2020 POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER MANUAL

Thank you for being interested in joining a sorority at the University of Toronto! While this year’s Panhellenic Executive Council is planning an unprecedented form of recruitment during a global pandemic, we are still working hard to ensure that you find your home in our Panhellenic community. During formal recruitment, all Potential New Members (PNMs, that would be you!) are obligated to visit and meet all of our seven amazing sororities. While we cannot conduct formal recruitment due to COVID-19, we cannot stress the importance of exploring your options by visiting all seven houses before committing to your home. We understand that the recruitment process might feel daunting at first, trust us we were all in your shoes. However, we have collected some information you might want to know or ask about when visiting the houses: 

 

  • We have seven Panhellenic sororities so it's important to visit all of them. 

  • You are required to pay chapter dues; however, every chapter has different dues so it is important to ask how much your dues are and if they are all inclusive or not. 

  • Each sorority has its own philanthropic endeavor and it is very vital to know what cause you’ll be committing yourself to. 

  • Every sorority has its own chapter house, so if you are interested in living in the house; ask about the rent rates and how many living spaces are available. 

  • Once you sign up for the recruitment mailing list, you will be assigned a Recruitment Counsellor (RC). An RC is a sorority woman in the Panhellenic community who helps  guide PNMs through the recruitment process and offer them unbiased advice. 

  • After meeting with you, a sorority may offer you a bid and you have 24 hours to accept or reject your bid. Once you accept your bid you are NOT allowed to attend or participate in any other sorority’s recruitment events. 

  • If you accept your bid, you will be asked to “pledge” to that sorority. Afterwards, you will be initiated which is when you officially join the sorority and become a member. 

  • However, if for any reason you leave the organization after pledging, you still cannot attend any recruitment events or try to gain membership into another sorority. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until next year to go through recruitment again. 

  • If you choose to leave the organization after being initiated you CANNOT join any National Panhellenic Conference sorority on any campus in North America. 

  • Most importantly, all National Panhellenic Conference sororities do not haze their members, if you encounter any type of suspicious behavior please contact the National Panhellenic Conference immediately. 

 

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email us at join@uoftsororities.org or email our Recruitment Vice President, Muskan Seth at utpa.vprecruitment@gmail.com.

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