Delaware Valley University has played host to fraternities and sororities for over 25 years.
The DelVal Greek Community is currently comprised of seven chapters, which, combined, make up 10-15% of the undergraduate student population. Each of these chapters is unique, but adheres to the 4 pillars of Greek Life: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood/Sisterhood. Faculty and staff advisors assist these organizations in their pursuit of these ideals.
Greek Life Participants Are High Academic Achievers at DelVal
Our fraternities and sororities take academic achievement seriously. In fact, all chapters provide structured study hours for their new members. Consistently achieving a GPA higher than non-Greek students, DelVal's fraternity and sorority community was recognized with the National Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholastic Recognition Award for the Northeast region of the United States.
Friendship, Leadership and Career Networking
In addition to academic excellence, these organizations encourage unique opportunities for leadership development, career networking and life-long friendships. We encourage you to think past any ideas or perceptions you may have from movies, stories or the media and check out fraternity and sorority life for yourself. You may find that fraternity and sorority life is quite the opposite of what you thought!
Alpha Gamma Rho
Delta Epsilon Beta
Rho Epsilon Kappa
Alpha Phi Omega
(Co-Ed Service Fraternity)
Each semester, our community sponsors a one-week open house for students to come and learn about their groups. You may hear this period referred to as "rush" or "new member recruitment" During this week each chapter holds several weeks that include BBQs, go-karting, movie nights and more. We encourage students of all majors and interests to come out to these free events. This is a great opportunity to meet the members of each chapter and gain an insight into what they are all about. All are welcome, and there is no requirement to come back or obligation to join.
We also encourage students to get to know the members of chapters outside of this week. The bond that forms the basis of brotherhood and sisterhood is process of time and hard to understand in one week.
Any DelVal student that has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours with at least a 2.2 cumulative GPA is eligible to join a fraternity or sorority.
DelVal is committed to protecting our students from any form of hazing. All chapters are required to submit a comprehensive new member program (pledge program) to the Office of Student Activities for approval. All chapters, chapter members and potential new members are educated on hazing each semester. Additionally, students are made aware of campus resources they can utilize if they believe they are being hazed or that others may be hazing.
To create the most valuable Greek life experience possible, the Inter-Greek Council and DelVal have created some guidelines and policies for every chapter and their members to follow.
The four most important polices and guidelines are:
- Hazing in any form is strictly prohibited. No chapter, organization, club, or student should be participating in any hazing activity whether on or off campus. It is important to note that both the DelVal Hazing Policy and Pennsylvania Hazing Law do not exempt the hazee's willingness to be hazed as an excuse. It is still considered hazing if the person being hazed is willingly allowing and going along with the hazing activity. Punishment for any chapter and students involved in any hazing activities is severe and punishable under Pennsylvania. law.
- Any student wishing to join a chapter must have a minimum 2.25 GPA and must maintain a semesterly GPA of a 2.25. Any student who does not meet the minimum 2.25 GPA can not join any chapter and any active brother or sister who obtains a semester GPA below a 2.25 is put on automatic probation. If an active member obtains a semester GPA below 2.25 for two consecutive semesters they are immediately suspended from their chapter and will not be allowed to participate in any and all chapter activities until their grades significantly increase. All Greek potential new members (commonly know as "rushes") and current active members grades are checked at the end of each semester. (Please note that individual chapters may have higher GPA requirements for membership)
- Because of the commitment of joining a Greek chapter any students interested in taking part in any chapter's new member education program (commonly known as "pledging") must have at least 12 credits. Credits are checked before any membership bids are given out.
- The new member education process (commonly know as "rush" and "pledging" activities) are alcohol and substance free. Alcohol is not to be consumed at any new member education activity by any potential new member or active brother/sister; regardless if they are of legal drinking age.
Order of Omega
The National Order of Omega was founded at the University of Miami in the Fall of 1959 by a group of outstanding fraternity men who felt that individuals in the Greek community should be recognized for their service to the fraternity system and the University. There are now over three hundred chapters in the United States. The Upsilon Chi Chapter of Order of Omega was chartered at DelVal in the Fall of 2006. Students involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life that have shown outstanding leadership abilities both on and off campus while maintaining an outstanding academic record are invited to join this prestigious honor society each semester.
Goals and Activities
- To recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-fraternity activities, to encourage them to continue along this line and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment
- To bring together outstanding fraternity men and women to create an organization that will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate fraternity affairs
- To bring together members of the faculty, alumni and student members of the institution's fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness
- To help create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions
- To recognize outstanding student leaders and scholars at DelVal through various programming
- To provide a scholarship program to the local community that recognizes outstanding leadership and academics before students choose to go to college
Joining Order of Omega
Each semester, applications will be made available to all Fraternities and Sororities through the Inter-Greek Council. Individuals who wish to apply should have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and some type of leadership or community involvement for the committee to consider.