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Suspended and Unrecognized Organizations

Recognized, Suspended, Unrecognized Organizations Defined

"recognized" fraternity or sorority is an organization that is in good standing with SUNY Oswego. All recognized fraternities and sororities have worked hard to earn and maintain their official status. Recognized organizations have the privilege of having their letters on display, using the SUNY Oswego name, tabling, posting fliers, holding meetings and/or programs on campus, inducting new members that will be recognized by the college, and participating in campus events such as the Involvement Fair and Ready to Rush.

"suspended" fraternity or sorority has temporarily lost recognition from SUNY Oswego as the result of a disciplinary hearing. After a designated timeframe, the organization may apply for reinstatement.

An "unrecognized" fraternity or sorority is not recognized by SUNY Oswego. These organizations have no affiliation with or supervision by SUNY Oswego, do not follow the policies that are set for Fraternities and Sororities and do not provide SUNY Oswego with the names of their members. There are three main reasons that a group might be unrecognized: (1) a sanction has been issued that removed its recognition permanently, (2) the group, or its national, removed its own recognition status, or (3) the group developed underground without following required college policies. Unrecognized organizations are not permitted to participate, as an organization, in SUNY Oswego-sponsored activities such as campus events. They cannot utilize campus facilities, post fliers or market themselves in any way on campus, take new members, or have any of the benefits of recognized student organizations. Engaging in activities with these organizations may endanger student health, safety, and well-being. Students who are recruited by or choose to be a part of an unrecognized group do so at their own risk of detrimental academic performance and physical and emotional hazing. The student handbook policy on student organization affiliation can be found here: https://ww1.oswego.edu/student-conduct/code-conduct/hazing

*The above definitions are adapted from statements made by SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Buffalo State, and SUNY Potsdam.

Suspended and Unrecognized Organizations

A list of all suspended and unrecognized organizations can be found below. Please note that some recognized organizations do face restrictions such as the inability to recruit as the result of a disciplinary hearing. Please check the status of an organization before joining. All statuses for recognized organizations can be found on the Registered Fraternities and Sororities page or you can email the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership ([email protected]).

Suspended Organizations

Suspended organizations are to cease all operations for a designated period of time due to the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. After that timeframe, the organization may apply for reinstatement. If a suspended organization attempts to recruit you please contact Student Engagement and Leadership at [email protected] 

Suspended Organizations

The following organization is currently suspended by SUNY Oswego.

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (ΤΚΕ)
    • Suspended on November 28th, 2022
    • Eligible to return on November 28th, 2025

Unrecognized Organizations

SUNY Oswego does not advise nor control the actions of these off-campus groups. These groups have been advised by SUNY Oswego to cease all operations, including recruitment, education, induction of new members, and the sponsoring of and/or participation in on- or off-campus programs. If an unrecognized organization attempts to recruit you please contact Student Engagement and Leadership at [email protected]

Unrecognized Organizations

The following organizations are not currently recognized by SUNY Oswego.

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (ΣΑΕ)
    • Expelled on April 10, 2020
    • Ineligible to return
  • Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity (ZBT)
    • Closed by their National Headquarters in September 2019
  • Zeta Chi Zeta (ZXZ)
    • Expelled on August 1, 2023
    • Ineligible to return