Gamma Delta Psi Risk Management Policies
The following policies are intended to protect the safety and reputation of Gamma Delta Psi, its pledges, members and guests. Rather than restrict or lessen the fraternal experience, they ensure that activities, events and functions of the fraternity are constructive, beneficial and enjoyable for all concerned.
Risk Management Rationale
Social life is an important part of the academic experience, and of fraternity life. It is normal and healthy for students to gather to socialize, have fun, and temporarily leave behind their academic work. Gamma Delta Psi’s policies that follow are not intended to prevent fun, but to ensure it is done in safe and legal ways. Ensuring that fraternity social events remain safe involves the hard work and commitment of the fraternity membership and leadership. Risk management is every chapter member’s responsibility.
Establishment of Individual Chapter Risk Management Policies
The Risk Management Policy is a minimum policy, which the chapters must follow. Chapters will face unique challenges that will require individual attention. They may choose to adopt a policy above and beyond these standards. This policy is intentionally broad, and it is the intent that chapters individualize, through discussion, the policy beyond the scope of the minimum standards. The major focus is to educate all Brothers in Risk Management. Adoption of this policy will provide a program of education within the chapters, and on a International level.
Alcohol and Drugs
- The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages, 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 and city.
- 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.
- 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 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, tavern or bar at which alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on the property of a tavern for purposes of fundraising. However, a chapter may rent or use a room or area in a tavern for a closed event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list. An event at which alcohol is present may be conducted or co-sponsored with a charitable organization if the event is held within the provisions of this policy.
- No chapter may co-sponsor, co-finance or attend or participate in a function at which alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.
- All recruitment activities associated with any chapter will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment activities associated with any chapter may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern or alcohol distributor.
- No member, alumnus or pledge shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “drinking games.” The definition of drinking games includes, but is not limited to, the consumption of alcoholic beverages to fulfill a challenge or to be permitted involvement in the activity. Any activity involving the consumption of alcohol, which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol, is forbidden.
- No alcohol shall be present at any pledge/associate member/new member/novice program, activity or ritual of the chapter.
Gamma Delta Psi Fraternity International states its position, in support of constructive, educational and community programs and asserts unequivocally its opposition to hazing and pre‑initiation activities which do not contribute to the positive educational and social development, and welfare of potential members, members and their communities.
Hazing activities are defined as:
“Any action taken or situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations including assault in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; publicly wearing 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 may be construed as hazardous.”
No chapter, member or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense.
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, activities or events, whether on chapter premises or an off-site location, which are demeaning to women or men, including but not limited to verbal harassment, sexual assault by individuals or members acting together. The employment, or use of exotic dancers, or similar, whether professional or amateur, at a Fraternity event is prohibited.
Health and Safety
- The planning of all fraternity functions should carefully consider any potential hazards to ensure the safety of all participants.
- The coordinator of any fraternity functions must have a list of emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and should ensure that all participants are aware of evacuation routes.
- The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive or incendiary devices of any kind, at any fraternity function is prohibited.
Each chapter shall annually instruct its members in the Risk Management Policies. All members shall annually receive a copy of the Risk Management Policies and a copy shall be available on the fraternity website.