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Terminology Tuesday: Pledge Education Program

May 7, 2013

Welcome back to Terminology Tuesday! Each Tuesday we will blog about some commonly misused terms within the Fraternity. It’s our hope that you take some time to read, laugh, smile, and then use the information to alter your word choices, and the choices of those around you.

Pledge education programs for Fall 2013 are due June 1, so it’s the perfect time to make sure everyone knows exactly what this is! Each chapter is required to conduct a pledge education program for all prospective members. Such prospects must be pledged according to Fraternity Bylaws, Ritual and Policies, to further acquaint them with Fraternity objectives, history and the business operations of the chapter and the Fraternity.

Some common problems with pledge programs and things to avoid include:
Pledge education programs can only last a maximum of 10 weeks (from Pledging Ceremony through Initiation) regardless of academic breaks.
There needs to be a breakdown of what questions the pledges will be assigned and tested on at each meeting. (Ex: Quiz #1 over questions 1-5).
Pledges can only be asked each question twice– but only once on a quiz and once on the cumulative final exam.
Chapters may only choose up to 3 local requirements. Any additional requirements or requirements that are not listed in the Standard Pledge Program will not be allowed.
Retreat agendas need to be detailed including an hour-by-hour breakdown of each activity.
Mementos or family trees are meant to be kept by the pledges and not presented to brothers.
Big Brothers must be matched to pledges within the first 10 days of pledging.
Any icebreakers must have a description and can only take place in the first 2 meetings or at an approved pledge retreat.

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