General interest meetings take place at the beginning of each semester for most of our Fraternities and Sororities. Following these informationals, RUSH begins. RUSH is an opportunity to learn more about the organizations and express your interest in joining. Depending on whether you are interested in Nationals or Locals, the process will differ a bit. Once you have shown interest in an organization, if you are chosen, or given a "bid," you begin the process of New Member Education.
New Member Education is the processes in which new members are initiated into the chapter.
According to the college regulations to begin a new member program:
- Students are to have obtained 12 credits at SUNY New Paltz (Therefore, first-semester, first-year students are ineligible to be New Members.)
- Transfers are eligible during their first semester with a 2.70 GPA from their previous institution
- Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or above
The umbrella of Fraternity/Sorority life on our campus is the United Greek Association (UGA). The UGA is one of the three major student governance systems on campus (the other two being the Student Association and the Residence Hall Student Association). There exists five sub-governing boards within the UGA, they are the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the Latino Greek Council (LGC), the Associative Greek Council (AGC), and the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC).
The college has a non-hazing policy that is strictly enforced. Before a student begins the New Member Education process, they meet with a representative from the Office of Student Activities and Union Services to review the New Member Education policies and expectiations.