2014 Greek Recruitment Policy
Formal Recruitment Rules
- Violations of Recruitment
and New Member Policies must be brought to the attention of an IFC EC
member or The Office of Greek Life as soon as possible.
- Students, both new members
and members of fraternities, allegedly violating the rules stated below
will be presented with the charges in writing from the IFC Internal Vice
President and will be summoned to appear before the IFC Judicial
Court. Fraternity chapters will be held responsible for the actions
of their members.
- Members or organizations
found guilty of violating Recruitment rules will be sent through the IFC
Judicial Board. If a fraternity is
found guilty of violating recruitment or new member rules the chapter may be
subject to the following sanctions: a) $500 fine and/or b) Immediate
loss of social privileges for up to one
semester. New members found guilty of a violation will be excluded from
joining a fraternity until September 2014.
- Given that courts have
held that if a certain percentage or number of members is gathered at any
location, that gathering can be interpreted as a chapter activity, whether
“official” or “unofficial.” Some
national organizations do have a hard or precise number or percentage of
members to determine if an event is a chapter event. If the event gives
the impression of involving the chapter, it can be argued that the event
was sponsored by the chapter. Therefore, the best definition for Wofford
College to follow in regards to these rules and defining chapter
sponsorship is if an event is held on chapter premises, any event
sponsored or endorsed by the chapter’s members or alumni, or any event an
observer would associate with the fraternity.
Informal Recruitment Rules
- No summer recruitment
parties are allowed. Summer recruitment parties are defined as any event
which occurs before September 5, 2014 sponsored by a fraternity (or a
group of fraternity members, alumni, and/or their family members) with the
intention of gathering new members for the sake of recruiting them for
- September 5, 2014: No
formal or informal fraternity events are to be held on or off campus in
compliance with the Wofford College Greek Recruitment Policy until this
- No fraternity recruitment
events will be held during new student orientation. No fraternity recruitment
events will be held in competition with any new student orientation events
which occur once fall semester classes have begun. During new student
orientation fraternity members should not have contact with new members outside
of normal on-campus interaction.
- On the evenings of
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 fraternities in good standing with the
College may host social events on campus.
- Those fraternities in good standing may host a maximum of three bands, without a spending cap, from Sept 5-Sept 20. Fraternities wishing to host a band must submit all band dates and contracts to the Greek Life Office by Friday September 5th. Alcohol should never be provided or served at any IFC Informal Recruitment event. These events are to be “’dry” meaning there is no alcohol present in the house (including porches) whether brothers or guests are over 21 or not.
- All informal recruitment events
must be approved by the Greek Life Office, may not compete with any FYI
events, and must conclude by 11:00pm.
- New male students who plan
to participate in recruitment will be permitted in upperclassmen residence
halls and fraternity members may visit with first-year males in Marsh,
Greene and Carlisle Halls. An open-door policy must be followed at all
- On-campus activities
(i.e., athletic games, meals at Zach’s or Burwell, etc.) are allowed
between freshmen and fraternity men beginning September 5th.
- September 5-20:
Lunch and dinner is permitted between first-year men and fraternity
members on or off campus but the fraternity nor its members are allowed to
purchase food or drinks for the potential new member. All dinners must
conclude by 11:00pm.
- Each fraternity should
submit a calendar of scheduled informal recruitment by Friday September 5,
2014. These events will be
distributed by IFC to the Wofford Community.
Formal Recruitment Rules
- The 2014 Fall Formal Recruitment
period is defined as September 22-September 25, 2012.
- Any first-year, transfer,
or upperclassman interested in participating in Recruitment must register online
through the link provided on the Recruitment website. This is the
only form of registration which is acceptable.
- There is a $55
non-refundable Recruitment registration fee which must be paid online when
registering by noon on September 19, 2014. All potential new members
must have registered and paid the registration fee online by this time in
order to participate in formal recruitment activities.
- Any male student registered
as a full-time student (9- or more credit hours) and not on academic
probation will be eligible for recruitment. Upperclassmen and
transfer students must have a 2.0 GPA to register for recruitment.
- All potential new members
must attend a Recruitment Information Session hosted by IFC during the
first week of classes.
- All formal recruitment
functions will be held on campus and must end by 10pm. The time limit for
Smokers will be as such: 1st Smoker-15 minutes per house; 2nd
Smoker-1 hour; 3rd Smoker-45 minutes to 1 hour.
- All Formal Recruitment
functions will be alcohol free. No alcohol in any form may be served
or consumed by anyone during a Formal Recruitment function.
- New members are required
to visit all the chapters to which they are invited.
- Strict silence is defined
as no communication in any form (verbal, written, or electronically
transmitted (text, email) between a potential new member and a fraternity
member(s)). Strict silence is to be observed during the hours of 11pm
on Wednesday, September 24 until Bid Day on Thursday, September 25.
- New members must not be
under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substances when bids are
distributed or they will not be allowed to participate in Bid Day.
New Member and
- New member activities are
not allowed to occur between the hours of midnight and 7:00am.
- A schedule of New Member activities should be
submitted by September 5, 2014 to the Greek Life Office.
- All fraternities must
initiate their new members by November 24, 2013. An Alumni Advisor must
attend initiation and provide documentation to The Greek Life Office to
confirm the initiation date and the new members who are initiated.
- As per FIPG policy, “no
new members or pledged members should be involved with risk management
practices or procedures, as in checking identification or checking guests
at the door. These are positions of
authority and responsibility.” All
risk management officers and SPMs should be initiated members of your
2014 IFC Recruitment Dates
Friday, Sept 5 Recruitment
event dates, activities, band contracts, and New Member Schedules due to Office
Friday, Sept 5
Informal Recruitment Begins
Friday, Sept 19
Recruitment Registration Deadline $55
Monday, Sept 22
Tuesday, Sept 23
Wednesday, Sept 24 Third Smoker
Thursday, Sept 25
IFC Bid Day
Monday, Nov 24
All current and
prospective members of fraternities and sororities must abide by this
policy. It is the responsibility of
the chapter presidents to educate their members about this policy.