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Safety and Success Plan

Interfraternity Council
University of Northern Colorado Fraternity and Sorority Life
Spring 2020

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IFC and Panhellenic chapters, as well as the council’s executive board, are asked to complete
a Safety and Success Plan during the spring 2020 semester.

The Safety and Success Plan is designed to help IFC chapters take a critical look at health and
safety within their organization as well as the community. The information provided will not
only help chapters refocus and reset but also help inform IFC policies and procedures as well as
Fraternity and Sorority Life policies and procedures. The main goal is to prevent further harm
and to assist our IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities with the establishment of a much
stronger culture of safety, accountability, and productive engagement.

The Safety and Success Plan is broken down into sections related to behaviors, values,
relationship with the University, response to research, and general information. All plans should
be turned in as a hard copy, plus all sources used to write this paper must be appropriately cited
and included in a “works cited” at the end of your proposal. This proposal should be of the same
quality as an assignment you would turn in for class. It should be double-spaced, Times New
Roman 12 pt. font, with default margins. Please proofread your work before submitting. The
Safety and Success Plan must be turned-in in a 3-ring binder using paper protectors and section
dividers. Your plan must be organized in the same order as this document. All items will be
turned into the Program Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life.

In order to create buy-in, all chapter members must be involved in working on the Safety and
Success Plan. We highly recommend delegating tasks and splitting up the plan into various
committees, so everyone has a piece of shaping your chapter and the community.

Due Dates:
• Discuss Safety and Success Plan with the chapter (at a chapter meeting).
o Turn in roster with members signatures to indicate they are aware of the Safety
and Success plan no later than Wednesday, January 22.
• Outline of how your chapter is going to complete the Safety and Success Plan, list of
committees and members involved in each committee, outview of how inter/national
headquarters and advisor(s) will be involved, and list of internal deadlines due on Friday,
January 24.
• First draft of plan due on Monday, February 17.
o Drafts will be reviewed and returned with feedback no later than Monday,
February 24.
• IFC chapter plans due on Friday, March 6
• Council presentations on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31
• Chapter Presidents and IFC President present to campus officials the week of April 20
o Chapters are asked to produce a short (no more than 2 minutes) video clip
answering the question: Given your work on this plan, what are you most excited
about for the future of your chapter and/or the Fraternity and Sorority Life
Community? These clips will be shown during the presentation to campus
officials.

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Integrity Statement: Every chapter is expected to present and compile information that is true
of their organization. Any chapter that is found to have provided false information in any section
or portion of their plan will be taken through the University Conduct Process with the Office of
Community Standards and Conflict Resolution.

Learning Outcomes: We believe the Safety and Success Plan is a leadership opportunity for
students and a way for them to have a significant positive and lasting impact on their chapter and
the Fraternity and Sorority community. We hope creating a Safety and Success Plan will allow
students to be engaged in their chapter and community in a different way and come together
to create a sustainable infrastructure for moving forward.

1. Students who participate in creating the Safety and Success Plan will identify the process
needed to complete an organizational assessment.
2. Students who participate in creating the Safety and Success Plan will be able to articulate
the current state of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Northern Colorado.
3. Students who participate in creating the Safety and Success Plan will be able to explain
the steps needed to bring about positive change within an organization.

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Behaviors
 Chapter’s Risk Management Plan
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the Risk Management Plan.
 Chapter’s Sober Monitor policy
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the Sober Monitor Policy.
 Chapter’s Sober Driver policy
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the Sober Driver Policy.
 Chapter’s Alcohol/Drug Policy
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the Alcohol/Drug Policy.
 Chapter’s Standards Plan
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the Standards Plan.
 Chapter’s Crisis Management Plan
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the Standards Plan.
 Chapter’s Anti-hazing Policy
o Include a summary of how the chapter follows the anti-hazing policy.
 How does your chapter support and provide wellness resources to members?
 What are the criteria and process for suspending or expelling a member?
 List of current and/or previous chapter-only compliance issues and the outcomes
(adjudication letters) for 2018 and 2019.
o This includes Community Standards and Conflict Resolution (CSCR) and Office
of Institutional Equity and Compliance (Title IX) at UNC, as well as any reports
or investigations through chapter headquarters.

