Alcohol and Drugs
- The possession, sale, use or consumption of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, while on chapter premises, during a fraternity event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event an observer would associate with the Fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and institution of higher education, and must comply with either the BYOB or Third Party Vendor Guidelines.
- No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the chapter. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common source(s) of alcoholic beverage, i.e. kegs or cases, is prohibited.
- OPEN PARTIES, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the Fraternity, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are prohibited.
- No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under legal "drinking age").
- The possession, sale or use of any ILLEGAL DRUGS or CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event or at any event that an observer would associate with the Fraternity is strictly prohibited.
- No chapter may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on property of a tavern as defined above for the purposes of fundraising. A chapter may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for an event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list.
- No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance or attend or participate in a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.
- All recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter may be held at or in conjunction with an alcohol distributor or tavern as defined in this policy.
- No member or pledge / associate / new member / novice, shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in "drinking games."
- No alcohol shall be present at any pledge/ associate / new member / novice program, activity or ritual of the chapter. This includes, but is not limited to activities associated with "bid night," "big brother / big sister night" and initiation.
No chapter, colony, student, alumnus, or employee of the Fraternity shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. 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; 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/provincial law."
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 which are demeaning to women or men, such as verbal harassment. The Fraternity will not tolerate sexual assault in any form.
No member shall resort to or engage in any physical acts of violence of any kind against another individual or any acts of vandalism of any kind against another person's property for any reason, except for the purpose of the defense of one's self, or one's own property and to the limited extent that the law would otherwise permit.
Fire, Health and Safety
- All chapter houses should meet all local fire and health codes and standards.
- All chapters should have posted by common phones and in other locations, emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and should have posted evacuation routes on the back of the door of each sleeping room.
- All chapters should comply with engineering recommendations as reported by the insurance company or municipal authorities.
- The possession and/or use of weapons of any kind within the confines and premises of the chapter house is expressly forbidden. The term "weapon" means any object, substance or chemical designed or intended to inflict a wound, cause injury or incapacitate, including but not limited to, all firearms, pellet guns, switchblades, knives and knives with blades five or more inches in length or dangerous chemicals.
Each fraternity shall annually instruct its students and alumni in the Risk Management Policy of FIPG, Inc. Additionally, all student and alumni members shall annually receive a copy of said Risk Management / Loss Prevention Policy. A copy of said Risk Management / Loss Prevention Policy is available on the Fraternity's website.
Each chapter shall report promptly each failure to adhere to any of these policies to the Fraternity. Self-reporting of loss prevention violations and the steps taken to address the violation will be considered positive factors in the deliberations of the Fraternity when reacting to violations of these policies.
Article 2, Section 2: Non-discrimination
In any membership decision, including rushing, pledging, suspension, expulsion, or electing one to Membership in the Fraternity, a Member, Associate Member, Undergraduate Chapter, Colony, Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors may not discriminate against any person on the basis of his race, color, age, religion, sexual/affectionate orientation, national origin, citizenship or physical disability.