to solve campus issues while recognizing the effectiveness of teamwork.

The NIC is always seeking ways in which it may develop new initiatives to enhance the work of its member organizations. In 2000, the NIC received a $750,000 cooperative grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This signaled the beginning of efforts to reach into the college community and have students determine the best course of action to take to deal with the number one issue on college campuses - alcohol. The Alcohol Summit is designed to bring together a coalition of students to discuss alcohol issues and create lasting outcomes to address the effects of alcohol and high risk drinking behaviors.

Members

Current members

At one time, the National Interfraternity Conferences separated its members into those with Junior membership and those with Senior membership.

FraternityFounding
Date
Active
Collegiate Groups
Collegiate
Charters Granted
Collegiate
Members
Total
Initiates
NIC History [10] [n0 1] References
Acacia May 11, 1904389450,000November 27, 1909-Founder [11]
Alpha Chi Rho June 4, 1895419330,500November 27, 1909-Founder
Alpha Delta Gamma October 10, 19241229November 30, 1961 as Junior [12]
Alpha Delta Phi October 29, 183233531,10050,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Alpha Epsilon Pi November 7, 19131702389,50090,0001921 as Junior
1930 as Senior
[13] [14]
Alpha Gamma Rho April 4, 19087265,0001918
Alpha Gamma Sigma January 28, 192384,350June 19, 1971
Alpha Kappa Lambda April 22, 191430791930 as Junior
1954 as Senior
Alpha Phi Alpha December 4, 1906354414175,0002006 [15] [16] [17]
Alpha Phi Delta November 5, 1914369680019,1001926 as Junior
1930 as Senior
Alpha Sigma Phi December 6, 18451612125,80085,000November 27, 1909-Founder*
Alpha Tau Omega September 11, 18651322506,500200,000November 27, 1909-Founder [18] [19]
Beta Chi Theta June 2, 1999271,7002006 [15]
Beta Sigma Psi April 17, 192510251952 as Junior
1969 as Senior
Beta Theta Pi August 8, 183914217910,119355,868November 27, 1909-Founder [6]
Beta Upsilon Chi Spring 19853542September 22, 2016 [20]
Chi Phi December 24, 18245811360,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Chi Psi May 29, 184131November 27, 1909-Founder
Delta Chi October 13, 18901376,400118,0001911 as Junior
1912 as Senior
[21]
Delta Kappa Epsilon June 22, 18445480,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Delta Lambda Phi October 15, 198630April 11, 2013 [22]
Delta Phi November 27, 182715November 27, 1909-Founder
Delta Psi January 17, 1847101911
Delta Sigma Phi December 10, 18991052255,995120,000November 27, 1909 as Junior
1915 as Senior
[23]
Delta Tau Delta 18581339,375165,000November 27, 1909-Founder [24]
Delta Upsilon November 4, 183484151110,000November 27, 1909-Founder
FarmHouse April 15, 190533421944 as Junior
1952 as Senior
Iota Nu Delta February 7, 19941852007
Iota Phi Theta September 19, 196327030,0001985 [25]
Kappa Alpha Order December 21, 18651297,500160,000November 27, 1909-Founder [26]
Kappa Alpha Psi January 5, 1911350150,000 [27]
Kappa Alpha Society November 26, 1825915November 27, 1909-Founder
Kappa Delta Phi April 18, 190014311990
Kappa Delta Rho May 17, 190536751922 as Junior
1929 as Senior
Lambda Phi Epsilon February 25, 19813348September 8, 1990 [28]
Lambda Sigma Upsilon April 5, 1979585006,000 [29]
Lambda Theta Phi December 1, 1975147May 1992 [30]
Nu Alpha Kappa February 26, 198824242252300 [31]
Omega Delta Phi November 25, 198750
Phi Beta Sigma January 9, 1914400150,0002008
Phi Gamma Delta April 22, 18481559,000178,108November 27, 1909-Founder [32] [33]
Phi Iota Alpha December 26, 19315271
Phi Kappa Psi February 19, 18521091585,988124,199November 27, 1909-Founder [34]
Phi Kappa Sigma October 19, 1850451201,200+40,000+November 27, 1909-Founder
Phi Kappa Tau March 17, 1906931524,50096,000+1917
Phi Kappa Theta April 29, 1889411401916
Withdrew 1971
Rejoined 1985
[35]
Phi Lambda Chi March 15, 19259171964 as Junior
Phi Mu Delta March 1, 1918184160018,0001923 as Junior
1930 as Senior
Phi Sigma Kappa March 15, 1873843,000115,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Withdrew 2002
Returned 2006
[15] [36] [37]
Phi Sigma Phi July 30, 19889
Pi Kappa Alpha March 1, 186822515,590270,0001910 [7] [38]
Pi Kappa Phi December 10, 190417723112,840137,4861911 as Junior
1912 as Senior
[39]
Pi Lambda Phi March 21, 1895451201919
Psi Upsilon November 18, 183327451962
Sigma Alpha Epsilon March 9, 185623931711,900325,000November 27, 1909-Founder [40] [41] [42]
Sigma Alpha Mu November 26, 1909691915
Sigma Beta Rho August 16, 1996415000April 15, 2007 [43]
Sigma Chi June 28, 185524415,700345,000November 27, 1909-Founder [44]
Sigma Lambda Beta April 4, 19869911885010,0001992 [45]
Sigma Nu January 1, 186917027811,960236,703November 27, 1909-Founder [46] [47] [48]
Sigma Phi March 4, 18279November 27, 1909-Founder
Sigma Pi February 26, 18971202165,100101,0001910 [49]
Sigma Tau Gamma June 28, 1920841652,80080,0001950 as Junior
Tau Delta Phi June 22, 19106631922 as Junior
1928 as Senior
Tau Epsilon Phi October 19, 191030461919
Tau Phi Sigma November 11, 199278
Theta Chi April 10, 18561592418,700191,0001912 [50]
Theta Delta Chi October 31, 1847296646,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Theta Xi April 29, 18645311460,0001911 [51] [52]
Triangle April 15, 190732451944
Zeta Beta Tau December 29, 189890140,0001912
Zeta Psi Spring 1847538720,000November 27, 1909-Founder
  1. Founder indicates at 1909 meeting and considered founder. Founder* indicates not at 1909 meeting, but considered Founder

