Established 1986, revised 1992 and 2016
Fraternities and sororities are an integral part of the University of Southern California since their founding in 1889. Founding principles of wellness, community, academics, service, and leadership are the guiding values in which chapters strive for locally and nationally.
The Trojan Fraternity & Sorority Standards provide a framework for learning, growth, and development of individual chapters and the community. This framework reflects the founding principles of fraternities and sororities in providing a set of accountability standards to ensure the Trojan Fraternity & Sorority community is committed to demonstrating the highest quality membership experience focused on academics, civic engagement, wellness & safety, and leadership. The Trojan Fraternity & Sorority Standards serve as a way to document and demonstrate growth and guide strategic planning for chapters, the council, and community.
The Trojan Fraternity & Sorority Standards & Accreditation process serves as the annual recognition process for fraternities and sororities at USC. Fraternities and sororities remain in good standing with USC by completing the USC Registered Student Organization (RSO) recognition process with the Office of Campus Activities, complete the Trojan Fraternity & Sorority Standards & Accreditation process, and remain in good standing with their respective council and inter/national organization.
Within these frameworks, membership in a fraternity or sorority is considered to be a privilege, and with this privilege comes the responsibility to perform in a manner exemplifying the ideals of the Trojan: faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous, and ambitious.
Read the full USC Trojan Greek Standards 2022-2023.
Fraternity & Sorority Standards
The Fraternity & Sorority Standards & Accreditation are reviewed annually.
Community service is one of the foundations of fraternities and sororities. Each chapter provides support to various charitable causes throughout the year, typically in partnership with their inter/national organization and local charities.
Fraternity and sorority members organize community service events in which members provide hands-on service by giving back to their local community. Often times members
- serve as mentors or tutors for local organizations
- clean local parks
- support food pantries
- pack and deliver goods to local populations such as veterans or those without shelter.
Fraternities and sororities raise awareness and funds for local charities through programs and events hosted in the community. Some groups may have a baked goods sale, athletic event, or themed dinner nights in which funds raised are donated to charity.
Chapters should strive for, practice, and demonstrate:
- Community Awareness: Recognize how one’s actions impact others and the world;
- Philanthropy: Utilize personal skills and abilities to contribute to community efforts
- Service: Identify and engage in opportunities to assist community and others