Frequently Asked Questions

Fraternity Recruitment

Register for fraternity recruitment here

Fall 2021 recruitment will take place from September 6-15

Each chapter will host their own recruitment events during this time. We encourage you to connect with multiple chapters to ensure you find the fraternity that fits you best.

For more information contact JR Bass at bassj11@my.erau.edu

Transgender and Non-Binary Students

Transgender and non-binary students are welcome to participate in whichever recruitment process best aligns with their gender identity (or both if they'd like).

Please be aware that each national organization has its own policies regarding membership eligibility. If you have questions about specific chapters membership criteria in relation to gender identity, please reach out to members from that chapter or prgreeks@erau.edu.

Sorority Recruitment

Register for sorority recruitment here on or before September 7

Fall 2021 recruitment will take place on September 7-12

More details about recruitment can be found on the Panhellenic website.

For more information contact Haley Wood at woodh1@my.erau.edu

University Conduct

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Chapter Accreditation Program

The Chapter Accreditation Program (CAP) provides chapters with an objective appraisal for the chapter’s annual performance through the Department of Student Engagement.

For more information about CAP, please contact us at prgreeks@erau.edu

Expansion/Extension Process

Please contact the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at prgreeks@erau.edu if you are interested in expansion or extension.

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Academic Success

Because obtaining a degree is the main reason for attending college, our chapters and the University place a large emphasis on academic achievement. All chapters require a minimum GPA to become and remain a member. All chapters also have educational programs to promote academic success.

To join any chapter at ERAU-Prescott, a minimum ERAU cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

Alcohol

Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with chapter ideals. All organizations are expected to uphold state and city laws, University policies, council policies, and their own inter/national policies regarding alcohol consumption. The University and its chapters strive to promote responsible alcohol use through a variety of educational programs.

Hazing

Hazing is strictly forbidden by Arizona state law, University policy, and each chapter's inter/national and local policies and bylaws. Chapters recognize the seriousness of hazing and receive proactive training on a regular basis. If you are concerned about any activity that may be taking place, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 928-777-3879 or prdos@erau.edu.

Time Committment

Research has shown that students who are involved are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their college experience. On average, members spend 2-3 hours per week in meetings and mandatory activities. Some chapters require more time than others and commitments may increase during busy times of year, but many students are successful in their time management. Holding a leadership role or volunteering for additional projects may also impact time commitments.

Finances

Not all chapters have the same financial expectations and many have payment plans or scholarships available. Most chapters require a one-time new member fee as well as semester membership dues. Funds go towards operations, social events, and programming for members. Some dues may go to inter/national organizations to provide additional resources like conferences, insurance, and more; however, all funds support our student participants.

Housing

While some members may choose to live together, the chapters or University do not have any official houses.

Glossary of Terms

Active Member - A member, usually referring to an initiated member, who pays dues and actively participates in chapter activiteis.

Alumna/Alumnus Member - An initiated member of a sorority or fraternity who has graduated from college or has otherwise left the college (plurals are alumnae and alumni)

Associate Member - An individual who has accepted a bid, but has not yet been initiated into a chapter. See also "New Member".

Badge - A pin worn by members of a chapter that carries an official insignia. Badges may have different meanings (i.e. new member badge, initiated member badge)

Bid - A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.

Bid Day - The last day of formal recruitment when potential new members recieve bids to join chapters and become new members. Many chapters host special bid day activities.

Big - Short for Big Brother or Big Sister. An Initiated Member who serves as a mentor for a New Member.

Chapter - The local group of an inter/national fraternity or sorority. Each chapter is referenced by a special designation or Greek letters.

College Panhellenic Association - The governing council for the three ERAU-Prescott sororities. A chapter of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) - An informal sorority recruitment process that takes place after the conclusion of formal Panhellenic recruitment or in the spring semester.

Crest - Insignia used by sorority and fraternity members. Most Greek organizations reserve the crest for initiated members only. Each crest has hidden, secret meanings behind it. Also known as a coat or arms or shield.

Depledge - The act of withdrawing from a chapter after accepting a bid, but before being initiated. Sometimes also called dropping.

Dirty Rushing - When one chapter attempts to influence a potential new member through gifts, badmouthing other chapters, etc.

Disaffiliate - The process of relinquishing membership. This term is often incorrectly used in place of disassociate.

Disassociate - The act of temporarily stepping away from chapter membership. Usually Rho Gammas and council leadership disassociate during their formal recruitment processes.

Dry - An event or chapter which does not permit alcohol.

Dues - The monetary costs of membership. These fees are used to cover the costs of operation, formal events, social activities, and other events, depending on the organization.

Expansion/Extension - The process of a inter/national organization seeking to establish a new chapter on a campus.

Formal Recruitment - A designated recruitment period where a series of events are held by chapters. The College Panhellenic Association sponsors Formal Recruitment for sororities in the beginning of the fall semester. The Inter-Fraternity Council coordinates a Formal Recruitment week for fraternities in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Founders Day - A day celebrating the creation of an inter/national organization and the individuals who were founding members. Some chapters also celebrate their local Founders Day.

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) - The governing council for the six ERAU-Prescott fraternities. A chapter of the National Interfraternity Conference.

Inactive Member - An initiated member who has elected to become inactive in their chapter and has no say or participation in chapter activities.

Initiated Member - A member who has gone through Initiation and is a currently enrolled undergraduate student.

Initiation - A formal ceremony that marks the transition from a new member to an initiated member. At this time New Members receive lifelong membership privileges into their organization.

Intentional Single Preference - When a woman lists only one chapter on her MRABA following Preference in sorority formal recruitment. When she lists only one Chapter, despite having visited one other Chapter during preference round, it is an intentional single preference.

Legacy - An immediate or extended family member of an Initiated Member. Each organization has their own definition of a Legacy.

Little - Short for Little Brother or Little Sister. A New Member who is being mentored by an Initiated Member of their chapter.

Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) - This is a one-year binding agreement signed by a potential new member when ranking chapters after Preference in sorority formal recruitment. A PNM agrees to accept a bid from any chapter she lists on her MRABA. If a PNM receives a bid to a chapter she lists and declines it, she is bound to it for one year or until the next formal recruitment period, meaning she cannot accept a bid to any other organization. If a PNM signs an MRABA and does not receive a bid, she is eligible for continuous open bidding or snap bidding.

New Member - An individual who has accepted a bid, but has not yet been initiated into a chapter. See also "Associate Member".

Pinning - A formal ceremony that welcomes new members into the chapter and typically happens shortly after a bid is accepted. Can also be a term for a fraternity member giving his pin or a sweetheart pin to his girlfriend, often a precursor to an engagement.

Philanthropy - A designated cause that the fraternity or sorority supports. Can be national, local, or both.

Potential New Member (PNM) - An individual who is interested in becoming a member of a chapter and is eligible to do so.

Quota - The number of potential new members to which each sorority can offer bids during formal recruitment. This is determined with a formula involving the number of chapters and the number of women participating in bid matching.

Rho Gamma - A recruitment guide/counselor for the College Panhellenic Association who disassociates from their sorority to guide potential new members through formal recruitment and answer questions. Other campuses may refer to these folks as Rho Chis, Pi Chis, or Gamma Chis.

Ritual - The traditional rites and ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority; these are almost always private and known only to initiated members of a fraternal organization.

Snap Bidding - An option available to chapters that did not match to quota in sorority formal recruitment. Chapters may offer bids to potential new members whose preferences were not matched after preference round. Snap bids are coordinated and extended through the College Panhellenic Association prior to the distribution of bids and the start of Bid Day activities.

Social - A gathering with another group, typcially another chapter, for a fun occasion.

Sweetheart - A non-member honored by a chapter, usually because of the work they've done with a chapter.

Total - The allowable chapter size on a campus for sororities, as determined by the College Panhellenic, including new and active members. Chapters that fall under total may be allowed to participate in continuous open bidding until they reach total.

Underground Member - An individual who participates with the chapter as a member, but is not on the chapter's official roster.

Underground/Unrecognizeed Chapter - A chapter who is not recognized by the University, but continues to operate. It is strongly recomended that students do not join underground chapters.