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Each governing council has a different structure for bringing new members into organizations. Once an individual is selected/invited to join, all groups have an education/orientation period for new members to familiarize themselves with the organization and members prior to initiation. While sometimes termed "New Member" period, this is not to be confused with hazing, which is illegal and against the values of brotherhood and sisterhood.
Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) fraternities participate in recruitment, which held every year in the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters. Events are hosted at this time during which prospective brothers have the opportunity to meet the members of the different organizations. Those interested are then invited to the final nights of Rush leading up to the extension of Bids. Men then are able choose which organization to join based on individual best fit.
Women’s Panhellenic Council (WPC) sororities start recruitment in the beginning of the Fall & Spring semesters every year. There are various fun & exciting events for potential sisters to meet members for all of the different sororities on campus. Each event is an opportunity for potential new members (PNM’s) to ask questions, experience, and learn what each organization has to offer. There is a mutual selection process culminating in what is termed Bid Day.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) are advised through the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Office. Please call the MSA office at (717) 477-1616 or go to http://www.ship.edu/MSA/Clubs/Student_Involvement/ for more information.