Affiliate membership in NPHC shall include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and any other member organization of the NPHC as may, from time to time, be granted membership. No other organization shall have the right to sit on, or have a voice in, a local undergraduate or alumni council of NPHC, and may not be considered for membership on the local level. Mmembership shall also include local undergraduate and alumni councils chartered by the NPHC.
Active members shall be the members who have paid all required dues and assessments.
Undergraduate and alumni councils of the NPHC must be chartered where there is representation of at least two local member organization chapters, with the approval of the Executive Director, unless otherwise prohibited by a college or university.
Undergraduate councils shall be established as college/university councils and shall be comprised of representatives of the local undergraduate chapters of affiliate organizations who are matriculating at an accredited college or university that recognizes and supports the concepts and ideals of the NPHC. Once established, a council with fewer than two affiliate organizations participating must request and receive special dispensation from the Executive Director and that college/university, to function in a given fiscal year.
a. Each Undergraduate council shall have at least one advisor from the local Alumni council.
b. The undergraduate council shall have input in the selection of a campus and Alumni council advisor.
c. Alumni council advisors must be financial and active with their respective local chapter of an affiliate organization and the chapter financial and active with the local council.
Alumni councils shall be established in a geographical area (city/county)
and shall be comprised of representatives of at least two member organizations. Once established, a local council with fewer than two member organizations participating must request and receive special dispensation from the Executive Director, to function in a given fiscal year.
Multiple local chapters of one affiliate organization may belong to the same local council. The bylaws of the local council must determine an equitable voting structure to accommodate such membership.
A local chapter of an member organization may hold membership in only one local council at a time.
Undergraduate and alumni councils of the NPHC shall be comprised of representatives of chapters that are financial and active with their respective national member organization and whose respective national organization is a financial member of the NPHC.
Usage of Logo
Non-financial councils may not operate under the NPHC name nor use the organization’s logo.
Eligibility for NPHC National Membership
To be eligible for affiliate membership in NPHC, a fraternity or sorority which did not hold membership prior to December 1995 must meet the following requirements. The fraternity or sorority shall:
a. Be devoted to general fraternity or sorority ideals and be in conformity with the NPHC Constitution and Bylaws and the NPHC Mission Statement.
b. Have been in existence for at least fifteen (15) years and shall have been incorporated in the United States of America.
c. Be national in scope and consist of a total of no less than one hundred (100) undergraduate and alumni chapters, which have a current financial membership of at least five (5) persons. Of the aforesaid 100 undergraduate and alumni chapters, a total of no less than fifty (50) must have been a part of the fraternity or sorority for at least ten (10) years.
d. Have constitutional provisions for a national convention, with interim authority vested in trustees, a board of directors or the officers who supervise the affairs of the fraternity or sorority.
e. Have undergraduate chapters recognized by and be in good standing with accredited four-year colleges or universities which offer at least a baccalaureate degree.
For the purpose of this section “accredited” shall mean institutions in the United States which are accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies in the American Council of Education. Institutions located outside of the United States shall be accredited by the appropriate agency/organization in that locale.
For the purpose of this section, an undergraduate chapter is recognized by an institution, if its membership is drawn from students enrolled at such institution, and formal agreement with or recognition by such institution is required or implied.
Alumni Councils - comprised of two or more member organization chapters. Members of the local NPHC council must be financial with their respective affiliate chapter and international organizations.
Undergraduate Councils - comprised of two or more affiliate chapters located on college/university campuses. The members of the campus NPHC are undergraduate students who are financial members with their respective affiliate chapter and international organizations.
Naming Your Council
Alumni Council - The local Alumni council of NPHC shall be designated as the National Pan-Hellenic Council of the name of the city/town/area. (Example: “National Pan-Hellenic Council of Fresno”)
Undergraduate Council - The undergraduate council is designated as the National Pan-Hellenic Council of the college/university name. (Example: “National Pan-Hellenic Council of the University of Arizona”)
SUMMARY OF THE NPHC TASK FORCE
APPROVED AND ADOPTED RECOMMENDATIONS
RECOMMENDATION 9. All undergraduate chapters and graduate chapters MUST belong to the appropriate local council of NPHC and show evidence yearly to their international office that they are in good standing with their collegiate or graduate council. If there is no council and two or more NPHC organization chapters exist at that location, then those chapters must form a council. The international member affiliate organizations will notify their respective chapters of this official mandate through official publications including their respective official publication organs.