Letter from the “Chief”
Written by Emily Mennenga, Chief Tribunal
Happy Founder’s Week!
As we are winding down our 2016-2017 academic year, I would like to take some time for reflection. Throughout our short history of implementing Greek Life Edu, our hazing instances have decreased significantly. It has brought a better understanding of hazing to all incoming members and current members, that I believe there is a direct correlation to my next statement:
I am happy to say during my first year as Chief Tribunal we have had no investigations. I am very proud of all of you and maintaining your chapters and continuing to pursue growth in every pillar of Delta Xi Phi.
That being said, there’s never any harm in friendly reminders!
The definition of Hazing in relation to Greek Life:
humiliating and sometimes dangerous initiation rituals, especially as imposed on college students seeking membership to a fraternity or sorority.
This includes any thing that may make someone uncomfortable or pressured to do something. If you have any questions about a specific instance, please feel free to contact me directly.
We have an increased interest in New Member Presentations, which can often lead to a high risk of hazing. In an effort to mitigate this, I am currently working on guidelines for these presentations. It is our duty as sisters to make sure that first and foremost the primary requirements are being met before a secondary activity is put in place. (For those chapters that have done these presentations in the past, please feel free to contact me with what has been successful.) I believe solid guidelines may make it easier moving forward to both regulate and facilitate a presentation.
With these presentations, this must be a decision made completely and unanimously by the associate members. This decision can not be swayed our pressured by any person in affiliation of Delta Xi Phi. This includes the first decision for a “closed line.”
Within the idea of a closed line, no AM can be punished or reprimanded for not wanting a closed line, for talking to someone about being in the process etc.
AMs cannot be asked to greet Actives with a specific greeting on campus. This includes but is not limited to:
Requiring AMs to greet actives by the nickname, number and line name or any other grouping of the aforementioned.
Requiring AMs to only greet actives in private
Requiring a specific handshake upon greeting an active sister
AMs cannot be required to attend meetings at an unreasonable time. They cannot be required to miss class to attend meetings. Requiring an AM to perform physical activities as discipline is strictly prohibited.
Remember that hazing can happen even within the line. Please be mindful of what you see and hear during an AM Process.
It is also possible for an AM to haze an Active sister. Do not feel like you cannot come forward with an accusation about an AM.
Any consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs, including prescription medication that is not in the name of the person consuming it, by an AM is an immediate dismissal from the process. The same is mentioned for sisters partaking in these activities while wearing letters.
I want to remind all of our members with Delta Xi Phi that we are here to empower each other. We are here to build each other up. Continue to encourage each other to strive for success in everything that we do. Any member of Delta Xi Phi has the ability to contact National Board. Feel free to contact the National Board with any concerns, or even good things going on in your chapters. We are here to support you in the growth of our organization and sisterhood as well as maintaining functioning, stable chapters.
Remember to be kind, work efficiently, and be diligent in supporting the pillars and each other as members of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc.
Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc.