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Lambda Phi Epsilon is an organization that will challenge every aspect of your college life. The road to becoming a brother of Lambda Phi Epsilon is not easy as it requires drive and dedication towards achieving the organization’s various goals, but the rewards are well worth it. New members enter into a brotherhood that is rich in tradition and strong in its bonds while learning how to become a leader in their schools, their communities, and the real world. It takes a certain type of man to become a Lambda—someone who wants to become a leader among men.

Perhaps that’s you.

Many brothers have said that the reason they rushed Lambda Phi Epsilon was because they could see and feel a sense of brotherhood among the existing members that they could not find elsewhere. However, the brotherhood extends far beyond the reach of a single school. With chapters across the country, brothers have a chance to network with others from all over, bringing with it many new opportunities and friendships. However, it does not stop after active life. Numerous alumni associations exist all across the country, bringing both newly graduated brothers and those with more experience in the real world to continue their contribution to society.

Lambda Phi Epsilon not only seeks to bring together a diverse group of men who share common interests, concerns, backgrounds, and cultures, but those who show the confidence of a leader. This leadership is pivotal in achieving the goals of the fraternity, which include servicing the community through various philanthropies, increasing Asian awareness, promoting academic scholarship, and strengthening the Asian American voice in the community. Each brother has a vital role in making these goals attainable, and the principles that they learn are passed down to new members in hopes that they will become the next generation of leaders among men.

New students hoping to become Greek may become overwhelmed by the large number of different organizations and opportunities presented to them. This is completely normal, but it is also an exciting time to explore what different organizations have to offer you and what you have to offer them.

First, to determine if Lambda Phi Epsilon is on campus, look at the fraternity chapter list or use our website’s interactive map to locate the nearest chapter. If there is a chapter located nearby, take a look at the respective chapter website to find the schedule for rush events at the beginning of the semester. Remember, the easiest way for prospective members to get to know the fraternity and its brothers is to attend rush. Keep in mind that rush is completely non-obligatory and does not commit anyone to doing anything, so enjoy learning about what the fraternity has to offer and make some new friends along the way.

If a chapter is not located at your college or university, consider bringing Lambda Phi Epsilon to your school by way of expansion. In this way, you can leave your mark as a Founding Father of Lambda Phi Epsilon for a new chapter!

What is rush?

Rush is a period at the beginning of the school quarter or semester when anyone interested in Greek life can attend events set up by a local chapter to meet its members and learn more about their organization. Rush usually lasts about 1-2 weeks, with events held every day that showcase various aspects of the fraternity.

Should I attend all the rush events?

If you are serious about joining Lambda Phi Epsilon, you are highly encouraged to attend all rush events from beginning to end. Rush is designed to give interested individuals a glimpse into real fraternity life, so the more you experience and see for yourself, the better idea you will have of whether the fraternity is something you want to be a part of.

Am I required to pledge if I attend rush?

No, there is no obligation for you to take action after rush has concluded. Rush is simply an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and become more familiar with the fraternity and the brothers.

What happens after rush?

Upon attending rush, if you feel that Lambda Phi Epsilon may be a good fit for you, you can inquire further about the “bidding” process which usually includes a formal interview, followed by an invitation to pledge the fraternity.

Will joining a fraternity impact my education?

While you are encouraged to learn more about the Greek system, we want you to remember why you are at school in the first place. Lambda Phi Epsilon’s first and foremost purpose is to promote academic achievement and this priority is stressed even to prospective members. Like any worthwhile undertaking, joining a fraternity will most likely require some time and effort. Managing school and joining a fraternity is definitely possible, though, and part of becoming a Lambda is learning how to handle these challenges and become a responsible, well-rounded individual. The active members of the fraternity are students as well, and they will be committed to ensuring your academic success. Be sure to find the right balance to have a rewarding college life both academically and socially.

May graduate students join?

Yes! Graduate students may join a chapter in good standing as long as they are enrolled in their respective university. Please contact any member of the International Board’s Education Team for further information.

Do I have to be Asian to join?

No. Lambda Phi Epsilon is an Asian interest fraternity that focuses on the promotion of Asian American awareness, but members of every ethnicity, race, religion, and creed are accepted.

Membership in the Fraternity shall be open to men regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, veteran status or disability. These elements shall not factor into member selection or bidding criteria.

