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Greek Life

Greek Life at SUNY Canton is a small community of fraternities and sororities who strive to provide social, philanthropic, and academic outlets for success for students on our campus.  Currently, we have nine social Greek organizations (four sororities and five fraternities).  We invite you to learn more about Greek Life here on our website and by contacting the Greek Affairs Office at 315-386-7120.

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Greek Standards

Each semester, the Greek organizations are evaluated using the following subject areas as guidelines for acceptable and aspired conduct:

Community Service
Alumni Relations

Each organization, at the end of each academic year, earns one of the following levels based on the scoring from the above categories:

Rust -  no stars received, automatically put on probation for a year and must raise their score to at least Bronze on their next evaluation, or they may lose recognition. 



Gold -  a stellar organization with top honors

Recruitment and New Member Education

DKESUNY Canton’s Greek Life Office encourages an educational and welcoming approach to recruitment and education of new members. Practices of “rushing” and “pledging” and the negative associations tied to these practices are not accepted. 


Recruitment is a one to two week period each semester where Greek organizations actively promote their organizations and seek new members. Typical events for recruitment may include meet and greet programs, game nights, ice breaker activities, and other such events on the campus or at Greek residences off campus.

For the Fall 2015 semester, the recruitment period will be from September 24, 2015 through October 5, 2015.  Further information will be shared with students after the start of the semester.

New Member Education

New member education is a three week period each semester where students invited by the Greek organizations are educated about the history and mission of the organization as well as have an opportunity to get to know the current members of the organization better.

For the Fall 2015 semester, the new member education period will be from October 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. through November 2, 2015. Further information will be shared by Greek organizations with those invited to attend new member education during the recruitment period.


SUNY Canton takes a strong stance against violence of any kind, which includes hazing.   “Hazing” refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. In years past, hazing practices were typically considered harmless pranks or comical antics associated with young men in college fraternities. (definition from www.stophazing.org) Hazing, while commonly viewed as a “Greek problem” occurs in many different organizations including Greek organizations, sports teams, high school clubs and organizations, marching bands, and even the military.

Hazing is not only against college policy, but against the law. In New York State, the following is the 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.

§ 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, he 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.

Additionally, the SUNY Board of Trustees has issued the following:

SUNY Board of Trustees "Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order," Title 8, Part 535.3 (1), (Part II, Campus Regulations):

No person singly or in concert with others shall: take any action, create or participate in the creation of any situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or which involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization.

SUNY Canton will not tolerate hazing within our campus community. If a student is found to have violated our hazing policy, the student(s) will be suspended or expelled from college and a permanent notation will be placed on their transcript. The following is the charge from the Student Code of Conduct that outlines hazing:

HAZING - Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization.

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students at all times.  If any student feels that they have been a victim of or a witness to a hazing incident, we encourage them to report the matter to the Office of the Dean of Students immediately. The Dean of Students can be found in the Miller Campus Center 229 or reached at 315-386-7120.