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. Any pin or paraphernalia other than those mentioned above should not be worn by a brother, and should be disposed of.
Any vendor found to be incorporating the “Fraternity Shield” in a pin or other paraphernalia should be reported to the Corporate Headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
The “Fraternity Shield” may be used on official fraternity programs, stationary, flyers, etc.
The “Fraternity Shield” should never be used on personal stationary, personal business cards, etc.
The “Fraternity Shield” should never be used by organizations other than Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This includes non-profit or corporate entities owned by a local chapter.
The Fraternity Design
The “Fraternity Design” is the official coat-of-arms of the Fraternity. It is sometime referred as “the Coat of Arms” and “the Crest.”
A complete description of the design is contained in the Ritual and should never be shared with a non- member.
The “Fraternity Design” may be worn on rings, sweetheart pins and other small jewelry, sweaters, fraternity house equipment, etc.
The “Fraternity Design” may be used on personal stationary, personal business cards, etc.
The mantling should never be shown in green or other colors.
The Symbols of Alpha Phi Alpha and Chapter Designation
The Name of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Greek letters “A?A” are registered and trademarked symbols of the national organization. Only duly initiated brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are authorized to wear the symbols of A l p h a P h i A l p h a F r a t e r n i t y , I n c . These symbols cannot be added to any object that will be worn by a non-Alpha These symbols cannot be combined with other paraphernalia that may be worn by non- Alpha, e.g. intramural competition tee shirts. Where it is appropriate to represent Alpha Phi Alpha in these cases, the Chapter should consider utilizing the word “Alpha”, “Alpha South”, “Alpha East”, etc. 1. 2.
When utilized with the Name, Alpha Phi Alpha, the chapter designation (i.e. Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) belongs to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and not the local chapter. An official chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. shall not utilize any prefix in front of or behind their designation that will defame the Name of Alpha Phi Alpha. Prefixes such as “Bloody”, Gangster”, “Merciless”, “Notorious”, “Big Bad”, etc., shall not be added to the description of any chapter designation. Such a practice can be misinterpreted in cases of legal action The chapter designation shall never be displayed in “red” or in local school colors on articles of clothing, in print or on the web. Such a practice can be interpreted as meaning “bloody” and can be misinterpreted in cases of legal action. The symbols of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. shall not be displayed on the body of a brother through physical branding, tattoos, etc.
Registered and Trademarked Fraternal Symbols
All fraternal symbols, including the Name Alpha Phi Alpha, the letters “AFA”, “06”, and “The Sphinx” are registered and trademarked symbols of the national organization.
Anyone wishing to use these symbols for any purpose must receive express written permission from the Corporate Headquarters. Authorized chapters and financially active brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are automatically granted permission to utilize these symbols for non-commercial use.
Any chapter wishing to create personal or chapter commercial marketing ventures must have the Corporate office to issue a formal contract. Failure to have such a contract issued by Corporate Headquarters could put the chapter in violation of federal and state laws. All symbols of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., including but not limited to the Centennial Logo are protected by federal trademark law. Brothers are authorized to wear fraternity letters and symbols, but are not authorized
15th Draft 9/18/07