Values
 List of Chapter’s Core Values
o Include a summary of how the chapter portrays (lives) each one of the core
values.
 What is the organization’s Mission and Vision?
o Include a summary of how your chapter supports the organizational mission and
vision.
 What are the organization’s Guiding Principles (if applicable)?
o Include a summary of how your chapter supports and follows the guiding
principles.
 Chapter’s Scholarship Plan (make sure to mention your chapter’s GPA requirement for
members).
o Include a summary of how the chapter implements the scholarship plan.
o What happens if a member does not meet your GPA requirement?
 Chapter bylaws, constitution, and standing rules.
 Copy of inter/national headquarters bylaws and constitution.
 List, description, and attendance of professional development provided by the
chapter/organization (i.e., conferences).
 List of internal programming, explanation of each program, timeline of when/how often
these programs happen (these are the programs you are required to put on to educate your
members on a variety of topics).

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 Number of chapter community service hours performed in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
 Number of philanthropy dollars donated in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
 Number of members involved with Order of Omega in 2018 and 2019.
 List of Greek Awards won at UNC for 2017 and 2018.
 List of Chapter Awards won from intern/national headquarters in 2017, 2018, and 2019
 Copy of chapter’s “Standards of Excellence” (please blackout any information that non-
members should not see).
o Explanation of “Standards of Excellence” ranking for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
 Work with headquarters to identify if a membership review is necessary.
o Explain why you decided a membership review is or is not necessary.
 Letter of standing from chapter’s inter/national.
 Create a list of five 3-year chapter goals.
 Create a list of three 3-year goals for the following areas:
o Risk Management
o Crisis Management
o Academics
o Philanthropy
o Community Service
o Greek Unity
o Brotherhoods
o Alumni Engagement
o Internal House Management
o Recruitment
o New Member Education
o Ritual Education
o Social Media
o Finances

Relationship with the University


 With inspiration from Simon Sinek’s The Golden Circle Ted Talk (2009), create and
explain your chapter’s purpose statement – your why
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMOlfsR7SMQ).
 Respond to the questions: What do you believe are the current problems your chapter
faces? How do you think these problems were created?
 Respond to the questions: What do you believe are the current problems for the
IFC/Panhellenic community? How do you think these problems were created?
 Respond to the question: As a member of the UNC Fraternity and Sorority Life
Community, what do you see as your chapter’s role within the community?
 Respond to the questions: Think three years into the future - What is IFC’s
interaction/relationship with the University and campus community? What is your
chapter’s interaction/relationship with the University and campus community?
 Knowing what you know about the state of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UNC and what
you believe the issues are, create a plan identifying how systemically the chapter will
work toward positive changes.

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o Include a statement on how you will hold your members accountable.
 Respond to the questions: How will your chapter focus on being a values-based
organization. What steps need to be put in place to accomplish this?
 Respond to the question: What should fall 2020 look like for IFC organizations?
 Provide recommendations for a more successful Fraternity and Sorority Life Community
at UNC.

Response to Research
 Fraternity and sorority environments are often homogenous and discourage meaningful
engagement with diversity (Laird, 2005, p. 384).
o How will your chapter engage in healthy and difficult discussions around creating
more inclusive fraternity and sorority environments in your chapter on campus?
 Fraternity men consume alcohol more frequently and in larger amounts than any other
student population (Biddix, Matney, Norman, & Martin, 2014; Wechsler, Kuh, &
Davenport, 2009).
o What sort of support does the fraternity community need in order to make
healthier choices around alcohol consumption?
 Students who are fraternity members are also more likely than their peers to partake in
the use of illicit drugs (S. E. McCabe et al., 2005; Scott-Sheldon, Carey, & Carey, 2008;
Witcraft, Veronica Smith, Ann Pollard, & Dixon, 2019). One contributing factor to this
phenomenon is that fraternity members are more likely to have a distorted view of illicit
drug use – including believing that more of their peers are using illicit drugs and having
more belief in the safety of illicit drug use (DeSantis, Noar, & Webb, 2009).
o What kinds of support do fraternities at UNC need in order to gain a more
realistic view of illicit drug use and make healthier choices?
 Fraternity men are also much more likely than their male peers on campus to perpetrate
sexual violence (J. D. Foubert, Newberry, & Tatum, 2007; Humphrey & Kahn, 2000).
o What are some of the behaviors you witness that perpetuate a cycle of sexual
violence in fraternities, and what work needs to be done in order to change
attitudes about sexual violence within the fraternity community?
 Research shows that students who joined fraternities and sororities in their first year
earned significantly higher grade point averages than independent students (DeBard &
Sacks, 2011; Askew & Pike, 1990).
o We consistently see high GPAs within the FSL community – how will your
organization continue to push high academic achievement and GPAs?
 Greek members tend to exert more academic effort, participate more often in clubs and
student professional organizations, and have higher levels of interaction with other
students (Askey & Pike, 1990)
o We know members of fraternities are also involved in many other areas on
campus – provide a list of clubs/student professional organizations in which your
members participate.
o How will your organization continue to encourage campus involvement and
leadership?
 Fraternities and sororities that emphasize leadership development are considered “high
performing fraternal communities” (Jelke (2001) as cited in Jelke & Kuh, 2003, p. 281).

