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Unrecognized Student Organizations

Definition: Unrecognized organizations are those that either (a) have not been formally recognized by the University, or (b) were previously recognized by University of Richmond and lost that recognition as a result of a University and/or national organization conduct process.

Policy: The University of Richmond does not sanction the activities of unrecognized organizations nor encourage students to become members of such organizations.

Unrecognized organizations do not receive support or oversight from the University. Unrecognized groups do not receive University training and/or education on topics such as organizational management, harm prevention, risk management, and health and safety topics (alcohol education, sexual misconduct, hazing). Because these groups are unrecognized, they also do not receive University staff support in the way of advisors and mentors. Additionally, unrecognized organizations that are not affiliated with or recognized by a national organization do not carry liability insurance.

Unrecognized groups have been directed to cease ALL operations, including recruitment, education, induction of new members, and the sponsoring of and/or participation as a group under an original or new name in any on or off-campus activities or programs. Failure to comply with this requirement may be considered a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. Students are further advised that activities that violate University policy will be addressed and students will be held accountable accordingly. Additionally, activities may be subject to litigation by the legitimate national headquarters and/or governing body.


Currently we have two Greek organizations that were recognized previously by the University, but as a result of conduct sanctions, are no longer recognized by University of Richmond. These groups are SAE and Sigma Chi. These organizations are not eligible to receive University recognition again in the near future.

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon – also referred to as the Kings lost university and national recognition permanently in July 2015.
  • Sigma Chi – lost university and national recognition in March 2019.