Continuous Open Bidding (COB)

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal process in which eligible chapters are permitted to host recruitment events. COB occurs during the fall semester and serves as an opportunity for women to join participating National Panhellenic Conference sororities. Only eligible chapters may participate in COB, so the number of chapters is subject to change each year. If a chapter is not participating in COB, they are not permitted to hold events or issue bids during this time.

Participating chapters plan and execute their own COB process and events. Chapters and potential new members (PNMs) are responsible for contacting each other to create opportunities to meet and become familiar with one another. Events differ but are typically casual and informal. Please note that all federal, state and local guidelines should be followed for Fall 2020 COB. 

The chapters currently eligible for Fall 2020 Continuous Open Bidding are:

Delta Phi Epsilon

Gamma Phi Beta

Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Pi Beta Phi

Sigma Delta Tau

Please note: just because a chapter is eligible for COB does not mean that the will participate.


What is Continuous Opening Bidding (COB)?
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal recruitment process that Panhellenic sororities use to recruitment new members outside of the designated primary recruitment period to reach quota and/or Panhellenic Total (I.e. Median Chapter size). For example, if Beta Beta Beta sorority has 120 members for the fall semester and Chapter Total 124, then Beta Beta Beta can offer 4 COBs if they are interested.

How do I participate in COB?
COB is a chapter driven process where some Panhellenic sororities may choose to take potential new members. Some chapters have chosen to share their information on our website and you can feel free to contact them. You can also reach out to chapters via social media to express your interest and find out if they are planning on participating in COB. 

Who is eligible for COB?
All female identifying Emory University students are eligible to participate in COB contingent on (1) they meet the eligibility requirements outlined by the university, (2) they have never been initiated into any National Panhellenic Conference sorority, (3) during primary (formal) recruitment in the fall of 2020 they did not sign the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) and/or depledge from a National Panhellenic Conference sorority.

What chapters are eligible for COB?
Each year the chapters eligible for COB change depending on their chapter quota and/or the Panhellenic Councils total. Only some of the chapters who are eligible for COB will choose to participate. We encourage you to reach out to chapters directly if you are interested in finding out if they are holding COB.

How does COB work?
Unlike primary recruitment, COB is a very casual and unstructured. Each chapter does COB differently so the Emory Panhellenic Council does not set dates for informal recruitment events or offering of bids. Chapters individually contact a potential new member and invite her to an informal recruitment event or chapter activities in an effort to get to get to know her better.

If a woman receives a COB, what are her options?
1) If a woman receives a COB from a chapter that she is not interested in joining she may decline the bid.

2) If a woman receives a COB from a chapter she is interested in joining she can accept the bid. Those accepting bids through the COB process will be required to sign a COB MRABA acceptance binding agreement, which must be filed with the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life within one business day of accepting the bid.

3) If a woman receives a COB from a chapter and is unsure about accepting at that time, she may ask to wait to accept or decline the bid. Each chapter is responsible to determining when an answer must be given by (normally 24-48 hours from time a bid is issued).

How many women will receive bids through COB?
This number varies semester to semester. Given that COB is not mandatory and that chapters have the option to recruitment up to Chapter Total, we cannot speculate the overall number of bids that will be issued and/or number of women that will receive bids.

Is there a cost associated with COB?
No. There is not a cost to participate in Continuous Opening Bidding.

Are letters of recommendation required?
Recommendations are not required for COB. Recommendation forms can be found on each sorority’s national website. If a family member or friend wishes to submit a recommendation, please send it directly to the chapter.

How long will chapters COB?
Chapters are allowed by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) to extend bids or offers of membership to unaffiliated women during the regular school year (as defined by the academic calendar). During the Fall, COB begins the first day of classes and concludes prior to Study Week. During the Spring, COB begins after the formal structured recruitment process has concluded up Study Week.

Is everyone who participates in COB guaranteed a bid?
Recruitment is a mutual selection process. As COB is an informal process, participation does not guarantee that a PNM will be contacted by a chapter and does not guarantee the issue of a bid.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the Vice President of Recruitment, Elysia Utech: elysia.lauren.utech@emory.edu

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