Student Organizations

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon

American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA-LAE) was founded in 1937, and is a professional criminal justice fraternity with chapters nationwide. The objectives of the association are as follows:

  • Improve criminal justice through educational activities.
  • Foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues.
  • Encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice.
  • Provide a unified voice for professionals in, and students of, criminal justice.
  • Promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.

The Alpha Omega Chapter of ACJA-LAE was founded in 1986 as a subordinate chapter of Region IV of ACJA-LAE. The Alpha Omega Chapter is a recognized student organization at Marshall University and is housed in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. The objective of the Alpha Omega Chapter is to develop leaders who will promote positive change in the criminal justice system and in their communities.

Membership in the Alpha Omega Chapter is open to any Criminal Justice major or minor with at least a 2.0 GPA and any professionals in the field wishing to be affiliated with the Alpha Omega Chapter.

Members are expected to attend meetings, participate in events, and assist with community service projects. Members may also have opportunities to attend regional and national conferences, where members can compete for knowledge and skill-based awards and students can network with criminal justice professionals from all over the United States.

For more information about joining the Alpha Omega Chapter, please email the advisor, Dr. Wendy Perkins at perkinsw@marshall.edu. Membership applications are located outside Dr. Perkins’ office (SH 732) and the Criminal Justice Graduate Assistant office (SH 423).

For more information about ACJA-LAE, please visit http://acjalae.org/


Alpha Phi Sigma Omega Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma the National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) was founded in 1942 and is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. The objectives of the national honor society are as follows:

  • Honor and promote academic excellence, service, leadership, and unity.
  • Promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarships and lifelong learning.
  • Elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice profession.
  • Sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.
  • Assist in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners.
  • Provide opportunities of service to the community and the profession.
  • Promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.

The Omega Gamma Chapter of APS is a recognized student organization at Marshall University and is housed in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. The goal of the Omega Gamma Chapter is to honor and promote academic excellence, service, leadership, and unity.

Since Alpha Phi Sigma is an honor society, students who qualify are invited to join the group. Requirements for undergraduate membership include: a minimum 3.2 undergraduate GPA overall and in the major, are ranked in the top 35% of their class, completion of at least four criminal justice courses, and completion of at least three semesters of coursework. Graduate students qualify who have a completed four courses in the discipline, have a minimum 3.4 GPA, and rank in the upper 25% of their class.

Members are expected to attend meetings, participate in events, and assist with community service projects. Members may also have opportunities to attend regional and national conferences, where members can compete for knowledge and skill-based awards and students can network with criminal justice professionals from all over the United States.

For more information about joining the Omega Gamma Chapter, please email the advisor, Professor Peggy Brown at brownmp@marshall.edu.

For more information about APS, please visit http://www.alphaphisigma.org/.