NIC Position: The NIC supports values-based recruitment systems that empower students to join a fraternal experience in a manner that they determine best meets their developmental needs.
- Recruitment for any member fraternity must align with NIC Standards which includes its Health and Safety Guidelines.
- The NIC opposes any recruitment requirement placed on fraternities that is not equally applied to all registered student organizations including deferring joining or recruitment.
- The NIC supports open recruitment systems which provide ample opportunity for students and chapters to find a good fit for membership.
- The NIC supports a chapter’s ability to select members on terms that best meet their organization’s culture and standards.
- Per the IFC SOP, the NIC supports organized recruitment periods provided that chapters are permitted to recruit and distribute bids outside of the designated recruitment period.
- Per NIC Standards, all men must have a 2.5 GPA or higher to be eligible to join.
- The NIC opposes any recruitment requirement placed on fraternities that is not equally applied to all registered student organizations.
- The NIC opposes any recruitment restriction that infringes on free speech and associational rights.
- The NIC opposes any recruitment restriction that violates anti-trust laws.
- In most cases, fraternity membership leads to higher retention rates and higher graduation rates among undergraduate students.
- Fraternity membership leads to greater affinity for the host institution and greater alumni engagement, which is a benefit to the host institution.
- Deferred recruitment is an inequitable application of student policy because other student organizations – such as intercollegiate athletics, school-sanctioned clubs and others – are free to recruit, select and enroll new members at any time.
- A successful fraternity experience provides men with a sense of community and a support network that aids in a successful transition to the collegiate experience.