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Corporate Headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. NOTE: Only the Life Membership, 25- year and 50-year pins, the Signet Ring (Style #1146) and the Alpha Phi Alpha Official Ring (Style #4044B) are approved by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to incorporate the official shield of the fraternity..

    • v.

      Alpha paraphernalia should never be worn or carried by a non-Alpha.

    • vi.

      Alpha paraphernalia should not be worn if it is weathered, torn, or in disrepair.

  • vii.

    Alpha paraphernalia is always worn in a respectful manner, i.e. hats are never worn backward; shirts are never too long and big; pants are never baggy and exposing underwear, etc.

  • viii.

    Brothers should always wear paraphernalia in a tasteful manner, i.e. if you are wearing an Alpha hat, think twice before also including an Alpha shirt or jacket.

    • ix.

      The disposition of all Alpha paraphernalia should be in accordance with Disposition of Paraphernalia as described below.

Fraternity Shirts, Jerseys, and Sweaters

  • i.

    While brothers may include slogans and themes to their shirts, jerseys, line jackets, and sweaters, the following exceptions must be noted:

    • a.

      Shirts should not be too long and baggy

    • b.

      Chapter letters shall not be outlined or completely embossed in red or college school colors. Such a practice can be interpreted as meaning “bloody” and can be misinterpreted in cases of legal action.

    • c.

      Language shall be in good taste.

    • d.

      No fraternal secrets shall be included in any slogan or theme.

    • e.

      Please note that it is appropriate to include the school name and/or crest on such and in appropriate colors

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Brothers should remove their hats when entering any building, upon the singing of the Fraternity Hymn, the National Anthem, the Negro National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing), and when a prayer is being recited. Alpha brothers never wear their hats backward.

Logo Wear (other) and Other Jewelry

  • i.

    Logo wear includes any materials with the official symbols of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. emblazoned, i.e. cups, pins, cuff links, glasses, plates, etc.

  • ii.

    The “Fraternity Shield” should never be placed on Alpha logo wear and other jewelry. Any vendor found to be incorporating the “Fraternity Shield” in a clothing article or jewelry should be reported to the Corporate Headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. NOTE: Only the Life Membership, 25-year and 50-year pins, the Signet Ring (Style #1146) and the Alpha Phi Alpha Official Ring (Style #4044B) are approved by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to incorporate the official shield of the fraternity.

Wearing of Paraphernalia in Public Places

  • i.

    Alpha men never wear Alpha paraphernalia in a club or another public place of drinking or debauchery.

  • ii.

    Alpha Men always wear their Alpha hats directly forward. Alpha Men always look forward, not backwards or to the side. If you're making a fashion statement, wear another hat.

  • iii.

    Alpha men don't wear “? F ?” on their bottoms, on sweatpants or place the symbols somewhere that will easily get dirty, i.e. door mats, underwear, stadium seats, on the soles of socks or shoes, etc. It should also not be placed on items such as golf towels, handkerchiefs, etc. (#)

  • iv.

    Chapters are prohibited from having their chapter letters in “Red” on chapter jackets, sweaters or websites. Such a practice can be interpreted as meaning “bloody” and can be misinterpreted in cases of legal action.

  • v.

    Alpha paraphernalia should never be mixed with other paraphernalia, i.e. other fraternity logos, school logos, etc.

  • vi.

    The general rule is, “Don’t wear Alpha paraphernalia in a manner that would offend or would not uphold the Name of Alpha.”

Disposition of Paraphernalia

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Section 10.3-Property of the General Organization, Constitution and By-Laws of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. states: “All property of the General Organization transmitted to the custody of the Chapter (or Brother) for its use, as provided herein, shall remain the property of the General

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