ARTICLE III, Recruitment
SECTION 1 - Definitions
A. Recruitment shall be defined as any communication with or to a student, be it in person, by regular mail, by phone, or by electronic communication concerning potential membership in any Greek organization at the University Of Nebraska-Lincoln by any undergraduate member or alumnus of a recognized Fraternity.
B. Student shall mean any of the following and will serve as the primary distinction for any recruitment practice:
- 1. A high school student in his senior year of high school
- 2. A transfer student from any other college or university
- 3. A current student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
C. The term “Rush” is designated as the formal period wherein a representative of a fraternity may communicate with a student regarding potential membership in his fraternity or other fraternities.
D. The term “rushee” is designated to mean any non-Greek student participating in a formal recruitment activity or event
E. A representative of a fraternity shall be understood to mean any undergraduate member or any alumnus of a recognized social fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln -or- any individual, group, or business acting as an agent of a recognized social fraternity.
F. Recruitment effort shall mean any attempt to solicit information, invitation to participate in fraternity activities, or any contact to produce interest in a Fraternity by a representative of a recognized fraternity or individual, group, or business acting as an agent of a recognized fraternity.
SECTION 2 - General Recruitment Regulations
A. In order to participate in fraternity rush at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, entering or current students must have completed and filed the IFC Rush Application with the Greek Affairs Office
B. To participate in fraternity rush, an individual must also be an admitted student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- 1. Thus, the general academic requirements to participate in rush are the same as the admissions standards of the University
- 2. Individual chapters may have their own academic statutes to govern their respective rush program.
C. Transfer students and current students at the University of Nebraska may be recruited by representatives of any social fraternity throughout the academic year (Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters)
- 1. Currently enrolled or transfer students must have completed at least 12 hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5/4.0 or better to be eligible to rush a fraternity.
D. Recruitment material guidelines
- 1. All materials (letters, pamphlets, brochures, postcards, posters, fliers, t-shirts, etc.) used by a fraternity for recruitment purposes must be registered and approved by the IFC Recruitment Chairman & Director of Greek Affairs prior to distribution and use.
- 2. Review of these materials is for the purpose of ascertaining the appropriateness, accuracy, and truthfulness of all materials.
- 3. These materials shall be placed on file throughout the year, and upon the consent of the individual fraternity shall be made available to all Rush Chairmen and rushees. Any chapter unwilling to have their materials made available for viewing shall not be allowed to review the file containing other chapters' rush materials.
E. Providing inaccurate, dishonest, and slanderous/libelous information about any member of a fraternity or any fraternity is strictly prohibited and if verified is punishable by the Interfraternity Council.
F. Falsely accusing any member of a fraternity or any fraternity for violating the recruitment regulations is prohibited and is punishable by the Interfraternity Council.
G. Using or serving alcohol at any rush function is prohibited.
H. Before a pledge/associate card can be accepted by the IFC Office, the rushee must have a completed rush application on file in the IFC Office and have the grade information verified by the Director of Greek Affairs.
SECTION 3 - Recruitment & Rush of High School Seniors
A. No high school student shall be the recipient of any recruitment effort by any social fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before the last day of the academic year. Said date is typically "Graduation" Saturday.
B. Exceptions to Article III, Section 2 A
- 1. Recruitment of High School students is permissible at or during the following events: Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament, Nebraska State Basketball Tournament, E-Week Convention, and State FFA Convention.
i. Recruitment at events mentioned above (Article III, Section 3 B1) shall be limited to booths and those functions which do not involve meetings with individual high school students. Contact outside the event premises is prohibited.
ii. These recruitment events must not reasonably be expected to detract or distract high school students from their time and experience at their respective events.
iii. Fraternities, undergraduate members, and alumnus members may distribute their respective contact information and recruitment materials to high school students.a. Recruitment materials must be in conformance with Article III, Section 2D.
iv. No information may be taken from high school students. This includes any contact information from the students and any other personal information.
- 2. All recruitment functions sponsored by fraternities for high school students in attendance at any of the events listed in Article III, Section 2 B1 shall be limited to the hours of 7:00 am to 9:30 pm on each day of the given event.
- 3. All high school students in attendance at a recruitment activity during one of these events shall be considered "rushees", and will be the responsibility of the Fraternity's Rush Chairman.
- 4. All high school students in a chapter house during these events, whether visiting brothers, friends, or simply gathering information shall be considered a "rushee."
