Many brothers maintain that knowledge is an “individual matter” and the Fraternity can do little or nothing to improve or hinder the performance of an individual member or pledges. The academic performance of each member is an individual responsibility, but such responsibility must be supported and stimulated by the chapter’s actions and systems.
As members of Phi Gamma Delta, we are required to aid and assist our brothers—to expect accountability and to strive for excellence. Academic success is no easy task. However, a strong scholarship program will provide a means toward that end. The Fraternity's Scholarship Manual is available to support chapters in creating and maintaining their scholarship program.
Additional resources, including those related to recruiting and supporting Scholarship (Faculty) Advisors, are available by contacting the Assistant Director of Education.
Phi Gamma Delta chapters and colonies consistently outperform. The Phi Gamma Delta all-chapter average has been above both all-men's average and all-fraternity average every semester since 2006.
The Fraternity asks chapters to submit grade reports as soon as they become available at the end of each semester. Chapter officers may forward the information received from their Greek Life Office to the Assistant Director of Education.
Health & Safety Education
Through programming we inform and seek to influence our members on a personal and social level. Our commitment to alcohol education, sexual assault prevention, hazing prevention, and risk management makes Phi Gamma Delta a leader in promoting healthy decisions. Health & Safety Education questions should be directed to the Director of Education.
Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP)
ASTP is a discussion-based program that uses an approach to alcohol education that is non-judgmental, non-confrontational and meets members where they are in terms of readiness to change their behaviors. It acknowledges that college students’ drink and any steps toward reducing risk are steps in the right direction. ASTP was designed to provide drinkers and nondrinkers with information regarding alcohol use and associated negative consequences. The program also teaches skills to reduce risky use and/or abstain from use altogether.
Social Strengths Program
The Social Strengths Program offers brothers education in important topics such as healthy relationships, consent, sexual assault prevention, safe social environments and bystander intervention. The Social Stengths Program is broken into two parts: in-person workshop and an E-Manual.
The interactive workshop helps make brothers more aware of their surroundings and look out for their peers while equipping them to confidently support a friend in need through trained facilitator.
The Social Strengths of a Phi Gamma Delta E-Manual explores the information on an individual level. The E-Manual incorporates personal reflection throughout. It is expected that the E-Book be integrated into all chapters Pledge Education Programs.
GreekLifeEdu is an online program that addresses the critical issues of alcohol awareness, sexual assault, and hazing for incoming fraternity and sorority members. By leveraging trends and incorporating multiple evidence-based learning theories, GreekLifeEdu achieves behavior change objectives and helps members practice safer decision-making. Throughout this program, students are reminded of their values and strengths, and challenged to consider ways to leverage them throughout different interactive scenarios.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
The story of Scott Krueger, an MIT freshman and Phi Gamma Delta pledge who died as a result of alcohol poisoning, is outlined in this cutting-edge, Emmy-winning video. Phi Gamma Delta promotes and discusses mature, responsible, empowered decision-making when it comes to alcohol consumption.
Real Risk: Recognizing the Testing Points
This case-study based program utilizes real scenarios faced by our brothers in recent years. The program walks through what brothers need to know in order to effectively address harmful situations and prevent them in the future. It also illustrates the real consequences of poor leadership and values incongruence. The interactive format allows brothers to view facts about an incident that occurred, discuss what questions they would need to ask to see what risk management practices may have been broken, and finally compare their own speculations to the resultant punishment that was given.
Phi Gamma Delta chapter house facilities and chapter properties not possessing an exemption shall be alcohol-free. No alcohol shall be present, possessed, brought onto, or consumed in or on any portion or room of any chapter house facility or chapter property. Chapters meeting the requirements of fraternity bylaw 19.500 may acquire an annual exemption from this alcohol-free housing policy.
Alcohol-Free Housing Exemption
Approximately 20-25% of Phi Gamma Delta’s chapters are annually granted an exemption from the alcohol-free housing requirement. Chapters applying for the exemption must meet standards for educational programming, academic achievement, risk reduction, and chapter operations. Exemptions are granted on an annual basis with an effective term of August 1 - July 31. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due no later than April 1, 2017.
A committee of two graduate brothers and three undergraduate brothers conducts the exemption granting process. Additional information on the history of alcohol-free housing in Phi Gamma Delta is available here.
2017 Filing Information & Deadline
All chapters submit their applications electronically. Documents in the application packet are provided in a Microsoft Word format and may be filled in electronically, saved and submitted. Additional documentation and pages requiring signatures should be scanned as either PDF files or picture files (.jpeg, .gif, etc.). The Exemption application and filing information can be found below.
To submit your application, follow the below steps:
- Go to AFH Exemption Upload Page.
- Click the “Add” link in the upper-right corner.
