Terminology

Alumnus: An initiated member who has graduated from college

Active: A fully initiated member of a fraternity or sorority

Associate/ Pledge: A non-initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

Badge: The pin of an initiated member, received during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location.

Bid: An invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Black Greek Council (BGC): The coordinating body for members of a traditional African American sorority.

Brother: A term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.

Chapter: Refers to an individual fraternity or sorority.

Formal Recruitment: The period set aside for the structured recruitment period.

Fraternity: A name applied to all Greek organizations, but specifically men's groups.

Greek: A member of a fraternity or sorority.

Greek Week: An annual celebration held during the spring semester in which chapters participate in athletic events, community service, brotherhood and sisterhood activities, an award ceremony, and various social events.

Hazing: Any activity that has the potential to harm a member physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Initiation: The sacred ritual that brings the non-initiated member into full membership.

Interfraternity Congress (IFC): The coordinating and governing body for fraternities.

Legacy: A student who is a daughter/son, sister/brother, or grandchild of a member of a Greek organization.

Local: Those fraternities/sororities without national or international affiliation.

Mixer/Function: A social gathering for two or more Greek organizations.

National/ International: The central organization of a sorority or fraternity.

New Member Education Process: Takes place after an individual accepts a bid to join a fraternity or sorority. New members learn about the organization and its members through attending chapter meetings, social events, and service.

Panhellenic Council (Panhel/PHC): The coordinating and governing body for sororities.

Philanthropy: Community service or fundraising in the effort to promote human welfare.

Potential New Member: An eligible man or woman who is interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.

Quota: The number of women to whom each sorority may extend bids at the conclusion of formal recruitment.

Recruitment: The process of getting to know about fraternity and sorority life.

Ritual: The traditional, secret initiation ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority.

Sister: A term used by sorority members when referring to each other.

Sorority: A Greek letter organization for women.