The term “Greek” refers to Greek-letter organizations, which are properly know as fraternities (men) and sororities (women). They are single-sex, private, social organizations protected by an exemption from Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 in order to remain single-sex organizations. Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations committed to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood.
Historically, fraternities and sororites were not referred to as "social" fraternities, but as honorary fraternities (e.g. Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa) or professional-based (e.g. Beta Beta Beta Biology Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity), it became important to draw a distinction.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments and The University of Southern Mississippi prohibit discrimination in the provision of services of benefits offered by the University based on gender. Any person (student, faculty or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss their concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with the USM Title IX Coordinator.