To help students focus on their academics as they begin college and sufficiently allow students to learn about the University's Greek organizations, Trinity has a deferred recruitment and new member orientation period. We want our students to acclimate themselves to Trinity's academic environment before taking on the responsibilities of membership.
Unlike many institutions, Trinity's sororities and fraternities do not accept new members until the spring semester. Additionally, formal recruitment does not start until the second weekend in September. We want our students to acclimate themselves to Trinity's academic environment before taking on the responsibilities of membership.
There are recruitment events throughout the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester. Typically, the sororities and fraternities each host two formal events in the fall and one formal event in the spring. Many times, these official events take the form of dinners, alumni meet & greets, attendance at campus events, and other group outings. In addition to the large recruitment events, there are a number of informal events that take place throughout the semester. We highly encourage potential new members to find out as much as possible about each organization so that the student can find his or her best fit. To receive invites to both formal and informal organizational events, please sign up for the appropriate Master Recruitment List once it becomes available in the fall semester.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, a link to our community's recruitment rules and recrutiment calendar can be found by accessing the following document:
Each organization has a very unique character, so get to know each of the organizations to find which one is best for you. Greek life offers the opportunity to get to know a small group closely. Because our organizations membership ranges from 10 to 80 members, there is an opportunity to form close bonds to your class, younger and older members, as well as alumni.
New Member Orientation (NMO) is the period of time between accepting a bid to join a fraternity or sorority and being initiated into the organization. There is a four-week maximum on all orientation programs and a nine hours hands-off period during the school week. A successful New Member Orientation program should include education about the history and values of the organization, foster academic achievement, provide opportunities to socialize with other students in the group, and promote positive experiences that are free from hazing. Trinity University does not tolerate hazing or violation of any University or Greek Council policies. Any chapter suspected of hazing will be investigated and may face judicial action by the Greek Council Judicial Board. Members are officially recognized by Student Involvement on Bid Day as being part of the organization.
A: NMO starts the moment you accept a bid from a fraternity or sorority on Bid Day, which will be Friday, February 8, 2019. Depending on the organization, NMO can run anywhere from two weeks to four weeks, but no program is allowed to continue beyond four weeks. The purpose of this orientation is to educate new members about the organization's history, values, and purpose. This is also a time where new members form bonds with each other and the active members.
A: Before accepting a bid, it is important to decide what your priorities will be and how Greek Life will fit into your schedule. Be up front with the Orientation Chairs about other commitments you may have (academics, athletics, other organizations, family and friends, etc.). By being proactive about your time commitments you will be better prepared to manage your schedule during NMO. Regarding the time commitment of being Greek, students have stated the following things:
A: Trinity University has taken numerous steps to educate students about the dangers of hazing. The University Hazing Policy is easy to understand and includes a clear definition of hazing and includes common examples of hazing. Every orientation chair receives training about how to run an effective orientation program. In addition, the Orientation Advisory Committee (comprised of six Greek students) meets with each orientation chair multiple times to review, make recommendations for improvement, and approve the organization's NMO calendar.
Greek Life staff and the Orientation Advisory Committee strives to ensure that NMO is a healthy process and that new members have a positive experience as they transition into their new organization. NMO is a time for building friendships, learning the values of the organization, developing as an individual, and giving back to the community. The purpose of Greek Life is to foster brotherhood and sisterhood, respect, leadership, personal development, academic excellence, and philanthropic endeavors. Creating a power dynamic between new members and older members is antithetical to this purpose.
If you are being hazed, or know someone that is being hazed, please call Fraternity and Sorority staff at 210-999-7547 or e-mail Jamie Thompson, Director of Student Involvement.