Greek Life

The Greek system has a heritage of over 200 years of endurance and growth. The first American College Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was formed in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. This Greek-letter society provided opportunities to discuss political, academic, and social interests of the young men. A great deal of importance was placed on fellowship of the members, the rights of assembly and free speech and independent decision making. Phi Beta Kappa maintained The Code of Silence which included: secret oaths, badges, laws, seals, grips/handshakes, an initiation ceremony, and mottos in Greek and Latin. This secrecy has become the essential characteristic of modern-day Greek chapters.

Today, all Greek organizations serve primarily as social or service clubs. Ritual secrecy is maintained by tradition, rather than for preservation of political or academic rights.

Greeks at WPUNJ

Although fraternities and sororities have been active at William Paterson University since the 1950's they were first recognized by the administration and the Student Government Association (SGA) in the late '70's. At that time, the SGA chartered the Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council to govern the Greek system. Today's system is similar, but due to growth has become the Greek Senate.

Greeks at WPUNJ are a driving force behind student life on campus. Greeks may be found raising donations for charity, organizing special events for campus entertainment, attending leadership programs, collecting food or clothing to help the less fortunate, or participating in various clubs or organizations.

Being involved in Greek Life offers endless opportunities to gain leadership experience, social and managerial skills,and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Why go Greek?

Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is about more than just wearing letters. It is about making friendships that will last long beyond your college years. It allows you to experience brotherhood and sisterhood. Members of the Greek community have a strong commitment to leadership, service, and scholarship. You can find Greeks on the William Paterson campus serving as orientation leaders, SGA club officers, building houses with Habitat for Humanity, and graduating with honors. When you join a fraternity or sorority its not four years, it’s for life.

Current Recognized Organizations at William Paterson University:

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha

Chi Upsilon Sigma

Delta Phi Epsilon

Groove Phi Groove

Iota Phi Theta

Lambda Sigma Upsilon

Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Upsilon Lambda

Mu Sigma Upsilon

Omega Phi Chi

Phi Beta Sigma

Phi Kappa Tau

Phi Sigma Sigma

Sigma Gamma Rho

Sigma Pi

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Theta Phi Alpha

Zeta Phi Beta

 

2017-2018 Greek Award Winners

  • Academic Achievement Award Fraternity: Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Academic Achievement Award Sorority: Theta Phi Alpha
  • Greek Advisor of the Year: Jonnine DeLoatch, Delta Sigma Theta 
  • Greek Man of the Year: Kody Guedes, Lambda Sigma Upsilon 
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Kassandra DeJesus, Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Most Improved Chapter: Zeta Phi Beta 
  • Outstanding Academic Event: 2018 Leadership Conference, Greek Senate
  • Outstanding Chapter Award: Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Outstanding Chapter Award: Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Outstanding Community Service Award: Campus Clean-Up, Interfraternity Council
  • Outstanding Council Award: National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Outstanding New Female Greek Award: Alexus Vassell, Zeta Phi Beta 
  • Outstanding New Male Greek Award: Jonathan Navarrete, Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Event: I Have A Dream Banquet, Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Outstanding Social Event: Spring 2018 Step Show, National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Unity Award: Lambda Theta Alpha

 

These organizations are currently not in good standing with William Paterson University, students are not permitted to join these organizations unless otherwise noted after a suspension period or their status changes with the University.

Alpha Phi Delta - Permanently Barred or Chapter Revoked since March 2018 

Alpha Sigma Tau - Chapter Closed by National Office October 2015

Lambda Theta Phi - Charter Revoked (Eligible to apply for reinstatement in Fall 2019)

Lambda Tau Omega - Temporarily Suspended Fall 2017 until January 2019

Omega Psi Phi - Temporarily Suspended Fall 2017 until January 2019