The JMU Panhellenic Council is the governing body for our National sororities. The Council strives to express the high ideals for which every individual sorority stands. The Panhellenic executive board is the administrative body of the Council, and consists of representatives from each sorority, in addition to the president and president-elect. Every sorority is represented by two elected delegates. Not only are these women the voice of their chapter on the council, but they also serve as chairpersons and members of various committees.
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.
Sorority Recruitment is formal and structured process sponsored by the Panhellenic Association. Registration is required, prior to the week of formal recruitment. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment events are held in the evenings and on weekend days. Participants visit each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as open house. Recruitment is a mutual selection process. It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the formal recruitment process. The final invitational event, Preference Night, you may attend up to two chapter.
After the Preference Parties, potential new members rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to pledge a maximum number of women, so a “bid matching” process determines which sorority each participant will join. Many participants are pledged to the chapter they list as their first choice after the Preference Parties.