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A copy of the Official National Fraternity Prayer is in Attachment G.


Step i.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. fully supports the following National Pan-Hellenic Council’s position on Step Shows http://www.nphchq.org/resources.htm:

    • a.

      “Although step shows enhance the college experience, they should not involve the degradation and/or belittlement of any other Greek-letter organizations, including fraternities and sororities affiliated with the NPHC, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, National Interfraternity Conference, and the National Pan-Hellenic Conference.”

    • b.

      Further, step shows which take the form of dancing, singing, and/or skits should not be performed using lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior. Although freedom of expression is valued by this organization, performances of such reproach are not only inconsistent with the negative stereotyping which often overshadows the positive philanthropic and global projects undertaken by NPHC organizations.”

  • ii.

    Alpha Phi Alpha Men will always show respect to others when performing, as it is clear that in order to disrespect others, you must lower yourself to their level.

  • iii.

    All Alpha sponsored step shows will start on time, out of respect for those guests attending.

  • iv.

    In selecting uniforms for all Alpha Step Shows, teams will only select dress that is representative of good taste and decorum.

  • v.

    Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters are not authorized to participate in televised, video or movie step shows


without expressed written permission from the General Organization of Alpha Inc. (See Section III.8) It is not appropriate for Alpha Brothers to step at non-step show gathering

Phi Alpha Fraternity,

such as public clubs,

wedding receptions, etc. NOTE:

This does not refer to “party stepping or “party strolling.”

However, in cases where brothers are “party stepping or party strolling,” care should be taken to assure that brothers are not being disrespectful or disrupting the flow of activities for others. Stepping, “party stepping” and “party strolling” is never appropriate at a formal event. At no time should Alumni Brothers enter a competition against College Brothers. Alumni Brothers are responsible for assisting in the development of College Brothers, and thus should never compete against them. SECTION III.6. Conducting Official Alpha Ceremonies and Meetings vii.

6.1 General


Ceremonies are a critical part of what we are as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It is through such that we are made into Alpha and transitioned into the Omega Chapter. It is imperative that such ceremonies are conducted with the greatest degree of professionalism, decorum and adherence to the standard policies and procedures of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Types of Ceremonies and Meeting

  • i.

    There are two types of ceremonies and meetings: public and private.

  • ii.

    A public ceremony or meeting is one in which the general public is invited to participate. In those

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A public ceremony or meeting can be made private by a majority vote of the Brotherhood conducting the event. (#) A private ceremony or meeting is one in which only members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are invited to attend. Except for an Executive Committee meeting of a National, Regional, District or Chapter organization, no member of Alpha, with appropriate credentials and password, may be barred admittance from such meeting. A private ceremony cannot be designated public. (#) In public meetings, when an active General President or Past General President (s) of Alpha Phi

Alpha Fraternity, Inc. enters the room







or meeting or only required

is introduced for the “first time”, all brothers for the highest-ranking elected Alpha Officer


(General President; Past-General President; Regional Vice President; Assistant President; elected National Officers) present at an official function. NOTE: This District Directors when functions are held in his District and the Chief Pharaoh during Events designated as private cannot be designated public. (#)

Regional Vice applies to the Intake. (#)


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