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Mu Chapter Risk Management Policy

Statement of Purpose

Mu chapter stands for Leadership, Friendship, and Service. Our underlying purpose is to help others. Irresponsible behavior undermines this goal. Having respect for yourself and others, as a representative of Mu Chapter and Alpha Phi Omega as a whole, is each member's responsibility.

It is the willingness of Alpha Phi Omega's members to provide a safe fraternal environment, to take care of one another and our guests, to plan programs carefully, to abide by Mu chapter by-laws, Indiana University policy, as well as local, state, and federal laws that sets this fraternity apart from all others. Brotherhood, human dignity, and respect serve as the foundation of any risk management policy. Therefore to maintain the unique characteristics of this group, we set forth this policy of risk management.

It is the duty of each member to execute good judgment, regardless of circumstance. This policy is designed to protect both the integrity of this chapter and the well being of its members. In essence, the focus of this policy is the need for brothers to look out for brothers.

For this reason Mu chapter members are held to the issues presented in this policy as well as national fraternal policies, Indiana University policies, and all laws applicable to a group such as ours. By drawing upon guidelines set forth in this University's Code of Student Ethics , and The Standard Policy of Risk Management for Alpha Phi Omega, it is our intention to provide this chapter's members with a guide to risk issues and their prevention.

Standard Policy of Risk Management

Applicability

This policy applies to any and all Alpha Phi Omega, Mu Chapter functions. Such a function is defined as one conforming with any of the following criteria:

  • If the function appears on the chapter calendar
  • If the function is organized by a chapter committee
  • Those attending are wearing apparel associated with the fraternity or fraternity events
  • If the function is mentioned in an email sent through the chapter account or in a letter sent on Official Alpha Phi Omega or chapter letterhead
  • Any event that an observer can reasonably associate with the fraternity

Hazing

No fraternity member shall take part in hazing activities. Such an activity is defined as but not limited to:

Any action taken or created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises or during functions, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: use of alcoholic beverages; paddling in any form; branding; creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shocks; quests; treasure hunts; scavenger hunts; road trips; or any other such activities carried on in the name of the fraternity; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of Indiana University and local, state, and federal laws.

Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Discrimination

The fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of abusive or discriminatory behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental, or emotional in respect to sex, race, ethnicity, physical or emotional handicap, age, marital status, sexual preference, veteran status, affiliation with other student organizations, or any other criteria set forth in the Indiana University Code of Student Ethics.

Contractual and Financial Issues

Any individual entering into a contract or financial agreement on behalf of chapter shall use the specific name of Alpha Phi Omega, Mu chapter. This includes, but is not limited to, such agreements as leases, contracts, hold harmless agreements, liability releases, account agreements, purchase orders, and hotel or banquet contracts.

Transportation Issues

Any individual who drives or otherwise provides transportation in conjunction with Mu chapter activities shall obey all applicable motor vehicle laws, including, but not limited to, those concerning vehicle safety, vehicle operation, insurance, and the transportation and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Operators will ensure that vehicles are not overloaded and are driven in a safe manner. Mu chapter shall not be responsible for operator's actions, including but not limited to vehicle damage, fines resulting from illegal or unsafe vehicle operation, or personal injury unless otherwise liable under federal, state, and local laws or university regulations. Rental vehicles shall be operated in accordance with rental contracts. Operation of rental vehicles shall be strictly voluntary and the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner/operator. Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Omega shall not assume liability for personal vehicles used in conjunction with fraternity activities, nor for any damages resulting from said use.

Alcohol and Drugs (Substance Abuse)

The possession, use and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages during any chapter function or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter is strictly prohibited. The unlawful possession, sale, and/or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances at any fraternity sponsored event, or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity is also strictly prohibited. This chapter shall not use or tolerate the use of alcoholic beverages as part of membership recruitment or pledge education programs.

Personal Property

Use of personal property in fraternity activities shall be strictly voluntary and the sole responsibility of the owner. Mu chapter shall not assume liability for personal property used in conjunction with fraternity activities, nor for any damages resulting from said use.

Advisors

Advisors and alumni serving Mu chapter on behalf of their employer or respective volunteer agency (educational institution, youth service group, etc.) will do so in accordance with the policies of said entity, including but not limited to risk management and personal liability. Advisors and alumni shall adhere to the provisions of this and all applicable Mu chapter rules, by-laws, and policies when engaging in fraternity-related activities. Advisors and alumni shall recognize the appropriate authority of Mu chapter elected or appointed officers, representatives or employees of the fraternity in question of policy, and shall not engage in activities designed to circumvent fraternity policies.

Risk Management Chair

This policy provides for the creation of a risk management chair to oversee the institution of this policy. Other responsibilities include educating chapter on this policy and the national risk management policy, educating the chapter on general safety issues, and ensuring the safety of all Mu chapter activities.

Last Updated: November 15, 2009
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