Will joining a Greek Lettered Organization affect my grades?
Saint Leo University participates in deferred Recruitment, meaning formal recruitment takes place in the spring versus the fall. Deferred recruitment allows first year students the opportunity to fully transition to college, more successfully integrating into academic life. Deferred recruitment also allows students to gain perspective regarding the Greek organizations available to them as each organization has its own history, traditions, values, service focus, and requirements for membership. Each organization holds their members to high regards in academics.
What are the requirements to go Greek?
Saint Leo University requires all students interested in going Greek to have a minimum of 12 Saint Leo credit hours and a minimum of a 2.5 GPA OR be a transfer student with 30 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Due to the minimum 12 credit hours required, Saint Leo University holds formal recruitment during the Spring Semester so that freshman can be involved in the process.
There is not a minimum or maximum amount of time that an individual must spend with a fraternity or sorority. Students may be asked to attend several meetings each week, but each chapter is different. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time, balance academics, work and any other commitments they have, and grow as an individual. Members often find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time that they put into it.
How much time is involved in Greek Life?
Hazing is strictly prohibited by all sororities and fraternities at Saint Leo University, and is not tolerated. Saint Leo University, all international headquarters, and the state of Florida have strict anti-hazing policies and laws in place that all chapters must abide by.
Will I get hazed?
The transition into college life is one of the biggest transitions in an individual’s life. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help make the transition easier by offering a home away from home. Fraternity and Sorority Life provides a convenient opportunity to create lifelong friendships with members of all ages, including alumni. Fraternities and sororities promote brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership, scholarship, philanthropy and financial responsibility.
What does Greek Life provide that no other organization does?
The only way to really know if going Greek is meant for you is to go through recruitment and get to know the Greeks on campus. Why not give it a try? You may be surprised to find that going Greek is a great decision for you to make. The opportunities you will have by going Greek are innumerable.
How do I know if Greek Life is for me?
No, this is not true. While there is a social aspect to sorority and fraternity life, it is not the primary focus of chapters. In addition to social functions, fraternity and sorority members participate in service and philanthropic activities, other clubs and organizations and many other aspects of student involvement at Saint Leo University.
I heard that all fraternities and sororities do is party and drink, is that true?
Potential New Members can only receive one bid from a sorority. That does not mean that only one sorority wanted you to join, but according to our Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA), which is signed (by you) on preference night, you are agreeing to join one of the two sororities you put on that list.
How many bids can I receive?
You can choose only one for this list, though it is not encouraged. This is referred to as “suicide bid” by many Panhellenic members due to the possibility that you may leave off a sorority which wanted to give you a bid, but you did not choose them. If you sign the MRABA and decide not to accept a bid, you will need to wait a full calendar year to go out for recruitment/ join an NPC sorority.
Do I have to put two organization names down on Preference night?
If you do not receive a bid on Bid Day or drop out of Recruitment prior to signing your MRABA, you may go through recruitment the following semester.
What if I don’t receive a bid?
You are under no obligation to join a sorority by participating in Recruitment. If you choose to stop participating in Recruitment this semester, you can try again in the future or not at all. Sorority life might not be right for everyone; regardless, recruitment is a great way to meet many new friends.
If I go through recruitment, do I have to join a sorority?
No, once you sign up for recruitment and make the recruitment fee payment, PNM’s will not receive a refund back regardless of their status during the recruitment week. You will only receive a refund if you end up being ineligible for recruitment, for example not meeting the GPA or credit hour recruitment.
Will I get a refund on my recruitment fee if a drop out of recruitment or don’t receive a bid?
What is an MRABA?
Membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement (MRABA): This is a binding agreement signed by a potential new member following the final preference event she attends during fully structured or partially structured recruitment. A potential new member agrees to accept a bid from any chapter she lists on her MRABA. If she receives a bid to a chapter she lists and declines it, she is ineligible to join another organization on that campus until the beginning of the next primary membership recruitment period. If she does not receive a bid to membership, she is eligible for continuous open bidding.
What are my rights
as a new member?
The right to be treated as an individual.
The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process.
The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from Recruitment Guide and members.
The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized.
The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers.
The right to have and express opinions to Recruitment Guide.
The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with Recruitment Guide.
The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others.
The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing.
The right to make one's own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of the decision.