Fraternity and Sorority Life :: Councils
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) serves as the governing body of the men’s fraternities that are affiliated with the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). IFC’s mission is to develop cooperation among member fraternities, the university, and the community, and to promote scholarship among its constituents with participation within and throughout the community.
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the governing council for the Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities with a cultural emphasis. MGC strives to develop and explore academic excellence and cultural appreciation, along with participation in intramurals, community and social events, and campus activities.
The National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) is composed of Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Council members work together to solve problems that affect the Greek community as a whole. They also coordinate activities that promote unity among the Greek-lettered community here on campus.
The College Panhellenic Council (CPC) at A&M-Commerce serves as the on-campus governing body for the four NPC women’s fraternities and sororities that are represented in our community. Our Panhellenic system focuses on scholarship, philanthropy, sisterhood and social engagement.
The Epsilon Chi Chapter of the National Order of Omega Greek Honor Society would like to invite members of your chapter to apply for membership in A&M-Commerce’s only honor society for Greeks. Our local chapter was chartered in 1984 by 22 distinguished Greek leaders and has since initiated over 400 Greeks from our system.
Fraternity and Sorority Life :: Resources & Councils
Frequently Asked Questions
Will joining a chapter hurt my GPA?
Students often have difficulty managing their time when they move from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college life. Greek membership assists in that transition by offering scholarship programs that may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management and study skill workshops. You may also access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills center, computer labs, and academic advisors. Nothing, however, can take the place of a disciplined and academically focused student to ensure success in college.
What is the A&M-Commerce policy on hazing?
All potential members who are going into the membership recruitment process are required to complete the Fraternity & Sorority Life Anti-Hazing Form. This form is a contract between the potential new member and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life indicating that the potential member will not subject themselves to or participate in any form of hazing.
Hazing a member or prospective member of a registered student organization is strictly prohibited and is also in violation of student conduct codes and state law. Individuals found to be involved in hazing practices are subject to individual student judicial sanction, and the student organization found to have members involved in hazing is subject to sanctions up to and including loss of organization recognition. Students must not agree to submit to hazing in order to obtain membership in a student organization. It is to be understood that no chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct or condone hazing activities.
Hazing activities are defined as “any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; abuse using water; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing public apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public acts of buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the education institution or applicable state law.
More information can be found in the Student Handbook.
What are commonly used terms in fraternity and sorority life?
- Active: A member who has been fully initiated and is in good standing with their chapter.
- Alumnus: Any member who was initiated into a fraternity or sorority and has graduated from college.
- Badge/Pin: A pin worn by active members that designates they are a member of that specific organization.
- Bid: A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
- Big Brother/Sister: An older member of the chapter that serves as a role model and mentor to the newest members or “littles.”
- Crossed: The process of completing the intake process and becoming a full member of the chapter.
- Fraternity: An individual men’s organization characterized by values, ritual and Greek letters.
- Initiation: A ritual ceremony during which new members promise to uphold the standards of an individual organization and receive lifelong membership.
- Intake: The process by which someone becomes a new member in a culturally-based fraternity or sorority.
- Inter/National Organization: An organization that has chapters across the country or world.
- Legacy: A potential new member who has a direct family member(s) who is a member of a fraternity or sorority. Qualifications for legacy status vary between organizations.
- Line: Individuals who are members of the same intake class in a culturally-based fraternity or sorority.
- Local Organization: An organization that is only found on a specific campus.
- Neophyte/Neo: The newest members of a culturally-based fraternity or sorority.
- New Member: A group of individuals who have been given a bid but have not yet been initiated into a fraternity or sorority.
- Potential New Member/PNM: A term used to describe individuals seeking membership in a fraternity or sorority.
- Primary Recruitment/Formal Recruitment: A designated membership period during which National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities hold a series of organized events.
- Probate/New Member Presentation: A show often organized by culturally-based fraternities or sororities to present their newest members to the campus community.
- Recruitment Counselor/Rho Gam: Sorority women who are selected and trained to guide PNMs through the primary recruitment process for PHA.
- Sorority: An individual women’s organization characterized by values, ritual and Greek letters.
- Stepping: A series of complex, synchronous and precise rhythmic movements. These are typically performed to songs or chants created by member organizations.
- Strolling: Precise and synchronized movements performed in unison by members of culturally-based fraternities and sororities.
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment of joining a chapter varies, but the first semester is spent going through the chapter education program. This program will give you the opportunity to develop your leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and allow you to become involved with other organizations. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies, service and initiation) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more you put into the chapter, the more you will get out of being a member.
What does joining a chapter offer me?
Scholarship: Greek organizations were founded on principles of scholastic achievement and the enhancement of opportunities for their members. Individual chapters also encourage scholastic excellence by planning their own incentive programs and placing grade requirements on both active and new members. Chapters ease the difficult transition to college by offering academic support including things like study groups, tutoring and time management workshops. These resources give members the support needed to balance high academic achievement and co-curricular activities.
