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Anti-Hazing. 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. New member orientation meeting.

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new member orientation meeting

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
New member orientation meeting
greek values

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
Greek values
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

Brief Greek history
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
    • five fraternities & three sororities
  • 100 members, or 7% of the student population
    • national average for state schools is 10%-15%
Pitt-bradford greek history
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 

Famous greeks
today s greeks nationally

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
Today’s greeks nationally
greek council

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 (
Greek council
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

Greek council officers
greek council goals 2010 2011

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 council goals 2010-2011
greek membership requirements

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
Greek MEMBERSHIP requirements
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

Human dignity statement
human dignity statement1

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

Human dignity statement
new member period

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 period1

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
substance use policy

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
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.

Pitt-bradford Hazing policy
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.

Pennsylvania Hazing law
examples of hazing

Regardless of the willingness

of the participant

Most Dangerous Hazing Acts

  • Forced consumption of anything (alcohol, water)
  • Calisthenics, runs, push-ups, etc.
  • Paddling
  • Line-Ups
  • Sleep deprivation (hell weeks)
  • Road Trips
  • Running Personal Errands of the Members
Examples of Hazing
hazing myth 1

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

hazing myth 2

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

Hazing myth #2
hazing myth 3

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

Hazing myth #3
hazing myth 4

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

Hazing myth #4
hazing myth 5

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

hazing myth 6

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?
hazing myth 7

No one really gets injured in hazing

For the past 20 years at least 10 hazing deaths each year have occurred on college campuses

Hazing myth #7
what are the possible consequences


    • 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
What are the possible Consequences?
alternatives to hazing

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

Alternatives to Hazing

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

tips of hazing

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
Tips of Hazing

- 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

Reporting hazing


Dr. Ron Binder

Associate Dean of Students

Telephone: 362-5084

Cell: 803-566-9051