Frequently Ask Questions
Recruitment for the Indiana University Panhellenic Association is a large event with many moving pieces. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the recruitment process!
When is Recruitment?
Formal recruitment for the 2017-2018 school year takes place in January. This year, Potential New Members (PNM) will be required to be back on campus January 3rd, 2018. A more detailed schedule of recruitment can be found here.
How Do I go through Recruitment?
To go through the formal recruitment process, a PNM must register to go through recruitment in the fall prior to the spring semester. A PNM must be registered for 12 or more credit hours in the spring semester to register for recruitment. As a requirement to go through recruitment, a PNM must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.80. The GPA the Panhellenic Association at Indiana University uses is the GPA report by the Registrar at Indiana University. However, if you have a special or difficult circumstance that may have contributed to a GPA less than 2.80 and you would still like to be considered for PHA recruitment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A special evaluation board will consider your case and circumstances, and make an exception if applicable. These excuses include death in a family, personal injury or illness and any other deemed acceptable by the VP of Recruitment.
As a part of the registration process, a PNM will have to pay a $82 non-refundable fee, which covers the cost of recruitment for the Panhellenic Association.
What is a recommendation Letter or Legacy?
A recommendation letter is a letter signed by an alumna/alumnus recommending an individual for membership into a specific chapter. These are not required or necessary for the recruitment process but are accepted if a PNM would like to submit them! A legacy is a PNM who has a family member, typically a mother, sister, grandmother or aunt, who is a alumni member of a chapter. Please visit each chapter's website to find out how to submit recommendations or legacy information!
What is a Rho Gamma?
A Rho Gamma, or Rho Gam, is a woman from a chapter within the Panhellenic community who is present to help the PNMs through the recruitment process. She is disaffiliated from her chapter, meaning she is not actively a part of her chapter to be unbiased in helping the PNMs. A Rho Gam is present to answer any questions PNMs have, to help in ranking, going from chapter to chapter, and to be there as a support before, during, and after the recruitment process. Below you will find some pictures of the Rho Gammas!
What is a mRABA agreement?
The Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement is a card on which you list, in order of your preference, the sororities from whom you are willing to accept an invitation to membership. National Panhellenic Conference encourages you to list two preferences; however, it is important not to list a sorority that you have no interest in joining. If a potential new member indicates a sorority preference on her card and it matches, she is considered a new member of that sorority. If she then decides that she is not interested and declines that invitation she is not eligible for membership in any other IU sorority for one calendar year from the date of the signing of the MRABA.
What is continuous open bidding?
Continuous open bidding, commonly referred to as informal recruitment, takes place outside of the formal recruitment process. In the fall, women can go through the individual recruitment process of chapters who are having an informal recruitment in the fall semester. This is only open to women who are sophomores or older. Freshman are not allowed to go through this process. Informal recruitment also takes place after formal recruitment. This is open to all women, freshman and above.
What are the financial Obligations for being a part of a chapter?
Below you will find the costs associated for being a new and active member of each chapter. Please be aware that these costs are subject to change in the future.