purdue university IFC
Current and past IFC officers at Purdue University describe this council as being on the front lines of improving the fraternal experience. “My [first] IFC position earned me a front row seat to a fight that IFC was waging to pass legislation banning hard alcohol from chapter properties on our campus,” one student nominator wrote. “Seeing the passion and drive of the elder leaders around me advocating for something that most college students would sneer at was genuinely inspiring.”
Focused on prevention, health and safety in their community, IFC created the Safety and Risk Management Authority (SARMA). While charged with monitoring current conditions of fraternity and sorority functions at the university, SARMA also aims to initiate a culture shift in alcohol consumption. “We know that guests will still want to consume hard alcohol and that true change cannot be legislated. The IFC executive board has created an action plan to generate a culture change in our community.”
SARMA also places a large emphasis on education, educating students about safe consumption and how to respond in crisis scenarios, which has contributed to a sharp reduction in incidents at fraternity functions. Governance is also on the rise within the Purdue fraternity community thanks to a fair and consistent Fraternal Judicial Board (FJB). The FJB consists of fraternity men who have gone through an interview process and Purdue University standards training.
“Self-governance for a community of 42 fraternities and 3,000 men is something that takes significant orchestration and the process has operated at a very high level for three or four years now,” one student nominator wrote. “To see an organization so committed to actual safety instead of policy and appearance is refreshing. I am proud to be part of such a forward-thinking community.”