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Terminology|Fraternity and Sorority Life

Bid - A formal invitation to membership in a Greek-letter organization.

Chapter - A chartered undergraduate or alumni group recognized by a fraternity or sorority.

Fraternity - The name which applies to all Greek letter organizations that are characterized by rituals, a badge, and a strong tie of friendship among members. The term usually typifies organizations for men.

Initiation - The ceremony in which a pledged or new member becomes an active, initiated member of the fraternity or sorority.

Interfraternity Council (IFC) - A representative governing body of all fraternities. IFC is designed as a resource for all fraternities on campus, and serves to strengthen the fraternity system through Interfraternity cooperation.

Legacy - An individual who has a family member that belongs to the fraternity or sorority he or she is pledging.

Panhellenic Council  - The central governing body found on all campuses that have nationally recognized women's Greek chapters (Sororities).

Philanthropy - Community service efforts to improve the well being of the community and campus through charitable actions.

Pledge/New Member - The title given to a man or woman from the time he or she accepts a bid to affiliate with a Greek chapter until the time he or she is initiated into that chapter.

Potential New Member - A non Sorority or fraternity member who is attending recruitment sessions as a registered guest and has fulfilled all eligibility requirements.

Recruitment - A mutual selection process through which potential new members and fraternity and sorority members get to know each other.

Sorority - A Greek letter organization for women; also known as a women's fraternity.

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