The Auburn University Panhellenic Council posted a revised recruitment schedule on its social media pages on Tuesday, June 16.
There are three options for the new sorority recruitment schedule, which will be held the week of Aug. 8-15, according to Auburn Panhellenic.
“We also reviewed recommendations from the National Panhellenic Conference, the governing body of the 26 member organization sororities, who recently released a Recruitment Contingencies Task Force Report encouraging the use of virtual and/or in-person recruitment with physical distancing guidelines,” the council said in the post.
Option one, the preferred option, will have the ice water tea and philanthropy rounds done virtually with the sisterhood and preference rounds done in-person.
Option two will take place in the event of an elevated risk of COVID-19 on campus, in which the ice water teas, philanthropy and sisterhood rounds will be done virtually and the preference round will be done in-person.
Option three will take place in the event of immediate risk of COVID-19 on-campus, in which all rounds will be done virtually, except for Bid Day.
In any of these three cases, the council has made the decision to not allow parents, family, or guests to attend Bid Day as done in the past. This decision was made to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to ensure “the safest way to allow our potential new members and their new sisters to have the Bid Day experience,” Auburn Panhellenic said.
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As for how the revised schedule will affect other areas of campus life, move-in for potential new members will be the first week in August. During recruitment, both the potential new members and the active chapter members will be required to wear face masks for all in-person rounds that may take place.
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