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Interested in getting involved?  EKU has over 200 Registered Student Organizations (RSO), including groups that are affiliated with your major.  For a complete list of RSOs at EKU, visit  Engage or download Corq (our mobile app).

  • For a list of student organizations associated with the College of Justice and Safety and your academic major, visit here.
  • Learn more about student organizations specifically affiliated with Justice Studies below
  • If you are currently in an RSO, check out out current RSO tools here.

Jacinda Bertie
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

LAE logoLambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE)

Visit the LAE Website.

LAE is EKU’s student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. The main focus of LAE is to provide opportunities for students to advance their careers by networking with criminal justice and police professionals and learning more about the professions.

Members of LAE travel to yearly regional and national conferences where they participate in competitions against other criminal justice organizations, learn about the latest information in criminal justice and police studies, and meet with professionals in the field.

LAE’s activities include meetings twice a month, participating in campus events, hosting guest speakers from agencies like the FBI, ATF, DEA and Secret Service, and taking tours of police training academies, prisons and forensic crime labs.

For more information, contact our faculty advisor, John Brent.

APS logoAlpha Phi Sigma (APS)

The Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma is the Criminal Justice and Police Studies Honor Society at EKU. As a service organization, its goals are to promote academic excellence and instill a sense of responsibility for the communities its members will serve after graduation.

Alpha Phi Sigma members also attend national conventions each year, which gives them the opportunity to network and make lasting friendships that will help them after graduation.

At last year’s national convention, the EKU Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society won six awards:

  1. For the third year in a row, we have received the national “Community Service Project Award.”
  2. Another top award we received was the national “Outstanding Chapter Goal Award” (i.e., the Unity goal).
  3. A third top award we received was the national “Star Chapter Award.”
  4. Our President, Hoai Robinette, won the very prestigious national “Member of the Year Award.”
  5. Joe Ellis was the recipient of the “Outstanding Speaker Student Panel Award.”
  6. Ankit Patel was the recipient of a scholarship.

Our students also gave a good effort in the best paper competition, crime scene investigation competition, and the yearbook competition. There was a total of $1150 in monetary awards associated with the above-mentioned awards.

For more information, contact our faculty advisor, James Wells.

NABCJ logoNational Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)

The genesis of NABCJ was a historic conference on “Blacks and the Criminal Justice System” hosted by Dr. Charles Owens at the University of Alabama in February of 1974. At the meeting, Dr. Bennett Cooper, then Director of the State of Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, called for the creation of a permanent national organization that would focus on the goal of achieving equal justice for Blacks and other minorities.

NABCJ’s national mission statement is:

To act upon the needs, concerns, and contributions of African Americans and other people of color as they relate to the administration of equal justice. The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice is a multi-ethnic, nonpartisan, nonprofit association of criminal justice professionals, students and community leaders dedicated to improving the administration of justice.

Thirty-four years later, the NABCJ-EKU student chapter was chartered to connect students with others interested in examining and acting upon the needs of diverse populations employed in both the public and private sectors of the criminal justice system, and to participate in the eradication of injustice in the American justice process. Membership is open to all EKU students who share a concern for improving the criminal justice system and its impact on diverse populations. NABCJ-EKU was the first NABCJ chapter established in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

NABCJ-EKU’s mission statement is:
To sustain a multi-ethnic student organization dedicated to issues of diversity in justice and safety.

If you would like to become a member of NABCJ-EKU, please email Betsy Matthews or Joyce Carmouche.

GK logoGolden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key International Honour Society (GK) is the largest collegiate honor society in the world!  Membership into the Society is by invitation only, to the top 15% of college/university sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students, in all fields of study, based solely on the objective criteria of their academic achievements.

The Society offers members valuable opportunities for individual growth through leadership, career development, networking, and community service. GK officers and members are eligible to attend regional and international conferences at little or no cost. GK also offers numerous scholarships and awards, available only to members, as well as special discounts with partner companies. In addition, GK offers career benefits through the GK job board as well as access to internships and full-time positions from GK’s corporate partners. Membership in GK’s honor society also allows for accelerated placement in US Federal Service jobs.

GK activities include meetings twice a month, open-houses, book drives, honorary member luncheons, and other activities. We also have some exciting and interesting fund-raising and service projects planned for this year.

Want to stand out from the rest of the crowd at graduation? By joining GK you will be provided the opportunity of being able to wear the GK gold stole at your graduation.

Do you want to get involved with GK? If so, please go to their home page or contact Dr. James B. Wells.

School of Justice Studies

521 Lancaster Ave
467 Stratton
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-1978


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