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Glossary of Terms

Active

An undergraduate fraternity or sorority member who has been initiated by their chapter.

Associate

A non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.

Bid

A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Brother

A term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.

Chapter

The name applied to the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority.

Fraternity

A Greek organization for men.

Greek

A member of a fraternity or sorority.

Initiation

The formal ceremony that brings a new member into full membership.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

The coordinating body of fraternities.

Legacy

A person who is the son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandson or granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.

New Member

A person who has accepted a bid, but is not yet an initiated member.

New Member Education

The period of time during which a candidate or new member is educated about the chapter and learns about becoming a full member.

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

The governing body of sororities.

Potential New Member

Any person interested in becoming a member of the Greek community who is eligible to join according to IFC's or PHC's rules.

Pin/Badge

The fraternity or sorority member's pin/badge of membership.

REC

A written recommendation for a potential new member from an alum of a sorority.

Ritual

The traditional ceremonies of each chapter.

Recruitment

The activity by which chapters seek new members.

Sister

A term used by sorority members when referring to each other.

Sorority

A Greek organization for women.

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