Terminology and Etiquette
- Active: A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and is active at the collegiate level
- Alumni/Alumnae: Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college
- Bid: An invitation to join a fraternity or sorority
- Bid Day: The last day of recruitment when new members celebrate getting their bids and when disaffiliated recruitment counselors rejoin their organization through "running home"
- Big Brother or Sister: An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a sponsor, mentor, and special friend to a New Member, guiding them through their New Member program
- Calls: Vocal expressions unique to a Greek organization. While you can enjoy listening to organizations' calls, it is disrespectful to imitate the calls if you are not a part of the organization.
- Chapter: A local group of the larger national organization; an individual fraternity or sorority
- Charter: Permission from the national or international fraternity or sorority headquarters for the local chapter to operate
- College Panhellenic Council (CPH): The governing body of sororities at the Columbus State University Panhellenic operated under the direction of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
- Colony: A group of students seeking a charter from a headquarters to a chapter
- Crest: Insignia used by sorority and fraternity members, usually with hidden, secret meanings within its design
- Crossing: A term used by NPHC groups to indicate that a new member has been fully initiated into a group
- Disaffiliate: To remove yourself from the Greek organization in which you have been initiated. This is done temporarily by recruitment counselors until bid day, when they "run home" to rejoin their organization.
- Divine 9: Refers to the nine organizations represented in the National Pan-Hellenic Council
- Dry Recruitment: The prohibition of alcohol at any chapter event where potential new members are or may potentially be present
- Formal Recruitment: The major period of time set aside by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils for meeting potential new members
- Fraternity: The general term for all Greek-letter organizations, generally applied to men's groups
- Function: A social gathering for two or more fraternities or sororities
- Greek: Any member of a Greek-letter social organization (sorority or fraternity)
- Informal Recruitment: A time period outside of formal recruitment in which Greek organizations individually decide when they will extend bids to potential members
- Initiation: The formal ceremony or traditional ritual that brings a new member into full membership
- Intake or Membership Intake: The term typically used by NPHC organizations for bringing new members into their organization
- Interfraternity Council (IFC): One of the governing bodies of fraternities at Columbus State University. IFC operates under the affiliation requirements of the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
- Legacy: The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each chapter has its own policy regarding legacies.
- Line: A term typically used by NPHC organizations for individuals going through the membership intake process together
- National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): A national organization composed of 26 member sororities/women's fraternities
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): A national organization composed of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African American; locally the governing council for six organizations
- Nationals: A term referring to the central organization of a fraternity or sorority
- Neophyte (Neo): A term typically used by NPHC members for the newest members of a fraternity or sorority
- New Member Program: An educational journey in which New Members learn the history, ideals and values of the organization. The time frame of the New Member Program varies for each chapter.
- New/Associate Member: A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated
- North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC): A national organization composed of 66 national member men's fraternities and alumni associations.
- Order of Omega: An honors organization that extends invitations to juniors and seniors who are initiated members of a fraternity or sorority and have attained a high standard of leadership and scholarship within the fraternity and sorority community
- Philanthropy: A service project, fundraiser, or initiative taken on by a Greek organization at the campus, community, or national level
- Pin: (Two types) The active pin is worn on the chest designating an initiated member of a certain Greek organization. A new member pin is simpler and is used to designate a new member.
- Potential New Member (PNM)A person who has shown interest but not yet been offered or accepted a bid into a fraternity/sorority
- Prophyte: A term typically used by NPHC members for an older brother or sister in a fraternity or sorority who generally took part in the initiation of the organization's new members
- Quota: The specified number of Potential New Members to which each Panhellenic sorority may extend a bid
- Recommendation (Rec): A written recommendation for a Potential New Member from an alumni member of an organization. Letters of recommendation do NOT guarantee a bid from any sorority.
- Recruitment Counselor: An active member of a fraternity or sorority, chosen and trained to assist Potential New Members with formal recruitment
- Recruitment/Rush/Intake: The activity by which chapters seek new members
- Ritual: The traditional ceremonies of a chapter, which are usually secret
- Running home: When disaffiliated recruitment counselors rejoin their Greek organization on Bid Day
- Stepping: A creative form of artistic dance and musical entertainment unique to some culturally-based fraternities and sororities, especially those of historically African American heritage
- Signs: A unique hand symbol or movement related to a Greek organization. It can be considered disrespectful to imitate the signs if you are not a part of the organization.
- Sorority: The term generally applied to Greek organizations of women
- Strolling: When a fraternity or sorority, typically an NPHC organization, forms a line and performs choreographed moves. While you can enjoy watching the organizations stroll, it is disrespectful to imitate their choreography if you are not a part of the organization. It is also considered disrespectful to walk between people in the line while they are strolling.
- Total: The maximum number of members and new members a Panhellenic sorority can have at the end of recruitment. If a Panhellenic sorority has obtained quota during recruitment and is still below total, that sorority may continue to extend bids to new members.
- Unaffiliated: A student not in a fraternity or sorority
- Yard: A term used by NPHC groups to reference the campus.