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 Tonight’s Program Outline  Greek Values  Greek History  Today’s Greeks  Greek Council  Membership Requirements  New Member Period Guidelines 

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2  Tonight’s Program Outline  Greek Values  Greek History  Today’s Greeks  Greek Council  Membership Requirements  New Member Period Guidelines  Alcohol Policy  Hazing Policy  Hazing Myths  Alternatives to Hazing  Questions

3  All fraternities & sororities were founded on the following values:  Scholarship  Leadership  Service/Philanthropy  Brotherhood/Sisterhood  All members strive to uphold these values in their everyday lives  Membership is for life, not just as an undergrad

4  First fraternity was Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary  First sorority was Adelphean Society (now Alpha Delta Pi sorority), founded in 1851 at Wesleyan College in Georgia  Founded as social Greeks  Social Development – not social event  To prepare members for life

5  Pitt-Bradford founded in 1963  First fraternity, Delta Omega Phi, founded in 1985  First sorority, Zeta Alpha Chi, founded in 1986  There are currently 8 Greek groups at P-B  five fraternities & three sororities  100 members, or 7% of the student population  national average for state schools is 10%-15%

6  Dr. Martin Luther King, Alpha Phi Alpha  Steven Spielberg, Theta Chi  Ashton Kutcher, Delta Chi  Rosa Parks, Alpha Kappa Alpha  Nick Lachey, Sigma Alpha Epsilon  Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Alpha Chi Omega  John Wayne, Sigma Chi  Dr. Seuss, Sigma Phi Epsilon

7  150 fraternities and sororities  100 fraternities  30 sororities  Myriad of multi-cultural groups  Asian, Latino & LGBT groups  700,000 undergraduates  300,000 varsity athletes  12,000 chapters  800 campuses  9,000,000 alumni

8  Greek Council is the governing body for fraternities and sororities at Pitt-Bradford  Greek Council meets Tuesdays, 11:15-noon in 218 Commons  Typical activities include the following:  Recruitment  Greek Week  President’s monthly meetings  Annual Greek Retreat  Pitt-Bradford Facebook group  Constitution and Budget are on the Greek web site (

9  President: Ken Berkopec  Vice President: Emily Lewellin  Treasurer: Seth Everett  Secretary: Chelsea Boyles  Activities: Amanda Dillon  Public Relations: David Littlefield  Community Service: Dustin Chilson  Sergeant at Arms: Jarek Holjencin

10  Move from a Greek system to a Greek community  Host a monthly Chapter President’s meeting  Conduct an annual Greek retreat  Achieve 150 members (10% of the student population)  Involve the Greek community with the Pitt-Bradford community by having members involved on campus and co-sponsoring programs/philanthropies  Host a Greek Week that involves Greeks and non-Greeks, builds upon the sense of community & includes Greek Awards  Fight Greek stereotypes by educating the campus about Greeks  Each chapter commits to sending one member to UIFI during summer 2011

11  Greek membership is open to the following students:  Those who have achieved a minimum of a 2.00 GPA  Those who have completed 12 or more hours of coursework  Transfer students from another Pitt campus may join without the 12 hours of Pitt-Bradford coursework  Submit an application to the Associate Dean of Students

12  U. of Pittsburgh values equality of opportunity, human dignity and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity  Accordingly, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, handicap, or military service

13  Chapters have the discretion to select their own members according to their stated purposes and values  As part of the university community, fraternities and sororities must adhere to the Human Dignity statement in their selection process  Furthermore fraternities and sororities value diversity and actively recruit diverse memberships

14  Begins Nov. 2  Ends Nov. 13 with initiation  No more than 12 hours of activities per week are allowed, not including study hours  All activities will take place between 9 pm – midnight  Most chapters have study hours and other academic assistance for new members  Remember your classes come first during this period  Each new member will receive their chapter’s specific schedule tonight

15  During NMO You will learn:  Your chapter’s values, history & traditions  How your chapter operates (structure, officers, meetings, etc.)  The members of your chapter including new members  The Greek community  How to be successful at Pitt-Bradford  Development is for four years, not just with NMO

16  No alcohol shall be present at any new member program, activity or ritual of the chapter.  This includes but is not limited to:  bid night  big brother – little brother events or activities  big sister - little sister events or activities  family events or activities  initiation

17 Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.

18  According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly:  “Any person who causes or participates in hazing commits a third degree misdemeanor”  Such penalties may include the imposition of fines, the withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with the rules or pending payment of fines and the imposition of probation, suspension or dismissal.

19 Regardless of the willingness of the participant Most Dangerous Hazing Acts 1. Forced consumption of anything (alcohol, water) 2. Calisthenics, runs, push-ups, etc. 3. Paddling 4. Line-Ups 5. Sleep deprivation (hell weeks) 6. Road Trips 7. Running Personal Errands of the Members

20  If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing  In states that have laws against hazing consent of the victim can't be used as a defense  True consent can not be given considering the peer pressure and desire to belong to the group

21  Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily  Hazing is a societal problem  Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or organizations

22  Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry  Hazing is an act of power and control over others --- it is victimization  Hazing is pre-meditated and NOT accidental  Hazing is abusive, degrading and often life- threatening

23  As long as there's no malicious intent, a little hazing should be O.K.  Even if there's no malicious "intent" safety may still be a factor in traditional hazing activities that are considered to be "all in good fun"  Serious accidents have occurred during scavenger hunts and kidnapping trips

24  Hazing is an effective way to teach respect and develop discipline  First of all, respect must be EARNED--not taught. Victims of hazing rarely report having respect for those who have hazed them  Just like other forms of victimization, hazing breeds mistrust, apathy and alienation

25  It's difficult to determine whether or not a certain activity is hazing--it's such a gray area sometimes  It's not difficult to decide if an activity is hazing if you use common sense and ask yourself the following questions:  Would you tell your parents?  Would you tell the Associate Dean?  Would you tell the Source?

26  No one really gets injured in hazing  For the past 20 years at least 10 hazing deaths each year have occurred on college campuses

27  Individual  Criminal Liability  Jail time, fines, or both  Civil Liability  Damages up to $1.2 million have been awarded to plaintiffs  Suspension/dismissal from Pitt-Bradford  Chapter  Suspension

28 1. Do community service 2. Raise money for a charity 3. Conduct a ropes course 4. Bring in a speaker on leadership 5. Have members join another student group 6. Have members visit the Career Center 7. Have an etiquette lunch/dinner 8. Write a “letter to the founders” to thank them 9. Write a letter, opened a year from now, about what you want to accomplish 10. Trace your “Greek Family” history 11. Attend a program/event another Greek organization 12. Shadow an officer and assist in planning of a program/event 13. Invite your Faculty Advisor to lunch 14. Discuss fraternity/sorority values and how to incorporate them daily 15. Review parliamentary procedure 16. Invite an alumnus to talk about the fraternity/sorority

29  Ritual is what separates fraternities and sororities from all other student groups  Initiation is the time when new members go through the ritual  All members have gone through the same ritual since the founding  Members typically swear an oath to support the group and to live up to certain values  Not just as an undergrad, but for life

30  If you have to ask, it’s hazing  If in doubt, call your advisor  If you won’t pick up the phone, you have your answer  If you haze, you have low self esteem  If you allow hazing to occur, you are a “hazing enabler”  Failure to stop hazing can result in death - University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Anti Hazing Policy

31  To report hazing 24/7 call 803-566-9051  You won’t have to identify yourself

32 CONTACT: Dr. Ron Binder Associate Dean of Students Telephone: 362-5084 Cell: 803-566-9051

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