Registering with the Interfraternity Council (IFC)

If you want to participate in the recruitment process, the earlier you register with the IFC the better. Registration is highly recommended for anyone interested in joining an IFC fraternity. In order to expedite the process, the IFC has set up an online registration system. There is no fee associated with registering.

Recruitment Eligibility

Full-time enrollment at The University of Texas at Austin is required in order to be eligible to participate in recruitment and join a fraternity. A full-time student is one who is taking twelve credit hours per semester, excluding correspondence courses and courses at other universities.

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

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.

Bids

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.

When is IFC Recruitment? 
IFC Recruitment at UT Austin is "open and informal." This means that there are no official start/stop times or dates for fraternities to conduct recruitment activities. The IFC does not sponsor any "Formal Recruitment" events or activities. Because there is no formal recruitment period, when and how a fraternity conducts its recruitment activities are left to the discretion of each individual chapter. Therefore some chapters may focus the bulk of their recruitment efforts in the summer, while others focus their efforts leading up to and after the first day of classes. No fraternity may conduct new member activities until after the first week of school.

Do I have to join a fraternity in the fall semester? 
Every IFC fraternity takes a fall new member class, so most men join fraternities in the fall. Not every fraternity takes a new member class in the spring semester, though many chapters do. This is left up to each chapter to decide what is right for them.

Who is eligible for Recruitment? 
A man is eligible to participate in recruitment and join a fraternity if he is enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a full-time student. A full-time student is defined as taking twelve credit hours per semester, excluding correspondence courses and courses at other universities. He must not be a new member or initiated member of any North American Interfraternity Conference fraternity.

How do I register for IFC Recruitment? 
Registering for IFC recruitment is optional, however it is highly recommended that you do so. Visit www.texasifc.com and register online. Registering is free and makes your contact information available to all IFC fraternities.

What are reference or recommendation letters? 
Reference and recommendation letters are a component of sorority recruitment. You do not need references or recommendation letters to participate in IFC recruitment.

What is a bid? 
A bid is a formal invitation to join a fraternity. Bids may be given at any time both verbally and/or in writing, however the IFC does not consider any bids officially accepted until after the first Friday of the fall semester, in case there are any disputes about a potential member amongst two or more fraternities. This means that no new member activities should occur until after the first week of school.

Potential members may receive multiple bids from different fraternities, but may only accept one.

How can I increase my chances of getting a bid? 
1. Register with the IFC as soon as possible to let the fraternities know you are interested. 
2. Look at as many chapters as you can, and select the ones on which you would like to concentrate. 
3. Be positive. Do not criticize other chapters or potential new members. 
4. Get to know other students. Although many students feel more comfortable if they recruit with friends, don't count on joining the same fraternity as your friends. 
5. Be yourself.

What are the financial obligations for IFC fraternity membership? 
It is important for students and parents to be as informed as possible regarding the costs associated with obtaining a college education. Understanding the financial obligations associated with fraternity membership is just as important. During recruitment activities, a potential member should ask fraternity members about the financial obligations and payment options as each fraternity sets its own fees and housing costs as well as the payment schedules.

Required Fees 
Chapter fees fund various activities of the organization such as academic programs, service activities, alumni and parent events, national dues and lifetime membership. Specific costs for each IFC organization can be found here:http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sfl/join_table.php?council=ifc.

Additional/Optional Fees 
Additional costs throughout the semester may include parking at the chapter house*, optional meal plans, pictures, gifts, social events, T-shirts, etc. 
   *parking availability and cost will vary by chapter

Several chapters at the University of Texas at Austin offer payment plans and scholarships for members who need financial assistance. Please note that when you become a new member of a fraternity, you are affiliating with that organization. If at any time you decide to disaffiliate, you may still be held responsible for fees or payments required to fulfill your contract with the organization.

Should I attend The University of Texas at Austin's summer orientation? 
Yes! Orientation allows you to take placement tests, to earn college credit, pre-register for classes and become acquainted with the campus. A session on Sorority and Fraternity life will be presented as a program during Orientation. Please come to meet representatives of the Sorority and Fraternity community and to ask any questions you may have.

Is Alcohol allowed at Recruitment functions? 
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.

How do I decide what chapter to join? 
Each person looks for different attributes in a fraternity. Each of the chapters focuses on one or more of the following: academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, leadership, and/or friendship. The choice is yours, so look carefully at all of the chapters and evaluate which one best meets your needs and interests.

How much time does a fraternity take? 
There is a required meeting once a week where you will exchange information on chapter events and fraternity education. Weekly chapter study sessions are a programming option for all members, in addition to events like brotherhood activities, community service projects, and social events. Remember, the more you put into the fraternity experience, the more you will get out of it.

How long will it take to be initiated? 
Most chapters have moved to a period that ranges from six to twelve weeks. The new-member period affords opportunities to meet other members, learn fraternity history and feel at home in the chapter. Each chapter establishes its own new-member program and initiation dates. This is a great question to ask the active members as you meet them during recruitment activities.

What is Spring Recruitment? 
Many chapters continue to recruit and affiliate new men throughout the entire school year. Events are organized and scheduled at each chapter's discretion. But be aware that not all fraternities host recruitment activities in the spring semester.

If you have other questions about the Interfraternity Council or Recruitment, contact: 
Office of the Dean of Students, Sorority and Fraternity Life, 1 University Station A5800 • Austin, TX 78712-0175, Phone: (512) 471-9700, Fax: (512) 232-3963 or visit the Web at www.texasgreeks.com.

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