Pi Alpha Phi is concerned for the health and safety of our members. Pi Alpha Phi uses a comprehensive approach to risk management education and policy. Pi Alpha Phi works to address negative behaviors associated with alcohol and drug abuse, hazing, and sexual abuse and harassment. Through education, training, and mature guidance, we provide the tools for students to make good choices and to understand the consequences of their choices.
Where can I find the Pi Alpha Phi Risk Management Policy?
The Pi Alpha Phi Risk Management Policy can be downloaded here.
As leaders and volunteers working with students chapters, we must be prepared to meet the needs of any crisis we face. Here are some basic guidelines to follow in the case of an emergency. Review this plan with the chapter at the beginning of each semester.
At the chapter level, the president of the chapter should take charge in any crisis. The President should consult with volunteers, the national leadership, and any members who possess more expertise or insight. All chapter members should know where to find a copy of the chapter's emergency procedures.
Guidelines for a crisis plan:
- The president (or officer next in line if the president is not present) takes charge.
- Call emergency number(s), usually 9-1-1, so appropriate emergency personnel (police, fire, and ambulance) can respond. Cooperate fully with the needs of any public safety organization seeking to help you or protect your safety.
- Restrict access to the chapter facility or event location at once. The president must have complete control of the situation, and be aware of who is in the area. Permit only your members and appropriate officials to enter.
- Assign one or more responsible members to calmly be at the door.
- Do not tamper with any part of the area involved in the incident specifically which might be construed as evidence or involved with the incident.
- Assemble your members in a group (in case of fire, assemble outside, in front near the street). All should remain calm. Explain there is an emergency, but that it is under control. Remind members that only the president or chapter counselor/key volunteer can speak for the Fraternity—members are not to speak to anyone (including friends, girlfriends, parents, the university) about the crisis.
- Do not discuss details, speculate on events or otherwise elaborate on the situation. Often, litigation follows crisis. Statements made could later be used in court.
- Contact appropriate campus officials. Start with your Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Fully cooperate with appropriate authorities.
- All clothing with the Fraternity’s name should not be worn during the investigation period.
- Submit all requested information about the incident to the Pi Alpha Phi Director of Risk Reduction firstname.lastname@example.org in a timely manner