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Recruitment guests may not have pre-recruitment interaction with any undergraduate or alumna sorority members. Pre-recruiting is defined as any communication about any specific chapter(s).
Fall Formal Recruitment for 2016 will be August 26th - 28th and September 2nd - 4th!
During Formal Recruitment, recruitment guests may not have any contact, beyond casual contact and interaction, with any undergraduate or alumnae sorority member or fraternity member outside of formal events.
A prospective member shall not buy anything for a sorority member, nor shall a sorority member buy anything for a prospective member.
Mandatory Acceptance Policy
The Panhellenic Council has a mandatory acceptance policy. This means that a recruitment guest is required to attend all chapter events on their schedule they are invited back to. Guests may not "pick and choose" the chapters they wish to attend on their schedule. If a recruitment guest chooses not to attend a chapter on her event schedule, then she will be removed from the recruitment process. Mandatory acceptance only applies to event invitation selection, not to preference card signing.
Signing & Accepting a Bid
In signing a preference card, a recruitment guest is making a binding agreement that she will accept a bid from those sororities she lists, in order of preference, on her card. Furthermore, should a woman refuse to become a new member of a sorority she has preferenced, she will be unable to join another NPC sorority for one calendar year.
Since recruitment guests will be occupied by Formal Recruitment, we ask that you refrain from outside social activities and work commitments during the six days of recruitment. The use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is strictly prohibited and will result in the removal of a guest from the recruitment process.
It is expected that you will become thirsty, so know that you will be offered refreshments by the chapters. If you are offered a beverage, be practical. If you are thirsty, take it; but it is acceptable to decline if you so choose. If you have to use the restroom, ask your host to direct you to the nearest restroom.
Recruitment Guests' Bill of Rights
The right to be treated as an individual
The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process
The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from a Rho Gamma and members
The right to be treated with respect
The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized.
The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers
The right to have and express opinions to Rho Gammas
The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with Rho Gammas
The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others.
The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing
The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the result of that decision
The right to have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is a mutual selection process that is based on both chapters and potential members narrowing their choices throughout the week. While you may not receive invitations from your top choices, all of our Panhellenic sororities have great experiences to offer women. The Panhellenic Council and The University of Iowa encourage all women to keep an open mind throughout the process.