National fraternities link together in efforts to stop hazing

Lindsay Futch

In 2014, eight national fraternities joined together in hopes of diminishing hazing on all collegiate campuses. Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Triangle fraternities created the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative which is a ‘trainer-led program’ focused on bystander intervention, according to the Huffington Post.

The Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative states that “the consortium is committed to working together to implement prevention strategies to improve the health and well-being of their members and their campus communities.” There have been many fraternity-related deaths in recent years on campuses around the country, which is why this initiative is so important.

“Putting an end to hazing and sexual assault starts with awareness. This sort of coalition encourages its members to actively learn about and be ready to recognize the warning signs,” Garret Chapman, vice president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at GS, said.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, in hopes of reducing the amount deaths among their own chapters, banned all hazing rituals. This means that all recruits who have been extended a “bid” or invitation to join the fraternity will become active members immediately; skipping the “pledge” process altogether.

“SΑΕ initiates its new members within 72 hours of signing their bid and that is all a part of what is called the True Gentleman Experience (TGE),” Chapman said. “The very first thing that our new members do is go through seminars that address hazing and what they can do about it.”

Despite the negative connotation associated with Greek Life, its members see the positive influences being a part of the community has.

“Greek Life has been the best experience that college has given me. I’ve been in leadership for my entire college career, and I owe that to Greek Life. These are opportunities you can’t find anywhere else,” Chapman said.

Greek Life will continue its efforts to stop hazing at fraternities.