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Letter to Families about Chapters of Excellence & Unrecognized Groups 


Fraternity/Sorority Life and the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success are pleased to partner in sending information to the families of new students about involvement opportunities in SUNY Plattsburgh’s fraternal organizations. 

Fraternity/Sorority Life began on our campus more than 100 years ago and has grown to include 24 organizations, 700 students and thousands of alumni. Fraternities and sororities promote Friendship, Scholarship, Leadership and Service — the principles upon which these values-driven groups were founded. We are proud of those groups that adhere to these high standards of behavior and support your student if he or she chooses to join a fraternal organization in good standing.

Information about fraternity/sorority life, including specific data about each of our organizations and the policies about joining, can be found online:

Fraternity and Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh

Please note that first-semester first-year students are not permitted to join (unless transferring from another college or university); however, they are strongly encouraged to make the acquaintances of these groups. In addition, students are only permitted to join the groups listed on our website. If you believe your student is involved with a group not listed online, please contact us immediately.

Of additional interest to you may be our Fraternal Excellence Initiative, a method of annually evaluating the performance of each fraternity and sorority. We are proud to announce that eight of our organizations achieved the highest ranking of “Chapters of Excellence” last year. Exceptions may be made for first-semester first-year students to join these organizations; however, your student will need your permission to do so.

  • Alpha Epsilon Phi, is an international historically Jewish sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1988. The women in this organization work closely with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Sharsheret, a breast cancer organization for Jewish women. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.44 (higher than the All-Women’s GPA). Eighty-seven percent of these women achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 17 hours of community service and raised almost $2,500 for charitable organizations during the last academic year.
  • Alpha Phi, is an international sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1996. The women in this organization work with the Alpha Phi Foundation to support women’s cardiac care research and education. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.61 (higher than the All-Women’s GPA). Ninety-two percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 26 hours of community service and raised almost $2,800 for charitable organizations.
  • Delta Phi Epsilon, is an international sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1987. The women in this organization work with both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Their combined organizational GPA is 3.41 (higher than the All-Women’s GPA). Eighty-seven percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 16 hours of community service and raised almost $2,230 for charitable organizations.
  • Delta Sigma Phi, is a national fraternity founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2015. The men in this organization work with the American Red Cross. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.27 (higher than the All-Men’s GPA). Seventy-four percent of men in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 15 hours of community service and raised almost $1,500 for charitable organizations.
  • Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., is a national Latina-oriented sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2001. The organization has a philanthropic focus of Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.28 (higher than the All-Women’s Average). One hundred percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 15 hours of community service each and raised more than $700 for charitable causes.
  • Sigma Delta Tau, is national sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1991. The women in this organization work with Prevent Child Abuse America and Jewish Women International as their philanthropic partners. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.67 (higher than the All-Women’s Average). Ninety percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 11 hours of service and raised more than $3,000 for philanthropy.
  • Theta Alpha Lambda, is a local sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1966. The women in this organization work with Clinton County Stop Domestic Violence as their primary philanthropic partner. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.32 (higher than the All-Women’s Average). Eighty-four percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members completed an average of 12 hours of community service and raised almost $2,300 for charitable causes.
  • Theta Phi Alpha, is a national sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2013. The women in this organization work with three philanthropic organizations that focus on assisting the economically disadvantaged and the homeless. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.51 (higher than the All-Women’s GPA). Ninety percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Members completed an average of 12 hours of service and raised more than $5,000 for philanthropy.

We would also like to provide you with information pertaining to two former fraternities that have lost college recognition: Alpha Chi Rho and Pi Alpha Nu. It has been determined by the college that these groups interfere with the academic mission of the institution. We are therefore taking steps to discourage affiliation by students with these groups. Students who choose to join may subject themselves to college disciplinary procedures, including suspension or dismissal since the groups operate outside of college policy. These organizations are not affiliated with the college and therefore are not subject to college group regulations and education regarding hazing, alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, fire safety, etc.

Alpha Chi Rho, also known as AXP or the Crows or 147, was closed by both the college and National Fraternity in Spring 2014 after multiple violations of college policy, including disorderly conduct and violation of previous sanctions related to obstruction of college activities. This group can be identified by the colors garnet and white and may use a crow as a mascot. Their last known place of residence was 147 Brinkerhoff Street.

Pi Alpha Nu, also known as Pi or the Knights, was a local fraternity closed by the college in Spring 2018 after multiple violations of college policy, including, but not limited to, hazing, disorderly conduct, alcohol and drugs, endangerment, violent behavior and violation of criminal law. Some members were charged with violations of N.Y. State Penal Law including hazing and criminal nuisance, 2nd degree. This group can be identified by the colors red, gold and black, and may use a knight as a mascot. Their last known place of residence was 84 Broad St.

We encourage you to discuss fraternity/sorority life with your student in order to help them clarify their intentions to join. Please note that the 70% of current fraternity/sorority members report that they had no intention of joining one of these groups when they began their first year of college. Therefore, even if your student does not indicate interest at this point, they may change their mind. Resources to assist you with this conversation can be found online.

We both stand ready to assist your student in ensuring a successful collegiate experience and believe that fraternity and sorority life can be a positive part of your student’s development. If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please feel free to contact us at 518-564-2280 or 518-564-4825.

Sincerely,

Lizzie Wahab
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success

Allison Swick-Duttine
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Pillars of Excellence Program


Fraternity/Sorority Life, the Interfraternity Council and Inter-Sorority Association are looking for extraordinary examples of fraternities, sororities and their members exemplifying the four pillars of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service.  Groups and individuals can be nominated by anyone: a member, an organization, a faculty/staff member, an advisor, a neighbor, a community agency, etc. To nominate a group, please send an email briefly explaining how the behavior went above and beyond expectations and who specifically was involved to [email protected].

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