Penn State’s Interfraternity Council decided Tuesday to instate a dry period during its recruitment this semester, similar to the Panhellenic Council’s dry period. Presidents from the chapters voted nearly unanimously, according to IFC Communications Director Daniel Lee.
“The IFC presidents believe that a mandated dry period will help facilitate a safe and sustainable recruitment process for this semester, and moving into the future,” Lee said via email.
The dry period will run from January 14 through February 1. Zone Days for recruitment are January 14-18 and open recruitment is January 19-28. Chapters will extend bids on Tuesday, January 30, and bid acceptance will be held Wednesday, January 31 and Thursday, February 1.
“This measure was supported by the leaders of the IFC chapters,” Lee said, “and we believe it affirms our commitment to the positive change needed to lead our community into the new era of Greek life; one characterized by safety, support, and unity.”
This semester’s recruitment efforts will be perhaps the largest spring semester recruitment IFC has seen, as first-semester freshmen were not permitted to rush at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. This restriction was imposed by the university among other new regulations following the death of Tim Piazza from injuries he sustained after a night of hazing during Beta Theta Pi’s spring 2017 bid acceptance night.