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National Panhellenic Conference

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Whitney Drahota

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Once you have been initiated into an NPC fraternity, you are ineligible for membership in another NPC group.

The Panhellenic Compact
We, as Undergraduate members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.

We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.
Panhellenic Creed
The UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS bind the member groups of the NPC. These are the basic operating rules for the NPC groups. The UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS have been made in order for the NPC groups to thrive. The following is a summary of the UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS:
Highlights of
NPC provides many valuable resources to College Panhellenics, including:
-recruitment materials,
-volunteer support (through Area Advisors),
-Something of Value program,
-Consulting Team Visits,
-and various leadership development programs.

Please visit the NPC website’s College Panhellenics “Programs” page for more information
The purpose of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is to:
-foster interfraternal relationships,
-to promote the values of,
-and serve as an advocate for her 26 member groups.

They are each autonomous, but have developed several joint rules, known as the UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS and the Resolutions, in order to provide an effective operating framework.
National Panhellenic Conference
A signed Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) or a Continuous Open Bidding (COB) Acceptance is binding. If a potential member receives a bid under the preference system, she is ineligible to be pledged to another NPC member group on the same campus for one calendar year. However, if a new member who signs a bid transfers to another campus, or if a chapter’s charter has been rescinded during the education period, the one year wait is nullified.
Ethical Conduct
Bid promising: No fraternity members shall suggest to any potential new member that she refuse a bid from one group in order to await a bid from another group or suggest that a potential new member list only one choice on her preference card.
It is our obligation as Panhellenic women to avoid ranking groups, to avoid making disparaging remarks about our Panhellenic sisters, and to avoid negative publicity for the Panhellenic community.
The Panhellenic Compact
It is unethical for an NPC group to contact a school and/or its students concerning extension when the school fails to meet the NPC requirements, or to establish a chapter where the school administration has specifically stated that it disapproves of the establishment of women’s fraternities on that campus.
It is unethical for an NPC group to establish a chapter on a campus without the approval of the proper authority (e.g. Campus Panhellenic, school administration or the NPC Extension Committee).
College Panhellenic Association Agreement
A College Panhellenic Council shall be established where two or more NPC groups have installed undergraduate chapters. The chapter first established shall take the initiative in organizing it.
Each College Panhellenic shall establish rules governing membership recruitment activities.
Each NPC member group is allowed to COB to reach quota or allowable chapter size (Total).
College Panhellenic Councils are governed by and have the authority to enforce the NPC UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS through the judicial process.
No men or alcohol are allowed at recruitment functions.
College Panhellenic Councils
The College Panhellenic Council should work for amicable relations between the sororities on campus. This body establishes recruitment rules for the campus, within the NPC uNANiMOus AGrEEMENts and NPC Recruitment Resolutions. College Panhellenic Councils also work on philanthropic projects, educational programs, developing alcohol guidelines for the campus, and inter-sorority events
Key issues brought before the Panhellenic require time to resolve, since the chapter’s Delegate must bring these issues back to the chapter for a vote. Please note that in some instances the chapter’s Delegate is also required to contact the NPC Delegate of Theta Phi Alpha before a vote takes place (see below for more information). The Delegate must then vote according to the wishes of the chapter. Also, the Panhellenic, not its advisor, is the decision making body.
Contacting the NPC
Delegate and Delegation
The NPC Delegate (or her alternate, as indicated by the National Roster) should be contacted in the following situations:
Changes in Chapter total on your campus;
decisions concerning extension;
Questions related to recruitment or RFM
Follow-up for Something of Value and NPC Consulting team visits;
Issues regarding the implementation or upholding of the NPC UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS, and;
General questions or issues concerning your Campus Panhellenic
National pan-hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a coordinating body for the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities. They are:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.
Interfraternity Conference
The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is the trade association representing 75 international and national men’s fraternities. The NIC serves to advocate the needs of its member fraternities through enrichment of the fraternity experience; advancement and growth of the fraternity community; and enhancement of the educational mission of the host institutions. The NIC is also committed to enhancing the benefits of fraternity membership.
Greek Honorary Societies
National honor societies serve the purpose of honoring members of Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. In most cases, the Fraternity/ Sorority Advisor on campus would be the best person to work on the formation of these societies on campus. They are:
Order of Omega
The Order of Omega is a Greek honor society recognizing junior and senior members of fraternities and sororities who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement with their respective organization and within the Greek, campus and local community. The members of Order of Omega are selected from the top 3% of fraternity and sorority members at each institution.
Gamma Sigma Alpha
The academic honor society for fraternity and sorority members is Gamma Sigma Alpha. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a cumulative grade point average equivalent
to 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the start of their junior year, or a 3.5 or higher grade point average in any semester during their junior or senior year. By accepting membership into Gamma Sigma Alpha, fraternity and sorority members are recognized for their outstanding scholastic achievement. Members are given a unique opportunity to meet with other outstanding fraternity and sorority members, university faculty and administration. Students can also enrich their understanding and commitment to academics.
Rho Lambda
Rho Lambda is the national sorority leadership recognition society. The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor those women within the sorority community who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and service to their fraternal community and their sorority.
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