Glossary of Terms
An undergraduate fraternity or sorority member who has been initiated by their chapter.
A fraternity or sorority member who has graduated from college.
A non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.
A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
Big Brother/Big Sister
An active member of a fraternity or sorority who mentors a new member, guiding them through their new member program and initiation.
A term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.
The name applied to the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority.
An alumnus/alumna of a fraternity or sorority who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and assists members and officers in all areas of chapter operations.
The document issued from a national organization to a chapter that indicates that the group is a full-fledged member of the national or international organization.
A group of students seeking a charter from a national or international fraternity or sorority.
When a member temporarily removes his or her association from his or her chapter, usually during formal recruitment time.
A Greek organization for men.
A member of a fraternity or sorority.
Any action taken or any situation intentionally created, whether on- or off-campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
The central office of an international or national fraternity or sorority.
The formal ceremony that brings a new member into full membership.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The governing body of fraternities.
The process of NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) chapters engage in to recruit, interview and choose new members.
A person who is the son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandson or granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.
North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
A governing body for 66 men's fraternities.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
The umbrella organization of 26 inter/national women's fraternities and sororities.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Also known as "The Divine Nine," the NPHC is a national association of African American Greek-letter organizations, composed of four sororities and five fraternities. NPHC councils are organized at the campus, city and regional levels.
A person who has accepted a bid, but is not yet an initiated, or full, 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.
Pan-Hellenic 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.
The fraternity or sorority member's pin/badge of membership.
A written recommendation for a potential new member from an alumna of a sorority.
The traditional ceremonies of each chapter.
The activity by which chapters seek new members.
A term used by sorority members when referring to each other.
A Greek organization for women.