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Frequently Asked Questions

IF I GO THROUGH RECRUITMENT, AM I OBLIGATED TO JOIN?

No.  This is a time to assess whether you wish to pledge a sorority.  Many women participate in recruitment to make friends, and to see why 41% of Auburn’s undergraduate women have chosen to be involved in the Panhellenic Community, and what has kept sorority alumnae active for years after their graduation.

DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE AND GO TO ALL OF THE PARTIES?

Yes!  The object of recruitment is to give yourself the information you need about the chapters in order for you to make the best decision; therefore, you must accept the maximum number of invitations your schedule can accommodate.  If you choose to miss parties or accept fewer invitations than you could attend, you will greatly reduce your chances of joining a sorority.

I HAVE HEARD THAT SORORITIES HAVE VARIOUS REPUTATIONS-  HOW DO I HANDLE THIS INFORMATION?

Sorority chapters are composed of many individuals with their own special qualities and talents which contribute to the entire group.  When deciding about a chapter, the only opinion that matters is your own.  If you allow someone else’s perception to influence you, you will not be satisfied with your choices in recruitment.  Each chapter of a sorority is different from campus to campus and from year to year.  Remember that you are choosing a sisterhood, not a label.

I AM A LEGACY TO A SORORITY-  IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD KNOW?

Each potential member is considered on an individual basis.  Legacies are not obligated to join their mother’s, sister’s, or grandmother’s sorority.  On the other hand, sororities are not obligated to pledge a woman simply because she is a legacy.  Both the potential member and chapters are looking for mutual compatibility, not a family connection to the group.

HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH GROUPS I PREFER?

Each potential member will have a different experience in each group, depending on who she meets and her personal preferences and personality.  Ask  yourself a few questions as you participate in recruitment:  Are the members people you can truly see as your sisters? Are the goals of the organization similar to your own?  A sorority should be a second home.  The answers to your questions should guide you to the right group for you.  Your Pi Chi will be of great help in sorting out what works best for you.

HOW DO SORORITIES DECIDE WHO TO INVITE BACK TO THEIR PARTIES?

As your schedule of parties shrinks from round to round, so does the number of people each chapter is allowed to invite back each round. Every potential member has something to offer a group, but each group must release potential members, just as you may need to regret some chapter invitations.  Each chapter uses a democratic process to make the decision of who to invite back.

WHAT IF I TURN DOWN A BID THAT I RECEIVE?

If you receive a bid through Fall Formal Recruitment and decide not to accept it, you may not participate in recruitment until the next Fall Formal Recruitment, and you may not participate in Continuous Open Bidding.  We urge you to think very carefully before turning down a bid. Emotions have a tendency to cloud thinking and judgment.  Please give yourself and the sorority a chance to prove you made the right choice.

I HAVE HEARD THAT SORORITIES HAZE THEIR MEMBERS- IS THIS TRUE?

No!  Each sorority has its own policy against hazing.  Also, Auburn University has its own Hazing Policy that prohibits all forms of hazing. Auburn’s anti-hazing policy can be found in the Tiger Cub Student Handbook.  The Office of Greek Life also has a totally confidential hazing hotline in case someone has something they would like to report. The number is (334) 844-4564.  The number is operational anytime and completely anonymous. There is also an online hazing reporting site. You can click here to report any hazing violation.

HOW IS PANHELLENIC DEALING WITH COVID-19?

The Auburn Panhellenic Council and Auburn Greek Life have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and its potential impact on our fall recruitment experience. We also reviewed recommendations from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the governing body of the 26 member organization sororities, who recently released a Recruitment Contingencies Task Force Report encouraging the use of virtual and/or in-person recruitment with physical distancing guidelines. In collaboration with Greek Life, chapter leadership, advisors, campus partners, and NPC representatives, Auburn Panhellenic revised the recruitment format to enhance the safety of our community.

Revised Schedule and Format

The revised dates for Primary Recruitment are August 8-15. All Rounds will be held virtually.

Information about Bid Day

Bid Day (August 15):
To limit the number of people on campus for Bid Day, parents and guests are not permitted. Chapters may host virtual meetings with parents after recruitment.  You will still have the opportunity to visit the chapter who offered you a bid. We recommend you wear a loose fitting/cooling top, shorts and comfortable shoes. Once you arrive at your chapter’s location, you will receive a jersey with your new sorority letters wear on top of your clothes. Do not forget your mask!

For the most up to date information about Auburn University’s response to COVID-19 visit the University’s website at https://ocm.auburn.edu/news/coronavirus/.

Recruitment Week Guidelines: 
Masks will be required for both PNMs and active chapter members during all in-person rounds of recruitment.

There will be the option for PNMs who are at a higher risk for severe illness or immunocompromised to participate in recruitment via a fully virtual experience. Should a PNM experience any COVID-19 symptoms, or test positive during the recruitment process, there will be an option to complete the recruitment experience process virtually.

There will be a thorough cleaning of the recruiting spaces in between parties. PNMs will still receive a t-shirt to wear for Philanthropy Round, as well as a hard copy of the PNM Handbook. Due to this, as well as additional costs for recruitment, some of which are still unknown given the circumstances, we will maintain the No Refund Policy for recruitment registration.

Last modified: July 28, 2020