As fraternities and sororities, we pledge to abide by the core values of our organizations. Unfortunately, sometimes our member's actions are not always aligned with our values. When this happens a considerable amount of risk is placed on our organizations. The leadership of the fraternity and sorority community at IWU strives to provide multiple opportunities throughout the year for our members to learn how to best manage and reduce the risk associated with functioning as a fraternity or sorority. These activities and events are coordinated by the Director of Risk Management on the Fraternity & Sorority Programming Board, a shared organization between the governing councils within our community.
Each fall, our fraternity and sorority community join other communities across the nation to educate about hazing prevention. Typical events include awareness tabling, round-table discussions, presentations to members and new members, and the "No Hazing" pledge.
Each fall, we partner with the SOCA Peer Educators to raise awareness of alcohol issues on campus. Our programs and conversations are designed to encourage safety and personal responsibility when alcohol is concerned. Typical events include awareness tabling, alcohol education presentations, and a social media campaign.
Each January, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life hosts this workshop for all council executive board members at the beginning of the spring semester. New chapter leadership participates in a variety of engaging activities to assist them in managing and reducing risk associated with the social functions their organization's host throughout the year.
As part of the Social Event Planning expectations at IWU, a ratio of 1:15 sober monitors are required for all social functions, regardless of the presence of alcohol. OFSL partners with Counseling and Consultation Services to provide a three-step certification process for members of chapters to complete prior to being able to serve in this role at events. The training consists of sessions focusing on Risk and Event Management, Alcohol Education, and Bystander Intervention Training. Students remain certified for up to 4 semesters at which time a refresher course is required to become recertified.
To coordinate a training session for your chapter, contact the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.