Active Former members

Several of the historically large fraternities are no longer members of the NIC. In December 2002, Kappa Sigma (December 9), Phi Delta Theta (December 9), [53] and Phi Sigma Kappa, withdrew their membership in the NIC due to disagreements with the strategic direction of the organization. Phi Sigma Kappa rejoined the NIC in 2006. [54] [55] On October 27, 2015, Lambda Chi Alpha resigned its membership, stating: "Unfortunately, the NIC has recently elected to pursue counterproductive tactics that we believe are antithetical to our values and we cannot support them." [56] On January 14, 2016, Tau Kappa Epsilon announced that it had resigned its membership effective immediately, citing an extreme increase in cost resulting from the NIC 2.0 initiative and the obligation to ensure every member dollar is spent wisely. [57] On January 24, 2017, Delta Epsilon Psi resigned to focus efforts on NAPA, National APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American), and the Panhellenic Association. Sigma Phi Epsilon announced its resignation on November 7, 2019, citing that "SigEp’s vision for how to enhance health and safety in the fraternity experience and partner with our host institutions has diverged from the NIC’s current approach." [58]

FraternityFounding
Date
Active
Collegiate Groups
Collegiate
Charters Granted
Collegiate
Members
Total
Initiates
NIC History [10] [n 1] References
Delta Epsilon Psi 1998363,000Withdrew January 24, 2017 [59] [60]
Kappa Sigma December 10, 186932041220,670282,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Withdrew 2002
[61]
Lambda Chi Alpha November 2, 190919432211,000280,0001913
Withdrew October 27, 2015
Phi Delta Theta December 26, 184819026012,000260,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Withdrew 2002
Sigma Phi Delta 19242006 [15]
Sigma Phi Epsilon November 1, 190123015,286312,000November 27, 1909-Founder
Withdrew November 7, 2019
[62]
Tau Kappa Epsilon January 10, 189923748110,590272,0001915
Withdrew January 14, 2016
[63]
  1. Founder indicates at 1909 meeting and considered founder.

Defunct Former Members

In addition, several fraternities in the NIC have merged with other members of the NIC and thus no longer have been counted as members or have gone defunct.

