Warning: Unrecognized organizations are groups that have either lost recognition from James Madison University and/or their national headquarters due to disciplinary action, or were groups that formed and do not have recognition or support from James Madison University. Sometimes these organizations continue to operate in spite of JMU policy. Unrecognized organizations are not advised by the university, are unable to use campus resources, and are prohibited from participating in Fraternity and Sorority Life events. These organizations usually are not recognized by an Inter/National headquarters and are not held to the same standards and policies as our recognized fraternities/sororities.
Often times these groups will claim they are “working on getting recognized by the university.” This is not true. JMU currently has no plans to recognize any of these unrecognized organizations, if the national headquarters of ones of these groups is invited to colonize on campus, they would be starting a completely new organization separate from the unrecognized group or the people that unrecognized group would have been recruiting. The only planned fraternity expansions can found on our Fraternity Expansion page.
Benefits of Joining a Recognized Fraternity/Sorority
- Advised by Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
- Ability to participate in JMU and FSL events
- Ability to recruit members through Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Council recruitment processes
- Ability to hold events and advertise on campus
- Ability to play in Fraternity and Sorority Intramural Leagues
- Organization can hold membership in Panhellenic or Interfraternity Council
- Members and organization are eligible for awards and recognition at the Fraternity and Sorority Life Excellence Awards
- Members and organization are eligible for awards and recognition at Student Activities and Involvement’s Dolly Awards
- Access to the University Union’s Clubhouse
- The Clubhouse is a resource center that supports development and promotional needs of recognized student organizations.
Known Unrecognized Organizations
ACACIA – JMU has a policy outlining a selection process for fraternity expansion (found here). Acacia’s national organization decided to disregarded this policy and recognize a group of students locally that operate separately from JMU. This group is not a JMU fraternity and is not associated with the university.
Alpha Tau Omega (Also known as: The Alpha Society, Alpha Omega, JMU Taus) – Lost recognition in Fall 2015 due to multiple violations of probation
Delta Chi (Also known as: Pi Beta Chi, Crosskeys Society) – Lost recognition in Fall 2013 due to hazing (Forced calisthenics and underage drinking)
Sigma Chi (Also known as: Iota Chi, Sigma Iota Chi) – Lost recognition in Fall 2015 due to hazing, issues with drugs/alcohol, and multiple risk management concerns
Tau Kappa Epsilon – Lost recognition in Spring 2019 due to violating probation and sanctions levied after a hazing violation