Who is considered an unaffiliated member?
An initiated member who is attending college but not affiliated with a collegiate chapter.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- A member who has temporarily left school
- A member who has transferred to a college where there is no collegiate chapter of the Fraternity
- A member who has transferred to a college where there is a chapter of the Fraternity, but has not affiliated with the chapter
- A member who falls below full-time student requirements outlined by university or Chapter Bylaws.
Chapter Officers should fill out a Membership Status Change Form for any of these circumstances.
How do I stay involved as an unaffiliated member of Alpha Phi?
- Connect with Alpha Phi on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.
- Check out the website and blog!
- Participate in local philanthropic efforts like Red Dress Event.
- Connect with Alpha Phis that live nearby. There is a member search field available on the website.
- If transferring, connect with the Panhellenic officers and the Fraternity and Sorority Advisor to discuss opportunities in the community.
- Apply for scholarships available from Alpha Phi Foundation.
- Apply to attend Alpha Phi's Emerging Leaders Institute or the Leadership Follows Program.
- Utilize our counseling resource free of charge to all Alpha Phi members by contacting the Watchcare Support Hotline.
- Come to Convention (this happens every two years).
Ways to stay involved as an unaffiliated Alpha Phi member on your non-Alpha Phi campus
Schedule a meeting to introduce yourself to the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor.
Being on a campus without an Alpha Phi chapter doesn't mean you can't find ways to be a part of the Greek community. The best way to find out how to get involved is to speak with the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor. Maybe you can serve as a recruitment counselor? Volunteer during Greek Week? Intern for the Fraternity and Sorority Life office? Discussing the opportunities and ways for you to remain involved as a Greek community member might help with the transition of not being in a chapter. Please note, due to a National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) unanimous agreement, you will not be able to join a different NPC sorority on your new campus. Once you have initiated into Alpha Phi you are an Alpha Phi member for life. Failure to comply with this agreement can result in termination of your membership in Alpha Phi as well as the new NPC group you joined. All NPC sororities take this rule very seriously.
Being a member of the Panhellenic Community also makes you eligible for greek scholarships and honor societies. Check out these three national organizations: Order of Omega, Rho Lambda, Gamma Sigma Alpha. In addition to these opportunities, you are also eligible for Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarships, so click here to see the opportunities waiting for you!
Get involved on campus.
There are several ways to get involved and gain leadership skills through campus organizations such as student government, programming board, dance marathon, interning in a campus office (like student life, career center, alumni affairs), academic related groups or intramural sports. Any organization would benefit from having you as a member and in a leadership role.
Stay in touch with your initiating chapter.
Just because you are gone, doesn't mean you have been forgotten. Relationships are a two-way street. Keeping in touch with members of your new member class, your family line, or any other women you have established a friendship with can help maintain your connection to Alpha Phi. Being a fan of the chapter's Facebook page, following the chapter on Twitter and Instagram are all ways to stay in the loop. Also, asking the chapter to include you on the chapter newsletter sent to alumnae might be a good way to feel connected. If you are especially missing your sisters, invite them for a weekend or plan a trip to go back and visit.
How do I become affiliated with Alpha Phi again?
If you want to affiliate with Alpha Phi as a collegiate member with your initiating chapter...
Get in contact with the Chapter President and Chapter Advisor and notify them that you have returned to school and would like to affiliate with the chapter again. They will be able to affiliate you with the chapter.
If you want to affiliate with Alpha Phi as a collegiate member with a different collegiate chapter than you initiated at...
Get in contact with the Chapter President and Chapter Advisor of the chapter that you would like to affiliate with and notify them that you are interested in being a part of their chapter. The chapter you are interested in will need to vote for your affiliation with the chapter. If the vote passes, they can affiliate you with the chapter.
If you want to affiliate with Alpha Phi as an alumna member...
You will be granted alumna status once the graduation date the Executive Office has on file passes. You are able to join and participate in your nearest alumna chapter at that time.
Questions about how to fill out a form? Contact Alpha Phi's Program Coordinator of Membership Services Beckie Eilers at firstname.lastname@example.org.