Other Things You Should Know
ALCOHOL AND RECRUITMENT
Recruitment is intended to provide opportunities to spend time getting to know each other. According to the IFC Constitution, alcohol is not to be served to minors under any circumstances (IFC Risk Management Policy, Section 1K). No alcohol should be served to minors during any recruitment function, whether it is one-on-one or in a large group. Most IFC organizations have national policies that bar the use of alcohol at any and all recruitment and new member activities.
If you are under 21 and you are offered alcohol at a fraternity event, that chapter is violating UT Austin's Institutional Rules and they are also breaking the law. If this happens, you should seriously consider whether or not you want to join an organization that has so little integrity.
No alcohol should be used or be present during any recruitment function or event, of any kind.
Hazing is commonly defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Anti-hazing legislation or policies have been adopted by the State of Texas, The University of Texas at Austin, the Interfraternity Council and all national fraternities. If you are subjected to hazing, state law requires that you report it to the Office of the Dean of Students. Hazing has no place in the fraternity community and should not be tolerated. Chapters that haze are not worth your time and are dangerous.
Some examples of hazing situations may include but are not limited to any type of physical brutality; any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, drug or other substance which subjects the student to any risk of harm; any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation; or any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the law. Appendix F (Prohibition of Hazing in UT Austin's Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities and Texas state law (V.T.C.A., Education Code 51.936 and 37.151 et seq.) provide complete details regarding the hazing law.
An invitation to join a fraternity is commonly referred to as a "bid." You may participate in recruitment events and receive bids from many different fraternities. Receiving a bid from a fraternity does not mean you must join that fraternity. You have to make that decision on your own. Your official bid (that will be recognized by the IFC and UT Austin) will only be made when you complete a Grade Release form and submit it to the IFC.