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Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council Rush Rules

Information:  The Rush Period is an opportunity for Greek organizations to attract potential new members, to educate the Hope College community about Greek Life, and to spread a positive presence on campus.  Members of Greek Life should get to know independents prior to the beginning of formal rush.  This is not considered dirty rush and should be a cornerstone of an effective rush program.  Fraternities and sororities can and should sponsor activities for the entire campus in an attempt to educate them on the concept of Greek Life and to introduce fraternity and sorority members.  Fraternities and sororities may also give independents a taste of what Greek membership is like by inviting them to specific activities, so long as they are not in violation of Rush Rules.

1. All Rush programs and events should support the mission of Hope College and Greek Life, as well as abide by all policies set forth in regard to Risk Management and the constitutions of the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.

2. A general rush for all of Greek Life is to be encouraged by all actives at all times.  No member of any Greek organization may demean, bad mouth or put down another Greek organization.

3. All closed or invite only events, whether during the Formal Rush period or not, must be approved by Student Life or the respective council.

4. The formal Rush period will be set by the respective councils and Student Life. It will be held in the spring semester. Formal Rush begins with the mandatory general rush meeting.

5. Rush programs must be turned in to the Director of Student Life by the specified date for approval. This should include full disclosure of each event and what is to happen during those events.
6. Any rush event that is not expressly approved, with full disclosure, by the Director of Student Life is considered not approved and is a violation of Rush Rules.

7. During the Formal Rush Period, an event occurs when two or more rushees are gathered with two or more members of an organization (actives or alumni) with whom they did not have a relationship prior to Rush.  If this occurs outside of a scheduled and approved time, it is considered an unscheduled and unapproved rush event and is a violation of Formal Rush Regulations.  This includes extending an event past the designated event time.

8. Round Robin

a) Round Robin is the first event of Formal Rush for sororities, and will involve groups of rushees traveling to a designated site for each sorority.  Each group will stay with each sorority for a designated time.

b) Each female rushee is required to attend Round Robin.  If she is unable to attend, she must contact the Director of Student Life.  Failure to do so may result in the individual being ineligible to receive a bid.

c) Panhellenic Council will provide nametags for Round Robin. A Panhellenic representative is to initial the name tags and see that they are turned into the Panhellenic Rush Chair after the last session of the Round Robin or when the rushee has visited each sorority.  A rushee is required to turn in a nametag before she will be allowed to accept a bid.

9. General Rush Meetings will be held for each the men and the women prior to the start of events.  The General Rush Meeting is mandatory and each person must attend to accept a bid.  Failure to attend means the individual may not be eligible to receive a bid.

10. Publicity for rush events may be put up no earlier than the Sunday before the respective General Rush Meeting.

11. Destroying, removing, covering, or erasing the publicity of other Greek organizations is prohibited.

12. Each organization is responsible for the actions of each of its members including all alumni, off-campus actives, and inactives during the Formal Rush Period.

13. All Greek Life related activities or events during the Formal Rush Period must abide by all local, state, and national ordinances. This includes, but is not limited to, eliminating open parties during the Formal Rush Period.

14. No alcohol or illegal substances are allowed at any rush event(s) no matter where the event is located.
15. Any organization using a reserved space on campus that wants to have food at an event must order through Creative Dining. You may purchase food from outside if you are using a residence hall room or cottage.

16. A list of everyone who attends a rush event must be turned in to the Student Development Office within one business day of the conclusion of the event.  Failure to do so may result in immediate loss of a rush event at the discretion of the Director of Student Life and the Interfraternity Council Advisor.

17. No co-ed rush events may occur throughout the formal rush period, except for Rush informals and formals.

18. There is to be no inappropriate persuasion of any form from active to rushee or vice versa, including the promise of a bid, express or implied.  Members of Greek Life may not pressure anyone to join a specific organization by means of threats, coercion, or exceptional inducements.

19. The Silent Period begins when the bids are extended.  During this time, no sorority or fraternity members, alumni, parents of Greeks, or inactive members of Greek organizations may talk to the rushees regarding any aspect of Greek Life.  Panhellenic or IFC representatives are the only sorority or fraternity members that can respond to specific questions about the organization.  These representatives are not to persuade individuals, but only to answer questions. Continuation of normal interaction between members and nonmembers will be allowed, but active-initiated social interaction will not be allowed. The Silent Period ends on the final day that bids are due.

20. In order to receive a bid, an individual must be a currently enrolled full-time Hope student with at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  He or she also must be in the process of completing 24 Hope credit hours.

21. No bids will be held to a later date and no honorary memberships may be given.

22. Any violation of the above policies will result in judicial consequences.