Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Phi Delta Theta and Phi Society at The University of Virginia
1. Why is this fraternity called Phi Society instead of the typical two or three greek letters used by fraternities?
When Phi Delta Theta became a nationally dry fraternity in 2000, Phi Society emerged as a fraternity with the same alumni, history, house and traditions, but a unique set of ideals.
2. Does Phi Society still maintain alumni relations with pre-2000 alumni of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity?
Yes. The pre-2000 alumni encouraged us to become our own organization when Phi Delta Theta became nationally dry in 2000 and continue as the fraternity to which they remain loyal at the University. Composites dating as far back as 1961 remain hung in our library and chapter room.
3. Does IFC recognize Phi Society as an official University of Virginia Fraternity?
Yes. Phi Society, after a probationary period, has been a member of IFC since 2003.
4. What is the relationship between the Phi Society and the new Phi Delta Theta?
Relations are cordial. There is little, if any, cross-rushing.
5. What about the Phi Society becoming affiliated with a different national fraternity not presently at the University or creating a new national organization?
The House Corporation considered the possibility of an affiliation with a national not at the University. However, it was believed that such action would not be favored by the alumni.
As a long term goal, the Board will continue to examine the creation of a new national organization which might be appropriate. Such action would not be undertaken without seeking support first from the Virginia Beta alumni.
6. What about One University Circle; who owns it, how well is it maintained, and how is this undertaken?
One University Circle continues to be owned by the partnership organized in 1988 to finance a major renovation. The House Corporation became the general partner in 2000. During the last several years owners of about 50% of the limited partnerships transferred their ownership interests to a holding company set up as a sister corporation to Virginia Beta.
The House is in excellent condition and is cited as one of the best-maintained fraternity houses at the University. The partnership continues to retain the University’s real estate arm, the Historical Restoration Corporation, as managing agent.