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We applaud your decision to seek information on the Plattsburgh State Fraternity/Sorority Community. You have potential to enter the ranks of men and women whose experiences in fraternities and sororities have helped to develop them in many aspects of their life including the areas of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service.
In order to join, you must have completed 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at Plattsburgh State. 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. These students must submit a Freshman 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. In addition, transfer or re-admitted students that have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher may submit a Transfer Application to Join a Fraternity/Sorority found here that includes a copy of their transcript and permission from a parent or legal guardian if the student is under the age of 21. Both forms are available by clicking on the links provided.
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.
To join a fraternity or sorority, you simply need to contact Fraternity/Sorority Life, ACC 106, for more information or attend one of the open recruitment events you can find on the Fraternity/Sorority Life recruitment calendar here.
Most students joining fraternities and sororities and other campus groups have a positive experience. However, the College is aggressive about educating our students about hazing and its consequences.
The publication, Hazing: A Trust Betrayed, found here, 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 mechanisms to report hazing: 1) Contact University Police at (518) 564-2022; 2) Contact a campus administrator or resident assistant; or 3) 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.
For information on specific fraternities and sororities, please contact Fraternity/Sorority Life.
For more information about Fraternity/Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life
Angell College Center 106
Phone: (518) 564-4825