THE PANHELLENIC COMMUNITY
Greek life was founded at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1901 and there are currently three Greek councils: Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and Multicultural Greek Council, with a combined total of 31 chapters. The Panhellenic Council serves as the governing body for the 5 National Panhellenic Conference chapters on campus creating a community of more than 300 women. For more information on Greek Life at RIT visit greek.rit.edu.
As the Panhellenic Council, we are responsible for enforcing the by-laws set forth by both NPC and our university, as well as pursuing initiatives on campus such as philanthropy, academic excellence, and school spirit. Our Council is comprised of 7 executive board members and 10 chapter delegates. Our vision is to promote women in leadership, diversity, scholastic achievement, and service through relationships within and beyond the Panhellenic community.
THE PANHELLENIC CREED
"We, as Undergraduate Members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.
We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live."
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I register for Recruitment and does it cost anything?
What if I only want to be in a certain sorority?
Potential New Members often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the Recruitment process only wanting to be in one or a few specific sororities. Sorority membership is more than wearing certain Greek letters. It is giving your time and energy to the sorority, agreeing to abide by all the rules and regulations, and living up to high expectations. Don’t make a decision based on stereotypes and others’ opinions. Keep an open mind and make a decision that is right for you.
I have heard that sororities have various reputations. How do I handle this information?
The only opinion of a chapter that should matter is yours. Each chapter is different from campus to campus and from year to year. If you allow someone else’s perceptions to influence you, then you may not feel satisfied with your choices during Recruitment. Remember that each chapter is made up of many different women with different talents and qualities. There are always rumors about any important event and Recruitment is no exception. If you hear derogatory remarks about any sorority or any women in the group, please speak with your Recruitment Counselor and disregard those comments as inappropriate and against the Panhellenic spirit. It is very important to keep an open mind about each sorority throughout the process.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A PNM IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT A CHAPTER THAT SHE IS NOT INTERESTED IN?
A PNM may be asked to return to a chapter that is not one of her favorites. The Recruitment process is designed to match women with chapters that are the best fit and most interested in them. Though a student may not want to visit a particular chapter, she is required to do so and should approach that chapter with an open mind. It is important for all PNMs to be respectful of each chapter.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A PNM WAS NOT ASKED TO RETURN TO A CHAPTER THAT SHE REALLY WANTS TO JOIN?
Once a chapter has made their PNM selections for the next day that decision is final. There is nothing that can be done to alter a PNM's schedule or add her back onto the list of a chapter that has not asked her to return. It is important to focus on the chapters that are still on a PNM's schedule and to continue to have an open mind.
I am a legacy to a sorority - what should I know?
Each PNM is considered on an individual basis; a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular sorority than the sorority is obligated to offer a bid to her. The Potential New Member and the sorority should be looking for compatibility, not necessarily a family connection to the group. Panhellenic has no policies regarding legacies because each sorority has its own policy, and Panhellenic has no input in individual sorority membership decisions. Panhellenic asks you to list your legacy relationships when you sign up at bit.ly/GoGreek2016.
What if I have a conflict during Recruitment?
Talk with your Recruitment Counselor about your conflict. In order to receive a bid, Potential New Members must attend all rounds listed on their schedule.
What does it mean to be "released from Recruitment"?
When a PNM is "released from Recruitment" this means she has not been invited back to any chapters for the following round. If a PNM is released, a member of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs will contact the PNM directly to discuss options.
What support resources are available during the Recruitment process?
Each woman participating in the formal Recruitment process is assigned a group leader, known as a Recruitment Counselor. The Recruitment Counselor assists in the logistics of the Recruitment process and serves as a guide and ally for the women in their group. The Panhellenic Executive Board and staff members from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs are also available to assist.
How does a PNM withdraw from Recruitment?
If a PNM decides to withdraw from the Recruitment process, she must notify her Recruitment Counselor or the Vice President of Recruitment, Simran Makker, at VPRecruitment.firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the PNM must complete a short survey about the Recruitment process. This survey will help improve the process for future PNMs.
ARE ALL WOMEN GOING THROUGH THE FORMAL RECRUITMENT PROCESS GUARANTEED TO RECEIVE A BID TO A SORORITY?
Regrettably, not all PNMs will receive a bid for membership. Many women choose to go through Recruitment to meet people and make new friends. Recruitment is an opportunity for you to visit the sororities, get a glimpse of Greek Life, and assess whether or not you would like to be a part of the RIT Greek community.
May I decide not to accept a bid that I receive?
After Round 3 (Formal Tea), PNMs who decide they would like to join the Panhellenic community will sign an MRABA (Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement). After signing this document, if the PNM receives an invitation for membership (a bid) from any National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group and she chooses not to accept it, she may not pledge any other NPC women's fraternity or sorority for one calendar year from the time of her signing. This is in accordance with the NPC Unanimous Agreements, which expresses the fair play essential to interfraternity activity and sets forth the rights of women's fraternities as private, voluntary social organizations.
If a PNM finds the cost to join a sorority too expensive, is there any assistance that she can receive?
Dues and new member fees vary from chapter to chapter. Assistance in the form of scholarships and payment plans vary from chapter to chapter in their availability and should be discussed with chapters on an individual basis.
What is New Member Education?
All new members will participate in new member education programs outlined by their chapter that will not 8 weeks. New Member Education generally consists of learning about the chapter's national and local history, values, philanthropies, and organizational structure. In addition, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority affairs will host a one-day program organized by the Panhellenic Council and IFC executive members focused on interfraternal values.