National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

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The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at the University of New Orleans has 4 active organizations out of the 9 historically African American fraternities and sororities on the campus. The council’s purpose is to promote unity and expose members to the “service for life” philosophy and foster leadership development and scholarship. Furthermore, NPHC provides a forum for participation and interaction among the members of affiliate organizations and the organizations themselves.

NPHC Member Organizations

 NPHC Constitution and Bylaws

Membership Intake

NPHC at UNONPHC organizations bring in new members through a process called Membership Intake. Generally, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours at UNO (though some groups require more) and be in good academic standing to be eligible for membership in an NPHC organization. Each organization sets an individual timetable as to when it will conduct Intake according to their national and local policies.

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All chapter members are welcome to attend, however each chapter receives only one vote on issues that come before the council. Learn more about the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the cooperative programs it sponsors with its member organizations by visiting the web site.

National Pan-Hellenic Council National Headquarters

Inactive Status Due to Membership Attrition

By definition, an undergraduate chapter must be comprised of enrolled collegiate members to remain active and in good standing.  The chapter must re-generate membership on a continual basis in order to sustain itself long-term.  When the situation arises where a Chapter does not have any remaining undergraduate members, the Chapter shall be immediately placed on “Inactive” status.  Organizations who are "inactive" may host informationals or tabling events with special permission from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.  These programs should focus on enhancing visibility of the chapter in order to increase membership.  However, inactive organizations are ineligible to vote in NPHC Council, hold leadership positions, and participate in NPHC programming without special permission/invitation from the university.

Purpose of NPHC Plots

Many cornerstones of life for black Greek organizations can be traced to the days of slavery. On September 6,1865, Thaddeus Stephens, a Pennsylvania Congressman urged that land confiscated from the Confederacy be divided into 40-acre plots for the newly freed slaves. Over the years, NPHC organizations have developed plots on college campuses and treated them as almost sacred grounds. The largest of the symbols of Black fraternalism on college campuses is the plot. A plot symbolically represents the organization, and appears in various forms. On the University of New Orleans Campus the plots are structures built with bricks and concrete that represents the organization & of benches painted in the organization's colors. For campuses with plots, especially historically Black colleges, the plot plays a central role in the culture of Black fraternities and sororities as a meeting location.