Above all else, Pi Kappa Alpha cares about the health and safety of our members and guests.
Chapters will operate from a place of self-governance whereby they create systems through which members of a chapter act on their principles and values in order to develop an ethical code of acceptable behavior, resolve grievances, elect leaders, and discipline members. Inherently based on a fundamental obligation to “do the right thing” and how to meet that obligation.
What is PIKE Health & Safety?
Goal: To identify and act upon shared responsibility
- Members must acknowledge their critical role in protecting their own and other students’ health and safety.
- It is critical that members learn to choose for themselves and to bear the consequences of their decisions. But these choices must be guided.
Expectations. Intervention. Accountability.
The PIKE Health & Safety initiative provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to chapter operations by focusing on:
Expectations: Defining the expectations of membership in the Fraternity including those defined in Fraternity Standards, Codes and Constitution, Chapter Bylaws, as well in the Ritual and values of Pi Kappa Alpha.
Intervention: Develop systems and protocols that make it easy for brothers and guests to meet expectations in an environment where Health & Safety is every brothers’ responsibility.
Accountability: Hold each other to the Standards of Pi Kappa Alpha, the expectations of brotherhood and be willing to take an active role in addressing undesired behavior.
The Fraternity Standards: The Foundation for Health & Safety
Each chapter and provisional chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha shall maintain The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Standards as a condition of its charter to remain in good standing with the Fraternity, or as a prerequisite for a provisional chapter to obtain its charter.
The chapter’s health & safety officer is typically responsible for educating members on various policies and expectations, including the Standards. Chapter officers must work together to see that these standards are implemented at every level of operations, with a particular emphasis on event management procedures and risk mitigation efforts.
This duty is not an easy one. It will take a great deal of leadership and skill; but most of all, it will take teamwork. Take the time to educate membership on why such plans are necessary, and most importantly, be prepared to effectively communicate the importance of following all Fraternity expectations. Whether the forum is an executive council meeting, chapter meeting or an informal setting, it is important to give no ground in the fight for effective health and safety practices.
Please review the other Health & Safety pages for specifics on various programs and Fraternity initiatives.
To see a comprehensive resource guide, complete with facilitator notes, download the Health & Safety Supplemental resource provided by James R. Favor Co. as part of the Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative below.
We want parents and families to feel comfortable being part of their student’s experience in PIKE and make certain they learn as much as they can about fraternal membership. We are pleased to be able to offer the following guide, Helping Your College Student Engage in a Safe and Enjoyable Fraternal Experience from our Insurance Provider, James R. Favor & Company. We hope you will use this resource as a guide for important conversations with your student.
Education & Training For Chapters
To fully integrate Health & Safety into chapter operations, chapters typically assign or elect a Health & Safety officer and develop and execute a continuing education program. This program typically includes equational dialogues regarding specific health & safety related topics, an annual review of their written health & safety operations guides, the development of a crisis response plan, the establishment of a chapter judicial board, and engagement in offering from the Fraternity.
Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative Curriculum
The Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative (FHSI) training meets current higher education requirements to address hazing, sexual violence, mental health, and abuse of alcohol and other drugs on college campuses. The FHSI curriculum is facilitated education, using research-based prevention programs to build understanding and discuss behaviors, and how to influence peers to make good decisions. Content is a blending of resources from the fraternity’s insurance provider and staff-developed education.
Chapter Health & Safety Education
Staff are available to help in the development of chapter-specific health & safety education programs that can be facilitated by chapter leadership or Fraternity staff.
What does this mean for the overall Fraternity?
Chapters will operate from a place of self-governance whereby they create systems by which members of a chapter act on their principles and values in order to develop an ethical code of acceptable behavior, resolve grievances, elect leaders, and discipline members. Inherently based on a fundamental obligation to “do the right thing” and how to meet that obligation.
PIKE will continue to emphasize the importance of understanding expectations established by Fraternal Standards; however, we also provide training resources that empower chapters to adopt student–driven chapter leadership and successfully establish behavior expectations for members and guests based on the law, fraternal standards, and institutional policies.
Furthermore, chapter leadership will continue to be provided support in the development of intervention strategies to increase understanding of expectations and models for implementing chapter-level accountability when brothers or guests act outside of the stated standards of behavior.