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#RushTok has not been banned by University of Alabama

If you’ve got been ready for a mega-dose of frilly OOTDs and actuality TV-style updates to hit your For Your Page á la Alabama’s sorority recruitment, fret not. It’s most likely coming quickly, regardless of rumors that the college’s Greek life system had banned #RushTok.

After final yr’s wildly viral second, TikTok viewers in late July started gearing as much as turn into emotionally invested in 18-year-old women’ Greek life journeys of their very personal parasocial relationships by way of the web. But after just a few days of what some viewers thought was a surprisingly small quantity of movies from the scholars on the University of Alabama, feedback started to floor claiming that #RushTok had been outlawed.

But in keeping with the University of Alabama’s Panhellenic Association (the group that runs the sort of sorority recruitment most seen on TikTok), there isn’t any such ban for TikTok content material or social media content material of any variety.

“The Alabama Panhellenic Association does not have a social media policy for active or potential members and does not restrict or limit what they can post on social media,” mentioned Shane Dorrill, Assistant Director of Communications to Mashable in an electronic mail. “Potential members are aware that social media is one of several factors individual chapters may consider during the recruitment process, and chapters may have social media guidelines for their active members.”

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The most definitely clarification for the unwarranted fear is most TikTok viewers misunderstanding of Alabama’s sorority recruitment timeline. Many viewers anticipated #RushTok to take off with the rate it had final yr, that includes a sudden and fruitful onslaught of movies discussing outfits and sorority bid outcomes one after one other. These particular movies have been the cornerstone of final yr’s #RushTok extravaganza, through which women within the midst of recruitment week confirmed off outfits within the morning earlier than recruitment occasions and mentioned outcomes afterward.

This yr, most viewers’ first Alabama rush video was possible one from consumer @gracynedmonsonnn posted on July 28. In it, she breaks down what she is bringing in her “rush bag,” — a big tote carrying provides like Advil, deodorant, rain ponchos, and extra — to get by way of recruitment week. The video impressed a pair of different potential new members to make comparable posts, however not almost on the price that OOTD movies have been made final yr. Many viewers interpreted the “rush bag” movies to imply that recruitment had began, however that was not the case. These varieties of movies are often made whereas planning for recruitment, and the favored outfit movies are made through the week’s precise occasions. In brief, the movies most individuals predict to see cannot be made but, as recruitment occasions that require particular outfits formally solely began on August 6, with essentially the most intense, outfit-specific days to happen later within the week.

While the varsity’s Panhellenic Association does not formally ban posting on social media, its place on particular person chapters’ social media requirements does permit for every chapter to make its personal name. There continues to be hypothesis on TikTok that particular chapters on the University of Alabama might not take a look at #RushTok favorably, presumably as a result of adverse consideration delivered to chapters final yr that select not to pick women that the web deems its favorites. If particular person chapters have been to “ban” posting on TikTok throughout recruitment, this could possible be a whisper-network rule slightly than an official stance, as is typical of many Greek life traditions.