Fraternities and sororities are recognized by SUNY Cortland through the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office. Recognition allows chapters to have a relationship with the university along with active membership and involvement in the Greek system and its governing boards. In order to be recognized by SUNY Cortland, all fraternal organizations must be associated with a National fraternal organization.
April 14: Fraternities and sororities can participate in campus and community cleanups and wear letters while doing so. They cannot host or co-host these events. Participants must wear masks, maintain 6 foot physical distancing and follow guidelines of whatever group is hosting the cleanup.
April 8: SUNY Cortland cut-off date by when all new members must be initiated. One chapter received an extension until April 11. 150 new members have been initiated virtually. Bravo!
March 31: Fraternities and sororities can participate in intramurals, have a team if so desired (and can wear letters while playing). Members must follow all Recreational Sports guidelines.
March 17: Suspension of in-person Greek life activities remains in effect; Includes new member orientation.
March 3: Travis Apgar presents "Hazing: The Fallout" via zoom at 7:30 p.m. Required of all initiated fraternity/sorority members AND open to all.
February 5: Sigma Iota Alpha has gone dormant/inactive for Spring 2021; Colony will not hold any activities, recruit any new members this semester.
January 2021: Recruitment and New Member Orientation will take place virtually; No exceptions
September 10: Greek life prohibited from hosting any in-person events or gatherings, either on- or off-campus.
Fall 2020: Letter to Student Leaders regarding operational changes due to COVID-19
August 5, 2020: Newly created Greek Life Operations Manual goes live
Spring 2020: Looking to bring a new National Greek organization to campus? Check out the Fraternity and/or Sorority Expansion brochure for more information. There are no guarantees that every attempt will be successful but you never know unless you try.
College Eligibility Requirements for Joining:
1. Must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at SUNY Cortland;
a. Nu Sigma Chi and Alpha Phi Omega both accept graduate members
2. Cannot be on either Academic Probation or Academic Warning;
3. Cannot be a first semester, first year student:
4. Must have successfully completed the necessary number of credit hours (12 for continuing students and 24 post-high school credit hours for incoming transfer students). The 12 credit hours for continuing students must have been completed at SUNY Cortland.
5. Must have the necessary cumulative GPA (Minimum required by each organization for continuing students and 2.5 for incoming transfer students). Specifics for each organization are provided in the most current Greek Life Brochure. Incoming transfer students must provide a copy of their transcript(s) to the Campus Activities Office for verification (unofficial copies are accepted). Academic eligibility is reviewed by the College's Associate Director for Campus Activities and Greek Affairs.
Keep in mind: Any student(s) interested in bringing an additional Greek organization to campus needs to speak with the College's Associate Director for Campus Activities and Greek Affairs, Sandra Wohlleber.
There are groups of students illegally using Greek letters, calling themselves members of a National fraternity and misleading students to "join" under false pretenses.. The real chapters were removed from campus, removed from their National for repeated violations of College and National policies These groups are not actual fraternities and have no College oversight. Students should not put themselves at risk by "joining" them as they would be in violation of the College's Student Code of Conduct. These groups are using the names:
Banned groups are local fraternities Beta Phi Epsilon (Beta) and Delta Kappa Beta (Kappa). Joining or associating with either of these two local fraternities could result in suspension or expulsion from the College.
For more information regarding fraternity/sorority life see the most recent Greek Life brochure and Greek Life brochure insert - July 2020 or contact Sandra Wohlleber, Associate Director, Campus Activities and Greek Affairs. 607-753-5574 or Sandra.Wohlleber@cortland.edu