Bucknell's fraternities and sororities must be affiliated with a national or international organization and recognized by one of the following:
- National Panhellenic Conference
- North-American Interfraternity Conference
- National Multicultural Greek Council
- National Pan-Hellenic Council
Participation in student groups that have had their recognition suspended or revoked (also known as "underground" groups) is strictly prohibited by the University.
Individuals involved in unrecognized groups are subject to sanctioning through the Student Code of Conduct. Charges could include but are not limited to; failure to comply, providing false information, and/or violation of institutional policy, regulations and/or procedures.
No Longer Recognized
The following organizations are no longer recognized by the University.
- Kappa Sigma Fraternity — chapter members elected to relinquish their charter and University recognition in August 2017. Prior to August 2017, the chapter received sanctions from the University as a result of several violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity also issued sanctions for violations of the Fraternity’s policies.
- Pi Beta Phi Women’s Fraternity — the chapter was suspended by their national headquarters in June 2012 after an extensive review of numerous behavioral violations over two years. In June 2013, the Grand Council of Pi Beta Phi revoked the charter.
Involvement in an unrecognized group poses a serious risk for students including an increase in individual liability and potential for harm. Students involved in unrecognized groups are more likely to be exposed to hazing, high-risk drinking and other dangerous situations. If students choose to become a part of an unrecognized organization they will not be recognized as a member of the fraternity and sorority community and receive all the rights and privileges of being affiliated with the national chapter or the University as an official member of that group.