Chapters

StatusCampusFounding DateLocationRegionDistrict
Active ( Ζ)University of Texas, Austin1989/11/11Austin, TXSouthwestSouthern Texas
Active ( Θ)Stanford University1991/04/12Palo Alto, CAWest CoastNorthern California
Active ( I)University of California, San Diego1991/11/12San Diego, CAWest CoastSouthern California
Active ( Ν)State University of New York, Buffalo1989/03/21Buffalo, NYNortheastUpstate New York
Active ( Ξ)University of Michigan1991/10/24Ann Arbor, MIMidwestGreat Lakes East
Active ( Π)University of Houston1993/05/14Houston, TXSouthwestSouthern Texas
Active ( Χ)University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1997/05/10Champaign, ILMidwestGreat Lakes West
Active ( Ψ)University of Chicago1995/09/30Chicago, ILMidwestGreat Lakes West
Active (AA)State University of New York, Binghamton1996/05/12Binghamton, NYNortheastUpstate New York
Active (AΒ)New York University1996/06/09New York, NYMid-AtlanticNew York Gotham
Active (ΑΓ)Baylor University1997/09/01Waco, TXSouthwestSouthern Texas
Active (ΑΔ)St. John’s University1998/11/08Queens, NYMid-AtlanticNew York Gotham
Active (ΑΖ)University of Washington1999/02/14Seattle, WAWest CoastPacific Northwest
Active (ΑΙ)Purdue University2001/04/22West Lafayette, INMidwestGreat Lakes East
Active (ΑΚ)Cornell University1999/11/14Ithaca, NYNortheastUpstate New York
Active (ΑΜ)Carnegie Mellon University2002/03/24Pittsburgh, PAMid-AtlanticPennsylvania
Active (ΑΞ)University of Toronto2004/12/05Toronto, ONNortheastCanada
Active (ΑΡ)Columbia University1999/04/17New York, NYMid-AtlanticNew York Gotham
Active (ΑΣ)Virginia Commonwealth University2007/12/08Richmond, VASoutheastShenandoah
Active (ΑΤ)University of Virginia2002/03/16Charlottesville, VASoutheastShenandoah
Active (ΑΥ)University of Massachusetts, Amherst2002/12/07Amherst, MANortheastNew England
Active (ΑΦ)University of Oklahoma2007/12/02Norman, OKSouthwestTexoma
Active (ΑΧ)University of Georgia2001/06/10Athens, GASoutheastDeep South
Active (ΑΨ)University of Kansas2003/05/10Lawrence, KSMidwestCentral
Active (ΒΑ)Northeastern University2009/04/12Boston, MANortheastNew England
Active (ΒΒ)University of Texas, Arlington2013/04/07Arlington, TXSouthwestTexoma
Active (ΒΓ)Syracuse University2015/03/28Syracuse, NYNortheastUpstate New York
Associate ( M)California State University, Sacramento1990/11/14Sacramento, CAWest CoastNorthern California
Associate (ΑΕ)State University of New York, Stony Brook1998/11/22Stony Brook, NYMid-AtlanticNew York Gotham
AssociateDuke University2003/11/23Durham, NCSoutheastCarolinas
AssociateMichigan State University2002/11/24East Lansing, MIMidwestGreat Lakes East
AssociateVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University2003/12/21Blacksburg, VASoutheastShenandoah
AssociateMcMaster University2011/11/13Hamilton, ONNortheastCanada
AssociateJames Madison University2012/4/14Harrisonburg, VASoutheastShenandoah
AssociateWashington State University2013/03/24Pullman, WAWest CoastPacific Northwest
AssociateUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2013/03/31Chapel Hill, NCSoutheastCarolinas
AssociateDePaul University2015/05/02Chicago, ILMidwestGreat Lakes West
AssociateLoyola University Chicago2016/04/23Chicago, ILMidwestGreat Lakes West
AssociateUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln2016/11/06Lincoln, NEMidwestCentral
AssociateNorth Carolina State University2016/11/18Raleigh, NCSoutheastCarolinas
AssociateUniversity of Connecticut2017/4/8Storrs, CTNortheastNew England
AssociateRochester Institute of Technology2018/04/07Rochester, NYNortheastUpstate New York
AssociateUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County2018/04/14Baltimore, MDSoutheastDC Metro
AssociateUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison2018/04/15Madison, WIMidwestGreat Lakes West
AssociateFlorida State University2019/03/10Tallahassee, FLSoutheastDeep South
AssociateState University of New York at Albany2019/04/06Albany, NYNortheastUpstate New York
AssociateGeorge Mason University2019/12/01Fairfax, VASoutheastShenandoah
AssociateThe Ohio State University2020/04/02Columbus, OHMidwestGreat Lakes East
AssociateUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville2020/04/12Knoxville, TNSoutheastCarolinas
GraduateFlorida Regional Graduate Chapter2017/12/01Orlando, FLSoutheastDeep South
* Closed ( A)University of California, Los Angeles1981/02/25Los Angeles, CAWest CoastSouthern California
* Closed ( Β)University of California, Davis1985/9/4Davis, CAWest CoastNorthern California
* Closed ( Γ)University of California, Santa Barbara1986/11/21Santa Barbara, CAWest CoastSouthern California
* Closed ( Δ)University of California, Berkeley1988/08/17Berkeley, CAWest CoastNorthern California
* Closed ( Ε)University of California, Irvine1989/03/09Irvine, CAWest CoastSouthern California
* Closed ( Η)University of California, Riverside1990/05/09Riverside, CAWest CoastSouthern California
* Closed ( Κ)University of California, Santa Cruz1992/01/30Santa Cruz, CAWest CoastNorthern California
* Closed ( O)San Francisco State University1993/02/09San Francisco, CAWest CoastNorthern California
* Closed ( P)San Jose State University1994/05/02San Jose, CAWest CoastNorthern California
* Closed ( Σ)University of Pennsylvania1993/04/20Philadelphia, PAMid-AtlanticPennsylvania
* Closed ( Τ)Pennsylvania State University1994/05/10State College, PAMid-AtlanticPennsylvania
* Closed ( Υ)Johns Hopkins University1994/10/02Baltimore, MDMid-AtlanticDC Metro
* Closed ( Φ)California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo1995/10/06San Luis Obispo, CAWest CoastSouthern California
* Closed (AH)Northwestern University1997/05/18Evanston, ILMidwestGreat Lakes West
* Closed (ΑΘ)Rutgers University2001/4/15New Brunswick, NJMid-AtlanticNew York Gotham
* Closed (ΑΝ)City University of New York, Baruch2004/11/14Baruch, NYMid-AtlanticNew York Gotham
* Closed (ΑΟ)University of Texas, Dallas2005/11/20Dallas, TXSouthwestTexoma
* Closed (ΑΠ)Boston University1996/11/02Boston, MANortheastNew England
* ClosedCentral Florida2010/12/04Orlando, FLSoutheastDeep South
* ClosedUniversity of Maryland, College Park2011/04/24College Park, MDMid-AtlanticDC Metro
* ClosedNorthern Arizona University2014/04/12Flagstaff, AZWest CoastSouthern California

