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2015 NPC Legislation

National Panhellenic Conference legislative powers are limited to enactment of laws for its own government. It is empowered to make recommendations to member fraternities, such recommendations becoming law only after ratification by the member groups. Through such recommendations have come the UNANIMOUS AGREEMENTS of the Conference. These agreements are binding on all NPC member groups.

Below are the legislative updates from the 2015 National Panhellenic Conference.

Alumnae Panhellenic Dues (2015)

Alumnae Panhellenic dues shall be increased effective the first day of the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, to $50 per annum.
Rationale: The additional revenue will allow NPC to continue providing quality services and programs to Alumnae Panhellenics.

College Panhellenic Dues (2015)

College Panhellenic dues shall be increased on an adjusted tier system, effective the first day of the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, as follows:

  • College Panhellenics with nine or fewer chapters shall have dues of $55 per chapter per annum.
  • College Panhellenics with 10 or more chapters shall have dues of $65 per chapter per annum.

Rationale: The additional revenue will allow NPC to continue providing quality services and programs to College Panhellenics.

Unanimous Agreement III. The Panhellenic Compact

  1. A woman who is or who has ever been an initiated member of an existing NPC sorority shall not be eligible for membership in another NPC sorority.
  2. To be eligible to participate in Panhellenic recruitment and pledge an NPC sorority as a collegiate member, a woman must:
    A. Not be simultaneously enrolled in high school and attending college.
    B. Be an undergraduate regularly matriculated according to the definition of matriculation established by that institution.
  3. An undergraduate woman may pledge an NPC sorority only during a regular academic term and not during any school recess or summer academic term, except during a primary membership recruitment period and the ensuing continuous open bidding (COB) process when held immediately before an academic term.

Rationale: Provides further clarification to College Panhellenics on the requirements for pledging an NPC member
organization.

Unanimous Agreement VI. College Panhellenic Association Agreement

  1. Establishment and Regulation of a College Panhellenic Association
    1. A College Panhellenic Association shall be established where two or more NPC sororities have installed undergraduate chapters.
    2. The NPC sorority chapter first installed on that campus shall take the initiative in organizing the College Panhellenic Association with the participation and involvement of other existing NPC sorority chapters on that campus.
    3. When an NPC member sorority has followed the NPC Agreement on Extension (UA V), and a chapter has been installed, that chapter shall become a regular member of the College Panhellenic Association.
    4. Each installed NPC sorority chapter shall have one vote.
    5. A College Panhellenic Association shall conduct business only during the regular academic year and primary recruitment if held outside of the regular academic term.
    6. A College Panhellenic Association shall not expel a chapter of any NPC sorority from its membership, nor shall
      it have the authority to recommend such action.
    7. An NPC sorority chapter shall not have the right to withdraw from its College Panhellenic Association.
    8. A re-established NPC sorority chapter shall take its place in the College Panhellenic Association according to
      the date of its most recent installation.

Rationale: A College Panhellenic should conduct business during the regular academic year — not summer and break
periods — when chapters are also in session and can appropriately discuss and vote on business matters.

Values-Based Recruitment (2015)

All College Panhellenics and their member chapters shall incorporate the following policies into their membership recruitment programs:

  • Focus on conversations between chapter members and potential new members about organizational values and member organizations.
  • Establish guidelines for membership recruitment budgets and set a cap on membership recruitment expenses, including the value of all donated goods and services.
  • Keep decorations to a minimum and confined to the interior space used for recruitment rounds.
  • Determine recruitment event attire for chapter members that reduces individual financial burden and eliminates costuming
  • Eliminate gifts, favors, letters and notes for potential new members.
  • Eliminate recruitment skits.

Rationale: After a two-year study of all aspects of recruitment, the NPC Recruitment Committee — whose members represent 13 NPC sororities — determined that the 2003 No-Frills Recruitment policy needed language more in line with the values-based recruitment philosophy that has become the focus of the committee and the member organizations. The committee found overwhelming evidence that skits rarely give positive information to potential new members (PNMs).

For values-based recruitment:

  • Panhellenics find it difficult to monitor skits and enforce restrictions such as time length, appropriate messaging, subject matter/themes and ad libs by cast members.
  • The amount of time during an event dedicated to a skit is not in proportion to the length of the event. The skit limits the amount of time for one-on-one conversation with PNMs. This reduced conversation time decreases the opportunity to discuss organizational and membership expectations and fees.
  • Messaging given during skits may not align with organizational and chapter values.
  • No evidence exists from personal observation or on recruitment evaluations that decorations, food or skits influence the choices made by PNMs.
  • Decorations, food and skits are not a reflection of each organization’s values and are not part of the values-based
    recruitment strategy that NPC and its member organizations strive to achieve.
  • On various campuses, when PNMs have been asked to fill out evaluations after recruitment, an overwhelming majority of those PNMs have agreed that their selection was based on:
    • The chapters they were invited back to.
    • The personal interaction and conversations with individual chapter members, not simply one particular chapter
      member.

Total Review (2003, 2015)

Panhellenics will review total every regular academic term.

Proviso: Effective immediately but no later than fall 2016, giving College Panhellenics the remainder of the academic year to update their recruitment rules with this policy.

Automatically Adjusting Total (2013, 2015)

To allow chapters to achieve parity as quickly as possible, total will be automatically adjusted every regular academic term. This is to be done no later than 72 hours following bid distribution in the academic term that primary recruitment is held and within one week (no more than seven days) from the start of the academic term(s) in which primary recruitment is not held. The adjustment will be to median chapter size unless the College Panhellenic adopts an acceptable alternative method according to the Manual of Information.

Rationale: Even though NPC implemented the auto-reset policy in fall 2013, College Panhellenics continue to see variances in total due to retention and midyear graduations. Having total readjusted every regular academic term (i.e., fall and spring terms for semester schedules or fall, winter and spring terms for quarter schedules) will allow for the most accurate reflection of true Panhellenic size.

Continuous open bidding (COB) is a right granted through the NPC Unanimous Agreements to each chapter during the academic year with the exception of primary recruitment. Adjusting total is necessary to allow chapters the right to use COB to reach parity.

Adopting this policy will help dispel the myth that increasing total makes chapters larger, when in reality quota is what makes chapters larger. Total provides the parity to which all NPC member organizations have unanimously agreed.

Automatically setting total every academic term will benefit the community when there is shrinkage and total must be decreased to protect smaller chapters — and to prevent larger chapters from participating in COB when total would be set artificially high.

Roster sizes should become more accurate once chapters know that this calculation will be made automatically. Adjustment at every term will correct the use of formulas to estimate what chapters believe retention will be throughout the academic year.

Options in Determining Total (2009, 2015)

College Panhellenics can use one of the following methods to determine total:

  1. Median chapter size
  2. Average chapter size
  3. Largest chapter size (recommended for College Panhellenics with three or fewer chapters)

Proviso: Effective immediately but no later than fall 2016, giving College Panhellenics the remainder of the academic year to update their recruitment rules with this policy.

Rationale: After studying how total is implemented, it is evident that in most cases median chapter size is the most appropriate size for chapters after the primary recruitment period. Therefore, the method to determine total has been changed to 1) median chapter size, 2) average chapter size and 3) largest chapter size (recommended for College Panhellenics with three or fewer chapters).

Having total readjusted every regular academic term (i.e., fall and spring terms for semester schedules or fall, winter and spring terms for quarter schedules) will allow for the most accurate reflection of the true Panhellenic size.

Two-Tier Total (2009) – Eliminated

Rationale: In order to pass and implement the policies Total Review and Automatically Adjusting Total, this policy was eliminated.