NPC BYLAWS

  1. Potential New Member’s Bill of Rights

    • The right to be treated as an individual

    • The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process

    • The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors

      and members

    • The right to be treated with respect

    • The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized

    • The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers

    • The right to have and express opinions to recruitment counselors

    • The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors

    • The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others

    • The right to be fully informed about the NPC Unanimous Agreements implicit in the membership

      recruitment acceptance binding agreement (MRABA) signing process

    • The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of

      that decision

    • The right to have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and new member experience

NPC AGAINST HAZING

  1. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), one of the world’s largest organizations advocating
    for women, is the umbrella group for 26 inter/national sororities. NPC supports efforts to eliminate hazing. NPC has adopted Unanimous Agreement IV, which condemns hazing and hazing-related behaviors. Hazing and hazing-related activities contradict all expectations of the proper behavior expected of the undergraduate and alumnae members of NPC member organizations as set forth in Unanimous Agreement IV, Standards of Ethical Conduct.

  2. Each NPC member organization has its own set of bylaws, policies and rules condemning hazing and governing the investigation and discipline involving hazing allegations, as is the case with each individual college or university — whether public or private.

  3. A strong majority of states have adopted legislation that makes hazing a crime which can be punished by fines and/or imprisonment as a misdemeanor or felony. Any allegation of sorority hazing is taken seriously. NPC offers its members education about risk-based behaviors through its “Something of Value” programming and supports nationally recognized HazingPrevention.orgTM. Several of its 26 member sororities also support a national anti-hazing hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE or 1-888-668-4293.

THE PANHELLENIC COMPACT

  1. A woman who is or who has ever been an initiated member of an existing NPC sorority shall not be eligible for membership in another NPC sorority.

  2. To be eligible to participate in Panhellenic recruitment and pledge an NPC sorority as a collegiate member, a woman must:

    1. Not be simultaneously enrolled in high school and attending college.

    2. Be an undergraduate regularly matriculated according to the definition of matriculation

      established by that institution.

  3. An undergraduate woman may pledge an NPC sorority only during a regular academic

    term and not during any school recess or summer academic term except during a primary membership recruitment period and the ensuing continuous open bidding (COB) process when held immediately before an academic term.

  4. Each College Panhellenic Council shall establish a Bid Day to conclude the primary membership recruitment period. A Bid Day is the scheduled time when invitations to membership are issued.

  5. If through the primary membership recruitment process, a potential new member receives a bid and declines it, then she is ineligible to be pledged to another NPC sorority on the same campus until the beginning of the next year’s primary membership recruitment period.

  6. Each College Panhellenic Association shall prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages in membership recruitment and Bid Day activities.

  7. Each College Panhellenic Association shall prohibit the participation of men in membership recruitment and Bid Day activities.

  8. All members, including alumnae and new members, shall be bound by College Panhellenic Association rules governing membership recruitment.

  9. Regardless of recruitment style, a potential new member shall sign the membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement (MRABA).

  10. Nondiscrimination Statement (2003, 2018)
    NPC sororities do not discriminate in membership selection practices on any basis prohibited by law, except for the exception on the basis of sex granted under Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 for social fraternities/sororities.

A. Exceptions to an individual's ineligibility to be pledged may be granted by the NPC

Board of Directors in the following cases:

  1. documented illegal conduct by the chapter offering the bid, or

  2. documented errors in the communication of or violation of Panhellenic procedures.

  1. At a later date but before the next primary membership recruitment period, if the potential new member who declined her bid expresses interest in being pledged to the chapter with which she originally matched, she may do so only if the chapter extends another bid and has quota or total spaces to fill.

  2. If a potential new member does not receive a bid at the end of the primary membership recruitment period, she is eligible immediately to participate in COB.

  3. If through the primary membership recruitment process a potential new member accepts a bid and then has her pledge broken by an NPC sorority or breaks her pledge, then she is ineligible to be pledged to another NPC sorority on the same campus until the beginning of the next year’s primary membership recruitment period.

  4. A continuous open bidding membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement is a binding agreement. If a potential new member accepts a bid, then signs a COB acceptance or goes through the member organization’s official pledging ceremony and has her pledge broken by an NPC sorority or breaks her pledge, then she is ineligible to be pledged to another NPC sorority on that campus until the beginning of the next primary membership

    recruitment period.

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  1. A woman who has accepted a bid either through primary or COB membership recruitment and who has had her pledge broken by an NPC sorority or has broken her pledge, may be repledged by the same NPC sorority chapter on the campus at any time before the beginning of the next year’s primary membership recruitment period, even if the chapter is over total.

  2. When a woman who has been pledged but not yet initiated transfers to another campus, her pledge is broken, and she is eligible to pledge an NPC sorority on that campus at the earliest opportunity.

  3. Women who have been pledged but not yet initiated into a chapter whose charter has been rescinded or relinquished or women of a colony that has been dissolved shall be eligible to pledge another NPC sorority immediately following the official release by the NPC sorority.