Fraternity and Sorority Life
Information on Recruitment/Intake and Membership
Recruitment or Intake is the process fraternities and sororities use to select new members. WOU fraternities and sororities recruit new members in Winter Term and sometimes in Spring Term. No recruitment activities take place in Fall Term. Each organization recruits differently so it is important to get information on their recruitment activities directly from the organization you are interested in joining.
Frequently Asked Questions
► When does recruitment or intake take place?
Recruitment or intake typically takes place within the first two weeks of Winter or Spring Term. No recruitment or intake activities take place during Fall Term but organizations may promote their organizations during this time through events.
► What happens during recruitment or intake events?
Each organization conducts their recruitment or intake process differently. However, each organization is trying to get to know you and see if you would be a good addition to their chapter. And remember, you are trying to learn more about the organization so you can decide if it is a good fit for you. Make sure to ask questions and speak with different members to get a good feel for the chapter’s values, personality, and community.
► What is the GPA requirement to join an organization?
Each organization has their own GPA requirement, but Western requires all prospective members to have a minimum 2.25 GPA. All organizations have to inform the university of their prospective members before extending them a bid or invitation of membership so their GPAs can be verified.
► What is the time commitment like to be a member an organization?
The fraternity and sorority experience is what you make it. The more time you invest, the more you will get out of it. However, on average, organizations have weekly chapter meetings and you may be required to attend certain events so about 1-3 hours per week is typical. If you become an officer, you can expect to spend about 3-10 hours on organization business depending on your role.
► What is the financial requirement to be a member of an organization?
Each organization has a different dues amount and payment structure. It is important that you talk to members to learn more about the financial requirement for membership. Dues usually cover the cost of events like socials and formals, national or regional organizational dues, leadership and educational opportunities, and more.
► How do I know if I’m invited to join an organization?
Each term the Fraternity and Sorority Council, the governing body for all the organizations, decides on a date where all organizations will distribute their bids or invitations of membership to the people they want to invite to join their chapter. The organizations should inform you of this date when you start the recruitment or intake process.
If you participated in multiple organizations’ recruitment or intake activities, you may receive multiple bids or invitations of membership. You now have a choice between the organizations and must inform them of your decision by the end of the day.
Participation in an organization’s recruitment or intake activities is not a guarantee of membership. Fraternities and sororities are allowed to offer membership on a selective basis.
► What is the new member process like and how long does it take?
Each organization conducts a different new member process and they each take different amounts of time. However, no new member process should extend past the term in which you received your bid or invitation of membership. Your initiation should take place before the end of that term.
During your new member process you will learn more about your organization’s values, history, and member expectations. You will also get to know the chapter more and might be assigned an older member to mentor you through the “Big and Little Brother/Sister/Sibling” tradition.
Additionally, you will be required to attend a New Member Summit hosted by the Fraternity and Sorority Council and the Student Engagement office. This workshop is a time to get to know other new members, learn more about fraternity and sorority life, and cover important issues like hazing prevention and alcohol education. You will be informed of the date of this workshop when during the recruitment or intake process.
► Do the organizations haze?
No, hazing is a violation of the WOU Code of Student Responsibility and Oregon state law. Each community member signs an annual agreement to uphold this policies and receives training on hazing prevention. Additionally, all the organizations at WOU have national anti-hazing policies that are strictly enforced.
If you or someone you know has experienced a hazing situation, please contact one of the resources below to report it.
- Kelsey Elam-Geuting- Coordinator, Organizations & Activities
WUC 210A 503-838-8514 firstname.lastname@example.org
- WOU Student Conduct
- National Hazing Hotline