Fraternity and Sorority Life
We are excited that you'd like more information about the SUNY Plattsburgh Fraternity/Sorority community! You too can enter the ranks of men and women whose experiences in fraternities and sororities have helped to develop them in many aspects of their lives, especially in the areas of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service.
- Personal Development
- Lifelong Friendships
- Meaningful College Experience
- Leadership Development
- Community Service
- Scholastic Support
- Social Development
- Lifetime Opportunity for Involvement
How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority
The process of joining a fraternity or sorority is one of mutual selection. Fraternities and sororities use different means to acquaint themselves with interested students and to allow prospective members to learn about the organization.
To join a fraternity or sorority, you should do the following:
- Know the Rules About Joining. Fraternities and sororities are permitted to recruit potential members continuously and several organizations take more than one new member class each semester. The only requirements are that all recruitment events must be alcohol free, new members must have a minimum 2.5 and 12 credit hours to join, and that new members must be initiated by the end of the semester. First semester freshmen are not allowed to join these organizations but are encouraged to attend events coordinated by fraternities and sororities to find out more about them.
- Participate In an All-Fraternity/Sorority Event. SUNY Plattsburgh's Inter-Sorority Association and Interfraternity Council do not coordinate formal recruitment processes. However, they provide campus wide programming throughout the year to allow non-affiliated students to become acquainted with them. These events are free and open to all students.
- Attend Individually Sponsored Fraternity/Sorority Programs or Events. Each fraternity and sorority hosts many events and programs that are open to all students, many of them for the purpose of recruitment. These include educational speakers, social and sporting events, and community service projects.
- Contact Us. Contact the Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life at [email protected] with your name, phone number and email address if you would like to be contacted by fraternities and sororities throughout the semester.
- Ask Questions. The best way to learn more about fraternity/sorority life is to ask questions. Don't hesitate to ask any fraternity/sorority member you meet about their organization - they will be happy to share their accomplishments and goals. You should also feel free to contact Fraternity/Sorority Life for more information about how to find a fraternity or sorority that is right for you. Stop by the office, located in the Angell College Center, call 518-564-4825 or email [email protected].
- Visit the Fraternity/Sorority Life Recruitment calendar to learn more about recruitment events being hosted by our fraternal organizations here. Unless indicated, these events are open to all students.
In order to join, you must have completed 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5
at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please note that most of our fraternities and sororities have
GPA requirements to join that exceed a 2.5 cumulative; if that is the case, then you
must meet the organization's requirement before joining. Students who do not meet
this requirement (including first semester students) may attend fraternity/sorority
programs and events; however, they may not join or accept ANY form of membership in
a fraternity/sorority. Students, organizations and members who fail to adhere to this
policy are subject to judicial action, including suspension from the college.
Groups that have been chosen as "Chapters of Excellence" may petition the College's Committee on Fraternal Affairs and be permitted to accept first semester students as members. First semester freshmen, transfer or readmitted students must submit a First Semester/Transfer Student Application to Join a Fraternity/Sorority found here that includes a copy of their high school transcript and permission from a parent or guardian if the student is under the age of 21.
NOTE: Students may NOT join organizations that have lost recognition from the College. These organizations have been closed by the College and international organizations because they were not upholding fraternal values and were engaging in risky behaviors that endangered themselves and other students. Students who join organizations that are not recognized by the College are subject to judicial action, including dismissal. The following groups ARE NOT recognized by SUNY Plattsburgh: Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity and Pi Alpha Nu Fraternity.
Fraternity/Sorority Life Programs
Fraternity and sorority members have the opportunity to participate in numerous programs developed, coordinated, sponsored or funded by Fraternity/Sorority Life, the Inter-Sorority Association and the Interfraternity Council.
Greek Week is an annual event occurring in the Spring that encourages fraternities and sororities to work together to exemplify the four core principles: friendship, scholarship, leadership and service.
Greek Week is coordinated by the Interfraternal Relations Committee of the Interfraternity Council and Inter-Sorority Association. The week culminates with the annual Fraternal Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception.
Social Event Grants
The Fraternity/Sorority Life Social Event Grants are available for fraternal organizations to co-sponsor alcohol-free social events. If groups are selected, Fraternity/Sorority Life will provide funding to help support these events (i.e. Group A contributes $100 and Group B contributes $100, Fraternity/Sorority Life will contribute up to $200 so that the group can plan a social event costing approximately $400).
Sample events could include (but are not limited to):
- Laser Tag
- Miniature golf
- Dinner at a local restaurant
- Ben & Jerry's tour
- Ausable Chasm rafting
- Picnic at City Beach or State Park
- Six Flags/The Great Escape
- Lake Placid Olympic Center
- Show in Montreal or Burlington
- Horseback riding
- Attend a SUNY Plattsburgh theatre event
- Hiking in the Adirondacks
Criteria to be considered for funding:
- A minimum of two accredited fraternal organizations must collaborate;
- 50% of members from each of these organizations must attend the event;
- Members agree to remain alcohol and substance free before, during and after the event;
- Appropriate representatives must attend the Fraternal Summit on Harm & Risk Reduction each year.
The application process is:
- Interested groups will submit an Application to Fraternity/Sorority Life (PDF) a minimum of two weeks before the event.
- Groups will be notified within 72 hours if they have received the grant and will receive instructions for payment.
Questions to Ask When Choosing a Fraternity/Sorority
- What is the purpose of the organization? Why should I join? What aspects of the fraternity/sorority encouraged you to join?
- How will joining your organization benefit me?
- What are the financial obligations of membership? Are there any extra costs the semester you join?
- Explain what the time commitment looks like for an average week in the life of a member. What happens if I have a time conflict?
- What is required during the new member education process? How much time does it take? Can I see a copy of the new member program? What percentage of new members are initiated?
- What is your organization's position on hazing?
- What does this organization do to support its members academically? What is the chapter GPA?
- What does this organization do for the College and community? What are your expectations of members in regards to completing community service?
- Are the members involved in activities outside of the fraternity?
- What is your organization's relationship with other fraternities and sororities? What do you think your reputation is on campus?
- Is your organization a Chapter of Excellence? Why or why not?
- Is this a national or local organization? What do you see as the benefits of joining one over the other?
- Have you had any problems with the College, international organization or the City in the past?
- Are there any housing obligations?
Hazing: A Trust Betrayed
Most students joining fraternities and sororities and other campus groups have a positive experience. However, no college is immune to the possibility of unacceptable behavior among it's students. SUNY Plattsburgh takes an aggressive stand against hazing and is committed to educating our students about hazing and its consequences. The publication, Hazing: A Trust Betrayed, has been developed to help our campus community understand the crime of hazing, what it looks like and how to report it. There are three primary ways to report hazing:
- Contact University Police at 518-564-2022;
- Contact a campus administrator or resident assistant; or
- Call the Hazing Hotline at 518-564-5555.
Hazing may be reported confidentially or anonymously. However, it is important that all hazing reports include very detailed information about who was involved, where and when the alleged incident occurred, and what exactly happened.