COVID-19 Safety Information

Fraternities and Sororities

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 fraternities and/or sororities must be associated with a National fraternal organization.  Local sorority Nu Sigma Chi was grandfathered in when this requirement was put in place.

National Hazing Prevention Week:  Sept. 19-23, 2022

     Sept. 19-22:  Tabling from 11 am to 1 pm outside Corey Union (or inside, across from Union Station if rains)
                           Stop by and sign our anti-hazing petition, pick up a button, etc.
                           Tabling being done by sisters of Alpha Phi, Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Delta Tau
     Sept. 21:  Hazing:  The Snowball Effect presentation by Theta Chi Fraternity at 5 pm, Sperry, Room 205

Highlights from 2021-2022:

  • Fraternities and sororities combined to raise $56,321 for a variety of local, regional and national causes.
  • Fraternities and sororities combined to perform 1030 community service hours to benefit others.
  • Fraternities and sororities combined to welcome a total of 197 new members over the course of 2 semesters.
  • 10.4% of all undergraduates are members of a recognized fraternity and/or sorority.
  • 384 fraternity and sorority members ended the year with at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
  • 72 were Summa Cum Laude, 152 were Magna Cum Laude, and 196 were Cum Laude. 

COVID-19 protocols

COVID-19 protocols for Fall 2022 are ever-changing and will be outlined on the school's COVID-19 safety information website.  All requirements specific to Greek life have been removed although it is still recommended to take attendance and hold on to that list for at least 10 days after any activity.

University Eligibility Requirements for Joining a Fraternity or Sorority

     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 school's Associate Director for Campus Activities and Greek Affairs.
An 'Accessing Your Transcript' procedural document has been created to assist incoming transfer students get the needed transcript(s) to the correct person. 

Recognized Organizations

Social Sororities (NPC for all but Nu Sigma Chi):

  • Alpha Phi (NPC)                             Follow sisters @alphaphi_cortland
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha/ASA (NPC)    Follow sisters @alphasig_cortland
  • Delta Phi Epsilon/DPhiE (NPC)     Follow sisters @dphie_cortland
  • Nu Sigma Chi/Nu Sig (Local)        Follow sisters @nusig_alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau/SDT (NPC)         Follow sisters @sigdelt_cortland

Social Fraternities

  • Theta Chi (NIC)                Follow brothers @thetachicortland
  • Alpha Phi Delta/APD        Follow brothers @apd_cortland

NALFO Groups:                                                       

NPHC Groups:



Co-Educational Service Fraternity:

  • Alpha Phi Omega/APO       Follow brothers @cortland_apo       Inactive for Spring 2022; Future TBD

Keep in mind:  Any student(s) interested in bringing an additional Greek organization to campus needs to speak with the school's Associate Director for Campus Activities and Greek Affairs, Sandra Wohlleber. 

SUNY Cortland Greek Multicultural Council (GMC)

SUNY Cortland Interfraternity Council (IFC)  

  • Council remains dormant with only two recognized fraternities on campus.

SUNY Cortland Panhellenic Council (Panhel)

Underground Groups

There are groups of students that call themselves a fraternity (or a sorority) when in reality they are neither.  They are simply using Greek letters to try and legitimize their presence.  None of these groups are recognized by the university and none of them are connected to a legitimate National fraternity (or sorority).  These groups are unrecognized and in some cases, banned, from having a presence at SUNY Cortland.

These groups are not actual fraternities (or sororities) and have no University oversight.  Students should not put themselves at risk by "joining" or "associating" with these groups.  Doing so would put a student in violation of SUNY Cortland's Student Code of Conduct.  Recognized student organizations would also be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct if they chose to host, co-host or otherwise interact with an underground group and would put the future of their recognized organization at risk.

Underground groups are listed below along with their nicknames.  All are male with one exception. 

  • Beta Phi Epsilon or Beta
  • Delta Chi or DChi
  • Delta Kappa Beta or Kappa
  • Kappa Sigma or Kappa Sig or KSig
  • Kappa Sigma Gamma (females)
    • This group has also called themselves Sigma Kappa Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi or Omega or ODPhi
  • Pi Kappa Phi or Pi Kapp
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon or Teke or TKE

It should be noted that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is no longer recognized at SUNY Cortland.  The earliest that the fraternity could return to campus would be 2023-2024 and only if there has been no indication of an underground presence in the interim.

For more information regarding fraternity/sorority life see the most recent Greek Life brochure and its Insert or contact Sandra Wohlleber, Associate Director, Campus Activities and Greek Affairs. 607-753-5574 or

Greek Life Brochure  and Insert

Greek Life Operations Manual

Guidelines for Chapters with No Active Members on Campus 

Room/Space Reservation Request Form  Word  PDF

Fundraising Request Form   Word  PDF

Greek Presidents Report   Word PDF

Fraternity/Sorority Expansion Brochure

Late Night Event Form

Greek Programming in Residence Halls - Procedure (Not currently permitted due to ongoing pandemic)

SUNY Cortland Chapter Advisor Guidelines

Annual Report Form, 2022-2023   Word    PDF 

Continued Recognition Application, 2022-2023  Word    PDF

Midyear Report Form, 2022-2023   Word   PDF

Fall 2022 Recruitment Schedules
     Panhellenic Sororities

Transfer Students - Procedure to get transcripts

Fall 2022 Panhellenic Recruitment Rules
     Addendum A to accompany Fall Rules

Spring 2023 Panhellenic Recruitment Rules - Pending

Spring 2023 Panhellenic Recruitment Brochure - Pending

Spring 2023 Recruitment Schedules - Pending
     Fraternities -- Alpha Phi Delta &
          Theta Chi     Pending
    NPC Sororities (Alpha Phi, ASA,
          DPhiE, SDT)    Pending
     Nu Sigma Chi  

Recruitment Counselor Application for Spring 2023 - Pending