NIC Presidential Commissions

To provide leadership to the fraternal industry in addressing the environmental and behavioral challenges that affect fraternity members—and to a larger degree—undergraduate students, the NIC President & CEO has directed the development of three commissions. These groups are undertaking a forward-focused, action-oriented evaluation on issues of critical importance to both higher education and the fraternity industry:

  • Alcohol Use within the Fraternity Experience
  • Hazing Awareness and Prevention
  • Sexual Violence and Abuse Prevention

The NIC is utilizing this process as an opportunity to engage in a robust review of its Standards, policies, resources, educational initiatives, as well as the guidance and support provided to NIC member fraternities.

Commission Membership

Each commission consists of 10-12 commissioners who range from subject matter experts, policymakers, researchers, higher education leaders, and senior practitioners with content area expertise. These commissioners were individually selected for their respective commission to form a cohesive and talented commission for each subject area. We gave care to ensure diversity of thought and membership on each commission to promote healthy discussion and resource development. Commissions are supported through the advocacy resources of the Conference. Click here for a full list of commissioners.

The Charge

Each commission will report to the NIC President & CEO on strategies that will best enable the NIC to fulfill its mission of creating environments that are conducive to the success of member fraternities while proactively addressing the misuse and abuse of alcohol related to and as part of the fraternity experience.
This work of each commission will culminate in a comprehensive, innovative and action-oriented written report delivered to the NIC President & CEO for his consideration and action related to the fulfillment of the goals of the conference.

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NIC Presidential Commission on Alcohol Use within the Fraternity Experience

This commission is charged with:

  1. Synthesizing data and research that focuses on the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol as well as its related consequences among fraternity men and within their peer group(s).
  2. Reviewing and critically assessing the efficacy of current initiatives, both internal and external to higher education, that attempt to address the overuse, misuse and abuse of alcohol and its related effects.
  3. Recommending opportunities for future study and research related to the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and/or its related consequences among fraternity men and within their peer group(s).
  4. Identifying specific, bold, and innovative opportunities for the NIC to exhibit leadership and influence in addressing and creating safer patterns of alcohol use and increasing student health and safety related to the use of alcohol and its related negative effects.

NIC Presidential Commission on Hazing Awareness and Prevention

This commission is charged with the following:

  1. Compiling and reviewing research that focuses on hazing and hazing prevention efforts in the educational environment including, but not limited to hazing behaviors and attitudes within the fraternity experience.
  2. Studying and assessing the current legal and civil landscape related to hazing within and beyond college student organizations.
  3. Reviewing and critically assessing the efficacy of current hazing prevention and education initiatives, both within and beyond the scope of higher education and student experiences.
  4. Recommending opportunities for future study and research related to hazing and hazing prevention efforts in the educational environment including, but not limited to hazing behaviors and attitudes within the fraternity experience.
  5. Identifying specific, bold and innovative opportunities for the NIC to exhibit leadership and influence in the prevention of hazing and the development of positive and safe member education and development processes.

NIC Presidential Commission on Sexual Violence and Abuse Prevention

This commission is charged with the following:

  1. Compiling and reviewing data and research that focuses on sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape supportive attitudes, hyper-masculine behaviors and other related research among fraternity men and within their peer group(s).
  2. Studying and assessing the current statutory, regulatory and legal requirements and landscape related to sexual assault and abuse prevention, Title IX and Clery Act Reporting and the Campus SaVE Act.
  3. Reviewing and critically assessing the efficacy of current initiatives, both internal and external to higher education, that attempt to address and prevent sexual assault, abuse, hyper-masculine behavior, and rape supportive attitudes within and beyond the fraternity experience.
  4. Recommending opportunities for future study and research related to sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape supportive attitudes, hyper-masculine behaviors and among fraternity men and within their peer group(s).
  5. Identifying specific, bold and innovative opportunities for the NIC to exhibit leadership and influence to address hyper-masculine behaviors and rape supportive attitudes on college campuses as well as to increase awareness, education, and the prevention of sexual assault and abuse.