A Look at Writing References
Sisterhood | June 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again…Tri Deltas are busy writing references for potential new members. We understand that members have many questions when it comes to references, so we’ve put together the following frequently asked questions to help!

Why are references important?

A reference is an organized way of providing a collegiate chapter with information about a potential new member (PNM) who will be participating in recruitment — it serves as a tool to gather information about PNMs who might be great additions to a chapter and to Tri Delta.

References allow a PNM the chance to stand out during a time when a chapter must release women during recruitment. The act of providing a reference does not guarantee the PNM will be given a bid to Tri Delta, but it does provide additional information that will be studied prior to recruitment. This additional study is the “careful consideration” mentioned in the membership policies as the chapter’s consideration to these referenced individuals.

Are references required?

Some chapters rely heavily on references, while others receive very few. Per the Bylaws of Delta Delta Delta, a PNM may only be pledged to the Fraternity after a valid reference or letter of recommendation has been obtained. It is essential for the chapter to complete a reference or provide a recommendation following preference round. This process will vary by chapter.

Who can write a reference?

  • Any alumna member in good standing of the Fraternity
  • Any initiated collegiate member in good standing of her collegiate chapter and the Fraternity
  • An alumnae chapter reference chair
  • The collegiate chapter reference committee

Where can I find the reference form?

Tri Delta offers an online reference form, in addition to our printable PDF reference form. Our goal is to make this process easy for our members filling out the form AND for our members who receive the information. Both of these forms can be accessed by logging in to My Tri Delta on tridelta.org (this verifies you are a member in good standing). Once you have a successfully logged on you can find the online reference form when you can type in “reference form” using the search feature, or the printable PDF reference form in the Resource Library under the Recruitment tab.

When to use the online reference form:

  • If a PNM emails you her resume and/or photo. The online reference form allows you to upload the resume and photo automatically.
  • If the deadline is quickly approaching. The online form is sent directly to the collegiate reference chair electronically. You will also receive a confirmation email when it’s submitted.

When to use the PDF reference form:

  • When a PNM provides you a physical packet with a printed resume and/or photo.

Where do I mail the printed reference form?

There are two places a Tri Delta may mail a reference on behalf of a PNM:

  • Directly to the chapter address in attention to the collegiate chapter reference chairman
  • To the alumnae chapter in the area so that they may send it to the collegiate chapter

Did you know…

  • Since there is no checklist for what is required on a reference form, you can submit a basic letter recommending a PNM, use the Tri Delta reference form, provide a chapter a PNMs information, use the online reference form, verbally provide a reference…basically whatever suits you best!
  • There are no National Panhellenic Conference regulations for references; it is up to each organization to set their own requirements.
  • Membership selection is ultimately the privilege and responsibility of each collegiate chapter. A reference form, a letter of recommendation or potential new member’s legacy status does not guarantee an invitation into membership.
  • Deadlines for submission vary between our chapters. Reach out to the collegiate reference chapter chairman or ask the potential new member.
  • Each chapter uses references differently. If the chapter wants more information, they may contact the person who submitted the reference. Alumnae are asked to refrain from contacting the chapter regarding the status of any PNM.
  • Academic transcripts are not required by Tri Delta.

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