FraternityFounding
Date
Active
Collegiate Groups
Collegiate
Charters Granted
Collegiate
Members
Total
Initiates
NIC History [10] [n 1] References
Alpha Kappa Pi
Merged with Alpha Sigma Phi
January 1, 19211931 as Junior
Merged with Alpha Sigma Phi on September 6, 1946
Alpha Lambda Tau
Partially absorbed by Tau Kappa Epsilon
19161928 as Junior
Beta Kappa
Merged with Theta Chi
October 15, 19011926 as Junior
1928 as Senior
Merged into Theta Chi on April 14, 1942
Beta Sigma Rho
Merged with Pi Lambda Phi
October 12, 19101947 as Junior
1955 as Senior
Merged into Pi Lambda Phi on December 12, 1972
[n 2]
Delta Alpha Pi
Merged with Phi Mu Delta
November 22, 19191927 as Junior
Merged with Phi Mu Delta on October 21, 1935
Delta Sigma Lambda
Merged with Theta Chi
September 9, 19211927 as Junior
Merged into Theta Chi on March 27, 1937
[64]
Kappa Nu
Merged with Phi Epsilon Pi
November 12, 19111920
Dropped from NIC in 1934 [65]
Merged into Phi Epsilon Pi on October 14, 1961
[n 2]
Omicron Alpha Tau
Merged with Tau Delta Phi
Spring 19121928 as Junior
Merged with Tau Delta Phi in 1934
Phi Alpha
Merged with Phi Sigma Delta
October 14, 19141927 as Junior
1928 as Senior
Merged into Phi Sigma Delta in April 1959.
[n 2]
Phi Beta Delta
Merged with Pi Lambda Phi
April 5, 19121921 as Junior
1927 as Senior
Merged with Pi Lambda Phi on February 1, 1941
Phi Epsilon Pi
Merged with Zeta Beta Tau
November 23, 1904Joined NIC in 1920 or 1921. [66]
Merged with Zeta Beta Tau in March 1970.
[n 2]
Phi Kappa
Merged to create Phi Kappa Theta
18891916
Merged to create Phi Kappa Theta on April 29, 1959
[n 2]
Phi Lambda Theta November 18, 19201929 as Junior
Defunct by 1939
Phi Pi Phi
Merged with Alpha Sigma Phi
November 15, 19151925 as Junior
1930 as Senior
Merged with Alpha Sigma Phi in 1939
Phi Sigma Delta
Merged with Zeta Beta Tau
November 10, 19091915
Merged into Zeta Beta Tau in 1969
[n 2]
Phi Sigma Epsilon
Merged with Phi Sigma Kappa
19101953 as Junior
1965 as Senior
Merged into Phi Sigma Kappa on August 14, 1985
[n 2]
Sigma Delta Rho January 8, 19211930 as Junior
Disintegrated in Spring 1935
Sigma Lambda Pi April 19151925 as Junior
Disintegrated by 1932, majority of chapters joining Phi Epsilon Pi
Sigma Mu Sigma
Merged with Tau Kappa Epsilon
Spring 19211928 as Junior
Merged with Tau Kappa Epsilon in 1934/1935, later revived.
Sigma Tau Phi
Merged with Alpha Epsilon Pi
19181930 as Junior
Merged with Alpha Epsilon Pi in March 1947
Theta Kappa Nu
Merged with Lambda Chi Alpha
June 9, 19241925 as Junior
1928 as Senior
Merged with Lambda Chi Alpha in 1939
Theta Kappa Phi
Merged to create Phi Kappa Theta
October 1, 19191924 as Junior
1946 as Senior
Merged to create Phi Kappa Theta on April 29, 1959
[n 2]
Theta Upsilon Omega
Merged with Sigma Phi Epsilon.
December 1, 19231924 as Junior
1928 as Senior
Merged into Sigma Phi Epsilon on April 23, 1938
  1. Founder indicates at 1909 meeting and considered founder.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Present in Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities 1957 edition, not currently in NIC.

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Fraternities and sororities at University of Virginia

Fraternities and sororities at University of Virginia, include the collegiate organizations on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. First founded in the 1850s with the establishment of a number of fraternities, the system has since expanded to include sororities, professional organizations, service fraternities, honor fraternities, and cultural organizations. Fraternities and sororities have been significant to the history of the University of Virginia, including the founding of two national fraternities Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ) and Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ).

Fraternities and sororities, or Greek letter organizations (GLOs), are social organizations at colleges and universities. A form of the social fraternity, they are prominent in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines, with much smaller numbers existing in France and elsewhere. Similar organizations exist in other countries as well, including the Studentenverbindungen of German-speaking countries or the Goliardia in Italy.

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