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How Greek Life Has Been Affected by COVID-19

Here at the University of Kentucky, there are many different opportunities and different types of options when it comes to getting involved with an organization or club. The range of different clubs is endless.

From environmentally friendly clubs to club sports, a student can find and join interest here at the university. However, physical and non-physical changes are coming to campus, whether you like or not, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

In order to decrease the spread of COVID-19, there have to be some changes around campus and the Lexington community as a whole. Especially those who are attending school, no matter the grade level. But in this case, when it comes to young adults, who are in college or planning to attend university, the common question is being asked - "How can I get involved with clubs with these new rules and orders in place?"

To be more certain, the most commonly asked and sought after question this summer, is can a person still join a Greek Life or Greek Organization this school year?

Now, every university and college around the United States is very different from each other. However, personally speaking here at the University of Kentucky, Greek Life is taken very seriously. Plus, it is one of the most popular ways to get involved here on campus. Though Greek Life is extremely popular, what is it going to look like this fall?

On June 22, 2020, the University of Kentucky’s Panhellenic placed a statement that goes as follows:

“In response to COVID-19 and the university’s Fall 2020 Restart Plan, we have adjusted the 2020 Primary Recruitment schedule for this upcoming August. Even in such uncertain times, our Panhellenic community hopes to provide you with opportunities in education, philanthropy, leadership, and belonging.”

Attached to this statement was a picture, announcing and informing everyone that primary recruitment has been moved online.

To break this down to make it more understandable, the rounds that will be virtual will be Open House, held on August 2st and 22nd, Philanthropy, held on August 23rd, and Sisterhood, being held on the 28th and 29th. These rounds at this moment, June 24, 2020, have not been changed to in-person rounds but to virtual rounds only. The only in-person rounds that potential new members can attend is Preference and Bid Day. Though it is unclear at this time the maxim of people can attend Bid Day or if a limitation is going to be needed.

The Panhellenic community still encourage potential new members to come out and try primary recruitment. To keep signing up and spread the word that the Panhellenic community is still moving forward with primary recruitment. With all that being said, you can still register to join here.

The University of Kentucky IFC (Kentucky Interfraternity Council) placed a statement on their own Instagram which read “FC Recruitment plans will be released on July 1st!”. However, in the picture, it was made clear that some precautions will or can include social distance guidelines, mask-wearing, and virtual recruitment options. Though their recruitment plan is unclear at this time, June 24, IFC is on the right path to making sure their potential members and current members are kept safe.


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