How to Pledge

Rushing, Pledging, and Greek Week
  1.  Joining a Greek Organization  — Read More… 
    • All Greek organizations recruit new members through a process called rush. The process is designed to give potential members an opportunity to learn about each fraternity or sorority and to meet active members of each organization. Each group has a distinct culture and embraces a unique set of core values, so it's important for potential members to learn which organization fits them best. Rush also gives the active fraternity and sorority members an opportunity to learn which potential members would best fit their organization based on their current membership and the values their organization upholds. Because membership in a fraternity or sorority is meant to last a lifetime, choosing to join a Greek group is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Each group holds an introductory event during the fall semester, which is open to all eligible members, and rush officially starts when students return to campus in the spring. At that time, each group hosts a series of three events from late January to early March that gives them the opportunity to recruit new members. The first spring event each fraternity or sorority hosts is open to all eligible men or women, but the following two events are invitation-only. For more information about the specific dates of events each group is hosting, please contact the representative for each organization.
  2.  Eligibility  — Read More… 
    • To be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority, an individual must be a full-time Doane University student with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher. A few groups have voluntarily raised the minimum GPA they expect their members to maintain above 2.25. All eligible students must have also completed one semester of classes at the college or transferred in a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited institution (those credits must be on file with the Registrar's Office by the beginning of the spring semester). Dual credits obtained during high school will not be counted toward the 12 credit limit. If necessary, the college reserves the right to deem a student ineligible to join a Greek organization due to behavior or disciplinary problems.
  3.  Distributing Bids  — Read More… 
    • Bids are the formal invitations extended to potential members inviting them to join a group. Each group distributes bids to recipients' residence hall rooms or off-campus residence on the first Saturday of Greek Week between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. If a recipient will not be in his/her room while bids are being delivered, he/she should leave a phone number with Megan Failor, Greek Life Advisor, or Kim Jacobs, Vice President of Student Leadership, where he/she can be reached that Saturday morning. Megan and Kim will contact recipients who are unable to receive their bid in person.
  4.  Accepting Bids  — Read More… 
    • Bid recipients must return bids to the Perry Campus Center Board Room between 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. the morning they are received. Women accept a bid by signing it. If a woman chooses to decline a bid and not join a particular Greek organization, she is to return the bid unsigned. Each sorority has their own ballot box for returning bids. Men who pledge a fraternity will mark the appropriate organization on a ballot. The ballots and boxes where bids are to be returned are provided in the Board Room. Bid decisions are kept secret until 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of Greek Week. At that time, they are revealed to their respective organizations and tabulated. There is a mandatory meeting for all pledges who have accepted a bid at 10:45 a.m. If a pledge cannot attend this meeting, he/she must meet with Megan Failor or Kim Jacobs before being eligible to participate in pledging activities. Students accepting bids are invited and encouraged to attend a luncheon in the South Dining Room in the Perry Campus Center starting at 11:15 a.m. the first Saturday of Greek Week. Dress for this event is business casual (nice pants or a skirt).
  5.  Pledging  — Read More… 
    • Pledging is a week-long series of activities each fraternity and sorority takes their pledges through to learn about their organization and build camaraderie among their new members. The activities are designed to teach pledges about the history, values and traditions of the organization they are joining. Activities begin the first Saturday of Greek Week, which is the Saturday preceding the start of Spring Break, and take place throughout the week. Pledging activities are closely monitored by the college and adult sponsors of each organization. It's important to know that Doane University has a strict stance against hazing, and hazing in any form by members of any campus organization is strictly prohibited. In accordance with Nebraska law, hazing refers to any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally, whether on or off-campus premises, endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, paddling in any form, creating excessive fatigue, forced consumption of any substance (such as food, tobacco, alcohol), forced road trips, kidnapping, morally and degrading games and stunts, or other activities prohibited by law or college policy.
If you have any questions about rushing or pledging, please contact Kayla Decker, Greek Life Advisor at or 402-826-8246.

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