Pledging is the process where a student becomes a member of a Greek organization. With most organizations, as with Zeta Nu, the pledge program is kept a secret. However, common things, such as learning about the house's traditions, rules, and history-- and the learning of unity within the pledge class-- happen in each house. Clarkson University has mandated in recent times that no pledge program lasts more than seven weeks. In earlier days, it was not uncommon for pledges to go a full semester (i.e. fourteen or more weeks). There are many popular misconceptions about fraternity pledge programs these days. For clairity, Zeta Nu pledges will NOT be publicly embarassed will NOT have their health or well-being endangered will NOT be hurt physically, mentally, or emotionally will NOT be forced to consume alcohol, nor any other liquid or solid matter Zeta Nu does NOT participate in "hazing" practices and such practices are against the policies of Clarkson University, the Inter Fraternity Council, and Zeta Nu. Once a pledge finishes the pledge program, he is a member.