a letter from the Vice president of INTERNAL recruitment
Welcome to the recruitment page of the Panhellenic website!
Our goal is to inform potential new members and parents about recruitment at Lehigh. Joining Greek life is a great way to get involved on campus. Sisters within the Greek system are leaders on campus and in the classroom, as well as deeply involved in the community. At Lehigh, we participate in deferred recruitment meaning that recruitment takes place at the beginning of the spring semester. Potential new members have the opportunity to explore Greek life through recruitment events in the fall and eventually find the chapter that is right for them during formal recruitment in the spring. After learning more about recruitment, we hope to encourage women to join Greek life at Lehigh!
Madison Hirsh - VP Internal Recruitment
I. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
II. RULES/JUDICIAL PROCEDURES FOR RECRUITMENT
III. CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING (COB)
IV. RHO GAMMAS
V. WHO TO CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS
Frequently asked questions
1. How and when do I join a sorority?
Panhellenic sororities at Lehigh participate in deferred Formal Recruitment, which mean that Recruitment takes place a week before the beginning of the spring semester. Registration begins during the fall semester online. We recommend that you join a sorority when it is most comfortable for you. Most women who participate in Formal Recruitment are first-year students, but sophomores, juniors, and transfer students are more than encouraged to consider joining a sorority.
2. When will I get more information about sororities?
During the first two weeks of school, each dorm is assigned a Rho Gamma who will help guide potential new members through the Recruitment process. There will also be one event every month to help potential new members become more familiar with the sororities on campus.
3. What are recommendations for sororities and are they required to participate in Recruitment?
Recommendations are letters from alumnae of a particular sorority, not necessarily those who graduated from Lehigh, in support of one of the woman participating in Formal Recruitment. The Lehigh Panhellenic Council does not require recommendation letters in order to participate in Recruitment. However, if you still prefer to have relatives or other friends send letters on your behalf, they may be sent directly to the chapter house.
4. How much does it cost to join a sorority?
The average cost for a new member living in a dorm ranges from $900 – $2000 per semester. This price includes local and national dues, building fund, liability insurance, one-time initiation fees, social dues, and a meal plan.
5. Do I have to live in a sorority house if I join?
In most circumstances, members live in a sorority house for at least one year. When you join a sorority, you forfeit your ability to participate in the housing lottery. However, if you do not want to live in a sorority house, you can wait until after the housing lottery and you will be assigned a room then.
6. Will joining a sorority affect my grades?
First-year students can not join a fraternity or sorority until their second semester. While some organizations hold their members to a higher standard, the Greek governing council minimum requirement includes completion of 12 Lehigh University credits and the maintenance of a 2.25 GPA for IFC fraternities, a 2.5 GPA for CGC organizations and a 2.3 GPA for Panhellenic sororities. As a whole, the average GPA of fraternity and sorority members is consistently higher than the average non-Greek GPA.
7. How can I learn more about individual sororities in order to narrow down my selection?
We suggest you get involved in the process by registering for Panhellenic Recruitment online. Additionally, attending informational and other events specifically about Greek life will be very helpful. Most of the sororities on campus have websites that can be accessed from Chapters link on this website.
8. How long will I be a new member?
All new members must be initiated within six weeks of joining.
9. What about hazing?
Hazing – defined as causing or permitting a person, prior to initiation into or membership into a society, club, or similar organized group, to participate in any activity that subjects that person or others to risks of physical injury, or mental distress or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, whether or not such person has consented to participation in this activity – is a violation of Panhellenic rules, the campus code, and state law. Both individuals and organizations can be charged with hazing violations. The hazing policy specifically prohibits forced consumption of alcohol, calisthenics, paddling, road trips, line-ups, and running personal errands of members. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs encourages student to call the toll-free number, 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) if they, or students they know, have been or may be victims of hazing.
continuous open bidding
Continuous open bidding (COB) is a way for sororities to recruit a few women to join chapters after or before Formal Recruitment. It is very casual and unstructured, and since not every sorority participates, it is hard to say which sororities will be participating in a given semester. Sororities will participate in COB if they are under quota (the number of potential new members to which each chapter can offer bids to during formal recruitment). If you are interested in sorority membership and a chapter invites you to a COB event, you are encouraged to attend. If you missed formal recruitment, COB is a great way to become a member of one of the sororities at Lehigh.
Eligibility for COB:
- 2.3 GPA or higher
- Cannot be a first year student
- In good conduct standing with the university
If interested in COB, please contact the VP of Internal Recruitment, Madison Hirsh, at email@example.com.
Rho Gamma: A Panhellenic representative who has no contact with her chapter during the period surrounding the fall semester and period of formal recruitment during spring semester. Rho Gammas assist and counsel potential new members throughout formal recruitment.
For more information about Rho Gammas, please contact the VP of External Recruitment, Sabrina Schulman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR RHO GAMMA APPLICATIONS, PLEASE VISIT ADDITIONAL INFO - HELPFUL LINKS