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New Member Educators

New Member Education Program

New Member Educators are responsible for:

Goals of New Member Education:

  • Get to know the other members, both existing and new members
  • Learn the history and traditions of the organization
  • Understand how the chapter operates and the roles of its members
  • Help new members learn to navigate the campus and make use of campus resources
  • To recruit new members who demonstrate values and integrity

Elements of a positive New Member Program

  • Ask what makes someone a good brother or sister of a chapter
  • Define the essentials that need to be learned
  • Make sure the program poses no mental or physical harm
  • Seek advice on the program from chapter and campus advisors
  • Tell new members what the requirements for membership are
  • Hold old and new members accountable for any straying from the program that could be or become hazing

Evaluate the negatives of the New Member Program and its consequences

  • Do not include alcohol consumption for any new member activities
  • Provide opportunities for existing members to participate in some activities alongside new members. This gives existing members the opportunity to model positive behavior
  • Identify the intended positive outcomes for all new-member activities. If the activity does not have any, consider revisions that make it a more educational, enjoyable experience
  • Anticipate the times and actions that lend themselves to hazing.
  • Remember that activities such as scavenger hunts, skits, and study hours are not hazing IF they are conducted in the right way

Required Topics


New Member Programs by Principles of Greek Life at Dartmouth College

Last Updated: 7/15/16