Update about Fall Formal Recruitment and Intake

During this time, we have and will continue to be an institution committed to our values while prioritizing health and safety. We expect our student organizations to do the same. To that end, we have made the decision that all formalized recruitment and intake events and programs will be deferred to the spring 2021 semester. This includes, but is not limited to, formal Panhellenic and IFC recruitment, and chapter-specific formalized recruitment weeks or intake or rush events. The following are the factors considered when making this decision: 

  • Academic success — Academics are the reason why students are at NIU. Twenty-five percent of member removal from chapter rosters this past semester was due to academics. Deferring recruitment and intake would allow all students (current and potential new members) the opportunity to focus on academics in a new learning environment.
  • Equity — Equity and access are foundational values for us as Huskies. Institutionally we must recognize that co-curricular engagement also must look different. Our concern is that online recruitment or intake would not be inclusive of all students, especially those who struggle to access technology and reliable Wi-Fi. Deferring recruitment and intake allows all students the opportunity to participate equally.
  • Access —More than 90% of students who participated in fall recruitment last year were first-year, residential students. Given this statistic and the decreased number of students able to live on campus for the fall 2020 semester, the typical first semester residential potential new member pool will be significantly decreased. Deferring recruitment and intake would not only allow students to adjust to their new living situations and learning environments as they find ways to be involved, but it also allows us time to develop robust, targeted recruitment plans that reach out to populations underrepresented in our FSL community. With intention, we can cultivate a substantial and diverse pool of candidates beyond the students living in the residence halls.
  • Fiscal sustainability — We understand the financial impact COVID-19 has had on our students and their families. Knowing that 17% of member removals this past spring was due to financial reasons, we strongly believe that many of our students will not be able to commit financially to the FSL community this coming fall. Deferring recruitment and intake would allow students the ability to assess their financial status with more accuracy with a semester of learning behind them.

We know some international organizations deferred their fall 2020 recruitment efforts already. Chapters interested in hosting recruitment or intake in the fall 2020 semester will be able to request an exemption to this new timeline. This process will be a form on HuskieLink, and more information about the submission timeline will be out soon. For questions, email fsl@niu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I'm interested in joining a fraternity or sorority this semester?

Some fraternities and sororities may be bringing in new members or hosting intake this semester. They have to receive approval from the university to do this. For more information, follow the chapter(s) you're interested in on social media and on HuskieLink, where they'll post information about their recruitment or intake events.

If we have plans for contract tracing, why can’t we recruit and quarantine if we need to?

The decision to defer recruitment was made for more reasons than just the pandemic. The other reasons include academic success and fiscal sustainability of potential and current members, and equity and access for all students.

Can our NPC chapters still recruit to total?

Yes, while utilizing an informal recruitment method. A chapter leader can submit an exemption for review to host recruitment and new member education or intake this semester. More information on this process is coming soon.

What if my chapter will have no members at the end of the fall 2020 semester without intake?

A chapter leader can submit an exemption for review to host recruitment and new member education or intake this semester. More information on this process is coming soon.

What if my inter/national organization has developed an all virtual recruitment/intake process?

A chapter leader can submit an exemption for review to host recruitment and new member education or intake this semester. More information on this process is coming soon.

Can new chapters expand to campus?

At this time, we are not open for expansion or to new chapters joining our community. We will reevaluate this for the spring 2021 semester.

What can new member presentations look like this semester?

New member presentations will follow the engagement guidelines set out by the university. In the past, chapters not conducting a presentation have revealed via video, social media posts, and live streaming the presentation to family, friends and alumni members.


Contact Us

Alex Pitner, M.S.
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Holmes Student Center
815-753-6505
apitner1@niu.edu

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