Recruitment is a time of mutual selection between students and chapters. Not only do the fraternities and sororities select new members, but your son or daughter selects a chapter with which they wish to be affiliated. Recruitment events for IFC and PHA chapters at Rollins are held during the beginning of the fall and spring terms. Rollins offers “deferred recruitment,” which means students cannot join a fraternity or sorority as a first-year student. Students who choose to participate in recruitment activities are under no obligation to join the Fraternity and Sorority system. At the end of recruitment activities, the chapters extend formal written invitations (bids). If a student chooses to accept the bid, then he/she is affiliated with the chapter.
Once a student decides to accept a bid from a chapter, he or she is oriented to the chapter through meetings, philanthropic work, social events, and study sessions. Programs should be structured so as to not interfere with academic responsibilities. During this period, chapters designate new members differently. Terms used include pledge, associate or new member. New member education should be informative and fun, therefore physical and mental hazing is not tolerated. Rollins College, national FSL organizations, and the State of Florida prohibit hazing.
Academics are important in Fraternity and Sorority Life, and are stressed by chapters from recruitment to graduation. The resources that affiliated can provide include scholarship awards, study sessions, files of materials, and tutoring assistance. Many chapters and national FSL organizations recognize and reward their members' scholastic excellence. Additionally, according to retention data, affiliated students are more likely to complete their degree than their non-affiliated counterparts.
Community service and philanthropic projects provide chapter members with the opportunity to support many causes. FSL students work together on projects not only to serve the community but also to foster personal growth and greater unity among the Fraternity and Sorority community.
One of the most mentioned aspects of Fraternity and Sorority Life is the friendship that exists between members of a chapter: undergraduate and alumni/ae.Fraternity and Sorority Life promotes the development of close ties between members through living, studying, working, competing and having fun - together. These lifetime relationships go beyond ordinary friendships to become like that of a family.
While academic achievement is the primary reason to attend Rollins, there is a time for social interaction. The Rollins Fraternity and Sorority community always provides fun activities for its members. Social and recreational activities give you the opportunity to meet a variety of people and to strengthen the bonds of friendship at the same time. Participation in traditional events, such as Greek Week and philanthropic events, demonstrates FSL unity and spirit.
Since the inception of Greek-Letter societies, they have been self-sufficient. Each chapter and subsequent national office collects dues and membership fees from every member. Most groups have a one-time pledge and initiation fee, plus semesterly dues. Fees vary from chapter to chapter. While going through recruitment, each student should ask about specific chapter fees.
As a parent, you will have many questions concerning your student's involvement in a fraternity or sorority organization. Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son or daughter throughout the recruitment process. Once your student is a member of a fraternity or sorority organization, there are many opportunities for you to share in this aspect of his or her college life. Almost all of the chapters on campus host events such as family weekend or special mother/father functions. Chapters recognize that when your student comes to college, you, as a parent, also become a part of the university family! Ask questions and get involved!
Hazing is any act or situation on or off campus, initiated, planned, sanctioned, or joined in by one or more persons associated with an athletic team or student organization, causing embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule to, or which involves participation in a Code violation or an illegal act by, or which causes or places in danger of causing physical or mental harm to, any member or any student affiliated with the organization.
Active - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.
Associate - a non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.
Bid - an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
Brother - a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.
Chapter - refers to an individual fraternity or sorority.
Fraternity - a Greek organization for men.
Function - a social gathering for two or more fraternities or sororities.
Greek - a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Initiation - the traditional ritual that brings a new member to full membership.
Intake - Refers to the "recruitment" process for NHPC groups.
Inter-/ national - a term referring to the central office of a given fraternity or sorority.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - the coordinating body of fraternities.
Legacy - a rushee of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.
National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) - a conference composed of 62 member fraternities.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) - a conference composed of 26 member women's fraternities.
National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC) - a conference of nine historically Black member men's and women's fraternities and the coordinating body of the historically Black Greek-letter organizations at EIU.
Panhellenic Association (PHA) - the coordinating body of sororities.
Potential New Member - a person interested in being a member of a chapter.
REC - a written recommendation for a potential new member from an alumna(e) of a sorority.
Ritual - the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional organizational ceremonies.
Recruitment - the activity by which chapters seek new members.
Sister - a term used by sorority members when referring to each other.
Sorority - a Greek organization for women.
Adapted from Eastern Illinois University, 2010 (http://www.eiu.edu/~grklife/parents.php)
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