How Do I Accept A Bid?
Going into recruitment is an exciting time, but it can also be very confusing. Here are a few things to keep in mind while going through the recruitment process at UCLA regarding Bids (invitation to join):
Day One Bids
While some fraternities do give out first day bids, do not be discouraged if you do not receive one. You may not find yourself fitting in somewhere until your second, or third day there. Most fraternities adhere by a “no first day” bid policy, where the philosophy is that the members want to get to know you for more than just one day before asking you to join.
If you do receive a bid from a fraternity here at UCLA, it is highly encouraged to hold your bid at least one day (unless received on Sunday) until you are sure this is the one. There are no negative consequences if you do not accept a bid on the spot. While the active members who extended you the bid may be very excited for you to accept right away, we recommend the rushee take at least one day to sleep on it and consider your options. In our experience, holding a bid, and even exploring other houses just to be sure the “Bid House” is the right fit for you, yields a much better outcome than those who accept bids on the spot, especially within the first day or two of recruitment.
Accepting Your Bid
When you feel comfortable with accepting a bid, the process is very simple. First, you return to the organization that you are interested in accepting your bid from and inform the brothers present that you would like to accept your bid. Upon accepting you will go to the IFC main table and notify IFC of your acceptance.
Note: The recruitment process is a substance free process.
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol and Recruitment:
Recruitment is intended to provide opportunities to spend time getting to know each other. According to the GAMMA Policies, alcohol is not to be served to minors under any circumstances. No alcohol should be served to minors during any recruitment function, whether it is one-on-one or in a large group. Most IFC organizations have national policies that bar the use of alcohol at any and all recruitment and new member activities.
If you are under 21 and you are offered alcohol at a fraternity event, that chapter is violating UCLA's Code of Conduct, IFC, and GAMMA policies. They are also breaking the law. If this happens, you should seriously consider whether or not you want to join an organization that has so little integrity.
No alcohol should be used or be present during any recruitment function or event, of any kind.
Hazing is commonly defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Anti-hazing legislation or policies have been adopted by the State of California, UCLA, the Interfraternity Council and all national fraternities. If you are subjected to hazing, state law requires that you report it to the Office of Fraternity and & Sorority Life. Hazing has no place in the fraternity community and should not be tolerated. Chapters that haze are not worth your time and are dangerous.
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. Click HERE for UCLA's Hazing Reporting Website.