Fraternity/Sorority Life

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Fraternities and Sororities

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fraternity/Sorority Life

What are the benefits of joining?

Many students seeking friendship and a home away from home join fraternities and sororities. Along with these benefits come the support of a peer group, opportunities for community and college service, high academic standards and support, educational programming on topics of wellness and personal development, experience working with a diverse membership, and leadership opportunities.

Will the cost of membership be a burden?

Cost of membership varies among groups but does not add measurably to the cost of campus life. All groups are supported by dues, which are used for programming/publicity expenses, formal banquets, service events, liability insurance and leadership conference participation, to name a few. After some one-time costs for initiation fees, these dues are usually the only expenses and average about $600 per year.

What about all the negative things I've heard, like substance abuse and hazing?

Hazing is counter to the ideals, values, and principles of fraternities and sororities. Plattsburgh State has a long-standing zero-tolerance policy on hazing and the Center for Fraternity/Sorority Life is aggressive in educating our fraternities and sororities about how hazing breaks down brother/sisterhood. In addition, each group is required to adhere to risk management policies that address the areas of substance abuse, hazing, sexual abuse and fire safety to protect their members and guests. Fraternities and sororities themselves sponsor many programs to eradicate problems in these areas. Upon joining, all new members are required to attend a meeting with fraternal leaders where these issues are discussed. Simply stated, substance abuse and hazing are not tolerated by our Fraternity/Sorority Community and groups violating this expectation are referred to the Fraternal Standards Group for disciplinary action.

Will joining a fraternity hurt my grades?

High academic standards are encouraged by most fraternities/sororities and most consistently have a cumulative GPA higher than 2.5. In fact, the all-fraternity/sorority GPA is typically higher than the all-campus average. To assist academic transition to college life, fraternities/sororities require that students have a minimum 2.3 GPA and 12 credit hours at SUNY Plattsburgh in order to join (exceptions can be made for transfer students). New students may not join until they have completed these requirements.

Many fraternities and sororities have academic plans to assist members in setting high academic standards and achieving their scholastic goals. These plans include recognition and incentive programs, as well as specialized assistance for members who are having academic difficulty.

For additional questions, contact Allison Swick-Duttine, Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life, at allison.swick@plattsburgh.edu.

Contact Information

For more information about Fraternity/Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Allison Swick-Duttine
Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life & Organization Development
Angell College Center 204
Phone: (518) 564-4825
E-mail: allison.swick@plattsburgh.edu