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Document Number: GREEK--104 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Date Last Updated: 02/04/2016
Primary Author: Director of Residence Life and Greek Affairs Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 11/10/2011

General Description

Policy on membership in Greek organizations


Delineation of policy


Greek advisor, Students

Responsibility: Greek advisor
Dean of Students

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
National Greek policies

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general


Staff members who knowingly and blatantly violate this policy may be terminated.

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Policy Provisions


Greek membership serves many purposes in that it contributes to the intellectual, social, and personal development of the student. Historically, membership in these organizations has worked to refine the whole person, both academically and socially. The purpose of recruitment efforts should be to include as many students as is reasonably possible who desire Greek affiliation. Without demanding that every student who enters the recruitment process be guaranteed an invitation of membership, the University has set forth these regulations and standards. These regulations are stated in the effort that all recruitment policies and programs are inclusive rather than exclusive in attitude.  All GPA requirements are as of August 27, 2012.




By definition, a recruitment period will begin no earlier than the first day of classes of an academic semester and shall end no later than thirty (30) days prior to the start of finals. Chapters may use times outside the recruitment/rush period to disseminate information to potential new members and make a general connection to the chapter.


For sorority recruitment, the Panhellenic Council or, in absence of a council and having proper authority, the Director of Greek Affairs will establish the recruitment period and plan according to National Panhellenic Recruitment bylaws.


All recruitment/rush activities will follow these stipulations:

· The Director of Greek Affairs must approve all recruitment/rush activities.

· No alcohol is permitted at any recruitment/rush function.

· Persons should be considered for membership in accordance with Cumberland University's Equal Opportunity in Education/Title IX Section 504 Statement.

· Each fraternity/sorority is encouraged to develop programs to enable students whose financial condition might preclude membership to receive assistance.

· Programs of pledge/new member education should not promote divisiveness and hostility among fraternity/sororities, but rather promote the entire Greek System and the campus community.

· Members of Greek organizations should, at a minimum, meet the same standards of responsible behavior and accountability in accordance with the Cumberland Creed.

· All recruitment regulations set forth by any Greek Council or the University are expected to be followed before, during, and after the recruitment period.




Before any bid extension occurs, a potential new member must be cleared through the Office of Greek Affairs. After the Office of Greek Affairs has cleared the potential new member, the potential new member may receive a bid and be eligible for induction/initiation.


Requirements for New Member Recruitment

Any student desiring to join a Greek social organization must complete an Application for Greek Affairs and a Greek Affairs Academic Release form. These forms will be reviewed and the Office of Greek Affairs will determine your recruitment status.


All students enrolling at Cumberland University as a first time, full-time freshman are eligible to join a fraternity/sorority during their first semester.


First-semester transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in his/her hours accepted by the University to be eligible for recruitment/rush. These requirements also apply to current unaffiliated students seeking to join as well.


The potential member must be enrolled in at least twelve (12) semester hours and must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 to be eligible for new member recruitment.


Nothing herein prohibits the Greek organizations from setting a higher academic standard.


Organizations belonging to National Panhellenic require a minimum of 2.5 GPA for membership.



New Member Programs

Cumberland University recognizes that each Greek organization has their own New Member education program, but the University also wishes to ensure the safety and well-being of its students, therefore the following regulations have been set forth by the University. Cumberland University absolutely forbids hazing in any form. Each fraternity/sorority is expected to make its members familiar with the University Hazing policy, set forth in this Handbook, and its consequences. Each fraternity/sorority shall:

· Conduct recruitment activities in such a fashion as to assist the student to make considered and responsible decisions about affiliation.

· Conduct each formal recruitment function in accordance with all local, state and federal laws, and within the expectations of the international or national Greek organizations.

· Review the University’s Hazing policy with the Greek Advisor. The chapter president must attest to the Director of Greek Affairs that the review has occurred.

· Require that all New Members participate in educational programming on the following issues:

· Alcohol and drug use and abuse

· Hazing

· Risk Management/legal liability

· Sexual assault/harassment or gender issues


All programming can and should involve the participation of members of the faculty, staff and administration. The Director of Greek Affairs will serve as a resource for such programming if needed.



Requirements for Officers

Cumberland University recognizes that each Greek organization has its own stipulations with regard to officer positions within each fraternity/sorority; however the University has set the guidelines below as a minimum standard. To be eligible to serve as an officer for a fraternity or sorority, the member must be in good academic standing with the respective fraternity/sorority’s international or national standards. Furthermore, to serve as an officer, the member must meet the following guidelines imposed by Cumberland:

1. The student must be enrolled at CU full-time (enrolled in twelve or more credit hours) during the semester of tenure of office, excluding May and Summer terms.

2. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 during the semester of tenure of office.


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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Director of Residence Life and Greek Affairs

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