Education

Academic Support

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.

 Scholarship Advisors

Additional resources, including those related to recruiting and supporting Scholarship (Faculty) Advisors, are available by contacting the Director of Education.

 Grade Reporting

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 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-Free Housing

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 19.300 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 2019-2020 academic year are due no later than April 1, 2019.

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

2018 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 jpg, gif, etc.). The Exemption application and filing information can be found below.

To submit your application, follow the below steps:
  1. Go to AFH Exemption Upload Page.
  2. Click the “Add” link in the upper-right corner.
  3. You will be asked to log in to the website before you may upload files.
  4. 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, 2019. The Exemption Review Committee may not accept late or incomplete applications. You may submit your application ANYTIME prior to April 1, 2019.

Exemption Resources

 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.

To request ASTP at your chapter, please complete this form.

 GreekLifeEdu

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.

 Hazing Prevention

 Mental Health

 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.

 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 Strengths 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. To request the Social Strengths Workshop, please complete this form.

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.

 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.

 Testing Points Workshop

The Testing Points Workshop is developed by Aaron Boe, Founder and Lead Trainer of Culture Strength, as a workshop tailored for Phi Gamma Delta’s collegiate men. This discussions-based workshop puts an emphasis on what is most relevant and realistic in both bystander intervention and proactive personal development for today’s collegiate men.

It takes an innovative, positively-framed approach to addressing critical issues. Collegiate men will be provided with key insights and led through strategic discussions on sexual misconduct, personal relationships, how older members treat new and younger members and other key issues. To receive the Testing Points Workshop, please complete this.

 

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Risk Management

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 Senior Director of Undergraduate Services.

 General Resources

 Event Planning

 Crisis Management

 Housing Concerns

 Insensitivity

 Insurance Information

 

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Member Education

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.

New Member Education

The Archons identified an improved New Member Education Program as a key component of the Fraternity's Growth and Loyal for Life plans. The Fraternity's Task Force on New Member 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. New Member Education questions should be directed to the Director of Education.

 Fraternity's New Member Education Program

The program is composed of two parts. The first is the New Member 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 New Member 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 Phi Gamma Delta

Phi Gamma Delta partnered with Prevention Culture to provide an E-Manual to integrate into New Member 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.

 New Member Education Customization

The International Headquarters can help you customize and prepare your New Member Education Handbooks. For pricing information, contact the Director of Education at (859) 255-1848. You will also need to complete the New Member Education Customization Form.

 Big Brother Resources

The Fraternity recognizes Big Brothers, as mentors for new members, 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 positions) 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. Applications are due April 1, 2019. If you have questions, contact the Coordinator of Educational Programming & Online Learning.

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Phi Gamma Delta's Learning Portal (LMS)

The Fraternity has launched a new Learning Management System (LMS) to supplement our written resources, in-person training and communication. This on-demand platform contains courses which are designed to better equip you to better manage your chapter or colony and contains other opportunities for you to discuss and interact with other chapter officers around this content. The Chapter President's Risk Management Agreement and Pledge Educator's Agreement are integrated into their respective courses. Here are instructions on how to access the LMS. Current courses include: 

 Risk Management for Chapter Officers

Risk Management for Chapter Officers is an online module that breaks down the Fraternity's Risk Management Policy through a review of the policy and applying it to real chapter situations. Chapter Presidents are required to complete the course and sign a Risk Management Agreement every fall and spring.

 Hazing Prevention for Chapter Officers and Pledge Educators

Hazing Prevention for Chapter Officers and Pledge Educators is an online module that helps brothers understand the purpose of Pledge Education, reviews the definition of hazing, the Pledge's Bill of Rights and how to prevent hazing in the Chapter. Pledge Educator's are required to complete the course and sign the Pledge Educator's Agreement prior to the start of the Chapter's pledge education program.

 

Additional content will be added, both for graduate volunteers and undergraduate members. We appreciate your feedback on this new platform, and suggestions for future content. 

To access Phi Gamma Delta's Learning Portal, follow the link below.

Phi Gamma Delta's Learning Portal