Active - A fully initiated member of a fraternity/sorority.
Alumni/Alumnae - An initiated member of a fraternity/sorority who is no longer in college.
Alumni/Alumnae Advisors - Fraternity/sorority alumnae members who bring experience and guidance to collegiate members and officers.
Bid - A formal invitation to join a fraternity/sorority.
Chapter - The local group of the larger (inter)national organization, represented by a special Greek letter name.
Formal Recruitment - The recruitment period set aside by the Panhellenic Council for membership selection.
Fraternity - A Greek letter brotherhood; can also be applied to a women's fraternity
Hazing - Any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. PSU has a zero tolerance policy for hazing.
Initiation - The formal ceremony during which a new member begins full membership in a fraternity/sorority.
Legacy - A potential new member who has a close relative who is a member of a sorority.
New Member - A person who has accepted a bid, but has not yet been initiated into a fraternity/sorority.
Philanthropy - Projects sponsored by fraternity/sorority chapters to raise money for and awareness about charitable causes and organizations.
Potential New Member (PNM) - A full-time PSU student interested in joining a Greek-letter organization.
New Member Period - A time during which new members learn about the Greek chapter and its values.
Reference Letter/Recommendation - A letter signed by an alumni/alumna recommending an individual for membership in a fraternity/sorority. These letters are NOT required for PSU recruitment.
Run Out - An alcohol free social event involving two or more Greek-letter organizations.
Recruitment - The mutually selective process by which potential new members and fraternity/sorority members get to know each other for the purposes of membership.
Recruitment Counselor (Rho Gamma) - A sorority member who has disaffiliated form her sorority during sorority recruitment so that she can assist potential new members who are interested in joining a sorority.
Sorority - A Greek letter sisterhood; sometimes referred to as women's fraternities.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) - A governing body composed of 26 (inter)national women's fraternities.
North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) - A governing association composed of over 75 (inter)national men's fraternities.
Panhellenic Council (PHC) - The governing body of the NPC sororities at PSU.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - The governing body of the fraternities at PSU
Panhellenic Excuse Note
Panhellenic Payment Request Voucher
IFC Judicial Policy
IFC Judicial Complaint Form
Risk Management Policy
ICS Login for Chapters
2015 Greek Week Handbook
2015 Greek Week Entry Forms