The Interfraternity Council at ETSU is the governing body of six social fraternities at ETSU. The council supports educational programming to advance the goals of leadership and social development, regulates formal recruitment for the fraternities, and serves as a judiciary board in case any problems between fraternities arise. The council keeps a constitution and a set of bylaws that, if necessary, can be amended with new legislation during bi-weekly meetings held each semester.
Information regarding fraternity and sorority judicial and academic standings may be found here. This also includes a list of any fraternities or sororities that are not recognized.
Frequently Asked Questions about IFC Recruitment
How do I obtain more information about joining?
Do I have to be a freshman to join a fraternity?
Any full-time enrolled undergraduate student is eligible for fraternity membership.
What kind of grades do I need to join a fraternity?
The fraternal experience has academic expectations. Most chapters require above a 2.5, some above a 2.75 high school or college GPA.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the registration form!
Will recruitment be in person or virtual due to the Coronavirus?
Chapters will host in-person events in compliance with all safety guidelines.
When does fall 2021 recruitment start?
Bids can be distributed starting the first day of classes on August 23, 2021 through the last day of classes on December 3, 2021.
For more information about joining a fraternity, please contact Mack Dyer.
What is the fall 2021 recruitment schedule?
Fall recruitment or "rush" occurs from September 6 - September 15.
September 6, Potential New Member Orientation, attendance required. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Culp Auditorium.
September 7, Chapter Rotations, potential new members will attend a presentation by all 6 fraternities. 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Culp Center.
September 8 - 13, Chapter Events, potential new members will attend events hosted by the chapters. Rho Sigs will help potential new members with logistics.
September 14, Preference Events, potential new members will attend events hosted by the chapters. This tends to be a more formal event. Rho Sigs will help potential new members with logistics.
September 15, Bid Day, potential new members will gather at 5:30 p.m. to receive their bid invitations, Culp Center. After bids are opened, potential new members may go to Bid Day celebration events hosted by their new chapter.
Will someone help me prepare and participate in the recruitment process?
For the fall semester, Rho Sigmas or Rho Sigs are recruitment guides who have disaffiliated from their chapter to help potential new members throughout the recruitment process. Potential new members are placed into Rho Sig groups after they have registered for recruitment.
If I go through the recruitment process, do I have to join?
No. You do not have to join an IFC fraternity just because you participate in the recruitment process. You are strongly encouraged to participate in all recruitment activities since this provides excellent opportunity to meet all chapters. Due to the commitment of fraternity membership, you should feel 100% comfortable with your choice.
Is this my only opportunity to join an IFC fraternity?
We cannot guarantee that chapters will offer bid invitations after their initial bidding period, which typically takes place at the start of the semester. However, it is a common practice at ETSU that chapters will participate in “continuous open bidding” or informal recruitment throughout the fall and spring semesters, allowing others to join after the fall formal recruitment period.
Can I join more than one social fraternity?
No. Although you may become familiar with all organizations through the recruitment process, you may only accept one invitation to join an IFC chapter at ETSU.
Members are eligible to join Greek-lettered organizations that center on professions, majors, academic honors, or community service.
How much does it cost to be a member of a chapter?
Fraternity membership does have an annual cost as an undergraduate student. This is called “dues” and is usually more expensive as a new member, then goes down after the new member period. This amount varies among chapters. For individual chapter dues and what this money covers, please contact a representative from each of the individual chapters.
Joining a chapter will require dues payments that range anywhere from approximately $300-$450 for the first semester and approximately $250-$450 for each semester thereafte
What about Hazing?
The ETSU policy on Hazing states: Hazing. Hazing, as defined in TCA § 49-7-123(a)(1), means any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property, of any higher education institution by an individual acting alone, or with others, which is directed against any other person(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that person(s), or which induces or coerces a person(s) to endanger such person(s) mental or physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization;
Any allegations or reports of hazing are taken seriously and acted upon swiftly. Reports may come in to the Dean of Students, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, or by completing the report form online.
A list of institutional expectations and disciplinary procedures may be found in the “Student Conduct and Rights” section of the current year’s academic catalog.
2021 Interfraternity Council Executive Board
|Executive Vice President||Thomas Brown|
|Vice President of Programming||Sam Frazier|
|Vice President of Risk Management||Trevor Parsons|
|Vice President of Recruitment||Mack Dyer|
|Vice President of Finance||Nic Miller
|Vice President of Public Relations||Thomas Brown|
|Vice President of Community Service||Erwin Lopez|
|Vice President of Scholarship||Chase Askew|
|Vice President of Housing||Rand DeBord|
|Vice President of Alumni Relations||TBA|
|Vice President of Brotherhood||Ben Griffin|
|Vice President of CAP||Andrew Herman
|Vice President of Leadership Development||James Gilley|
|Vice President of Member Education||Matthew Gutierrez|
If you need to call attention to a student of concern, please review information about ETSU's CARE Report.
At the IFC Maple Street Housing Update meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 ETSU announced it was ending University recognition of new off fraternity housing effective July 1, 2018 with existing homes phased out over a three year period. More information about this policy can be found on the Fraternity and Sorority Life Housing page.