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o What are 3-5 areas in your organization or on campus in which your chapter
would like to take a leadership role?

General Information
 List of members who are authoring on the Safety and Success Plan. Include the name,
position, and contact information for inter/national headquarter staff that is assisting the
chapter with the Safety and Success Plan. Include the name and contact information for
the advisor(s) that are assisting the chapter with the Safety and Success Plan.
o This should be the first page of the Safety and Success Plan in the binder.
 Advisory Board list with names and contact information.
 House Corporation Board list with names and contact information.
 Charter Information/Documents.
 Copy of Chapter Meeting Minutes for spring 2020.
o Include all chapter meeting minutes up to the due date.
 Chapter Dues Information (how much and when are they due)?
o Is your chapter in debt to your inter/national organization? If yes, how much?
▪ If you are in debt, include a summary of how you plan to get into good
financial standing.
o How does your chapter ensure members pay dues on-time?
 Copy of chapter facility live-in requirement and contract.
o If your chapter does not have one, work with your advisor, headquarters, and legal
team to create one.
 Information on who owns/leases your chapter facility (company name, personnel contact,
contact information).
 Complete and Passed chapter facility fire inspection.
 Certificate of Insurance.
 All members submit the new antihazing/grade release/FERPA form.
o Not yet on the website – we will let you know if/when this happens during the
spring semester.
 Written Chapter Advisor(s) approval of the plan.
 Written Inter/national headquarters approval of the plan.

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References

Biddix, J. P., Matney, M. M., Norman, E. M., & Martin, G. L. (2014). The Influence of
Fraternity and Sorority Involvement: A Critical Analysis of Research (1996-2013):
AEHE Volume 39, Number 6: John Wiley & Sons.
DeBard, R. & Sacks, C. (2011). Greek Membership: The Relationship with First Year Academic
Performance, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 13:1,
109-126.
Foubert, J. D., Newberry, J. T., & Tatum, J. (2007). Behavior differences seven months later:
Effects of a rape prevention program. NASPA journal, 44(4), 728-749.
Humphrey, S. E., & Kahn, A. S. (2000). Fraternities, athletic teams, and rape: Importance of
identification with a risky group. Journal of interpersonal violence, 15(12), 1313-1322.
Jelke, T. & Kuh, G. (2003). High performing fraternities and sororities. In D. E. Gregory &
Associates (Eds.), The administration of fraternal organizations on North American
campuses: A pattern for the new millennium (pp. 275–298). Asheville, NC: College
Administration Publications.
Laird, T. F. N. (2005). College students’ experiences with diversity and their effects on academic
self-confidence, social agency, and disposition toward critical thinking. Research in
higher education, 46(4), 365-387.
McCabe, S. E., Schulenberg, J. E., Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Kloska,
D. D. (2005). Selection and socialization effects of fraternities and sororities on US
college student substance use: a multi‐cohort national longitudinal study. Addiction,
100(4), 512-524.
Pike, G. & Askew, J. (1990). The Impact of Fraternity or Sorority Membership on Academic
Involvement and Learning Outcomes, NASPA Journal, 28:1, 13-19
Scott-Sheldon, L. A., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2008). Health behavior and college students:
Does Greek affiliation matter? Journal of behavioral medicine, 31(1), 61-70.
Wechsler, H., Kuh, G., & Davenport, A. E. (2009). Fraternities, sororities and binge drinking:
Results from a national study of American colleges. NASPA journal, 46(3), 395-416.
Witcraft, S. M., Veronica Smith, C., Ann Pollard, M., & Dixon, L. J. (2019). Is Greek affiliation
a prescription for drug abuse? Examining misuse of prescription stimulants and downers
in high school and college. Journal of American College Health, 1-5.

*research, references, and citations provided by Dr. Cliff Leeks

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