Panhellenic Association Recruitment Policies: Student Involvement and Leadership Center
To outline recruitment policies for the Panhellenic Association chapters at the University of Kansas, as well as prospective members.
All Panhellenic Association (PHA) chapters at the University of Kansas, as well as prospective members.
Prospective members may have no pre-recruitment interaction with any undergraduate or alumna sorority member. Pre-recruiting is defined as any communication about any specific chapter(s). However, prospective members may accept invitations to alumnae Panhellenic events that do not violate the recruitment rules and are encouraged to attend these types of events.
Fall Formal Recruitment begins on Saturday, August 11, 2007, with check-in and ends on Bid Day, Saturday, August 18, 2007. During Fall Formal Recruitment, prospective members may not have any contact, beyond casual contact and interaction on campus, with any undergraduate or alumna 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. Sorority members shall not make any promissory comments or indicate in any way to a prospective member that the prospective member will be given an invitation to a recruitment event or for membership. Additionally, a prospective member shall not make a promise, written or verbal, to return to a sorority.
No prospective member may be, or have been, a new member of any NPC sorority in the past calendar year. Additionally, no one who has been initiated into any NPC sorority may participate in Fall Formal Recruitment.
Scholarship is the most important aspect of the Greek Community at KU. To participate in Fall Formal
Recruitment, prospective members must meet the minimum grade requirement set forth by the Panhelleinc Association. For incoming first-year students, a high school GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. For sophomore or transfer students, a college GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. Prospective members whose grades are figured on any other scale, must convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale. The prospective member’s OFFICIAL KU GPA (provided by the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships) will be used to determine eligibility to participate in Fall Formal Recruitment.
Prospective members must attend an orientation session in June or July to participate in recruitment. Panhellenic offers an informational session as a part of New Student Orientation and it is strongly encouraged that you attend. If you are already a KU student and went through orientation, you do not need to attend another session. Please visit the Office of First-Year Experience website at firstyear.ku.edu for specifics on summer orientation.
The preferential bidding system is used during Fall Formal Recruitment. In signing a preference card, a prospective member is making a binding agreement that the prospective member will accept a bid from those sororities listed in order of preference on the card. Furthermore, should a prospective member refuse to pledge a sorority preference, the individual will be unable to join another NPC sorority for one calendar year.
No prospective member or sorority member shall speak unfavorably of a chapter, chapter member or prospective member. Since prospective members will be occupied by Fall Formal Recruitment, they will refrain from outside social activities. The use of alcohol or illegal drugs is strictly prohibited. Violations of these rules could result in removal from Fall Formal Recruitment.
The Panhellenic Association has a mandatory acceptance policy, which means that prospective members are required to attend all chapter events on their schedule, up to the maximum number of recruitment events, in a given round. For example, during the First Invitational Round (eight events), if a prospective member is scheduled to attend eight events, a prospective member must attend all eight chapters (the maximum number possible). If a prospective member is scheduled to attend six events, a prospective member must attend all six chapters. Mandatory acceptance only applies to the event invitation selection, not to preference signing.
The KU Panhellenic Association guarantees membership to any prospective member who maximizes the options on preference night. For example, if the prospective member visits three chapters on preference night and ranks all three chapters on the preference card, the KU Panhellenic Association guarantees that the prospective member will become a member of one of those three sororities. If a prospective member doesn’t maximize the options, meaning the prospective member visits three chapters on preference night and only ranks two of the three, the KU Panhellenic Association cannot guarantee that prospective member that a match with a sorority.
Student Involvement & Leadership Center
1301 Jayhawk Blvd.- Room 400 Kansas Union
Lawrence, KS 66045
07/11/2016: Updated to remove gendered pronouns.
4/8/2015: Updated the Summer Orientation section to reflect the change from Office of New Student Orientation to Office of First-Year Experience and associated website address.
Added to Policy Library September 4, 2008.