Health & Safety Initiatives

HEALTH & SAFETY INITIATIVES

Health and safety is the top priority of fraternities that make up the NIC. This is why, at its 2017 and 2018 Annual Meeting of Members, the leadership of our 66 organizations came together to pass critical new Health & Safety Standards that will build upon fraternal prevention efforts and programs.

POLICY PROHIBITING ALCOHOL ABOVE 15% ABV

RESOLUTION (Adopted Aug. 27, 2018): Each NIC member fraternity will adopt and implement a policy by September 1, 2019, that prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor. Chapter facilities and events outside the United States may have one additional year to achieve compliance. Any member fraternity that does not have a business meeting between Sept. 1, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2019, will be granted a one-year extension in adoption.
WHY?: Nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages. The Conference felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard.
IMPLEMENTATION: Each member fraternity is charged with implementing this policy within its chapters.

FAQ

WHY DID THE FRATERNITIES OF THE NIC ADOPT THIS POLICY?

Nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages. The Conference felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard.

DOES THIS POLICY APPLY FOR PRIVATE SPACES OF CHAPTER HOUSES?

Yes, the Conference intentionally decided that this standard will apply to the entire chapter facility, including the private living spaces of students who are of the legal drinking age. Note, our research shows more than 90% of students living in fraternity houses are under 21.

WHEN WILL THIS POLICY TAKE EFFECT?

For chapters inside the United States, each member fraternity will be required to implement this policy in their organization no later than September 1, 2019. Member organizations will be given a one-year extension if they need more time to have the policy ratified by the appropriate governing body, which may not meet before September 1, 2019 deadline.Once finalized, inter/national member fraternities should send their policy language to standards@nicfraternity.org.

WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY?

Each member fraternity is charged with implementing this policy within its chapters.

HOW WILL THIS POLICY IMPACT LOCAL IFCs?

NIC member fraternities agree that all chapters must be members of a NIC-recognized, Standards-compliant IFC. Through the IFC chartering process, the NIC will work with each IFC over the next year to ensure that its policies align with this Standard.

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT OUR CAMPUS IF WE ALREADY HAVE A SIMILAR POLICY IN PLACE?

This standard is designed to be a minimum expectation. When member fraternities and campuses have more restrictive policies, students and chapters will still be expected to follow these policies.A member fraternity, IFC or campus is encouraged to build upon this and the NIC’s other Health & Safety Standards as they determine what best fits their needs and improves the health and safety of members and guests.

WHAT ALCOHOL IS ABOVE/BELOW 15% ABV?

Check the label! The alcohol content in beer, wine and malt beverages is below 15% ABV. However, hard alcohol or spirits are above 15% ABV (30 proof). Most of the severe injuries and deaths correlated with alcohol use are related to consuming “hard alcohol.”

MEDICAL GOOD SAMARITAN POLICY

RESOLUTION: By September 1, 2018, each NIC member fraternity will adopt and implement a medical Good Samaritan Policy.
WHY?: Nothing should stand in the way of students calling 911 when they or anyone else they are with need help. It is critical students are encouraged to call 911 when someone is in need of medical attention. A Good Samaritan policy prioritizes health and safety by removing barriers for people to seek help in emergencies.
IMPLEMENTATION: The NIC will consult with insurance and legal experts to develop and share model language for member fraternities. Each member fraternity will adopt and implement a Good Samaritan Policy before September 1, 2018.

BASELINE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMMING

RESOLUTION: NIC member fraternities will provide the below baseline health and safety educational programming to all chapters. This will be an educational requirement for membership. Note: This enhances the NIC health and safety standards already in place.

Have health and safety policies.

Follow up with their chapters on compliance with such policies.

Provide proactive harm reduction education related to such policies to its individual chapters.

Provide documentation of such policies, organizational protocols and educational programs to the Conference; that address, at a minimum, the following topics:

  • Alcohol and drugs (inclusive of prohibition on the use of alcohol and drugs in new member education and recruitment activities)
  • Hazing
  • Sexual abuse and harassment
  • Fire, health and safety

Carry Commercial General Liability Insurance.

Have and enforce a policy prohibiting women’s auxiliary groups (i.e. “little sisters”) associated with their undergraduate chapters.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its risk management policies.

WHY?: By establishing a more robust baseline, we can better ensure all fraternities are educating their chapters and members using best-practice programs around health and safety. This would provide each fraternity member important prevention education on topics like hazing, alcohol, drugs, and sexual abuse each year.
IMPLEMENTATION: The NIC will work with experts to establish baseline parameters and review this with each fraternity. The NIC will support its member fraternities by developing programming options and negotiate rates for industry-wide programs on behalf of NIC member fraternities.

