New Member Bill of Rights

There are a number of activities that are constructive parts of pledge/new member/associate/aspirant education and will contribute to your becoming a more active and productive member of your Greek organization. However, there are other activities in which you might me asked to take part that are a violation of inter/national fraternity and sorority regulations, Elon Panhellenic, Interfraternity , National Pan-Hellenic regulations and/or Elon policies. These activities constitute "hazing".

Listed below is a New Member Bill of Rights that specifically outlines activities that fraternity or sorority members cannot require of you. If they do so, the fraternity or sorority and the individual member(s) in question are subject to severe penalties up to and including permanent removal of Elon recognition, suspension from Elon and possibly removal of the chapter's charter. Pledges/new members/associates/aspirants participating in "hazing" activities may also be subject to judicial sanctions. Please study your rights and make certain that they are not violated.

No pledge/new member/associate/aspirant shall be required by any person or persons to perform any act which:

  • Interferes with the academic process - causes the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to miss or be ill prepared for classes, labs, study sessions or tests
  • Causes the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to violate Elon policies. 
  • Requires or pressures the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to consume alcohol.
  • Prevents the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant from securing normal amounts of sleep (no activities between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.)
  • Requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to perform personal services for collegiate or alumni members (including, but not limited to, driving around members and/or their guests (including members of other organizations), "shopping" for members, etc.).
  • Is sadistic - treats the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant in a "sub-human" manner.
  • Is illegal - including the use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Is immoral.
  • Places the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant in physical danger or in jeopardy of losing his or her life.
  • Places severe emotional stress upon the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant.
  • Requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to be present at activities for unreasonable preiods of time.
  • Requires pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to participate in a "Kangaroo" court or other individual questioning activities.
  • Prescribes wearing of anything to identify pledgeship/new member associate/aspirant status (this includes pledge/new member/associate or bid day T-shirts, or wearing of required clothing).
  • Requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to carry items that they would not normally bear (including paddles, signature books, etc.).
  • Requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to answer the telephone in a manner unlike a member would answer it.
  • Prevents the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant from speaking for a period of time.
  • Involves the abandonment of pledge/new member/associate/aspirant or active members thereby requiring them to find their own way back to campus.
  • Requires the blindfolding of the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant (exceptions: during low ropes course with trained facilitator or as prescribed in writing for inter/national Ritual).
  • Requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to stand when a collegiate or alumna/us member enters a room.
  • Requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to intentionally deface the house/chapter room/suite/aptc. etc; or requires the pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to clean the house/chapter room/suite/apt. etc. of others.
  • Requires calling other pledge/new member/associate/aspirant "names".
  • Requires pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to enter the house/suite/building only from a specific door.
  • Requires pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to eat meals together, attend unscheduled "call-down" meetings or sleep in the house/suite/apt. together for any length of time without written permission from Elon and inter/national office.
  • Requires a pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to address or refer to members in a manner different from how they are address (i.e. Mr./Mrs. Smith for initiates, Pledge Jean for new members).
  • Requires pledge/new member/associate/aspirant to participate in scavenger hunts or similar activities by any name that involves taking items, time deadlines, etc.

THIS LIST IS IN NO WAY INCLUSIVE.

Any questions regarding believed hazing or violations of new members' rights or other questionable activities should be reported to the hazing hotline at 336.278.HAZE (4293) or to the Director of Greek Life at 336.278.7326.

Each new member must sign The New Bill of Rights Confirmation Form to acknowledge their understanding and support of our zero tolerance for hazing.