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I was initiated in an IFC fraternity and decided it is not for me. Can I leave and then Rush another IFC fraternity?
This is a pretty common question, and don’t feel bad about yourself if you’re asking it, too. Maybe you just don’t “fit in” with the brothers of that fraternity. Maybe the “fraternity life” is not for you.
There could be numerous reasons why you want to switch fraternities or join more than one and in this article I’m going to answer it for you.
Can I Join Another Fraternity?
Typically you can’t, but there are actually two ways where you can.
You must remember that all national fraternities are part of the NIC. The NIC explicitly states that you cannot join another fraternity if you have already been initiated into one.
That means you cannot simply quit and expect to be accepted by another fraternity.
However, there are two ways you can go about getting what you want.
First, you can request a release from your national fraternity. This happens in rare situations, but does happen. If you are granted your release, then you will be able to join another fraternity.
Second, you can get expelled from your fraternity. In essence, this will mean the fraternity has disassociated themselves from you, and then you will be free join another fraternity. This is often a long, arduous process.
Before you decide to take these measures, be sure you understand what you are doing. When you were initiated, you decided to join a fraternity for life. Quitting will lead people to question your integrity. Every situation is different, but there is rarely a case when doing what you described is acceptable.
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