One of the many positive features of our campus is the strong
Greek community, with 15 national fraternities and sororities. The
long tradition of excellence in academics, campus leadership, and
community service established by members of Butlers Greek chapters
is one you will want to seriously consider as you become acquainted
with the Butler community.
Joining a Greek organization has many personal benefits. For
many of our students, the opportunity to make new friends is the
most important aspect. You will be welcomed into a community of men
and women who will stand beside you, support you, encourage you and
respect you. These men and women will become like your brothers and
sisters - friends for the rest of your life. The meaning of
sisterhood or brotherhood refers to a sense of family that Greek
It is vital that you keep an open mind during the recruitment
process. Every chapter wants to find the potential members that
will benefit its organization and you want to find the chapter that
will benefit you. The easiest way to do this is to meet members
from all of the chapters:
- go to Block Party
- go to all-campus events sponsored by individual chapters,
Panhel and IFC
- study with classmates who are Greek
- take part in Greek philanthropic projects/events
- attend Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, or
NPHC citywide chapter-sponsored events,such as Open Houses, guest
speakers, and Greek Life interest sessions
- above all, meet a variety of people and make friends!
Each Greek chapter is a values-based
organization; as you participate in the process, find out
what values are important to the members of each chapter. This will
be important to you, since membership in a Greek organization is
for a lifetime. It is also important to ask questions about what
each chapter expects with regard to time commitment, financial
obligation, and academic expectations. You have the right to know
this information before joining any organization.
Some fraternities and sororities will be looking for members in
the fall. Please remember that only sophomores, juniors, and
seniors are able to participate and join a chapter during fall open
recruitment. Contact information for recruitment chairpersons is
available in the Office of Greek Life. Please visit the calendar
often for an up-to-date listing of open recruitment events.
Formal recruitment for NIC fraternity and NPC
sorority chapters begins prior to the beginning of the spring
semester, January 6-11, 2015 for women and
January 7-11, 2015 for men. Recruitment is open to all
- have successfully completed 12 credit hours
- have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for
men and 2.75 for women
- have submitted a completed registration form by the applicable
- are not on conduct probation with Butler University
Please note: because the standards are agreed upon
by the respective chapters, no potential member's GPA will be
rounded upward in consideration of eligibility. Sophomores,
juniors, and seniors should be aware that the standard is based
only on cumulative GPA. These academic standards are also in
effect for eligible chapters and students participating in open
Formal recruitment is the best opportunity to be introduced to
all of the respective fraternities and sororities. Advanced
registration is required and takes place during the fall semester.
Complete your application as soon as possible, but only if you are
certain that you want to participate. Any required recruitment fee
will not be refunded. Registration for both men and women is an
online process; look for more information during the fall
NPHC chapters, the
historically Black fraternities and sororities, set their own
timeline for formal recruitment within their respective national
organization's guidelines. For more information, contact the
Director of Greek Life.
There is nothing more important than being yourself during
recruitment. Do not try to fit into an image you perceive to be
cool or "right." By being yourself, you'll be in a better position
to make the decision that's right for you.
As a prospective member, you are encouraged not to post (or
allow your friends to post) any photos or information about
yourself on Facebook that you'd be embarrassed to show your
grandmother, a professor, or a potential employer. Remember, anyone
with a campus e-mail address can see your profile. Potential
members should not be communicating with chapter members via
Facebook during formal recruitment.
Evaluate carefully. Joining a fraternity or sorority is an
important decision. Be sure that the organization that has given
you a bid is the one that you want to join. You do not have to
accept a bid. If you are uncertain, remember that there are
multiple opportunities to participate in both formal and open
recruitment. Sophomores and juniors are pledged every year through
both open and formal recruitment.
Alcohol is not allowed at any recruitment event or activity.
Policies of both NIC and NPC, the governing organizations for many
of Butlers Greek organizations, and university policies stipulate
that all events and activities associated with Greek recruitment
must be alcohol free. Violation of this rule is a serious
infraction and the guilty chapter is subject to severe disciplinary
Some useful questions you might want to ask during recruitment
- What values are important to your organization?
- How much emphasis does your chapter place on scholarship?
- What types of scholarship programs are offered by your
- What is your new member education/orientation program like?
What is its purpose?
- How involved is your chapter with IFC/Panhel, Student
Government, and other student organizations?
- What kind of time commitment will be expected of me as a new
member? As a member?
- How will your organization help prepare me for graduation and
life after college?
- How much will joining your organization cost?
- What is your live-in/live-out policy for seniors?
- What kind of social activities do you have each year?
- In what types of community service does your organization
- What are the requirements for living in the chapter house?
- What makes your chapter unique?
What is Not Allowed?
In order to maintain a fair and equitable recruitment process,
each potential member is entitled to make his or her own decision
without pressure or outside influence. There are specific rules,
guidelines and procedures followed by the participating sororities
and fraternities and the Panhellenic Association and the
Statements and situations that would be considered inappropriate
are those that may imply that a bid is being promised or
guaranteed, or that a chapter member is attempting to unfairly
influence you. If you experience any situation where comments like
these are said, please contact your Recruitment Counselor, any
Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council officer or the Director of
Prospective Member's Bill of Rights (from the National
- The right to be treated as an individual
- The right to be fully informed about the recruitment
- The right to ask questions and to receive true and objective
answers from Recruitment Counselors and members
- The right to make one's own decision and accept full
responsibility for the results of that decision
- The right to ask "how " and "why" and receive straight
- The right to be treated as a capable and mature person
- The right to confidentiality when sharing information with
- The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from
- The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements
implicit in the preference card signing
- The right to be treated with respect
- The right to have positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and