Active: An initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter.
Alumnus: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who is no longer in college.
Badge: The badge of an initiated member is received during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location.
Bid: A formal invitation for membership from a Greek-letter organization.
Chapter: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority.
Colony: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority in a new organization on the campus.
Greeks: A term applied to members affiliated with Greek-letter organizations.
Greek Week: A celebration held in the fall in which students participate in
athletic events, community service, brotherhood and sisterhood activities, an awards ceremony, and various activities.
Initiation: A traditional, secret ceremony that brings a new member into full
InterGreek Council (IGC): IGC is the governing body of all four Greek organizations. This organization provides leadership and programming for the chapters.
Legacy: A potential member whose grandparent, parent, brother or sister is a member of a fraternity or sorority.
New Member: A potential member who has accepted a bid from a fraternity or sorority. May also be referred to as an “associate.”
Potential Member: An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Quota: The number of women to whom each sorority may extend bids.
Recruitment: Refers to the process by which chapters select new members. Deferred Recruitment refers to a time when the formal recruitment process happens in the second semester.
Ritual: The traditional, secret initiation ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority.