Health and Safety Standards

Health and safety is the top priority of fraternities that make up the NIC. This is why the leadership of our 66 organizations came together at our recent Annual Meeting of Members to pass critical new health and safety standards that will build upon fraternal prevention efforts and programs.

This framework consists of three resolutions:

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 baseline health and safety educational programming to all chapters. This will be an educational requirement for membership.

Note: This enhance 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 and Safety Policies – 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:

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.

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