Leadership: Sorority and fraternity members are offered a variety of leadership opportunities and programs in which they can develop skills such as time management, leadership, event planning and implementation, and communication. They manage many programs to further develop these skills. Through this hands-on experience, members are given the tools needed to make meaningful, lasting change within their chapters and beyond.
Service/Philanthropy: As a community, our fraternity and sorority members understand the privilege that we have to receive an education and participate in co-curricular activities. As a result, community service and philanthropy are top priorities for our organizations. Each chapter provides numerous volunteer opportunities for its members and donates thousands of dollars each year to local and national organizations. Through these experiences, members learn the value of servant leadership and are driven to become thoughtful, altruistic individuals.
Brotherhood/Sisterhood: The memories, activities and experience of joining a Greek organization are key components in the meaning of brotherhood/sisterhood. Through a variety of events, there are opportunities to meet and interact with other students on campus. Most chapters have formals, alumni events, intramurals and other activities that contribute to the experience of being a part of a larger organization. The values that are learned in this brotherhood/sisterhood will stay with you long after graduation and serve you throughout your lifetime.
What are the financial obligations of joining a chapter?
The fraternity and sorority experience is an investment for the future, so there is a cost involved. Each organization varies in their dues and what they include, so be sure to discuss this point with the chapters as you get to know them during the recruitment/intake process.
What does the recruitment/intake process look like?
The two councils that conduct formalized recruitments, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the College Panhellenic Council (CPC), will open their recruitment registration forms soon. For more information on fraternity or sorority recruitment, please visit the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, or call the office at 903.468.3123.
The registration form for College Panhellenic Council Formal Recruitment is will be open in the summer. Until then, if you have any questions regarding the registration process, please reach out to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life or the College Panhellenic Council at [email protected]. Please visit the Registration Page.
The registration for Fraternity Recruitment (IFC) will be open soon. IFC Fall Recruitment is traditionally held in September. Stay tuned for exact dates. Please note that registration for IFC Formal Recruitment will open on June 1st. You will need to complete the IFC Recruitment Registration. For further information, please contact [email protected].
Interest meetings for the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) will be held throughout the semester. Students on campus may also use the contact information on flyers to speak with the chapter individually or visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, located in the Student Involvement Suite, 2nd floor of the Rayburn Student Center.
Special Note: Continuous Open Bidding (COB) (which is not always available and is not applicable to NPHC and MGC fraternities and sororities) is available 365 days a year, and is an option for full-time students thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority at times other than the beginning of September. Please contact the specific chapter of interest or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life.
Do I have to be a full-time student or have a certain GPA to join?
- Only full-time (12 credit hours minimum for undergraduate), undergraduate/graduate* students who are enrolled at A&M- Commerce are eligible for membership within a fraternity or sorority on campus. Individual fraternities/sororities within the community may have additional/higher stipulations for potential new members/aspirants to adhere to (i.e. GPA requirement, hour requirement, community service requirement, etc.)
- *If the (Inter)National Headquarters allow graduate students to become initiated members through the Undergraduate Chapter, notice of that exception must be provided to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff prior to selection of that member for the Recruitment/Membership Intake process.
- Chapters are required to complete the New Membership Intake/Recruitment packet for the initiation of new members. Please contact your council advisor to obtain this paperwork.
- First semester freshmen registering for IFC or Panhellenic recruitment must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 (some Greek-letter organizations may require a higher GPA, in addition to 12 or more institutional hours before being eligible for membership).
- All recruitment events must take place on campus or at an approved location (by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life), and be alcohol/drug free.
- Freshmen in their second semester, along with sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students who aspire to proceed through the Membership Recruitment/Intake Process must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (some Greek-letter organizations’ GPA requirements may be higher).
- Potential New Members/Active Chapter members are required to complete an Academic Record Release Form to ensure that an appropriate GPA has been achieved prior to acceptance into a fraternity or sorority chapter on campus. Potential new members are also required to have a judicial review completed before acceptance into a fraternity/sorority chapter.
What is a fraternity or a sorority?
Fraternities and sororities are organizations that exist as a support network for their members. Membership can help personalize the college experience by offering a scholastic support system, providing hands-on leadership opportunities, facilitating community service initiatives and serving as a vehicle for professional networking far beyond graduation. Fraternities and sororities promote intimate bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood, and members typically refer to each other as “brothers” or “sisters.” Fraternity and Sorority Life at A&M-Commerce is currently comprised of twenty chapters that fall under four councils: The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated, the College Panhellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the Interfraternity Council. Our offices are located in the Rayburn Student Center on the second floor within the Student Involvement Suite.