Frequently Asked Questions

Hello! If you are reading this then you are likely wondering a lot of things right now. As a student looking to join a Greek letter organization, you are likely concerned about what it means to join fraternity and sorority life or simply are wondering what the organization you are thinking of joining stands for. This section of our website should hopefully answer any of your questions!

What is Delta Lambda Phi?

Since 1986, Delta Lambda Phi has been providing all men the opportunity to be part of a fraternal organization regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Our organization has seven values as follows; excellence, integrity, diversity, justice, service, friendship, and commitment. Our chapter is called the Gamma Gamma chapter and has been an official chapter since 2015. we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment on campus for all students and dedicate ourselves to service and philanthropic ventures.

What are some of these terms you use?

Fraternity and Sorority life has changed immensely in these past few years let alone these past few decades, it likely looks very different than it did when your parents were your age. Examples of changing terms are our usage of the term recruitment week rather than rush week and our usage of the term potential new member rather than the term pledge. The reason these terms are used in place of the older versions is due to the negative stigma associated with them as well as associations with hazing. You will notice the term MGC appear on our site as well, this stands for the Multicultural Greek Council. This is one of the four councils on the University of Iowa Campus with the others being the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) the Panhellenic Council (PHC) and the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC/Divine Nine).

What is the Multicultural Greek Council?

MGC is the co-ed council that we belong to meaning that it contains both sororities and fraternities. This council contains, as the name suggests, fraternities and sororities that are orientated around a particular identity such as Latinx, Asian, or Queer identities. With all of these organizations, you are not required to be of said identity to join nor are their interest solely with those identities. All MGC chapters do not have chapter structures, meaning they do not have a “house.”

Will I be hazed?

For Delta Lambda Phi the answer to this question has always been no. While it was quite common at one time for fraternities and sororities to haze their members this is fortunately no longer the case. Delta Lambda Phi and the University of Iowa both maintain a zero-tolerance policy on hazing.

If at any point you feel that you have been a victim of hazing we strongly encourage reporting the said incident. To file a violation against any UI fraternity or sorority, please complete the Fraternity and Sorority Life Judicial Violation Form, contact any Fraternity & Sorority Life staff member, or visit the Dean of Students Office

Are you just the “gay” fraternity?

The short answer is no. While Delta Lambda Phi chapters often have a high percentage of members who identify as queer that is not our sole identifying trait. We have had straight, bisexual, gay, trans, genderqueer, pansexual and asexual men, among many others, have joined our chapter nationwide. We strive to create an environment in which individuals of strong character can grow and foster new relationships in their academic life at the University of Iowa and beyond. If you are not sure whether you would be comfortable in our chapter then we strongly encourage them to attend our recruitment events that occur every semester.

What does it mean to be a new member?

Being a new member means that we have extended you a “bid”, which means we have given them an invitation to join our brotherhood. After you are inducted then you will then undergo a new member education class. This class teaches a large number of subjects ranging from our own chapter’s history to parliamentarian procedure.

After completing your new member education process you will then be initiated into the brotherhood. As stated previously this initiation is free of hazing of any kind. The initiation process is designed to challenge/test our new members while maintaining a safe and welcoming environment. With that being said we do take our initiation process very seriously as it is an incredibly important event.

Will this affect my grades?

While it is definitely important to make sure that you do not take on too much while you are on a campus with so many phenomenal organizations individuals in fraternity and sorority life statistically have higher GPAs than that of non-affiliated students (meaning students not part of a sorority or fraternity). Our chapter holds our members to a high academic standard with a minimum GPA of 2.5 being required. As part of a greek organization, it is important to place your academics above any other commitments and this is something we strictly encourage as we are here at the University of Iowa to receive a high-quality education.

What does this cost?

Like all social fraternities, we require semesterly dues from our members. On the University of Iowa campus, there is a large range of dues ranging from $190 per semester all the way up to $9,120 per semester. Our dues sit very close to that low end at $300 per semester. These dues primarily go towards insurance, national dues, council fees, and general operating costs. We try to be as transparent as possible in terms of where our member’s money is going as we understand that for many of them they are making a substantial financial investment in the brotherhood.

What is my role when thinking about joining?

When looking to join a fraternity there are a number of things you need to consider when joining a chapter:

  • Keep an open mind. Being in a fraternity is not right for everyone. Just because your friends or parents may have found Greek life to be a good fit for them or not, does not mean that you will have the same experience.
  • Talk about financial obligations sooner rather than later. With proper planning, joining a fraternity can be an affordable investment. We also offer payment plans if lump sum payments are not a possibility.
  • College presents an opportunity for young people to explore their identities. Joining organizations like Delta Lambda Phi help to facilitate this process. We understand that we are not going to be a good fit for everyone and that students spend a large amount of time discovering themselves while in college.

Thank you for checking us out! Any other questions can be directed to our email: gammagamma.chapter@dlp.org