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NME Policies

Hope College Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council
New Member Education Policies

1. All Rush and New Member Education programs should reflect an understanding and support the Hope College mission.
2. In order to receive a bid to join a sorority or fraternity, you must be enrolled as a full-time Hope student with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the bid is extended. The student must have completed, or be in the process of completing 24 credit hours at Hope. In order to remain as an active in your organization you must maintain a GPA of 2.0.
3. No bids will be held or given to students who have not met the above requirements and been approved by the Coordinator of Greek Life.
4. Membership is constituted when a bid is offered, accepted, and approved by the Coordinator of Greek Life, on the assumption that a new member makes a good faith effort to fulfill the requirements of the new member education period.
5. All activities, which are considered hazing, are prohibited under all circumstances.
6. The following locations are off-limits for any new member education activities: Classroom settings (including before and after class), the Chapel during all services, Phelps and Cook cafeterias and any place of business.
7. New members are not to attend new member education events held during their class time. This includes group projects, study sessions, evening classes, and labs.
8. Consumption of alcohol, use of drugs and consumption of any harmful substances by actives or new members during a new member event or activities is prohibited under any circumstance. The new member education period extends through the activation weekend until the following Monday morning. It should be clear that interrupting or ending an event and then moving to a situation where alcohol is present is also not acceptable.
9. New Member Education programs turned in will provide complete disclosure of each event and any omissions will be grounds for reconsideration or penalties. Recognize that the planners and executive boards will most likely be held legally (criminally and civilly) responsible and responsible by the college if there are injuries or problems with any part of the program.
10. In accordance with college housing policy, no new member may move out of his or her room during new member education.
11. Actives are not to retrieve new members from residence halls. New members are to be informed in advance of the meeting time for an activity. There should be no unannounced events where the new members are kidnapped and brought to an event. Nor should any member of the Greek community contact a new member outside of the approved program times to do errands, projects, or to meet at any location.
12. There should be no loud singing and chanting close to residence halls, businesses, or residential areas.
13. Entrances and exits to building may not be blocked for any reason.
14. No new member education can take place between the hours of 12:00 am and 8:00 a.m. Monday - Friday. Weekend new member education activities must end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. This includes not only official events, but all aspects of new member education. New member education activities on Sundays are prohibited with the exception of having new members attend regularly scheduled business meetings. All aspects of new member education, including such things as official events, preparation for events, projects, and memorization of materials must take place within 55 hours over the new member education period. It is anticipated that organizations will use approximately 22.5 hours for each of the two weeks and use approximately 10 hours during the first weekend.
15. No new member education programs may occur during 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
16. New Member Education begins on the dates specified by Student Life with the Wednesday prior being Greek 101 and activities commencing on a Friday with the period ending on or before the third Saturday. All new members will have active status on or before the final Saturday.
17. All new members will be made aware of their right to terminate their connection with the respective organization at any time. No reprisal of any type will occur.
18. All new members must be currently enrolled as full-time students at Hope College with a cumulative 2.0 GPA and have completed, or be in the process of completing 24 credit hours. 2.0 GPA and 24 credit hours are the cutoff. There will be no exceptions made to this rule.
19. No calisthenics are allowed as part of your new member education policies
20. Active members are responsible for monitoring the behavior of all people present including any Non-Hope College students. Actives will be held directly responsible for any violations of all the people present during new member education activities. All people present during new member education activities are responsible to uphold college policies including but not limited to alumni. Actives will be responsible for possible judicial consequences if violations occur.
21. Annually, a review of the change in GPA and course withdrawal of new members as compared to a comparable student not involved with new member education activities will be conducted. If there is a significant negative impact on GPA and/or withdrawals, as a result of new member education, the Campus Life Board will institute a review of the Rushing and New Member Education policies. In order to remain an active in the organization, each student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
22. If organizations go underground or deviate from the agreed upon and approved new member education programs in any way, then the organization may face immediate suspension of their charter for a minimum of four years.
23. All individuals who officially belong to organizations who go underground (this includes new members at the time of accepting a bid) may face suspension from the College for a minimum of 1 semester. Such individuals will be afforded all the rights of due process as outlined in the Student Handbook. Individual members have the right at any time to resign their membership. If individuals wish to protect themselves from being associated with an organization when he/she should indicate their desire to resign their membership in writing with a copy to the Coordinator of Greek Life.
Revised: 10/09


The following regulations apply to all aspects of New Member education programs for each organization. All organizations are expected to abide by the College policies and regulations as outlined in the Hope College Policies handbook; and those procedures developed by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils. Either individual students or their organization can be charged with violating policies. Charges against an individual for a particular event do not preclude charges being filed against a group for the same event. Please note that the following list is not exhaustive of the types of hazing that neither Hope College nor the law allows:
1. Restricting and/or blocking the use of certain doors entrances public rooms, or furniture in the organization's cottage or residence hall.
2. Requiring certain forms of address or greeting to members (other than hello "first name of active") at any time.
3. Requiring new members to recite the creed or Greek alphabet to match or in any other manner that does not show proper respect.
4. Requiring new members to recite information, phrases, or spiels with no useful or educational purpose (please note: what counts as having "no useful or educational purpose" will be determined when gaining official approval for the new member education program. The concern here is that the amount of material for a new member is required to memorize could be excessive. Time necessary for learning the material, as with all items associated with new member education, must be accounted for within the 55-hour time limit. Any details which are omitted (intentionally or not) when presenting the new member education program for approval will be considered "unapproved" and will result in sanctions applied against the organization.
5. No special tasks will be preformed by New Members such as: House cleanup, answering phones, giving rides, making meals, buying gifts, or serving meals.
6. Requiring new members to carry any items throughout new member education with the fear of penalty.
7. Actives may not retrieve new members from residence halls.
8. New members are to be informed in advance of the meeting time for any activity.
9. Unannounced events where the new members are to be "kidnapped" and brought to an event.
10. No loud singing and/or chanting close to residence halls, residential areas or area businesses.
11. New member education events/activities taking place in the classroom settings, this includes before and after class.
12. New member education events/activities taking place in the chapel building during chapel services.
13. New member education events/activities taking place in Phelps cafeteria or Cook dining hall.
14. Threatening or intimidating interrogations not consistent with normal testing of educational materials.
15. Assigning degrading nicknames.
16. Requiring uncomfortable or inappropriate dress that would cause a New Member embarrassment, financial cost, or not be in good taste. No new members will be singled out due to their dress during New Member Education.
17. The use of blindfolds that are not approved by the Coordinator of Greek Life.
18. Acts of personal servitude.
19. Verbal harassment at any time.
20. Prevention or deprivation of sleep or study time.
21. Intentional violation of time restrictions.
22. Creation of excessive fatigue
23. Later work sessions, which interfere with academics
24. Physical or psychological shocks
25. Engaging in public stunts
26. Wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste.
27. Pouring of substances on the body
28. Forced of coerced usage of alcohol, drugs or food. (Please note: consumption of alcohol, use of drugs, and consumption of any harmful substance by either actives or new members during a new member educational event (regardless of whether the consumption is voluntary or mandatory) is prohibited under all circumstances.)
29. Use of any kind of calisthenics
30. Paddling, striking, or any form of physical abuse.
31. Any type of abandonment or kidnap
32. Road trips that are not on the approved new member education program.
33. Morally degrading or humiliating games and activities
34. Requiring or endorsing acts that break the law or reflect poorly on the organization such as theft, destruction, or harassment, including acts of sexual harassment according to the College's policy on sexual harassment.
35. Not allowing new members to wear proper clothing dependent on weather conditions.
36. Branding or tattooing.