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Ensuring the Health & Safety of Members

Alpha Sigma Phi is a proud sponsor of the Hazing Hotline.

The Health and Safety Guidelines of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity includes the provisions which follow and shall apply to all fraternity entities and all levels of fraternity membership. Questions about these guidelines should be directed to Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters at tbtm@alphasigmaphi.org.

Note: Chapters/officers are only covered by our Liability Insurance Policy if the Health & Safety Guidelines are followed. Chapters may be granted amnesty for violations of the health & safety guidelines if they follow the Amnesty Policy.

HAZING

No chapter, provisional chapter, student, or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense.

Hazing activities are defined as 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, including drinking games;
  • 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 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.

The Membership Orientation Program shall be executed by the Vice President of Membership Enrichment. If the Chapter chooses to have other Brothers participate, the President and Membership Enrichment Advisor must approve all activities. All events shall take place between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

In any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, including those that occur on or off organizational/chapter premises:

  • The chapter, members and guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial and local laws. No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide or be provided alcoholic beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverages must either be:
    • a. Provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.); or
    • b. Brought by individual members and guests through a bring your own beverage (“BYOB”) system.
  • Alcoholic beverages that contain greater than 15% alcohol by volume (or 30 proof) are prohibited, including, but not limited to any hard alcohol.
  • Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities, which are not being served by a licensed and insured third party vendor, are prohibited (i.e., amounts of alcohol greater than what a reasonable person should consume over the duration of an event).
  • Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present must be by invitation only. Events must be limited to a guest-to-member ratio of no more than 3:1 for events with alcohol, provided that no event may exceed fire code. At least 50% of Prudential Board members must be present at any event with alcohol, with required presence by the Chapter President and/or the Vice President of Standards.
  • Alcoholic beverages must not be purchased with chapter funds or funds pooled by members or guests (e.g., admission fees, cover fees, collecting funds through digital apps, etc.).
  • Any event or activity related to the new member joining process (e.g., recruitment, rush, etc.) must be substance free. No alcohol or drugs may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into an organization, including but not limited to “bid night,” “big/little” events or activities, “family” events or activities, and any ritual or ceremony.
  • The chapter, members or guests must not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.
  • A chapter must not co-host or co-sponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol. A chapter must not co-host or co-sponsor an event with a bar, event promoter, or alcohol distributor; however, a chapter may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a chapter event.
  • The chapter, members and guests must follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances while on chapter premises or at any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the chapter.

SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT

The Fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of sexist or sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental or emotional. This is to include any actions, activities, or events, whether on chapter premises or an off-site location which are demeaning to women or men, including but not limited to verbal harassment, sexual assault by individuals or members acting together. The employment or use of strippers, exotic dancers, or similar, whether professional or amateur, at a fraternity event as defined in this policy is prohibited.

FIRE, HEALTH, AND SAFETY

  1. All chapter houses should meet all local fire and health codes and standards.
  2. All chapters should have posted emergency numbers for fire, police, and ambulance and should have posted evacuation routes on the back of the door of each sleeping room.
  3. All chapters should comply with engineering recommendations as reported by the insurance company or municipal authorities.

The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive or incendiary devices of any kind within the confines and premises of the chapter house are expressly forbidden.

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