Spring 2017 Recruitment
Fall 2017 Recruitment information will be available in Mid-April. Now that you know about the Fraternity community, get ready to join. To help you with your Recruitment process, we have devised this step-by-step method on how to prepare for Recruitment:
- Step 1: Register online for spring fraternity recruitment (January 30-February 2). There is a registration fee of $30.
- Step 2: Research Fraternities
- Step 3: Review the Recruitment Schedule
- Step 4: Review the Rules of Recruitment
- Step 5: Review the Recruitment Tips
Myth #1 "It costs thousands of dollars per semester to be in a Fraternity"
Most fraternity dues cost $500-$1,500 per semester. This money goes toward the lodge, when applicable, property taxes, bills, insurance, philanthropic events, mixers, formals, educational programming and other programs that happen within the organizations.
Myth #2 "Hazing is a big part of Fraternity life"
Hazing is absolutely not tolerated at Texas Tech University. Hazing is a crime that will be reported directly to the University and the Texas Tech University Police Department. All fraternities’ national headquarters have strict policies that prohibit hazing to the point of disbandment of that chapter from Texas Tech University. If you have concerns about hazing, please contact the Center for Campus Life.
Myth #3 "People say that I am paying for my friends"
Joining a fraternity means that you get a chance to meet thousands of people that are involved in hundreds of different activities. You have the chance to gain knowledge, confidence and leadership through campus-wide activities. Fraternities offer a platform where young men can receive instructions and know how, from men who have already gone down the college road.
Myth #4 "Joining a Fraternity will lower my grades"
NOT TRUE! Students are the only ones who will affect their academic achievement. Fraternities offer opportunities for their members to achieve academically. Fraternities have some of the best scholarship programs at Texas Tech. There is a study hall program every week that allows new members to sit down and complete their studies. There are tutors available for anyone that is having trouble in a class or any other part of their academic life.
|Spring Recruitment Registration||Open from November 3rd, 2016 - January 29th, 2017|
Monday, January 30- Mandatory Recruitment Meeting.
|This is the first event for Recruitment and will be held in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building. This meeting is mandatory for all recruits to attend. Dress is casual (Collared shirt and slacks. No jeans). IFC will go over the schedule of events and discuss what is expected from all participants.|
Monday, January 30th - Meet & Greet
|Potential New Members will have the opportunity to meet men form each fraternity. Each fraternity will have an informational booth with materials. This will be held in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building|
Tuesday, January 31st - Round 1 5-10pm
|Fraternities will host events that potential new members are welcome to attend.|
Wednesday, February 1st- Round 2
|Fraternities will host events that potential new members are welcome to attend.|
Thursday, February 2nd - Selections
|Potential New Members will have the opportunity to make selections this day outside of the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office in the Student Union Building. It is located in the basement near the group of ATM's in the Student Union Building.|
Potential New Member Recruitment Rules
ARTICLE VII: INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL RECRUITMENT REGULATIONS
Section 1. Definition of Recruitment Periods
(i) During formal recruitment, the contact between Potential New Members and Member fraternities will be organized for the benefit of all participating chapters.
(ii) The dates for the fall and spring Formal Recruitment Periods will be set each semester by the Vice President of Recruitment with the approval of the Interfraternity Council.
(iii) Open Recruitment is the period when bids may be extended by member fraternities at any time.
(iv) Open Recruitment will begin at the full conclusion of “Bid Day” of every fall semester.
Section 2. Potential New Member Eligibility Requirements
(i) Any male who is interested in going through Recruitment, formal or informal, must have been accepted to Texas Tech and have a high school or college GPA of 2.50.
(ii) He may not go through recruitment if he was accepted as a provisional student or is on academic probation. However, once he has completed at least 12 college credit hours at Texas Tech and has a cumulative G.P.A. at or over a 2.50 he may be allowed to go through recruitment.
(iii) Any transfer student wanting to join a fraternity must have at least 12 college credit hours and a 2.50 transfer G.P.A.
(iv) The Interfraternity Council reserves the right to ask for official transcripts from students to verify G.P.A.
Section 3. General Regulations
(i) All University regulations will apply during Informal and Formal Recruitment.
(ii) All organizations are required to participate in Formal Recruitment activities.
(iii) The possession, use, sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages with the Potential New Member(s) during Recruitment activity/function of any fraternity and/or with any member of a fraternity, or at any entertainment or function sponsored by any individual fraternity member(s) shall be prohibited.
(iv) If a Potential New Member is found in violation of the Interfraternity Council Recruitment Regulations, including but not limited to the use of alcohol, missing formal recruitment events without prior notice to the Vice President of Recruitment, or found committing criminal acts, he will be subject to the penalty of not being able to join any fraternity until the start of the next long semester.
(v) Chapter Recruitment Chairmen are responsible for knowing all necessary recruitment materials: detailed recruitment schedule, recruitment regulations, and policies, etc.
(vi) All Potential New Members are required to attend the Interfraternity Council Recruitment Orientation.
(vii) Official nametags will be assigned to each Potential New Member when he formally registers for Recruitment. All Potential New Members must wear their nametags at all recruitment functions and activities. Each fraternity is responsible for enforcing the use of all nametags. A Potential New Members will not be able to sign a bid card on Bid Day if he has not registered for recruitment or paid his recruitment fee.
