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Greek Terminology

Active—an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

Alumnus/a—an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who is no longer an undergraduate.

Bid—a formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Brother—a term used by fraternity members when referring to one another.

Chapter—the campus branch of a national organization.

Continuous open bidding (COB)—the process through which a woman can be offered a bid in the fall semester or after formal recruitment in the spring.

Initiation—the formal ceremony that brings a new member into active status.

Interfraternal Council (IFC)the representative governing body of the NIC groups.

Legacy—a potential new member who has a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sister, or brother of a particular organization.

National Panhellenic Council (NPC or Panhel)—governing body composed of the 26 National Women’s Greek Organizations.

New member—one who has accepted a bid and is not yet initiated.

Order of Omega—a national leadership honor society for Greeks

Quota—the number of women that a sorority may accept through the formal recruitment process. It changes based on the number of recruitment participants.

Ritual—a traditional and secret ceremony of a chapter.

Recruitment—the mutual selection process in which groups gain new members.

Recruitment counselors (Rho Chi)—sorority members who temporarily disaffiliate from their chapters to assist potential new members through the recruitment process.

Potential new member (PNM)—a man/woman going through the recruitment process for Greek membership.

Sister—a term used by sorority members when referring to one another.

Total—allowable chapter size for a campus, determined by the university and Panhellenic Council.