Recruitment-New Member Education
'Recruitment' is the common term used to describe the new-member recruitment procedure for Greek organizations at most colleges. The Bethany College Greek system follows 'deferred recruitment' policy. This means that no Freshman students are allowed to join a chapter until they have attended Bethany for at least one semester (i.e., Freshman may only join a chapter during the spring semester). Upperclassmen are allowed to join a chapter either semester. In either case, students must be in good standing with the College in order to join a Fraternity or Sorority. Students are required to have at least a 2.00 GPA in order to be considered eligible. Many of Bethany's Greek organizations have higher GPA requirements. The Office of Student Affairs reserves the right to deny any student entrance to a chapter for academic or disciplinary reasons.
Formal recruitment takes place at the beginning of the spring semester. Provided that they meet the requirements stated above, all independent men and women wishing to join a chapter may participate. The specific rules and procedures regarding recruitment are set by both the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, respectively. These rules are on file at with the Office of Student Affairs and are available to all students upon request. All students interested in joining a chapter are invited to bring any questions or concerns they may have to the Office of Student Affairs. Greek life at a residential college can enhance many opportunities to students who choose to become affiliated with Greek organizations. "Recruitment" is a time when members of the Greek organization provide organized programs to explain and promote the benefits of Greek Life.
Six of Bethany's Greek houses are located on campus property. With the exception of their day-to-day self-governance, they are residences run by the College. This means that all maintenance, safety, and security issues fall under the jurisdiction of Bethany College. In the eyes of the College, two key chapter members are considered as the primary contacts for housing issues: the Chapter President and the House Manager. The Chapter President is considered the official spokesperson for the house on all issues,with the exception of the House Manager, who is seen as the primary contact person for any housing or maintenance issues.
No chapter, colony student, or alumni shall conduct or condone hazing activities. Hazing activities defined as any action taken or situation created, intentionally, regardless of location, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical or psychological shocks; treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, or road trips or any such activities carried on; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual, or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.