Bid: An invitation to join a Greek-lettered organization.
Call: A type of vocal recognition for a particular organization, usually practiced by members of a NPHC or cultural-based Greek organizations.
Chapter: A chartered undergraduate national fraternity or sorority.
Chapter Advisor: An alumna who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and serves as a teacher, counselor, and friend.
Charter: An establishing member of the first class at a university.
Colony Chapter: Status of a new chapter prior to installation.
Council: The governing body of a Greek-lettered organization(s).
Crossing: Term used by NPHC or cultural-based Greek organizations to refer to the initiation of members into the organization.
Foundation/501 (c) (3): Under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service, The Foundation is a public operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Faculty Advisor: A member of the faculty or administration who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter.
Grade Point Average/GPA: It is a standard way of measuring academic achievement.
Greek Advisor: A member of the faculty or administration who maintains an advisory relationship to Greek-lettered organizations at a university.
Greek Life: Refers to being in a sorority or fraternity.
Greek Week: A weeklong event to promote unity among Greek-lettered organizations at a particular university.
Hazing: Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.
Initiation: A ritual-based ceremony that marks the acceptance of a lifetime commitment to the fraternity or sorority.
Interest Group: A group of individuals on campus in the first stage of the process leading to installation.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of nationally recognized fraternities as a chapter of a Greek-letter organization. Always capitalized and not hyphenated.
Legacy: Someone whose mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, or grandfather is an initiated member of the same Greek organization.
Line/Class: Terms used to refer to the members who crossed the same year and semester within the same organization and chapter.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): The governing body of minority Greek letter organizations.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): The governing body of nationally recognized sororities as a chapter of a Greek-letter organization. Always capitalize.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)/The Divine Nine: The governing body for the nine historically African-American Greek letter organizations.
Neophyte/Neo: A new member of a Greek organization.
Panhellenic Council (Panhel): The governing body for nationally recognized sororities.
Probate (better known as Reveal): A no longer used term for formal introduction of a new member class or line to the public, usually performed by members of a NPHC or cultural-based Greek organization. Also may be referred to as a new member presentation.
Prophyte: A seasoned older member of a Greek organization.
Recruitment: Always lowercase unless when beginning a sentence. The usage of recruitment is preferred rather than rush.
Reveal: A formal introduction of a new member class or line to the public, usually performed by members of a NPHC or cultural-based Greek organization. Also may be referred to as a new member presentation.
Risk Management: Involves analyzing all exposures to the possibility of loss and determining how to handle these exposures; reduce risk or transfer risk.
Social/Mixer: An activity where the members of one Greek organization visit the chapter of another Greek organization for a social event
Step: A form of dancing, usually performed as a routine, popularized by NPHC organizations that includes elaborate, synchronized, complex, and dynamic movements and sounds produced by a combination of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps.
Stroll/Party Walk: A line dance, usually participated by members of a NPHC or culturally-based Greek organizations.
Syands/Sands: (Same year and semester) Term originally used by members of NPHC organizations to refer to travelling or crossing across the “Burning Sands,” now commonly used to refer to other members who have crossed over in other organizations or in the same organization, but from a different chapter.