ENHANCED HEALTH & SAFETY STANDARDS: PILOT PROGRAM

RESOLUTION: NIC fraternities voted to support a pilot program for campus implementation of new health and safety policies and event procedures to reduce alcohol abuse. In this pilot, the NIC will work with campus fraternity communities to put measures in place to reduce the frequency and volume of alcohol in the fraternity experience. This includes the following policies/procedures:

POLICIES INTERPRETATION
1. Alcohol is only permitted in private living quarters of chapter facilities for residents above the legal drinking age, and must be below 15% alcohol by volume (ABV). No hard alcohol in fraternity houses (outside of #3).
2. During a registered event, alcohol possession and distribution must be restricted to common spaces of a chapter facility for the duration of the event.
During a social event, alcohol can ONLY be used in common spaces (not living quarters).
3. Alcohol above 15% ABV may only be served by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (regardless of event location) at registered events.
Hard alcohol can only be served at registered events by a licensed third-party vendor.
4. In partnership with each host institution, the fraternity community/campus will set a standard that significantly reduces and caps the number of events with alcohol (regardless of event location).
Each fraternity community/campus sets standards that reduce and cap the # of events each fraternity can have with alcohol.
5. Each fraternity will utilize a standardized event management and guest registration procedure (regardless of event location) that will be administered by a third-party company (Social Safe).
Social Safe will help standardize – making events safer – event management procedures. For example, it will make sure third-party vendors are licensed and insured.
6. Events must be limited to a guest-to-member ratio of no more than 3:1 for events with alcohol, provided that no event with alcohol may exceed X attendees (set campus standard) or fire code (whichever is lower).
Social safe technology check attendees in/out and helps control event size.

WHY?: This approach blends policy rooted in research from substance abuse experts, best practices in educational programming, enhanced procedures to make events safer, and a commitment to measure the efficacy of these interventions through consistent assessment. This approach also acknowledges that positive change happens when it’s adopted at the local level through collaboration and customization.
IMPLEMENTATION: The NIC will spend fall 2017 executing an implementation plan, which includes identifying pilot campuses and building out the Social Safe procedures and technology. The NIC will work with an assessment partner to identify measurements to test the efficacy of these standards and procedures, as well as train pilot campus’ stakeholders. In spring 2018, the NIC will work with a limited group of pilot campuses to implement these new standards and measure their effectiveness. Starting in fall 2018, more pilot campuses will be added based on what was learned during the first year and determined capacity.

ENHANCING CAMPUS COMMUNITIES

Health and safety is the top priority of fraternities that make up the NIC. This is why, at its 2017 and 2018 Annual Meeting of Members, the leadership of our 66 organizations came together to pass critical new Health & Safety Standards and pilot measures that will build upon fraternal prevention efforts and programs.

POLICY PROHIBITING ALCOHOL ABOVE 15% ABV

RESOLUTION (Adopted Aug. 27, 2018): Each NIC member fraternity will adopt and implement a policy by September 1, 2019, that prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor. Chapter facilities and events outside the United States may have one additional year to achieve compliance. Any member fraternity that does not have a business meeting between Sept. 1, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2019, will be granted a one-year extension in adoption.
WHY?: Nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages. The Conference felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard.
IMPLEMENTATION: Each member fraternity is charged with implementing this policy within its chapters.

FAQ

WHY DID THE FRATERNITIES OF THE NIC ADOPT THIS POLICY?

Nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages. The Conference felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard.

DOES THIS POLICY APPLY FOR PRIVATE SPACES OF CHAPTER HOUSES?

Yes, the Conference intentionally decided that this standard will apply to the entire chapter facility, including the private living spaces of students who are of the legal drinking age. Note, our research shows more than 90% of students living in fraternity houses are under 21.

WHEN WILL THIS POLICY TAKE EFFECT?

For chapters inside the United States, each member fraternity will be required to implement this policy in their organization no later than September 1, 2019. Member organizations will be given a one-year extension if they need more time to have the policy ratified by the appropriate governing body, which may not meet before September 1, 2019 deadline.

Once finalized, inter/national member fraternities should send their policy language to standards@nicfraternity.org.

WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY?

Each member fraternity is charged with implementing this policy within its chapters.

HOW WILL THIS POLICY IMPACT LOCAL IFCs?

NIC member fraternities agree that all chapters must be members of a NIC-recognized, Standards-compliant IFC. Through the IFC chartering process, the NIC will work with each IFC over the next year to ensure that its policies align with this Standard.

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT OUR CAMPUS IF WE ALREADY HAVE A SIMILAR POLICY IN PLACE?

This standard is designed to be a minimum expectation. When member fraternities and campuses have more restrictive policies, students and chapters will still be expected to follow these policies.

A member fraternity, IFC or campus is encouraged to build upon this and the NIC’s other Health & Safety Standards as they determine what best fits their needs and improves the health and safety of members and guests.

