Interfraternity Council (IFC)
At UT Austin, members of the Interfraternity Council set their own timelines for recruitment, While the IFC does not organize a formal recruitment for students interested in joining a fraternity, interested students are highly encouraged to register on IFC's Chapter Builder account by clicking "Recruitment" on texasifc.com, as that information will be shared with all recruiting chapters. Additionally, you may also reach out to a chapter's recruitment officers to inquire about timelines directly.
Please note that each individual chapter is making modifications to their recruitment plans given the implications of COVID-19. Please reach out to chapters of interest to learn more about the recruitment schedule. All recruitment activities must comply with state and local ordinances around COVID-19 safety precautions. Click here to download the IFC's July Event Guidelines.
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Full-time enrollment at The University of Texas at Austin is required in order to be eligible to participate in recruitment and join a fraternity. A full-time student is one who is taking twelve credit hours per semester, excluding correspondence courses and courses at other universities.
Students participating in the Pathway to Admission through Co-Enrollment, also known as PACE, will have access to all of the benefits and privileges of a full-time student at UT Austin. However, if you are a student at another institution, such as Austin Community College, and not enrolled in the PACE program, you are not eligible to join a fraternity.
While institutional policy allows for PACE students to access student organizations at UT, individual fraternities will have their own policies regarding students enrolled in the PACE program.
Other Things You Should Know
Alcohol and Recruitment
Recruitment is intended to provide opportunities to spend time getting to know each other. According to the IFC Constitution, alcohol is not to be served to minors under any circumstances (IFC Constitution, Article X, Section 1). In accordance with the state of Texas law, no alcohol should be served to minors during any recruitment function, whether it is one-on-one or in a large group. Consumption of alcohol at any chapter function by individuals under the age of 21 is strictly prohibited. Most IFC organizations have national policies that prohibit the use of alcohol at any and all recruitment and new member activities. All IFC chapter are expected to follow all federal, state, and local laws surrounding the consumption of alcohol.
No alcohol should be used or be present during any recruitment function or event, of any kind.
Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off of the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a person, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.
Anti-hazing legislation or policies have been adopted by the State of Texas, The University of Texas at Austin, the Interfraternity Council and all national fraternities. If you feel you have been or are being subjected to hazing, state law requires that you report it to the Office of the Dean of Students. Hazing has no place in the fraternity community and should not be tolerated.
Some examples of hazing situations may include but are not limited to any type of physical brutality; any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, drug or other substance which subjects the student to any risk of harm; any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation; or any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the law. For more information about hazing policies and prevention efforts, please visit hazing.utexas.edu.
An invitation to join a fraternity is commonly referred to as a "bid." You may participate in recruitment events and receive bids from many different fraternities. Receiving a bid from a fraternity does not mean you must join that fraternity. You have to make that decision on your own. Your official bid (that will be recognized by the IFC and UT Austin) will only be made when you complete a New Member Release form and submit it to the IFC.