Unrecognized Organizations

Unrecognized chapters are not permitted to use Cornell University's name or image, reserve University spaces, or represent themselves as an official part of the University community. This situation concerns us because we do not have confidence that unrecognized chapters operate with the same diligence to promote student growth and development; provide proactive and preventative measures to foster wellness and safety; nor abide by University guidelines with regard to recruitment, new member education, academic support, and other areas that are vital to the successful management of a chapter. Additionally, unrecognized chapters operate willingly and against institutional policy and therefore lack resources and support provided to other student organizations.

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, along with our governing student bodies, and Cornell University neither support nor condone the activities of these unrecognized organizations, or any other groups representing themselves as a social fraternity or sorority. Any individuals contemplating membership in one of these unrecognized organizations should carefully consider this information.


Sigma Phi Epsilon

July 12, 2019 - Effective immediately, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity’s recognition is revoked for a period of no less than four years, as a result of incidents determined to include hazing. If recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university procedure in place following the four-year period, upon return the Chapter will remain on probationary recognition status for a period of no less than two years. More information can be found on the Hazing Website.

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.

December 7, 2018 - Effective immediately, Lambda Theta Phi fraternity’s recognition is revoked for a period of no less than three (3) years, as a result of incidents determined to include hazing. If recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university procedure in place following the three-year period, upon return the Chapter will remain on probationary recognition status for a period of no less than one (1) year. Lambda Theta Phi does not benefit from the university privileges conferred on recognized organizations and is not subject to university regulations, including those governing conduct and compliance with local and state fire code. More information can be found on the Hazing Website.

Delta Phi

August 9, 2018 - Effective immediately, Delta Phi (Llenroc) fraternity’s recognition is revoked for a period of no less than four (4) years, as a result of incidents determined to include hazing. If recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university procedure in place following the four-year period, upon return the Chapter will remain on probationary recognition status for a period of no less than two years. Delta Phi does not benefit from the university privileges conferred on recognized organizations and is not subject to university regulations, including those governing conduct and compliance with local and state fire code. More information can be found on the Hazing Website.

Kappa Alpha Psi

August 9, 2018 - Effective immediately, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s recognition is revoked for a period of no less than two (2) years, as a result of incidents determined to include hazing. If recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university procedure in place following the two-year period, upon return the Chapter will remain on probationary recognition status for a period of no less than two years. Kappa Alpha Psi does not benefit from the university privileges conferred on recognized organizations and is not subject to university regulations, including those governing conduct and compliance with local and state fire code. More information can be found on the Hazing Website

Sigma Nu

May 4, 2018 - Effective immediately, Sigma Nu fraternity’s recognition is revoked for a period of no less than three (3) years, as a result of incidents determined to include hazing. If recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university procedure in place following the three-year period, upon return the Chapter will remain on probationary recognition status for a period of no less than two years. Sigma Nu does not benefit from the university privileges conferred on recognized organizations and is not subject to university regulations, including those governing conduct and compliance with local and state fire code. More information can be found on the Hazing Website

Omega Phi Beta

January 9, 2018 - Effective immediately, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.'s recognition is revoked for a period of no less than five (5) years, as a result of incidents determined to include hazing. If recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university procedure in place following the three-year period, upon return the Chapter will remain on probationary recognition status for a period of no less than two years. Omega Phi Beta does not benefit from the university privileges conferred on recognized organizations and is not subject to university regulations, including those governing conduct and compliance with local and state fire code. More information can be found on the Hazing Website

Psi Upsilon

May 25, 2016 - Information Can be Found Here

Seal & Serpent

Seal & Serpent is a local organization with no national affiliation. It withdrew from the Interfraternity Council in 2016 but continues to operate a privately-owned residential facility at 305 Thurston Avenue. This group is not a recognized student organization at Cornell. Therefore, it does not benefit from the university privileges conferred on recognized organizations and is not subject to university regulations, including those governing organizational conduct and compliance with local and state fire code.