New Member Programs

Orientation to Fraternity and Sorority Life

For those interested in learning about fraternities and sororities at Miami University - including our three governing councils and 46 member organizations - we have developed an Orientation program that will introduce you to our students and the values that drive our fraternal community forward.

All those who anticipate joining a fraternity or sorority are required to complete both Part 1 and Part 2 in order to fulfill their eligibility requirements for receiving and accepting a bid.

Completion of this course is required for all interested in joining the community. However, completion of this course does not guarantee an invitation to membership.

Part One is an introduction to the community - we highlight our values, why members join, and the importance of sustaining a solid foundation built upon values established over 182 years ago.

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New Member Course Part 1

Part Two will cover Membership Expectations throughout the recruitment and new member processes. Discussions regarding membership experiences and highlights of community values will be covered. Part Two will go live in January of 2020 following the end of recruitment registration

New Member Convocation

Information on 2020 New Member Convocation will be available later in the Fall 2019 semester.

Greeks Step Up

Greeks Step Up is a bystander intervention program that looks at the topics of Hazing, Sexual Violence, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Each New Member who has joined since the last Greeks Step Up program is required to attend. Sessions will be held from Mid-February to Early March. Your chapter will be assigned a specific date to attend the program. These dates will be communicated to chapters in February 2020.

If for some reason you are not able to attend the date selected for your chapter, please contact your chapter's new member educator for next steps in ensuring you attend a Greeks Step Up session.

Interfraternity Council Enhanced Membership Experience

Information now available on IFC's website.

The Vision

In an effort to increase internal accountability, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Miami University has developed the Enhanced Membership Experience (EME), an initiative in which each IFC-recognized chapter will restructure their new member program to focus extensively on scholarship, service, values-based leadership, brotherhood, and a stronger sense of fraternal-community. The Interfraternity Council believes that by undertaking such a serious initiative, we will better provide every new member with the most foundationally-true fraternity experience while reducing high-risk activities such as hazing and alcohol or drug abuse.

The initiative was born out of a greater need within our community for communication, transparency, and accountability. The Enhanced Membership Experience consists of three components:

  • New Member Education Plan outlining every chapter policy regarding new members, as well as dates and descriptions of all new member activities;
  • Letter to Parents outlining the chapter’s member education process and including important contact information for chapter officers and advisors;
  • Calendar of Events outlining new member events day-by-day for the entire education period. Fraternities are required to submit this plan for approval before they are permitted to participate in formal recruitment. All of these documents are made public on the IFC website (

The first year of this initiative saw an 83% decrease in hazing violations for IFC-recognized chapters according to the Miami University Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution. Additionally, in Spring 2017 no chapters were suspended from Miami’s campus for hazing. We firmly believe that each new member should be given the commitment of a lifelong experience cultivating personal and fraternal values through the bonds of brotherhood. Hazing and alcohol abuse have no place in this experience. Through the Enhanced Membership Experience, the Interfraternity Council is committed to ensuring the longevity of the fraternal experience and to fully realigning the Greek community’s values with those of Miami University and Oxford.

For more information, or with any questions, please contact:

Brad Marshall
IFC Vice President of Member Education, 2019

The Program


  • Each chapter will select two representatives to manage and revise the Enhanced Membership Experience (see Section II).
  • Each chapter must submit their Enhanced Membership Experience to the Interfraternity Council prior to being allowed to participate in formal recruitment.
  • The EME will be reviewed (as it is revised) by the IFC Vice President of Member Education with the consultation of the IFC Executive Board. Each chapter will receive feedback during the revision process (see Section IV for relevant dates).
  • The chapter representatives, along with the chapter executive board, will present the EME to the chapter on at least two separate occasions during the revision process.
  • The chapter’s executive board will present the finalized plan to the IFC Executive Board for approval. If the chapter’s plan is denied, they will have until January 4th, 2018 to submit it again for approval. Failure to do so will result in the chapter being unable to participate in formal recruitment during Spring 2019.

