Anti-Hazing - University of Pittsburgh Bradford

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ANTI-HAZING
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION MEETING
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Tonight’s Program Outline
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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
GREEK VALUES
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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
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BRIEF GREEK HISTORY
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
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PITT-BRADFORD GREEK HISTORY
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
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fraternities & three sororities
100 members, or 7% of the student population
 national
average for state schools is 10%-15%
FAMOUS GREEKS
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
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TODAY’S GREEKS NATIONALLY
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150 fraternities and sororities
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100 fraternities
30 sororities
Myriad of multi-cultural groups
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700,000 undergraduates
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Asian, Latino & LGBT groups
300,000 varsity athletes
12,000 chapters
800 campuses
9,000,000 alumni
GREEK COUNCIL
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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:
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Recruitment
Greek Week
President’s monthly meetings
Annual Greek Retreat
Pitt-Bradford Facebook group
Constitution and Budget are on the Greek web site
(www.upb.pitt.edu/greeks.aspx
GREEK COUNCIL OFFICERS
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
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GREEK COUNCIL GOALS 2010-2011
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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
GREEK MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
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Greek membership is open to the following students:
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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
HUMAN DIGNITY STATEMENT
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
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HUMAN DIGNITY STATEMENT
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
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NEW MEMBER PERIOD
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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
NEW MEMBER PERIOD
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During NMO You will learn:
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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
SUBSTANCE USE POLICY
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No alcohol shall be present at any
new member program, activity or
ritual of the chapter.
This includes but is not limited to:
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bid night
big brother – little brother events or
activities
big sister - little sister events or activities
family events or activities
initiation
PITT-BRADFORD HAZING POLICY
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.
PENNSYLVANIA HAZING LAW
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.
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EXAMPLES OF HAZING
Regardless of the willingness
of the participant
Most Dangerous Hazing Acts
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Forced consumption of anything
(alcohol, water)
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Calisthenics, runs, push-ups, etc.
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Paddling
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Line-Ups
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Sleep deprivation (hell weeks)
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Road Trips
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Running Personal Errands of the
Members
HAZING MYTH #1
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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
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HAZING MYTH #2
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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
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HAZING MYTH #3
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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 lifethreatening
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HAZING MYTH #4
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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
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HAZING MYTH #5
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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
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HAZING MYTH #6
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It's difficult to determine whether or not a
certain activity is hazing--it's such a gray area
sometimes
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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?
HAZING MYTH #7
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No one really gets injured in hazing
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For the past 20 years at least 10 hazing deaths
each year have occurred on college campuses
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES?
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Individual
 Criminal
 Jail
 Civil
Liability
time, fines, or both
Liability
 Damages
up to $1.2 million have been awarded to
plaintiffs
 Suspension/dismissal
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Chapter
 Suspension
from Pitt-Bradford
ALTERNATIVES TO HAZING
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Do community service
Raise money for a charity
Conduct a ropes course
Bring in a speaker on leadership
Have members join another student group
Have members visit the Career Center
Have an etiquette lunch/dinner
Write a “letter to the founders” to thank them
Write a letter, opened a year from now, about what you want to accomplish
Trace your “Greek Family” history
Attend a program/event another Greek organization
Shadow an officer and assist in planning of a program/event
Invite your Faculty Advisor to lunch
Discuss fraternity/sorority values and how to incorporate them daily
Review parliamentary procedure
Invite an alumnus to talk about the fraternity/sorority
RITUAL
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
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TIPS OF HAZING
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If you have to ask, it’s hazing
If in doubt, call your advisor
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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
REPORTING HAZING
To report hazing 24/7
call 803-566-9051
 You won’t have to
identify yourself
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QUESTIONS?
CONTACT:
Dr. Ron Binder
Associate Dean of Students
Telephone: 362-5084
Cell: 803-566-9051
[email protected]
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