Fraternity RecruitmentDeferred Recruitment
St. Norbert College practices what is called “deferred recruitment.” This means that we do not allow first-year students to join a Greek-lettered organization or social group until their second semester. We want to make sure that you feel well-adjusted to college and comfortable with your class work before making the decision to join a fraternity.
Each organization has eligibility requirements for membership. While some specific organizations may have higher standards, the minimum standard requirement at SNC is a 2.25 GPA.
How Recruitment Works
Recruitment week for the fraternities takes place toward the beginning of each semester. If you are a first-year student, you will not be able to participate until the spring semester. Recruitment is a mutual selection process where you have the opportunity to decide which chapter(s) would be a good fit for you and where each chapter determines whom they would like invite to be a member.
While all chapters strive to create better men and women, each chapter is different and has a different personality. The goal of recruitment is to determine if Greek life is for you and where you find the best fit.
Recruitment is different for Interfraternity Council (oversees the fraternities) and Panhellenic Council (oversees the sororities). During recruitment week at the beginning of each semester, each chapter hosts multiple recruitment events so that they can get to know you and you can get to know them.
At the conclusion of recruitment, chapters issue bids, which are an invitation to join the organization. By accepting a bid, you are accepting membership in a particular fraternity or sorority.
Interested in recruitment? Contact the Interfraternity Council (IFC) president, Mitchell Savaske, for more information.
Ask the right questions – you should try to learn the following things about each chapter:
- How much emphasis does your chapter place on scholarship, and are there any scholarship programs offered by your chapter?
- How involved is your chapter with IFC (Interfraternity Council), student government and other campus organizations?
- What community service programs does your chapter participate in?
- How much does it cost to be involved with the fraternity/sorority?
- What kind of time commitment is required in the new-member education program of the fraternity/sorority?
What About Hazing?
Hazing is illegal in the State of Wisconsin. In addition to this, St. Norbert College stands firm in their conviction and refusal to tolerate hazing in any form.
Hazing is a recurrent blight that can attack any organization whenever a few persons attempt to substitute force for reason and expediency for understanding. Such persons seem to believe that subjecting members to a series of ordeals will make them fit in and that fear will somehow make them more disciplined and mature. Even though such methods may seem efficient in the short run, there can be no justification whatsoever for hazing. The principles and values of St. Norbert College as well as each and every fraternity and sorority at SNC are in stark contrast to any act of hazing, and these values must be evident in the words and actions of all members. Therefore, the college retains the right to sanction organizations as well as individuals who are involved in or permit hazing.
Each fraternity and sorority and the governing councils at St. Norbert College (IFC, Panhellenic) join the college in their refusal to accept or tolerate hazing activities in any form, included practices by new members, active members, alumni or any recognized college organization. Whatever form it takes, hazing subverts and corrupts the true fraternal experience.
Each organization is required to have at a minimum the following hazing policy in their binding constitution: “As members of a recognized student organization at St. Norbert College, we unconditionally oppose placing any or all members of our organization or those of the general student population in situations which produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Freedom from the humility and danger of hazing is guaranteed to every member of the college community. We realize that any form of hazing violates college policy and Wisconsin State Statute 948.51."
For more information, please contact Cristi Burrill, the Greek support staff and assistant director of leadership development at 920-403-3954 or email@example.com.