“One of the fondest memories from my years as a collegiate member of Alpha Omicron Pi was witnessing a new member, who was very dear to my heart, be initiated into our sisterhood with her mother, her mother’s sister, and her grandmother by her side. That to me exemplifies what it means to carry and be a legacy in AOII.” – Taylor Donahue, Kappa Kappa (Ball State U)
What is a legacy?
Legacies are valued potential new members to AOII and are important for building a strong sisterhood rooted in loyalty. Meeting these women is important to building a loyalty to our sisters, but ultimately, membership is the decision of both the chapter and the woman going through the recruitment process. These decisions are often a matter of women finding a chapter and organization where they will be the happiest and have the most rewarding experience.
Our collegiate chapters must give serious consideration to each verified legacy out of courtesy to the AOII member to whom she is related. However, a collegiate chapter may decline membership to a legacy if she does not meet the membership selection criteria set by the chapter.
Alpha Omicron Pi legacies include the sisters, daughters, granddaughters; step-sisters, step-daughters, or step-granddaughters; and adopted sisters, daughters, or granddaughters of our initiated members in good standing with Alpha Omicron Pi.
It is our recommendation to notify a chapter that your legacy will be going through formal recruitment on their campus by submitting the AOII Membership Information Form (MIF).
AOII Legacy Policy
Governing Documents, Book of Policies, Article XIX, Section 10. Legacy Recruitment
Alpha Omicron Pi strongly encourages the pledging of legacies. Collegiate chapters are obligated to give the utmost consideration to each verified legacy out of courtesy to the AOII member to whom she is related. A collegiate chapter may decline membership to a legacy if she does not meet the membership selection criteria set by the chapter. It is suggested that a legacy be considered unless there is a reason that the legacy would be a detriment to the integrity of the group. Under no circumstance shall the reason for release be stated.
A legacy is defined as a sister, daughter, or granddaughter of an initiated member of Alpha Omicron Pi (alive or deceased) in good standing with the Fraternity. Step relationships shall be considered in the same manner as non-step relationships.
In no case should a legacy be denied an invitation to at least one invitational event after the first round of events. If a legacy accepts an invitation to the final preference party, her name is to be placed on the chapter’s quota list (also known as first bid list).
If a chapter releases a legacy at any point during the recruitment process, a member of the Alumnae Advisory Committee must contact the AOII relative of the legacy by telephone if possible, and with consideration to time, prior to distribution of invitations for the next round of recruitment events. This contact should be as a courtesy to inform the AOII relative of the legacy’s release from membership consideration. Under no circumstances should the Alumnae Advisory Committee member give reason(s) for a legacy’s release. If an adviser is unable to reach the AOII relative by telephone, written notification of the legacy’s release must be sent within seven days to the designated volunteer and to International Headquarters.
Only collegiate chapter members have the responsibility and privilege of membership selection. The role of alumnae is to provide information to collegiate chapters for all potential new members’ to ensure they are given serious consideration for membership.