- 5. Any function to be held, rush or general chapter function, on one or more of the four event weekends mentioned above (Article III, Section 2 B1) must be registered in the IFC Office with the IFC Recruitment Chairman one week in advance.
C. The men rushing are responsible to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Interfraternity Council, their respective fraternity, and as such, their actions should favorably reflect this responsibility.
D. All Recruitment of High School seniors shall also proceed with strict adherence to the General Recruitment Regulations set forth in the next section and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Student Code of Conduct.
E. The use of on-line social networking forums (e.g. myspace.com., facebook.com. & xanga.com or any others which may develop) will be acceptable as long as high school students initiate the contact
SECTION 4 - Recruitment Regulation Infractions and Penalties
A. Class I Rush Infraction - Alcohol Related Infractions
- 1. First Offense: The Director of Greek Affairs will inform the President of the chapter's local Alumni Board and the Executive Director of the chapter's national office by phone. A letter documenting the communication will be sent to the national organization, Chapter Advisor(s), and all active members. The letter will be placed in the chapter's permanent file at Greek Affairs and will be available to any potential member or parent for the duration of the summer.
i. The Chapter Rush Chairman(s), President, and Advisor shall be required to attend a meeting with the IFC Recruitment Chairman.
ii. The remainder of the chapter's rush program must be jointly approved by the IFC Recruitment Chairman and the Chapter Rush Chairman(s).
iii. The IFC Recruitment Chairman shall contact the parents of any pledges signed before, on, or for the remainder of the summer following the infraction informing them of the situation. The pledge shall be allowed to break his contract with the fraternity suffering no consequences mentioned under Article IV Section 2.
- 2. Second Offense (or multiple): The Director of Greek Affairs will inform the President of the chapter's local Alumni Board and the Executive Director of the chapter's national office by phone a second time reporting a second offense. A letter documenting the communication will be sent to the national organization, Chapter Advisor(s), and all active members. The letter will also be placed in the chapter's permanent file at Greek Affairs and will be available to any potential member or parent for the duration of the summer.
i. Penalties i and iii listed in Article III Section 4 A1 shall be repeated for the second offense.
ii. All remaining rush events and in-person contact with recruits must be on campus or at the chapter’s fraternity house with a 48 hour notice given to Greek Affairs. A representative, approved by the IFC Recruitment Chairman, will be in attendance at all remaining rush functions along with an alumni advisor.
iii. Violations shall be presented in detail to the IFC Executive Committee by the IFC Recruitment Chairman. Following the presentation the committee shall make recommendations for the most appropriate disciplinary action.
iv. The IFC Executive Committee will meet with the chapter within seven days of their reported offense.
v. The IFC Executive Committee will impose an alcohol safety presentation and any of the following additional sanctions when appropriate, against a fraternity: special project, apology, fine, warning, and/or cease of recruitment.
vi. The alcohol safety presentation shall be put on by the fraternity and open to the entire Greek System. All planning and organizing shall be done by the fraternity and they shall accrue any costs associated with the presentation.
B. Class II Rush Infractions: General Rush Infractions (Any violations of Article III not pertaining to Alcohol)
- 1. First Offense: The Chapter President, Rush Chairman(s) and Advisor will be notified in writing of the alleged incident. The Chapter Rush Chairman(s) shall be required to attend a meeting with the IFC Recruitment Chairman.
- 2. Second Offense: Letters will be sent to the national organization, all active members and the Chapter Advisor. Included will be details surrounding both violations
i. Both violations shall be presented in detail to the IFC Executive Committee by the IFC Recruitment Chairman. Following the presentation the committee shall make recommendations for the most appropriate disciplinary action.
ii. The IFC Executive Committee may impose any of the following sanctions, when appropriate, against a fraternity: special project, apology, fine and/or warning.
C. All formal rush complaints against a fraternity must be adequately documented and verified. Names of those filing the complaint will be kept confidential but kept in a confidential file as proof such a complaint was lodged. Any complaints filed by telephone must be followed by a written and signed document of the alleged event within one week.
D. Upon conviction of an infraction of the Interfraternity Council and Constitution and/or by laws, the offending fraternity shall be subject to penalties consistent with the offense by the IFC Executive Committee.
E. Upon conviction of an infraction that violates the Student Code of Conduct of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the offending fraternity and/or fraternity members shall be subject to penalties as levied by the University Judicial Board which are consistent with the offense.
SECTION 5 - Recruitment Chairman
A. No Interfraternity Council Executive Committee member, during the same term, may hold the position of Recruitment Chairman within their respective chapter.