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How to Join a Greek Life Organization

How to Join a Greek Life Organization

Rushing, Pledging, and Greek Week


All Greek organizations recruit new members through a process called rush. The process is designed to give potential members an opportunity to learn about each fraternity or sorority and to meet active members of each organization. Each group has a distinct culture and embraces a unique set of core values, so it's important for potential members to learn which organization fits them best. Rush also gives the active fraternity and sorority members an opportunity to learn which potential members would best fit their organization based on their current membership and the values their organization upholds.

Because membership in a fraternity or sorority is meant to last a lifetime, choosing to join a Greek group is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Each group holds an introductory event during the fall semester called an Open House, which is open to all eligible members, and rush officially starts when students return to campus in the spring. At that time, each group hosts a series of three events called Rush Parties throughout January and February that gives them the opportunity to recruit new members. The first spring event each fraternity or sorority hosts is open to all eligible men or women, but the following two events are invitation-only. For more information about the specific dates of events each group is hosting, please contact the representative for each organization.


To be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority, an individual must be a full-time Doane University student with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher, depending on the group. A few groups have voluntarily raised the minimum GPA they expect their members to maintain. All eligible students must have also completed one semester of classes at the university or transferred in a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited institution (those credits must be on file with the Registrar's Office by the beginning of the spring semester). Dual credits obtained during high school will not be counted toward the 12 credit limit. If necessary, the university reserves the right to deem a student ineligible to join a Greek organization due to behavior or disciplinary problems.

Distributing Bids

Bids are the formal invitations extended to potential members inviting them to join a group. Each group distributes bids to recipients' residence hall rooms or off-campus residence on the first Saturday of Weeks of the Greeks between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. If a recipient will not be in their room while bids are being delivered, they should leave a phone number with Phil Foster, Assistant Director of Campus Engagement and Greek Life, where they can be reached that Saturday morning. Phil Foster will contact recipients who are unable to receive their bid in person.

Accepting Bids

Bid recipients must return bids to the Perry Campus Center Board Room between 9:15 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. the morning they are received. Women accept a bid by signing it. If a woman chooses to decline a bid and not join a particular Greek organization, she is to return the bid unsigned. Each sorority has their own ballot box for returning bids. Men who pledge a fraternity will mark the appropriate organization on a ballot. The ballots and boxes where bids are to be returned are provided in the Board Room. Bid decisions are kept secret until 10:00 A.M. the first Saturday of Weeks of the Greeks.

At that time, they are revealed to their respective organizations and tabulated. Students accepting bids are required to attend the New Member Luncheon in the South Dining Room in the Perry Campus Center starting at 11:30 A.M. the first Saturday of Weeks of the Greeks. Dress for this event is business casual (nice pants or a skirt). If a pledge cannot attend this meeting, they must  Dr. Carrie Petr or Phil Foster before being eligible to participate in pledging activities.


Pledging is a two-week series of activities each fraternity and sorority takes their pledges through to learn about their organization and build camaraderie among their new members. The activities are designed to teach pledges about the history, values, and traditions of the organization they are joining. Activities begin the first Saturday of Week of the Greeks, in 2019. Pledging activities are closely monitored by the university, Greek Life staff, Student Affairs staff, and faculty/staff advisors of each organization.

It's important to know that Doane University has a strict policy against hazing. Hazing in any form by members of any campus organization is strictly prohibited. In accordance with Nebraska law, hazing refers to any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally, whether on or off-campus premises, endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, paddling in any form, creating excessive fatigue, forced consumption of any substance (such as food, tobacco, alcohol), forced road trips, kidnapping, morally and degrading games and stunts, or other activities prohibited by law or university policy. Any reports of hazing are immediately investigated and appropriately sanctioned. 

If you have any questions about rushing or pledging, please contact Phil Foster or the Greek Life Office.