WHAT ALCOHOL IS ABOVE/BELOW 15% ABV?

Check the label! The alcohol content in beer, wine and malt beverages is below 15% ABV. However, hard alcohol or spirits are above 15% ABV (30 proof). Most of the severe injuries and deaths correlated with alcohol use are related to consuming “hard alcohol.”

MEDICAL GOOD SAMARITAN POLICY

RESOLUTION: By September 1, 2018, each NIC member fraternity will adopt and implement a medical Good Samaritan Policy.
WHY?: Nothing should stand in the way of students calling 911 when they or anyone else they are with need help. It is critical students are encouraged to call 911 when someone is in need of medical attention. A Good Samaritan policy prioritizes health and safety by removing barriers for people to seek help in emergencies.
IMPLEMENTATION: The NIC will consult with insurance and legal experts to develop and share model language for member fraternities. Each member fraternity will adopt and implement a Good Samaritan Policy before September 1, 2018.

BASELINE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMMING

RESOLUTION: NIC member fraternities will provide the below baseline health and safety educational programming to all chapters. This will be an educational requirement for membership.Note: This enhances the NIC health and safety standards already in place.

Have health and safety policies.

Follow up with their chapters on compliance with such policies.

Provide proactive harm reduction education related to such policies to its individual chapters.

Provide documentation of such policies, organizational protocols and educational programs to the Conference; that address, at a minimum, the following topics:

  • Alcohol and drugs (inclusive of prohibition on the use of alcohol and drugs in new member education and recruitment activities)
  • Hazing
  • Sexual abuse and harassment
  • Fire, health and safety

Carry Commercial General Liability Insurance.

Have and enforce a policy prohibiting women’s auxiliary groups (i.e. “little sisters”) associated with their undergraduate chapters.

Provide ongoing education to its undergraduate chapters on its risk management policies.

WHY?: By establishing a more robust baseline, we can better ensure all fraternities are educating their chapters and members using best-practice programs around health and safety. This would provide each fraternity member important prevention education on topics like hazing, alcohol, drugs, and sexual abuse each year.
IMPLEMENTATION: The NIC will work with experts to establish baseline parameters and review this with each fraternity. The NIC will support its member fraternities by developing programming options and negotiate rates for industry-wide programs on behalf of NIC member fraternities.

ENHANCED HEALTH & SAFETY STANDARDS: PILOT PROGRAM

RESOLUTION: NIC fraternities voted to support a pilot program for campus implementation of new health and safety policies and event procedures to reduce alcohol abuse. In this pilot, the NIC will work with campus fraternity communities to put measures in place to reduce the frequency and volume of alcohol in the fraternity experience. This includes the following policies/procedures:

POLICIES INTERPRETATION
1. Alcohol is only permitted in private living quarters of chapter facilities for residents above the legal drinking age, and must be below 15% alcohol by volume (ABV). No hard alcohol in fraternity houses (outside of #3).
2. During a registered event, alcohol possession and distribution must be restricted to common spaces of a chapter facility for the duration of the event.
During a social event, alcohol can ONLY be used in common spaces (not living quarters).
3. Alcohol above 15% ABV may only be served by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (regardless of event location) at registered events.
Hard alcohol can only be served at registered events by a licensed third-party vendor.
4. In partnership with each host institution, the fraternity community/campus will set a standard that significantly reduces and caps the number of events with alcohol (regardless of event location).
Each fraternity community/campus sets standards that reduce and cap the # of events each fraternity can have with alcohol.
5. Each fraternity will utilize a standardized event management and guest registration procedure (regardless of event location) that will be administered by a third-party company (Social Safe).
Social Safe will help standardize – making events safer – event management procedures. For example, it will make sure third-party vendors are licensed and insured.
6. Events must be limited to a guest-to-member ratio of no more than 3:1 for events with alcohol, provided that no event with alcohol may exceed X attendees (set campus standard) or fire code (whichever is lower).
Social safe technology check attendees in/out and helps control event size.

WHY?: This approach blends policy rooted in research from substance abuse experts, best practices in educational programming, enhanced procedures to make events safer, and a commitment to measure the efficacy of these interventions through consistent assessment. This approach also acknowledges that positive change happens when it’s adopted at the local level through collaboration and customization.
IMPLEMENTATION: The NIC will spend fall 2017 executing an implementation plan, which includes identifying pilot campuses and building out the Social Safe procedures and technology. The NIC will work with an assessment partner to identify measurements to test the efficacy of these standards and procedures, as well as train pilot campus’ stakeholders. In spring 2018, the NIC will work with a limited group of pilot campuses to implement these new standards and measure their effectiveness. Starting in fall 2018, more pilot campuses will be added based on what was learned during the first year and determined capacity.