Vision & Mission


The vision of  Sorority & Fraternity Life is to cultivate a model of distinction for fraternities and sororities through demonstrated success and innovative practices.


Sorority & Fraternity Life advocates for the fraternities and sororities in pursuit of fraternal ideals and serves as a resource to develop and educate leaders in a diverse, self-governed, living-learning environment.

Core Principles

Alignment of Values

Chapters and members will continuously strive to operate in consistent alignment with University and respective organizational founding values, missions, and objectives. 

Academic Excellence

Chapters encourage academic excellence for all members and promote an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development.

Respect for New Members and Initiates

Chapters will maintain programs of member education that are designed to enhance individual development, encourage participation in University and Community activities, and provide opportunities for leadership.

Commitment to Service

The Sorority and Fraternity Community will develop and lead out-of-classroom learning opportunities through active community service and philanthropy activities.

Social Responsibility

The Sorority and Fraternity system has contributed to traditions at Cornell University since it's founding. Its place in offering an alternative residential experience and hosting social activities must continue as safe, mature settings. Chapters will not condone the harmful use of alcohol or controlled substances by its members or guests and will not tolerate disrespectful treatment of any person.

Promote Citizenship and Inclusion

Chapters, like the University, value diversity and inclusiveness and are commited to remaining relevant.


The Sorority and Fraternity Community allows Chapters to exercise the privileges of self-governance in a responsible manner at all times.

Leadership Development

Each Chapter acknowledges its responsibility to provide leadership development opportunities to all members of the organization.

Healthy Living-Learning Environments

Chapters agree to create, promote, and maintain a healthy, safe, and responsible residential environment when applicable.

Life-Long Relationships and Affinity

Chapter undergraduates and alumni recognize the importance and value of building and sustaining the life-long, personal and organizational benefits found in fraternal membership.