What Will Primary Recruitment Be Like?
Formal Recruitment is intended to give each Potential New member the opportunity to become familiar with each of the sororities at RPI, meet as many Greek women as possible, and learn about each organization. The process of formal recruitment involves three rounds of events over four days, each providing experiences to guide decisions:
Rotationals, Days 1 & 2: During rotationals you will visit all the sororities for 20 minutes each every day. These events are intended to introduce you to every chapter before you begin to make any decisions. If you attend both days of rotationals you will have more exposure to the chapters, but if you miss one day or part of a day you will still see each chapter equally.
House Tours, Day 3: House Tours are 60 minutes each and you can be invited back to up to three houses. This is a day to pay attention to your feelings and consider how comfortable you feel at each house.
Preference, Day 4: Preference allows you to develop deep bonds with a sorority and ask any pressing questions before you make your final decision. You may attend up to two preference events, each an hour long.
Bid Day: Held in the afternoon after Preference rounds, Bid Day is when the Moment happens: you get to open your envelope and run to meet your new sisters! This part of the weekend is filled with excitement, emotions, and fun!
What is the MRABA?
The Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) is a one-year binding agreement signed by a potential new member when ranking chapters after the final round of Preference events during the Primary Recruitment process. Prior to signing the MRABA, PNMs have several options to consider and reflect on with regard to membership options.
A PNM may choose not to complete the MRABA, thereby withdrawing from recruitment. If a PNM chooses this option, she is eligible to accept a bid for membership from any sororities participating in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) the following fall semester. However not guaranteed, a small number of sororities may be able to recruit a limited number of women through the COB process after formal recruitment, if their chapter is below Panhellenic Total (I.e. Median Chapter Size).
A PNM may choose to list any sorority whose preference event she attended and from whom she is willing to accept an invitation to membership (a bid). PNMs should NOT rank any sorority on her final selection that she is absolutely not willing to accept a bid for membership. If a PNM matches with a sorority that she listed on her MRABA, regardless of whether she accepts the invitation for membership or not, she is bound to that sorority for one calendar year (January 2020 - January 2021), and is not eligible participate in COB or accept a bid from another NPC chapter until the next formal recruitment period.
A PNM may choose to list only one or two preferences, but she must understand that by choosing to single intentional preference that she is 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 guaranteed to receive a bid for membership, although it may not be their top choice.