SECTION III. General Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Protocol
Alpha Phi Alpha prides itself in the selection of men of GENTLEMANLY demeanor. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Men must carry themselves in a gentlemanly manner at all times. Accordingly, the relationship of the general rules of protocol to Men of Alpha is simple and obvious. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Men are always particular about their dress and their conduct in public. They fully realize that their every action not only represents them but the entire Brotherhood, as a whole. Therefore, every brother seriously considers his role of holding the Name of Alpha high, in all of his interactions. Any paraphernalia that is purchased is worn in accordance with fraternal policy and is in good taste. All programs are well planned, start on time and conform to fraternal policy and protocol. The following are the general rules of protocol for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
SECTION III.1. Alpha Attire
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Men must carry themselves in a gentlemanly manner at all times.
“Alpha Attire” shall be defined as:
a. b. c. d. e.
f. g. h. i. j .
. A dark suit A long sleeved dress shirt A conservative tie, preferably black, gold or combination, thereof. Dark socks, Black dress shoes or A conservative black tuxedo Black bow tie or formal string tie White tuxedo shirt Black socks Black shoes
Do’s of Alpha Attire
It goes without saying that the attire for any official Alpha Phi Alpha public or private function is “Alpha Attire.” This also applies to fraternity meetings. (#)
All Alpha Men should own a dark suit (black or dark blue), long sleeved shirt and conservative tie.
All Alpha Men should strive to include a conservative black tuxedo, black bow tie or formal string tie and white tuxedo shirt in their wardrobe as no Alpha Man would attend a formal function without being appropriately attired. When the invitation says, “Black Tie Optional,” Alpha Men will wear black tie!
Alpha Men always wear dark socks with a suit coat, blazer or sports coat
When seated, Alpha Men never cross their feet at the ankles. When appropriate, an Alpha Man’s legs should be crossed at the knee to knee, not ankle to knee. The sole of an Alpha Man’s shoes should never be exposed, when legs are cross, because in many cultures, this is a show of contempt and disrespect.
Alpha Men always wear suits and ties to church, weddings, funerals, and official functions.
Alpha attire is always worn when a brother is present on the dais of an official function. Brothers without proper attire should not be allowed on the platform. (#)
All official fraternity chapter pictures should be taken in “Alpha Attire.” A brother without appropriate dress should be excluded from the picture.
Chapter pictures on website and yearbooks should always show brothers dressed in “Alpha Attire.” However, brothers may be featured in tasteful paraphernalia when performing service projects.
Don’ts of Alpha Attire
Alpha Men never wear a tie without a suit coat, blazer or sports coat
Alpha Men never attend any official Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. function without a Coat and tie to include fraternity meetings, conventions, etc. (#)
Alpha Men never substitute their “Line Jacket” for a blazer or sports coat.
Alpha Men never wear short-sleeved shirts with a tie, suspenders with a belt, clip-on ties, clip-on suspenders or long chains around their necks with various symbols attached.
Alpha Men never wear “do rags” n pubic or their pants below their waist exposing their underwear. (#)
15th Draft 9/18/07