- You will be asked to log in to the website before you may upload files.
- Files must be uploaded one at a time. Enter file names with your school and document number (ex: Jefferson College 1), browse your PC for the appropriate file and click upload.
All applications must be uploaded by 11:59pm EST on April 1, 2017. The Exemption Review Committee may not accept late or incomplete applications. You may submit your application ANYTIME prior to April 1, 2017.
Since 2009, the Fraternity has closed five chapters as a result of hazing. A number of other chapters have been disciplined in other ways. The Archons have developed a plan to improve the quality of Pledge Education and combat hazing in our fraternity.
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Since 1988, Phi Gamma Delta’s Risk Management Policy and related educational efforts have provided expectations and guidance to brothers and chapters on reducing the risk associated with fraternity activities. These resources will help chapters manage their events and daily activities in a manner that reduces the risk of injury to people or damage to property. Risk management questions should be directed to the Director of Education.
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Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship, and social skills to become a fully contributing member of society.
-Phi Gamma Delta Mission Statement
The Fraternity provides members with leadership development opportunities at every level. The most basic and pervasive of these is the chapter. By taking an active role in the affairs of their chapter, undergraduate brothers learn how to work as part of a team and to contribute toward a common goal.
The Archons identified an improved Pledge Education Program as a key component of the Fraternity's Growth and Loyal for Life plans. The Fraternity's Task Force on Pledge Education developed a concise, organized pledge education program which makes it easier for chapters and pledge educators to conduct a program which supports academic and Fraternity success. Pledge Education questions should be directed to the Assistant Director of Education.
Fraternity's Pledge Education Program
The program is composed of two parts. The first is the Pledge Educator’s Manual, a thorough ‘how-to’ to aid brothers in implementing this program in their chapters. Both eight-week and six-week programs are available.
The second part of the program is a customizable and printable Pledge Education Handbook. This is designed to be customized with your chapter’s information and distributed to all members of the pledge class.
The Social Strengths of a Phi Gamma Delta
Phi Gamma Delta partnered with Prevention Culture to provide an E-Manual to integrate into Pledge Education. Through short readings and suggested discussions, brothers will learn about important topics such as healthy relationships, consent, sexual assault, safe social environments, and bystander intervention. Chapters should read 1-3 strengths and/or standards per week, and discuss how to apply the information.
Click here to access the E-Manual.
The International Headquarters can help you customize and prepare your Pledge Education Handbooks. For pricing information, contact the Assistant Director of Education at (859) 255-1848. You will also need to complete the Pledge Education Customization Form.
Big Brother Resources
The Fraternity recognizes Big Brothers, as mentors for pledges, to be an integral part of a successful program. With that in mind, new resources have been developed to properly train and prepare Big Brothers for this important responsibility.
Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI)
The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), hosted by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), is a five-day institute that brings together fraternity men and sorority women from across North America to create opportunities to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. At UIFI, you will be given the skills to improve your own leadership abilities and positively affect your chapter, council, and community.
The Fraternity is committed to providing up to 25 scholarships for brothers to attend UIFI. UIFI is targeted to members who are current sophomores or juniors and have held some leadership position(s) in their chapters and/or Interfraternity Council. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the Institute, while the Chapter is responsible for the cost of travel. If you have questions, contact the Assistant Director of Education.
Taking the Lead Series
Phi Gamma Delta has partnered with Dr. Ken Blanchard (Cornell 1961) to create a leadership development program custom designed for our fraternity and our members. This program, called Taking the Lead, is based on nearly 35 years of research on situational leadership. Taking the Lead is a series of three educational modules that are available to our members to help them achieve success in fraternity, college, career and life endeavors. To request a leadership program or if you have questions, contact the Assistant Director of Education.
Situational Self Leadership (SSL): Taking the Lead When You’re NOT in Charge
Situational Self Leadership teaches people how to get what they need to be successful in their fraternity, college, and future career. To lead others effectively, you first must lead yourself. This module develops skills that are useful to anyone tackling a new job, project, or assignment. SSL is designed to be delivered at the chapter level to our newer members.
Situational Leadership II (SLII): Taking the Lead When You ARE in Charge
Situational Leadership II is aimed at current chapter officers and rising leaders within the chapter. It is designed to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about performance between chapter leaders and the members, with the goals of increasing competence, gaining commitment, and retaining talented members. Participants come away with a leadership tool kit that may be drawn upon in a variety of settings throughout their lives.
Taking the Lead by DISCovering your Personal Style
This module helps participants understand the role that personality and personal style – our natural patterns of behavior and preferences -- play in leading others. On the organizational level it helps members understand what different personalities bring to a group and how to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. It encourages a greater tolerance for and acceptance of diverse behaviors and preferences, leading to greater productivity.
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