|Parents & Visitors|
Welcome to Alpha Kappa Lambda. Our fraternity was established in 1914 at the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. We have grown and expanded to numerous institutions of higher education over the last 96 years. We are a member of the North American Interfraternity Conference.
The following are frequently asked questions or topics that parents and visitors have.
What is a fraternity all about?
Joining a fraternity is a big step for a student. It is a commitment to live the ideals of the organization. A proper fraternity experience will provide leadership opportunities, a family on campus, scholastic support and fun for the individual. Members create relationships that will last a lifetime with numerous benefits. Alpha Kappa Lambda specifically strives to meet five ideals: Judeo-Christian Principles, Leadership, Scholarship, Loyalty and Self-Support. Our members develop into strong citizens that become leaders in their communities.
Where are Alpha Kappa Lambda have chapters located?
Alpha Kappa Lambda has many active chapters, colonies, and expansions all across the United States. Please see our Locate a Chapter page to see the complete list.
What are the costs involved in joining Alpha Kappa Lambda?
Like all membership associations participating in a fraternity does cost money. Every campus is different though so the amount a member has to pay will depend on where he goes to school. The national fees involved equate to about $300 the first semester a man is in and about $150 every semester thereafter. Remember that local dues will be added to this and may make the total a lot more. The reality though is the student will get more benefit with this investment than if he was not affiliated paying for activities every weekend.
Should I be worried about hazing or other risky activities?
Hazing has no part in the fraternity experience and is not tolerated by the national organization. Our risk management policy is specific and was created to protect our members from some of the antics portrayed in movies and on TV. When a student moves away from home to an institute of higher education there will be many risks and new "opportunities" for them such as consuming alcohol. It is important that you speak with your son about this and make sure he understands that he should not be violating any rules or laws.
How can I be involved with my son's experience?
Parents are encouraged to to be involved with their son and his chapter in many ways. Most chapters have a parents weekend that is a great experience and opportunity to learn about the fraternity. The local corporation board, which is comprised mostly of alumni, many times could use participation by a parent or a parents' club. Speaking to your son about his experience is also important to make sure he is getting the most out of it and to identify if there should be any concerns.
Is the fraternity and my son insured?
The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda is a member of FRMT and carries two insurance policies that benefit our members. Our general liability policy acts in a manner similar to a home owner's policy. It provides liability coverage for the chapter and members as long as they are not violating rules. Our Membership Accident Protection Program is the second benefit we provide. This program provides supplemental health insurance coverage for our members for injuries they may incur while in college.
Does a member have to live in the fraternity house?
Many of our chapters own or lease a chapter property. It is not unusual for a requirement to be put in place that requires members to live in for at least a year. This is determined locally.
Where are Alpha Kappa Lambda's headquarters located
AKΛ recently moved into its new headquarters office, located at: