Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have about Greek life at greeks@ecok.edu.

When can I join a fraternity or sorority?

  • You must be currently enrolled as a student at East Central University;
  • Interfraternity Council: Beginning of Fall or Spring semester;
  • Panhellenic Council: Formal recruitment – beginning of the Fall semester;
  • Informal recruitment - beginning of Spring semester (not all chapters participate);
  • For the most up-to-date information, all interested men and women are encouraged to visit the Office of Campus Involvement or email us at greeks@ecok.edu

Being a member of a sorority and fraternity is a significant time commitment. For most people, the time requirement would be equivalent to taking another 3-credit class.

While self-governing, each of our individual chapters is held accountable by multiple entities. Chapters are responsible for meeting the standards that are set forth by their inter/national organization, their governing council, as well as East Central University through the Office of Campus Involvement. In addition, each chapter is required to maintain an internal judicial system that is designed to hold members accountable for their actions.

How can I find out specific information about organizations?

For a basic overview about each chapter and links to their National websites click here.

What is the University’s stance on hazing?

ECU seeks to promote a safe environment in which students may participate without compromising their health, safety or welfare. For more information, please review the student handbook.

Definitions

Active: A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and is active at the collegiate level.

Alumni/ae: Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.

Bid: A formal invitation to join a particular sorority or fraternity.

Big Brother or Big Sister: An active member who serves as a mentor to a New Member during their New Member program.

Chapter: The local group of a larger national organization, and designated by a special name, or Greek letters.

Continuous Open Recruitment: An informal recruitment process that takes place after the conclusion of Formal Panhellenic recruitment.

Formal Panhellenic Recruitment: A series of events given by each sorority that are designed to introduce sorority life to potential new members. Formal Panhellenic Recruitment is scheduled by the Panhellenic Council.

IFC Recruitment: A week-long period in which fraternities and potential new members become acquainted.

Initiation: The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements to be initiated.

Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of 4 social fraternities at East Central University.

International/National Headquarters: The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority.

Legacy: A prospective member whose grandparent, parent, or sibling is an alumnus of, or active in, a particular fraternity or sorority. Please note that most organizations are not obligated to pledge or extend bids to legacies.

New Member: A member of a fraternity or sorority going through the new member education process.

New Member Educator/Membership Intake Coordinator: The liaison between new members and the Chapter and is responsible for implementing and monitoring the new member program and preparing the new members for initiation.

New Member Education Program: A period of education when new members learn the history, ideals, and values of fraternity and sorority life. The time frame varies, but cannot exceed 10 weeks.

Order of Omega: Order of Omega is a leadership/academic honor society for members of Greek organizations.

Panhellenic Council: The governing body for the 3 National Panhellenic Conference sororities/women’s fraternities at East Central University.

Philanthropy: A charitable fundraiser sponsored by a sorority or fraternity.

Potential New Member (PNM): A college student participating in recruitment.

Recruitment/Rush Chair: An active member of a sorority or fraternity who is in charge of recruitment efforts for the chapter.

Recruitment Counselor (Rho Chi): A trained Panhellenic sorority member who has disassociated herself from her chapter during Formal Panhellenic Recruitment in order to counsel and assist potential new members during recruitment.

Social: A get-together with another chapter for a party, dinner or fun occasion.