Information for Potential Fraternity/Sorority Members
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.
- Personal Development
- Lifelong Friendships
- Meaningful College Experience
- Leadership Development
- Community Service
- Scholastic Support
- Social Development
- Lifetime Opportunity for Involvement
How do I Join a Fraternity or Sorority?
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 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. In addition, transfer or re-admitted students that have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher may submit a First Semester/Transfer Student 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.
Fraternity/Sorority Life Recruitment Events Calendar
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.
Questions to Ask When Choosing a Fraternity/Sorority to Join
- 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, 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