(viii) A list of planned recruitment dates and locations for all days of recruitment will be submitted to the Vice President of Recruitment in the previous semester on said date and time set by him. Failure to submit this information may result in referral to the Judicial Board.
(ix) Women are not allowed to be present at any Formal Recruitment activity. This does not apply to mothers or official chapter volunteers. No woman present shall actively recruitment Potential New Members.
(x) Bid Day will be specified by the Vice President of Recruitment.
(xi) No contact is to be made with the Potential New Members from the end of recruitment events until the start of recruitment events the next day.
(xii) Each fraternity must turn its bid list into the ICS System by the designated date and time.
(xiii) Each fraternity must include instructions for its new members on where and when to meet at the conclusion of recruitment.
(xiv) All fraternity members, with the exception of Executive Officers, are expected to stay clear of the final signing on Bid Day.
(xv) Potential New Member registration fees will not be refunded. Appeals can be made to the Interfraternity Council Advisor or the Vice President of Finance.
Section 4. Dirty Recruitment
Defined as any action detrimental to a fraternity, group of fraternities, or the Interfraternity Council. Specific examples include, but are not limited to the following:
(i) “Bad-mouthing” another group (i.e., through implication, giving false information, etc.).
(ii) Giving an oral bid, or handing out a bid, prior to the designated time.
(iii) Undue pressure on a Potential New Member to join.
(iv) Pressuring a Potential New Member to drop all fraternities and/or participate in open recruitment.
(v) Coming into contact with a Potential New Member in any way (person, phone, mail, or any other means) during Formal Recruitment, exempting personal contact during official parties.
(vi) Violating any Interfraternity Council Recruitment regulation for the purpose of getting a Potential New Member to join.
(vii) Any violation of FIPG policy during recruitment.
(viii) Any other act deemed by the Judicial Board or Vice President of Recruitment as “Dirty Recruiting.”
Section 5. General Provisions
(i) All fraternities are required to abide by these regulations and policies. Recruitment regulations and policies are subject to the interpretation of the Vice President of Recruitment and the Judicial Board.
(ii) Any complaints shall be directed to the Vice President of Recruitment or the Vice President for Judicial Affairs for the appropriate action to be taken.
(iii) It is the responsibility of the individual Recruitment Chairmen to clear the premises of all Potential New Members after each recruitment event. This will be monitored closely by the Executive Council and/or Recruitment Captains.
(iv) All Potential New Members must attend the Interfraternity Council’s Fraternity 101 Programming, Recruitment Orientation, and all recruitment events during the first round of Recruitment.
(v) If a man chooses to “drop-out” of Recruitment, he must finish his current schedule and formally withdraw with the Vice President of Recruitment, or his designee, at time of nightly selections. If the Potential New Member chooses not to finish his current schedule and does not formally withdrawal with the Vice President of Recruitment, or his designee, he will be unable to join a member fraternity for 90 days.
(vi) After the man formally withdraws from the Recruitment process, the man is eligible for open recruitment starting the day after “Bid Day.”
(vii) If the Potential New Member has a schedule conflict or emergency, and is unable to attend a recruitment event, he must notify the Vice President of Recruitment and/or the Recruitment Chairman. If a Potential New Member fails to do so, he will be unable to join a member fraternity for 90 days.
(viii) After the first round of Recruitment, a man does not have to attend every event on his schedule. However, he is unable to be at any fraternity event he is not scheduled for. If the Potential New Member is found at a member fraternity’s event he was not invited to, he will not be able to join a member fraternity for 90 days, and the member fraternity would be charged with a recruitment violation.
(ix) If any Potential New Member is found with alcohol, found consuming alcohol, attends a “Rush Party” or is in violation of any alcohol policy, University Policy, or the Interfraternity Council Constitution & By-Laws he will be unable to join a member fraternity for 90 days.
BE YOURSELF. There is nothing more important than being yourself during recruitment. You’ll end up with right fraternity for you, and you will be happy with your decision.
Evaluate each fraternity carefully. It is important to make an individual decision about which fraternities you will focus on during recruitment.
Take your time. Joining a fraternity is a lifelong commitment. Be sure that the fraternity that has given you a bid is one you will be happy with. You do not have to accept a bid right away. Whenever you visit the fraternities, take a look around and ask yourself “Are these the people I want to associate myself with?”
Ask questions. Make sure all your questions are sufficiently answered. Some questions you might want to ask are:
What is your membership education period like? What is its purpose?
What are the time and financial commitments involved in joining a fraternity?
What are the grade requirements?
What are some of your social activities?
What makes your fraternity unique?
How many men did you recruit last year, and how many did you initiate?
Do you have study halls?
Do you have any student leaders?
Does your chapter make good grades?
Remember what you join is essentially who you associate with. So, if it is a fraternity that uses flamboyant and pretentious tactics to impress recruits then you may wish to look eleswhere!
ASK YOURSELF THIS: Am I doing this for me or for someone else? For example your sister’s boyfriend, your dad, your brother, your friends from high school, your girlfriend, your best friend, your roommate, your neighbor, your uncle-ETC! YOU SHOULD JOIN A FRATERNITY THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU! AFTER ALL YOU ARE THE ONE JOINING IT!
Once you have read the above information, please use the following link to complete your registration.