As your chapter prepares for spring to arrive, it is important that you and your brothers keep health and safety at the forefront of your planning. Many brothers will be packing up in the coming weeks to enjoy a break from the day-to-day of campus life. Although you will not be on campus, please remember that your True PIKE Commitment as well as the Standards of the Fraternity are still in play.
- As members of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, we commit ourselves to uphold the values taught in our Ritual and restated in our Vision, Mission, and Creed. The True Pike is committed to a life of caring for others as he cares for himself.
- Take time to talk about fraternal standards as well as your commitment to take care of yourselves and those you socialize with! Remind brothers what you expect of each other and share lessons learned with men that are experiencing on their first Spring Break.
A few quick tips from Director of Health & Safety Kim Novak:
Be familiar with your destination, both in Google Maps and with the local culture.
- Know local laws
- Pay attention to safety warnings issued by local businesses and media
- Familiarize yourselves with locations of local police departments, hospitals, and if traveling abroad review this checklist.
Pack your knowledge of tips for responsible drinking along with your sunscreen.
- Remember that YOU can make choices about what you consume, the rate of consumption, and your personal safety when it comes to alcohol! Know your limits and have a plan!
- Aim for one drink or less per hour.
- Alternate between water and alcoholic drinks.
- Do not pressure others to “keep up” or drink as much as you and don’t feel pressured to keep up.
- Know what you’re drinking. Make drinks yourself or drink from cans/bottles. If your drink is ever out of your sight, toss it and get a new one.
- A standard drink is 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz of hard liquor.
- Use the buddy system. Alternate being the sober one.
- Have a safe ride plan before drinking. NEVER drink and drive.
- Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and how to help.
Let someone know where you are at all times.
- Share your destination details and plans for returning to campus with a brother, your family, or other friends.
- Use the “buddy” system when venturing out – even if you think you know the area, spring break season is high-risk so travel in packs or minimally pairs.
- Pay attention to routes when using taxi cabs, Uber, or other third-party modes of transportation. Only use certified services as opposed to hitching a ride with someone that approaches you or riding with an unknown “friend” that offers to drive.
- When you are in a bar or in a partying crowd, take care of each other. Don’t let yourselves get separated.
- Check your car and make sure it is mechanically ready to head out on the road.
Sex! OMG, is she really telling us about sex? – Yup! Make informed choices.
- CONSENT is a MUST! If you are engaging in sex with a new partner, respect their choices. Get consent or it’s assault.
- Use protection! Many campus health centers provide free or reduced cost condoms, internal condoms, and dental dams.
- Just because it’s spring break doesn’t mean you have to hook up. Make the decisions that work best for you!
- If you choose to hook up, be safe. Make sure you are capable of getting AND giving consent. That means watch how much you’re drinking.
- Talk to your partner about STIs.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, let a friend know and get to a safer place.
Make this year’s spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay healthy and safe.
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/springbreak/ for more.
For further questions about health and safety, contact Director of Health and Safety Kim Novak at email@example.com.