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Recognizing the social, academic and developmental benefits of Greek Life, the College at Oneonta and the Oneonta Inter-Greek Council resolves to provide and adhere to a fair and reasonable expansion policy for all interested full-time undergraduate students at SUNY Oneonta. Understanding the advantages and challenges of new group expansion, the Office of Campus Life will work with the Oneonta Inter-Greek Council and the interested students in all efforts related to chapter expansion.

The information below is from the Code of Rights and Responsibilities for Greek Social Letter Organizations. It outlines the phases of the recognition process at the College. If you have any questions about expansion or the College’s policies related to fraternities and sororities please contact Angie Eichler, Greek Advisor at eichleac@oneonta.edu or at 607-436-3591.


PHASES OF THE GREEK RECOGNITION PROCESS

Phase I- Pre-application

  • A representative of the group will meet weekly with the Greek Advisor, who will act as the group’s campus advisor until the group gets a Chapter Advisor.
  • The group may not wear Greek letters on or off campus until they are in Phase III of the College at Oneonta recognition process, but may hang flyers with their letters on them to promote interest in their group.
  • The group is eligible to reserve campus space for interest group meetings.
  • Members of the group will meet at least once with the IGC executive board during the pre-recognition period.
  • The group must follow all rules of the Student Code of Conduct and the Code of Rights and Responsibilities for Greek Social Letter Organizations.Failure to follow the above policies will stop the pre-recognition process and the group will be ineligible to apply again for one calendar year.
  • The maximum length of the pre-recognition status is 60 days. At the end of this time the group must apply for recognition or disband. If the group decides not to start the recognition process, the group will be ineligible for pre-recognition status for one calendar year. 
  • The 60 day pre-recognition status begins on the day that the president/leader of the group signs the pre-recognition form.
  • Groups in this process will be provided a mailbox in the Office of Campus Life, They should check it weekly.

Phase II- Application The initial letter of application must include:

  • Documentation of National Headquarters indicating interest for expansion
  • Chapter founding principles
  • Reason/justification for the new group which supports the mission of the College
  • Chapter constitution
  • Chapter advisor contact information
  • Letter of recommendation from the chapter advisor supporting the group
  • Officer Directory including addresses, phone numbers, and positions
  • A complete membership list and grade release information; the number of active members must meet or exceed the minimum number that is established by the chapter’s national organization.
  • Proof that group has a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Documentation of 100 hours of community service
  • Chapter/National policies related to risk management & safety issues
  • Any and all obligations of members including financial and personal commitment.

Phase III-Initial Application Review

  • Initial applications for National Panhellenic Council (NPC) groups will be reviewed by the Greek Advisor, Oneonta Panhellenic President, and Student Development Committee.  A recommendation reflective of this group will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Development for final approval.
        
  • Initial applications for National Interfratenity Council (NIC) groups will be reviewed by the Greek Advisor, Interfratenity Council President, and Student Development Committee.  A recommendation reflective of this group will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Development for final approval.

  • Initial applications for National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) and other cultural groups will be reviewed by the Greek Advisor, Student Council representative when a council is established, and a Student Development Committee.  A recommendation reflective of this group will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Development for final approval.

Phase IV-Interim Recognition Status

Initial applications which successfully make the review process will be given Interim Recognition status.  This status will entitle the group to attend the appropriate National Interfratenity Conference (NIC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) and Inter Greek Council meetings.  These chapters will not have voting privileges until they receive complete college recognition.  Privileges of Interim Recognition status will include: Participation in Exploration “xx”, fall and Spring Weekends, Greek Olympics, the Leadership Institute, and use of college facilities for chapter meetings and group study hours.   Interim group Chapter Presidents must meet bi-weekly with a designee from the Office of Campus Life to review their progress.