Required Preliminary Action

  • Each chapter will choose two representatives who will oversee the creation and revision of the plan. These representatives can be elected, delegated by the chapter’s executive board, or selected in any way.
    • Good candidates might include: past executive board members, member educators, new members who want to become leaders in the chapter, general members interested in taking on an executive role, members with a passion for holistic development in the chapter.
  • The representatives will design a program to communicate the EME to the entire chapter in an effective way.
    • Chapter officers and representatives will go over the EME with the chapter. 70% of the chapter is required to be in attendance at the presentation.
    • For Presentation Guidelines please refer to Appendix G.

Components of the Enhanced Membership Experience

  • New Member Education Plan: A document including information regarding the chapter’s new member process. These plans will be published on the Interfraternity Council Website ( Each chapter’s New Member Education Plan must include but is not limited to:
    • Values Based Selection Process/Recruitment of New Members
    • Statement on Alcohol Free Recruitment
    • Statement on Alcohol Free Bid Distribution
    • Statement on Hazing
    • Financial Obligations for New Members
    • Required Projects
    • New Member Requirements for Initiation (including Academic)
    • Purposes/Goals of Chapter Program
    • Process Evaluation by New Members or New Initiates
    • Weekly Schedule/Overall Calendar (See Section III, Article B.)
    • Rules/Code of Conduct (i.e. attendance, dress code, interaction with other orgs, etc…)
    • Chapter/Big Brother/Mentor Rules/Code of Conduct
    • List of chapter advisors/faculty advisors responsible for oversight of the new member program
  • Calendar of Events: Includes a day-by-day calendar that details the New Member activities. All New Member activities should be clearly stated and described, and ambiguities such as “Brotherhood Event” will not suffice.
    • Calendars will be published on the IFC website:
    • Chapters should use the EME Calendar Template (Appendix D) to construct the Calendar of Events.
  • Letter to Parents/Guardians: Lists all points of contact within the chapter executive board as well as advisors and relevant contacts within the national organization and IFC. The letter should outline the chapter’s mission, accomplishments, and goals. The letter should be sent to the parents/guardians of all new members within the first week of new member education. This letter must include but is not limited to:
    • Copy of the Miami University Code of Student Conduct hazing policy (Code of Student Conduct—2.1.I Hazing)
    • The national organization’s statement on hazing
    • The name & phone number of each chapter executive board member, new member educator, chapter advisor.
    • The name and email address of the IFC President and IFC VP of Member Education
    • Indication that all new member education materials can be found at

Important Dates for 2018-2019

  • Wednesday, November 7: Present EME Plan to Chapter Presidents
  • Friday, November 9: Presidents, New Member Educators, and Advisors are emailed a description of EMEs
  • Tuesday, November 13: New Member Educator Institute
  • Tuesday, November 20: EME Drafts send to Cliff Office Chapter Support Liaison
  • Tuesday, November 27: New Member Educator Institute (Part 2)
  • Friday, November 30: All EME materials due to IFC and Cliff Chapter Support Liaison
  • Monday, December 3 - Thursday, December 6: EME Chapter Presentations
  • Friday, December 7: Decisions sent to chapter executive boards
  • Sunday, February 3:Many groups start new member process
  • Wednesday, February 13: New Member Combine
  • Tuesday, February 26: Greek Convocation
  • Sunday, March 3: Last possible initiation date/end of member education period

Sanctions related to the Enhanced Membership Experience

  • If the above milestones are missed, possible sanctions (decided by the VPs of Conduct) can include but are not limited to: missing fall recruitment events, social probation.
  • The Interfraternity Council holds the right to ban chapters who do not submit the EME from formal recruitment activities during both the Fall and Spring semesters. The final possible date for EME approval is January of the Spring semester.
  • The Interfraternity Council has the right to suspend the New Member process of any and all chapters that are not in regulation with the EME program.