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Glossary of Terms

Active

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

Alumnus/Alumna/Alumni

A fraternity or sorority member who has graduated from college.

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.

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.

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.

Chapter Advisor

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.

Charter

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.

Colony

A group of students seeking a charter from a national or international fraternity or sorority.

Disaffiliate

When a member temporarily removes his or her association from his or her chapter, usually during formal recruitment time.

Fraternity

A Greek organization for men.

Greek

A member of a fraternity or sorority.

Hazing

Any action taken or any situation intentionally created, whether on- or off-campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.

Headquarters

The central office of an international or national fraternity or sorority.

Initiation

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

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

The governing body of fraternities.

Intake

The process of NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) chapters engage in to recruit, interview and choose new members.

Legacy

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.

New Member

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.

Pin/Badge

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

REC

A written recommendation for a potential new member from an alumna 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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