National Expectations

by Matt Mattson

Often during Phired Up’s Dynamic Recruitment Training programs we’ll get into great discussions with undergraduate fraternity leaders about the importance of sharing clear expectations with potential members before offering them a lifelong invitation for membership. These expectations can nip a lot of future problems in the bud by making it very clear up front what each member is expected to do/be/act like, and just as importantly, making it very clear what will happen if they choose to not meet those expectations of membership.

The North-American Interfraternity Conference has some good recruitment-related resources on its website ( One in particular has to do with the basic expectations of membership in Inter/National collegiate fraternities. These can be found here, and are pasted for your convenience below. Do you clearly communicate these expecations (or some variation thereof) to your potential members before asking them to join?

Basic Expectations
In an effort to lessen the disparity between fraternity ideals and individual behavior and to personalize these ideals in the daily undergraduate experience, the following Basic Expectations of fraternity membership have been established:

  1. I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity ritual and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life.
  2. I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
  3. I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
  4. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
  5. I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
  6. I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
  7. I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol.
  8. I acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is properly cleaned and maintained.
  9. I will challenge my members to abide by these fraternal expectations and confront those who violate them.

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