* Lambda Phi Epsilon once had chapters on these campuses. Please be aware that these chapters are closed and any activities taking place on those campuses are not recognized by Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. Any individuals who associate with unrecognized or underground chapters representing themselves as Lambda Phi Epsilon on these, or other chapters, will not be recognized as members of the International Fraternity and will not be afforded any of the rights or privileges of membership.

Expansion

As the largest Asian interest fraternity in the world, the brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon are granted unique opportunities during both their college years and in their future career endeavors. It has become a professionally structured and highly regarded networking channel. Productive young leaders and entrepreneurs of this generation are groomed from the fraternity’s programs, cultivating a perpetually strong alumni base. The close attention to its members makes Lambda Phi Epsilon the fastest rising influence in the Asian community. Lambda Phi Epsilon has become one of the most sought-after organizations due to growing demand for fraternal Asian representation on university campuses. As the fraternity continues to grow, it has made a commitment to maintain its integrity and standards that have come to be recognized worldwide.

Focused

Lambda Phi Epsilon is committed to achieving the following goals when looking to expand:

 

  • Promote academic achievement
  • Perpetuate brotherhood
  • Produce leaders of tomorrow
  • Increase Asian awareness
  • Encourage social interaction
  • Provide philanthropic aid to the community and university

Thank you for your interest in opening a Chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon on your Campus! Membership in Lambda Phi Epsilon is a noble endeavor, and we look forward to working with you as you pursue recognition from both the LFE Board of Directors and your campus community.

 

Expectations

The Board of Directors (the governing body) and the International Board (the officers and staff of the Fraternity) have certain expectations that perspective chapters must meet at various stages in order to be recognized by the Fraternity. They are listed here.

  • In order to be granted bids and a charter, an Interest Group must have at least 12 men.
  • The Charter Members (the founding fathers of a chapter) must all attend the first International Convention after being given bids.
  • The Chapter President, or another chapter officer if the President is unavailable, must attend President’s Orientation over MLK Day weekend each year.
  • Every chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon is expected to join a Greek council on your campus and to abide by all host institution policies and expansion processes. Lambda Phi Epsilon does not operate underground/unrecognized chapters.
  • Charter Members must pay the chartering fee in full as set forth by the Board of Directors prior to their initiation.
  • All members of Lambda Phi Epsilon are expected to abide by the Constitution, Code of Conduct and Policies of the Fraternity at all times.

Checklist

Below we outline a few important pieces of information. The following checklist and timeline follows a common expansion process, but changes to the order of these items may need to be made to accommodate the process that your campus uses for expansion.

In all but the most extraordinary circumstances, the Board of Directors will not recognize an Interest Group where support from the campus Fraternity and Sorority (F&S) office has not been given. LFE believes in being an honest collaborator with our campus partners, and we will not engage in the opening or support of unrecognized or underground chapters. Therefore, F&S office and council recognition is almost always a requirement for Board recognition.

