FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What are recommendations and do I need them?
Recommendations are letters or statements from a sorority alumna recommending a Potential New Member for membership. While it is recommended that you secure as many recommendations as possible, remember that it is ultimately not your obligation to solicit recommendations. Sometimes it can be difficult for chapters to secure recommendations for all PNMs so it can be helpful to them for you to send in recommendations. There is no advantage to having more than one recommendation for a chapter. If you wish to secure recommendations, the letters must come from alumnae sorority members. You should not contact chapters about recommendations – it is only appropriate for an alumna to contact her chapter. Letters should be sent to the address of the individual chapter and may be found on our website under Recommendations. There is no specific due date; however letters need to be received by the time recruitment begins.
If I participate in recruitment, am I obligated to join a chapter?
Many women choose to go through recruitment to meet people and make new friends. Recruitment is an opportunity for you to visit the chapters, get a glimpse of Greek life, and assess whether or not you would like to be a part of the UF Greek community.
May I participate in UF recruitment as a student at Santa Fe College?
To participate in UF recruitment, you must be a primary, degree-seeking University of Florida student enrolled in at least 1 credit hour.
Can PaCE, Innovation Academy, and/or online students participate in UF recruitment?
You must be enrolled in at least 1 credit and be classified as a degree-seeking student at The University of Florida to participate in UF recruitment. Each chapter may have its own requirements for how many credits a woman must be enrolled in to be an active member of it organization and this may be acquired directly from the chapter women during recruitment.
What if I only want to be in a certain chapter?
Potential New Members often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the recruitment process only wanting to be in a specific chapter. Sorority membership is more than wearing Greek letters. It is giving your time and energy to the chapter, 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 chapters have different 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. If you hear derogatory remarks about any chapter or any women in the group, please disregard those comments as inappropriate rumors that are against the Panhellenic spirit. It is very important to keep an open mind about each chapter throughout the process and not to dismiss a certain chapter based on rumors or stereotypes.
I am going through recruitment as an upperclassman and have heard that this will put me at a disadvantage, is this true?
UF Panhellenic has implemented a selection process that gives sophomores, juniors and seniors a fair opportunity at Recruitment. The selection process is called Upperclassman Quota. With this, you go through Recruitment as usual, but when you preference your chapters after each round you do not compete with freshman because there are two separate pools (upperclassmen and freshman.) This system makes the process much fairer, and you do not have to worry about being at a disadvantage because of your classification.
I am a legacy to a sorority - what should I know?
Each Potential New Member is considered on an individual basis; a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular chapter than the chapter is obligated to offer a bid to her. The PNM and the chapter should be looking for compatibility, not necessarily a family connection to the group. Panhellenic has no policies regarding legacies because each chapter has its own policy, and Panhellenic has no input in individual chapter membership decisions. More specific questions regarding legacies should be directed to the individual chapters.
How do the chapters decide who to invite back for each round?
As your recruitment schedule is reduced from round to round, so is the number of women each chapter is allowed to invite back. Every Potential New Member has something to offer a chapter, but chapters are required to release some PNMs. In deciding which PNMs to invite back and which to release, each chapter has a democratic voting process. In other words, one or a few chapter women cannot guarantee that a PNM will receive an invitation to the next round. Also, chapters are not required to offer a bid to their legacies. Most importantly, a chapter woman should never imply or promise a PNM that she will be returning to any subsequent round.
What is a PNM?
PNM stands for Potential New Member. This is any woman looking to join a Panhellenic chapter.
Signing the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement
The preferential bidding system is a method in which Potential New Members’ preferences are matched to sororities’ preference lists. Following your last Preferential Round event, you will meet with a Panhellenic representative to sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA). You must maintain complete silence between each Preferential Round event from the time you leave your last house until you sign your MRABA. You may ask a Recruitment Executive Officer for assistance. However, remember the silent period is important to ensure that your decision is yours and yours alone.
On your MRABA you will be asked to list, in order of preference, the sorority/sororities you wish to join, and you will sign your MRABA with the understanding that you are willing to accept a bid from the group(s) listed. If a bid is extended to you from one of your choices and you decide not to accept it, you will not be eligible to participate in Continuous Open Bidding and/or Recruitment until 2020 Formal Recruitment.
Remember that the decision you indicate on your MRABA is binding for one year. If you attend more than one Preferential Round event, a Panhellenic representative will encourage you to list more than one sorority on your MRABA because this maximizes your opportunity to receive a bid. Once you have signed and turned in your MRABA, it cannot be changed. You should also not reveal to anyone what choices you made because there is no guarantee of which group you will match to. If there is ever any problem with your MRABA, only a Panhellenic representative will contact you about it.
Questions Concerning Recruitment
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please refer to the Recruitment FAQ or contact Hannah R., our Membership Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay connected with UF Panhellenic on the website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more details.
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