Active - an undergraduate student who has been initiated into lifelong membership of a Greek Organization
Alumna/alumnae - A graduated member of a women's Greek Letter organization, plural is alumnae while alumnus is a graduated member of a men's Greek Letter organization, plural is alumni.
Associate/New Member - A person who has gone through the recruitment process and is in the process of becoming an initiated member of the organization.
Badge - A symbolic pin worn by initiated members of Greek organizations.
Bid - A formal invitation to become a member of a Greek Letter organization.
Chapter - The local campus group of an Inter/national Greek Letter organization.
Colony - A newly-organized sorority or fraternity working towards an official charter from their national organization.
Continuous Open Recruiting (COR) - The process the Panhellenic Association uses to give bids outside of formal recruitment. They can only COR if they have spaces available after recruitment.
Dry Recruitment - Refers to the period before and during the recruitment process where the serving and/or presence of any alcoholic beverages at a recruitment event is considered illegal; all recruitment events at Hofstra are dry.
Dues - Fees paid to a Greek organization for membership, they are often paid per semester.
Formal Recruitment - The major recruitment process employed by the Panhellenic Association; occurs at the beginning of the fall semester.
Founders - The founding members of a Greek Letter organization.
Fraternity - A term used for men's Greek organizations; several women's Greek organizations are identified as fraternities in the official names, while others are considered women's fraternities.
Hazing - Hofstra University has an absolute prohibition on hazing. The University's strict definition may be found in the Policies section of our website.
IFSC - The Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council is composed of the three Greek umbrella organizations; African-Latino Fraternal Sororal Alliance, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Association; it serves as the main programming and regulatory Greek body
Informal Recruitment - An open recruitment period where bids may be extended and accepted at any time. This practice differs between councils.
Informational - Opportunity for interested students to gather more information about ALFSA fraternities and sororities.
Initiation - The formal ritual ceremony when an individual is accepted as a full member.
Intake - The process used by LGC and NPHC organizations to accept new members.
Legacy - When a parent, grandparent, or older sibling is in a Greek organization and you join the same one (it could be at different schools) this is called a legacy.
Local - A local organization is located on a single college campus. Usually, it is where the organization was founded, and it never chose to expand to a national organization. Local organizations are not tied to a national affiliate organization, which makes dues less than those of national organizations. At Hofstra University, the local organization participates in formal recruitment and all Greek events, represent philanthropies, participate in community service projects, and have members actively involved in the school community just like the other Greek organizations on campus. Locals have the potential to expand into national organizations if they join another organization or start another chapter on another campus.
New Member Period - The time from Bid Day until initiation.
Philanthropy - A cause for which a particular organization may raise money or volunteer time.
Potential New Member - Someone who could potentially be a new member of a Greek organization.
Recruitment - The formal period during which Greek organizations are actively seeking new members. However, in many councils, it is ongoing.
Rho Chi - Recruitment guide that helps women during the Panhellenic Association's formal recruitment.
Ritual - That which is revealed during initiation; the secret meaning that binds an organization.
Sorority - A Greek organization comprised solely of women.