Phase 1: Pre-LFE Recognition

In order for the Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity to invest resources in developing a potential chapter on your campus, we require you to complete the following tasks:

  • Obtain support from a chapter advisor: an LFE alum who will guide and advise your interest group. This is separate from a campus advisor. Your Expansion Coordinator will help with this.
  • Provide a list of all other Fraternities and Sororities on campus, listing their council membership. Also include, separately, any unrecognized Greeks operating in your campus community.
  • Acquire a copy of the expansion policies for the council that your future chapter would seek to join.
  • Obtain a letter from the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office indicating that the campus is open for expansion. If your campus does not have an F&S office, please contact your expansion representative at LFE for instructions.
    Send a formal request letter to the LFE Board of Directors requesting recognition as an LFE Interest Group.
Phase 2: Seeking Campus Recognition
  • GPA verification in the form of a statement from the F&S office, stating that everybody meets the minimum standard set by the institution, or at least a 2.5 GPA. If the F&S office will not provide such a statement, copies of individual transcripts must e sent to the expansion coordinator.
  • Schedule an expansion presentation with your F&S office.
  • Coordinate with your expansion coordinator to develop expansion presentation.
  • If permitted by campus rules, reach out to the presidents of other council-member Greeks to introduce yourselves and build relationships.
  • Give expansion presentation to requisite council or campus group.
Phase 3: After Recognition Has Been Received
  • Form as a Registered Student Organization on campus to be eligible for university funding for event programming, travel grants, and other student resources (this point contingent on campus policy).
  • Find a campus advisor. Preferably a member of the faculty who is also a member of a Greek Letter Organization. Even if your campus does not require a campus advisor, we strongly encourage one.

Men of a certain caliber are required to become a founding member of a chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon. The organization has a proud tradition of excellence built upon the pillars of brotherhood, service, academics, leadership, and cultural awareness. Prospective founders have the opportunity to not only practice the principles of Lambda Phi Epsilon, but also to continuously mold and shape a potential chapter into the most distinctive and distinguished organization in its surrounding community. The legacy that is created will make an impact on future brothers long after graduation. If you are serious about bringing Lambda Phi Epsilon to your campus, please fill out our online expansion interest form.

Risk Management

Our risk management policy is built from the foundations provided by the FIPG (Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group) which is a consortium of men’s and women’s fraternities and sororities that provides leadership in establishing and developing policies and practices for member organizations, educates and supports undergraduates and Greek systems in risk management, and most importantly, improves and enhances the image and reputation of all Greek-letter organizations through risk management. Groups that have adopted the FIPG policy represent approximately 63 percent of all Greeks, and the list of member groups continues to grow. By adoption and enforcement of the risk management policy, member fraternities are living up to their responsibility to protect their members from harm and ensure the good reputation of the Greek world.

We strive to make the Greek experience a safer one. Members who are initiated into Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity voluntarily accept membership into an organization of men dedicated to the advancement of its mission, vision, and values so that future generations may enjoy it. That means that each of us—alumni advisor, house corporation member, Greek advisor, staff member, chapter president, or undergraduate member—is called upon to see that the risk management policies established here are adhered to and enforced. Without such a collective effort, the deeds of a few will erase the good work of the many.

The possession, sale, use, or consumption of alcoholic beverages while on chapter premises, or during a fraternity event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or in any event an observer would associate with the fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city, institution of higher education, and must comply with either the BYOB or Third Party Vendor Guidelines.

No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the chapter. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity of common sources of such alcoholic beverage, i.e., kegs, cases, cooler punch, etc. is prohibited.

Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, shall be prohibited. No Members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (those under the legal drinking age).

The possession, sale or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event, or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity, is strictly prohibited.

No chapter may co-sponsor an event with a distributor of alcohol, charitable organization or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold, or otherwise provided to those present. No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups, or organizations. All rush activities associated with any chapter will be dry rush functions. No member shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in drinking games.

No alcohol shall be present at any new member education activity or ritual of the chapter.

Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. strictly prohibits hazing in any form as a term or condition of membership in the organization. No chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon is allowed to partake in any form of hazing of its prospective members. The Fraternal and Information Programming Group (FIPG) defines hazing as: “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.”

If you feel you are being hazed by a chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon, please message the Executive Director of the International Fraternity to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

The fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of sexist or sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental or emotional. This is to include any actions which are demeaning to women and men, including but not limited to, date rape, gang rape, or verbal harassment.

All chapter houses should meet all local fire and health codes and standards.

All chapters should have posted by common phones emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and should have evacuation routes from chapter houses, common areas and sleeping rooms posted in said areas and on the back door of each sleeping room. All chapters should comply with engineering recommendations as reported by the insurance company.

The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive devices of any kind within the confines and premises of the chapter house is expressly forbidden.