Fraternities and Sororities

Members of NYIT Greek organizations

We believe the cornerstones of Greek letter organizations are leadership development, service to the community, scholarship, and lifelong friendships through the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.

NYIT Manhattan currently recognizes four Greek organizations:

Sororities: Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority(AST) Incorporated, Epsilon Iota(EI) Chapter

Fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Zeta Eta(ZH) Chapter, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Tau Kappa Epsilon(TKE) Fraternity Incorporated, Upsilon Mu(YM) Chapter.

All of these organizations represent high ideals and contribute to a positive campus life experience.

If you have any questions or concerns about Greek life or starting a Greek organization on campus, please contact me at jducos@nyit.edu.

Greek Organizations on Manhattan Campus

(Also see Greek Organizations on Old Westubury campus.)

Sorority: Alpha Sigma Tau (AST)

Established in 1899, Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority is a sisterhood of women who are committed to developing scholars, philanthropists and leaders among our collegiate and alumnae members.

NYIT Manhattan is home to the Epsilon Iota Chapter where we thrive on promoting the ethical, cultural and social development of all of our members.

  • Visit the national web site for the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau.
  • Visit the Epsilon Iota Chapter facebook page for more information about the chapter and events.

For information on joining AST, please visit the Greek Life office located in the Student Activities Building on 1849 Broadway, 2nd floor, room 202, or via email at ast.nyit.recruit@gmail.com.

Fraternity: Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE)

The Upsilon Mu chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon(TKE) was started on the NYIT, Manhattan campus in December of 2007 as a colony. With an interest of 18 young men in the spring semester of 2008, the colony would expand, and within the next year the colony grew to 35 men with the Alpha and Beta classes. This allowed them to be chartered as the Upsilon Mu(YM) chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Incorporated. Since becoming a chapter, Upsilon Mu has initiated 55 young men and helped them in their development as men in society.

  • Visit the national Web site for fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon.
  • For more information about the Upsilon Mu chapter, visit their chapter website at www.tkeupsilonmu.org.

For information on joining TKE, please visit the Greek Life office located in the Student Activities Building on 1849 Broadway, 2nd floor, room 202.

Fraternity: Alpha Phi Alpha (APA)

Fraternity Mission Statement

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.

Fraternity Vision Statement

The objectives of this Fraternity shall be: to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid down-trodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status.

The first two objectives- (1) to stimulate the ambition of its members and (2) to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual-serve as the basis for the establishment of Alpha University.

Fraternity: Phi Iota Alpha (PIA)

Phi Iota Alpha's mission is to develop leaders, & create innovative ways to unite the Latino community. Our fraternity's roots extend from the late 19th century to the first Latino fraternity & the first Latino student organization in the United States.

Our brotherhood is composed of university, & professional men committed towards the empowerment of the Latin American community. We do this by providing social, cultural programs & activities geared towards the appreciation, promotion & preservation of Latin American culture.

FAQs

Who can join a fraternity or sorority?

You must be a full-time, undergraduate student at New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan campus with at least 12 credits completed. First-semester students are ineligible. You must also have a 2.5 GPA at the time of recruitment.

When can I join and how does it work?

Each organization has a different process and time line for new members. Generally, each organization recruits new members each semester and holds various events and activities for a period of approximately 6-8 weeks, known as new member education. Per the NYIT policy, new member education can not exceed 8 weeks. For more information, please contact the organization or visit the Office of Student Activities.

Recruitment guidelines

  • NYIT is a dry campus. Therefore, during all recruitment activities, on- or off-campus, alcohol is prohibited.
  • All recruitment events must be registered through the Office of Student Activities at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • Bid lists are due to the Office of Student Activities the day following the conclusion of recruitment at noon (for specific dates, please see the Calendar of Events).
  • Download - New Member Education Packet- Must be completed and sent to Office of Student Activities.

Helpful hints for going through recruitment

  • Always be yourself!
  • Ask questions about the organization, philanthropy, financial requirements, and expectations.
  • Evaluate carefully: joining a fraternity or sorority is an important decision.
  • Remember that if the time is not right for you, there will be more opportunities to join in the future.

Can I start my own sorority or fraternity?

For the current status of expansion at NYIT's Manhattan campus, you can refer to the Expansion Process for NYIT, or you may contact the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development, Jeremy Ducos at jducos@nyit.edu, or you can visit the Student Activities Building on 1849 Broadway, 2nd floor, room 205. All organizations must be supported by a National Board.

NYIT is looking to host a six month application process for interested Greek organizations from one of the following Governing boards:

  • National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
  • North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO)

Top 10 Fun Facts about Fraternities and Sororities

  • Of North America's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men or sorority women.
  • 85 percent of Fortune 500 Executives belong to a fraternity or a sorority.
  • 76 percent of all Congressman and Senators belong to a fraternity or sorority.
  • Of all U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910, 85 percent (40 out of 47) has been Greek.
  • 63 percent of the U.S. President's cabinet since 1900 has been Greek.
  • All but two U.S. President's since 1825 have been Greek.
  • 43 of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate are members of a fraternity or sorority.
  • Combined, fraternity and sorority members in the United States contributed more than 42,000 hours of community service and raised over $77,000 for their respective philanthropic endeavors.
  • More than $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally
  • A U.S. government study shows that more than 70 percent of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while less than 50 percent of all non-fraternity/sorority members graduate.

* Courtesy of the North-American Inter-fraternity Conference (NIC)

NYS Law on Hazing

120.16 Hazing in the first degree.

  • A person is guilty of hazing in the first degree when, in the course of another person's initiation into or affiliation with any organization, he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person and thereby causes such injury. Hazing in the first degree is a class A misdemeanor. Up to one year of jail time.

120.17 Hazing in the second degree.

  • A person is guilty of hazing in the second degree when, in the course of another person's initiation or affiliation with any organization, they intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person. Hazing in the second degree is a violation.

NYIT Hazing Policy Can be found in the Student Handbook Under Section 5 article l - Student Handbook

 
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