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Interfraternity Council Recruitment

Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council (IFC) is a semi-structured process. Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity should make every effort to introduce themselves to each chapter and develop a connection with chapter members. To assist in this process, IFC hosts a variety of events that allow recognized fraternities and potential new members (PNMs) to meet. It is important that interested students attend events for each fraternity to determine which fraternity is the best match. Even students who aren’t sure if they’d like to join an IFC fraternity should attend recruitment events to learn more and make an educated decision.

During the fall semester, IFC will be offering virtual information sessions and "open houses" on campus to allow easy access for interested students to attend. Chapters may also host their own recruitment events as long as they follow all recruitment guidelines. During the spring semester, IFC's recruitment process will be more structured. Events will include 2-3 "open houses" per chapter, one invite-only event, and Bid Day.

Deferred Bid Acceptance

A bid is an invitation to join an organization. Tulane students may not join a fraternity or sorority until they’ve earned 12-credit hours and a 2.5 GPA, approved by Tulane. We believe it is important for students to adjust to college life before deciding whether to join a Greek organization. Deferring the process of bid extension and acceptance until this time allows the students to truly find the right fit.

In January, IFC holds its formal bid signing week that culminates on Bid Day. Although recruitment events are in full swing throughout the fall semester or even though a fraternity member says his fraternity will extend you a bid, it is important to note that fraternities may not extend official bids to first-year students until Bid Day.

IFC Recruitment Events

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For specific questions regarding the Interfraternity Council recruitment process, please contact Anthony Ciliberto, Assistant Director, at aciliberto@tulane.edu

Virtual Info Sessions
Virtual Info Sessions will provide an overview of the Tulane Fraternity & Sorority community while highlighting the IFC community. The IFC President and IFC Vice President of Recruitment & Retention will host the event and review all necessary materials. PNMs will receive information regarding recruitment including requirements, dates, and logistics through their Tulane email address. Each chapter will be given an opportunity to provide information regarding their chapter and contact information, followed by Q&A with one member from each chapter. After Q&A, chapters will have breakout rooms/individual Zoom links set-up for PNMs to network further. 
Registration is required via WaveSync.

Virtual Info Sessions were held on the following dates:
September 13th
October 11th
November 8th

Recruitment Rounds (Fall 2020):
Round 1:
September 13th: Virtual Info Session
September 21st-24th: IFC-sponsored Chapter Events
Round 2:
October 11th: Virtual Info Session
October 12th-15th: IFC-sponsored Chapter Events
Round 3:
November 8th: Virtual Info Session
November 9th-12th: IFC-sponsored Chapter Events

Spring 2021 Recruitment Info
Chapters hosted sponsored semi-structured "Recruitment Open House" events throughout the fall; attendance was optional but highly encouraged. 

During the spring semester, IFC's recruitment process will be more structured. Events will include 2-3 "open houses" per chapter, one invite-only event, and Bid Day. Bids (membership invitations) will be issued the first week in February. 

January 24th: Virtual Information Session (mandatory for those who did not attend one in Fall 2020)
January 25th-January 28th: Recruitment Open House events
January 31st-Feburary 4th: Recruitment Open House events/Invitational Event
February 5th: Bid Day

Please note that registration will be required to attend IFC-sponsored recruitment events. Registration will take place on WaveSync and events will be posted in early/mid-January. 

Feel free to reach out to any of our Chapter Recruitment Chairs with questions about their organization or the process. 

Delta Tau Delta: Ben Bases (bbases@tulane.edu)
Kappa Alpha Order: Will Dailey (wdailey@tulane.edu)
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI): TJ Swirbalus (tswirbalus@tulane.edu)
Phi Kappa Sigma: Max Marino (mmarino4@tulane.edu)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Pete Barnard (pbarnard@tulane.edu) & Theo Stone (tstone2@tulane.edu)
Sigma Chi: Reed Sullivan (rsullivan@tulane.edu)
Zeta Beta Tau: Ben Miner (bminer@tulane.edu)
Zeta Psi: Bennett Ford (bford7@tulane.edu) & Teddy Reese (treese4@tulane.edu)

Recruitment Registration
Online registration is required to participate in IFC Recruitment. Remember that to join a fraternity you must be a full-time, degree-seeking student at Tulane with at least 12 credit hours and a 2.5 cumulative GPA. You may not be on disciplinary probation or deferred suspension. Interested students must also complete the Potential New Member Education Series.

The early registration deadline ($50) for recruitment is Tuesday, December 15th, 2020; late registration ($60) will be available until January 22nd, 2021 at 5pm CST. No exceptions will be made after this date. 

Click here to complete the online registration process. The staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs will verify students' credit hours, GPAs, and student conduct status once grades are posted after final exams. Please note: Students, not their parents or guardians, must complete the registration form.

Important Eligibility Information

Anyone is welcome to attend an IFC Recruitment Convocation or Recruitment Week open event at a fraternity house. However, please be aware of the following requirements for joining an IFC fraternity:

To be eligible to receive a bid, you must register for IFC Recruitment, and you must have meet all of the minimum requirements for joining a fraternity or sorority. No exceptions will be made. To learn more about the minimum requirements, visit greek.tulane.edu/prospective-members.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What requirements must I fulfill in order to participate? 
All requirements and their details can be found here.

How many members can each fraternity take each spring?
Interfraternity Council fraternities admit members they feel are a good fit, without any restrictions on the number they may take. In the last few years IFC new member classes have ranged from as few as ten to as many as 35 members, with the average size being 20-25.

I registered for recruitment early in the fall so the fraternities would know I'm interested. Do I still need to go to their events?
Our fraternities use the registration system to help them keep track of everyone who is interested in fraternity membership, but they rely much more on the in-person interactions they have with students. They want to be sure they are really able to get to know the people they invite to join their organization. Students who simply register for recruitment and then don't attend any events – or only attend the bare minimum of events – are less likely to receive a membership bid.

I thought Tulane didn't allow recruitment until the spring; why are there recruitment events in the fall?
While Tulane doesn't allow student to join fraternities until the spring semester, we want those students to make an informed decision about whether to join a fraternity, and if they decide to do so, which one to join. Taking time throughout the fall to get to know members of each fraternity in relaxed, casual settings allows students to focus on academics without feeling pressure to rush into a decision about fraternity membership.

Do you make exceptions to the requirements to go through recruitment?
No. Our IFC chapters have a strong commitment to academic achievement; the all-IFC GPA is currently 3.375. Interested men should display a similar commitment and prioritize their academic responsibilities before seeking fraternity membership. Likewise, our fraternities and sororities expect members to hold themselves to higher standards of personal behavior than the average student might. Therefore students who are not in good disciplinary standing with the University are not eligible to join these organizations.

Fraternities that extend bids to students who do not meet the eligibility requirements to join will be subject to charges under the Code of Student Conduct.

What if I am trying to resolve an issue with a grade in a course (make-up exam, received an incomplete, petitioning to have a grade changed, waiting for transfer credits, etc.)?
All issues with GPAs or credit hours must be reconciled, with documentation provided to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs, by Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 5 p.m. CST.

How much does it cost to be in a fraternity?
The first semester of membership is generally the most expensive, because there are one-time new member, initiation, and badge fees. Costs in the first semester average $600 - $1500. Thereafter they range from $500 to $1200 per semester.

Can I visit fraternity houses in the fall?
Absolutely, provided that you have been invited to do so. Fraternity houses are private residences that students live in; they are not open for people to wander into. Just as you wouldn't want someone you don't know walking into your family's home uninvited, you shouldn't enter a fraternity house uninvited. If you are invited to a fraternity house, either for a social event or other activity, you should not bring others along with you, unless a member has specifically told you that you may.

Can upperclassmen join fraternities?
Yes, though different fraternities have different practices about upperclassmen. Some chapters decide to take a new member class in the fall semester, and provided that students meet the minimum eligibility requirements, they may join in the fall. However many fraternities only take new members in the spring.

 

Unrecognized Fraternities

The following organizations are currently not recognized by Tulane University, Tulane Interfraternity Council, nor their own (Inter)National Headquarters:

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi)
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE)
  • Kappa Sigma (Kappa Sig)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike)
  • Sigma Alpha Mu (Sammy)
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp)

There are also no plans in place for any of these organizations to re-establish on Tulane's campus. The University does not allow students to join a fraternity or sorority that we do not recognize. Students who choose to affiliate with unrecognized organizations may face Student Conduct action. Sanctions for students found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct by affiliating with or supporting an unrecognized organization may range from a warning to suspension or expulsion from the University.
 
Unrecognized fraternities and sororities are not held to the University or governing council standards that govern their behavior. They operate without the oversight, training, and education provided by staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs nor by any national organization.