Sorority recruitment, especially primary recruitment, has many steps and it is important to understand each step of the process. The final step of recruitment involves potential new members signing the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement or, as it is often referred to, the MRABA.
The MRABA is a binding agreement, and once signed cannot be altered or changed.
Most importantly, if you sign the MRABA and choose not to join or stay in the sorority from which you received a bid, you cannot join another chapter until the next primary recruitment period.
First, you will fill in your information: name, campus address, campus phone number and the college or university you are attending. The MRABA consists of six sections. The sections include completing contact information, checking off a statement to withdraw or continue, initialing seven statements by the PNM as acknowledgment she has read and understands each point, listing sororities in preferential rank order and signing the binding agreement.
By signing the MRABA you are saying that the sororities you list on your sheet are the ones you are willing to accept a bid from. You have the option to list up to two sororities, though you only have to list one. It is recommended to list two options to maximize your options but isn’t required. This form solidifies that you can only receive a bid from the organization(s) that you list. However, it is possible that you may not receive a bid from either organization. If this were to happen you would be contacted and informed of this.
If you receive a bid and don’t accept it you are ineligible to join a sorority until the next primary recruitment period, which occurs once every academic year. This also applies if you accept the bid and then decide to not continue membership with the sorority that extended you a bid.
Now that you understand what the MRABA is you know just what it means when you sign it during recruitment. Once the MRABA is signed, relax and wait until it’s time to receive your invitation of membership and join your new home!