Greek Life Reports
The College only recognizes Greek-lettered organizations who legitimately operate through inter/national organizations and members who are duly initiated into these respective organizations. A list of the officially recognized organizations within Denison's Fraternity and Sorority Life are listed by council under Governing Councils and Chapters.
Chapter statuses will be updated as new information becomes available.
- Phi Delta Theta-Ohio Iota Chapter
The General Council of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity voted to suspend the charter of the Ohio Iota chapter at Denison University on June 14, 2016. This action was taken as a result of the chapter’s continued financial delinquency and failing chapter operations.
The charter suspension includes the loss of any rights to use the Fraternity name in association with any event or activity and to display the name or symbols of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. This suspension also restricts any continued operation, or any resemblance to operations. Any violation of the above terms could result in individual loss of membership. Phi Delta Theta looks to return to Denison in 2019/2020.
The General Council regrets the need to take this most serious form of action. However, it is felt the best way to ensure a bright future on the Denison University campus was to suspend the charter if we are to return the Ohio Iota chapter.
- Sigma Phi Epsilon, Ohio Tau Chapter
As of June 19, 2013, the Ohio Tau Chapter is suspended through the end of the academic year in 2018 as a result of the recent finding regarding hazing and growing risk management concerns, Ohio Tau's conduct history, and inability to more significantly improve its behavior.
After the end of the academic year in 2018, Denison University will be prepared to discuss with Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity possible recolonization at Denison, should student interest in the fraternity prompt such conversation. As a suspended Chapter, the former members of the Ohio Tau Chapter are not permitted to wear their Sigma Phi Epsilon letters on campus or at any University-sponsored event, and they may not represent themselves as a group, in any way, under the Sigma Phi Epsilon moniker, or any other moniker. Any such evidence will impact the University's decision to consider recolonization of the Ohio Tau Chapter at Denison. Please see the special statement issued below in 2015 by Sigma Phi Epsilon:
Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) status - The Ohio Tau Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is no longer active and in good standing on the Denison University campus. SigEp's National Board withdrew the chapter's charter on July 31, 2013 and the University suspended the chapter for five years, through the 2018 academic year.
We have received reports that a group of students have been operating under the name of Sigma Phi Epsilon and recruiting new members. Former members are not allowed to use or display Fraternity Insignia (letters, logo, name, badge) in any manner and cannot represent themselves individually or collectively as being members or affiliated with SigEp. Students who choose to to disregard this can face legal consequences.
Right now there is no active SigEp chapter on the Denison University campus. If any student is asked to join SigEp, we recommend that you join a fraternity group that is recognized on the Denison University campus.
- KZ Status
You may have heard of KZ at Denison. These are students who are improperly representing themselves under the guise of an organization and are not legitimate or recognized as a club or organization at Denison. They are not members of our active Kappa Sigma chapter and have no rights or privileges as a fraternity or campus organization at Denison.
- Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Status
You may have heard of FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) or KZ at Denison. These are students who are improperly representing themselves under the guise of an organization and are not legitimate or recognized as a club or organization at Denison. Please see the special statement below issued in 2009 regarding FIJI.
“In spring 2007 Denison University and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity took action to close the Phi Gamma Delta Chapter at Denison. The Denison students who were members of the fraternity at that time continued as members individually, but from that point, neither they nor any other students at Denison have been authorized to operate as a chapter nor to use the name Phi Gamma Delta or the nickname Fiji as a group.
We have heard rumors that a group of students has been operating under the name Fiji and that it is recruiting members. If those rumors are true, those students are using a registered name of Phi Gamma Delta without authorization and will never be recognized as members of the fraternity: whether by the national chapter or by the alumni. We want all Denison students to understand that there is no Phi Gamma Delta or Fiji chapter at Denison. If any student who is interested in joining a fraternity is approached about joining an underground group referring to itself as Fiji or Phi Gamma Delta, we recommend that he instead consider joining one of the recognized Greek organizations at Denison.”
—Statement from the Denison Alumni Advisory Board of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) on September 23, 2009.