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membership recruitment acceptance

binding argeement

NPC member organizations are formally named sororities, fraternities or societies. All organizations are referred to as sororities by NPC. Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Campus Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have participated in the membership recruitment period at ____________________________________________________________ (name of college or university) By signing this acceptance agreement, I understand and agree to the following terms. Please read and initial each of the following: ____ I am willing to accept an invitation to membership from any women’s sorority (fraternity) that I list on this agreement. ____ I may limit my choices to just one OR list any women’s sorority (fraternity) whose preference-round (last) event I attended, and from which I am willing to accept membership. I realize that by not listing the maximum number of events I attended, I may be limited my potential to joining any other NPC group during primary recruitment should I not be placed with my choice(s). ____ Once I submit this agreement to the College Panhellenic Association, I cannot change the order of my preferences or add or delete a preference. ____ If I do not receive an invitation to membership from a group that I have listed, I am eligible for continuous open bidding. ____ I have the option of not submitting an agreement at this time. ____ Once I submit this agreement, I am bound by the National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements, which states that if I receive an invitation to membership from an organization that I have listed and then do not accept it, I am ineligible to be pledged until the beginning of the next primary recruitment period (fall 2019) on the same campus.

Signature ___________________________________________________________________________ By signing this form I agree to accept a bid if it is offered from any of the women’s sororities I list below, and I agree I will be bound to that bid until the beginning of the next primary membership recruitment period. Date _______________________________________________________________________________ I agree to the terms stated above, and I am willing to accept an invitation to membership from any of the following sororities whose preference event I attended (listed in order of preference): 1st preference ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2nd preference _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature ___________________________________________________________________________ Date __________________________ This agreement must be filed with the College Panhellenic within (1) business day of the above date.


Explanation of the

membership recruitment

acceptance binding agreement

The document on the opposite page is the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA), formerly known as the “Preference Card.” The MRABA is a binding agreement that is effective for one calendar year. By signing this document, you as a Potential New Member agree that you are willing to accept a bid for membership from any sorority that you rank on the MRABA. Please note that if you receive an invitation to membership (a bid) from any sorority that you ranked on your MRABA, then you are bound to that group for one calendar year (August 2018-August 2019). Most importantly, if you receive a bid from any sorority that you have listed on your MRABA, and you choose not to accept it, you are not eligible to participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) in fall 2018 or spring 2019. If you receive invitations to Preference, at the conclusion of your last Preference party, you will make your final selection in a computer lab, ranking the chapters you visited on Saturday, August 17 in a preferential order. Once you complete your rankings, you will print and sign a copy of the MRABA. Please note that once the MRABA has been turned in to a representative of the Alabama College Panhellenic Association, it cannot be altered or changed. Prior to signing the MRABA, you have several options to consider and we suggest that you thoroughly reflect on these before signing your MRABA. -First and foremost, you may choose not to complete the MRABA, thereby withdrawing from recruitment. If you choose this option, you are eligible to accept a bid for membership from any sororities participating in Continuous Open Bidding. A small number of sororities may be able to recruit a limited number of women through the COB process after primary recruitment if their chapter is below Panhellenic Total; however, this is not guaranteed. -Secondly, you may choose to list any sorority whose preference (last) event you attended and from whom you are willing to accept an invitation to membership (a bid). Please note that you should NOT rank any sorority on your MRABA that you are absolutely not willing to accept a bid for membership. If you match with a sorority that you listed on your MRABA, it is important to note that you are bound to that sorority for one calendar year (August 2018-August 2019), regardless of whether you officially accept their invitation for membership or not. -Lastly, you may choose to limit your choices to just one sorority whose preference round (last) event you attended an are willing to accept an invitation to membership, but you must understand that if you chose single intentional preference then you are not guaranteed to receive a bid for membership. Only Potential New Members who maximize their options and list ALL of the chapters that they attended during the Preference Round are guarantee to receive a bid for membership during primary recruitment. If you do not receive an invitation to membership (a bid) from any of the sororities that you have listed, you are eligible for continuous open bidding (COB.)

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Unanimous Agreement III. The Panhellenic Compact specifically states in point 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 sorority on the same campus until the beginning of the next year’s primary membership recruitment period. This statement is from a Unanimous Agreement, which all 26 member organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) agree to uphold.


potential new member

bill of rights

1. The right to be treated as an individual.

2. The right to be fully informed about the Recruitment process. 3. The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from Recruitment Counselors and members. 4. The right to be treated with respect. 5. The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized. 6. The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers. 7. The right to have and express opinions to Recruitment Counselors. 8. The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with Recruitment Counselors. 9. The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others. 10. The right to be fully informed about the NPC Unanimous Agreements implicit in the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) signing process. 11. The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision. 12. The right to have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience.

Your Sigma Rho Chi and Judicial Board members will make sure that these rules are upheld during Recruitment.

Individuals who have concerns about the Recruitment process are encouraged to contact The Dean of Student’s Office at 205-348-3376.

UA Fall 2018 Primary Recruitment MRABA  

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) used by the Alabama Panhellenic Associ...

UA Fall 2018 Primary Recruitment MRABA  

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) used by the Alabama Panhellenic Associ...