Join the Fight Against Hazing

Contrary to society’s stereotypes, hazing has never been endorsed or encouraged as a method for “training” a man or to help him “earn” his membership in a fraternity. Hazing is contrary to our mission and values, and it has no place in Phi Gamma Delta. 

While most chapters do not haze, unfortunately hazing creeps into chapters far too often. Since 2018, Phi Gamma Delta has closed 12 chapters for hazing, making it the number one killer of fraternity chapters. 

The Fraternity is committed to the elimination and prevention of hazing. We have embarked on a comprehensive Hazing Prevention Plan intended to rethink our approach to new member education, engage interested constituencies and, ultimately, work to eliminate hazing from our chapters.

To all those with an interest in the present and future of Phi Gamma Delta – undergraduates, graduate brothers, parents and campus partners – we invite you to Join the Fight to eliminate and prevent hazing.

#JoinTheFight Against Hazing Campaign

Phi Gamma Delta's #JoinTheFight Against Hazing campaign will take place during National Hazing Prevention Week, September 21-25, 2020. But, the Fight doesn't stop there! 

We invite you to Join the Fight Against Hazing by:


  • Share the Fraternity's #JoinTheFight posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Tell us why you are joining the fight against hazing: "I joined the fight against hazing because..."

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"Why Did You Join The Fight Against Hazing?" Vidoes

Alex Pouttu (Wayne State 2021),
Chapter President

Ben Cyran (WPI 2021),
Chapter President

Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975),
Executive Director Emeritus

Davis Hardell (Georgia 2021),
Archon Councilor

Ed Robinson (Bucknell 1986),
Purple Legionnaire

Hunter Wish (Washington State 2017),
Former Field Secretary

Nicholas Kaufman (William & Mary 2022),
Chapter President

Ryan Noble (Kent State 2021),
Chapter President

Hazing Prevention Plan 

 Rethink the Joining Process

Phi Gamma Delta is rethinking how a man “becomes a Fiji.” The Fraternity is introducing a new prescribed New Member Education Program that will build friendships among new members and brothers, incorporate productive and meaningful bonding activities, and introduce online modules to aid in learning. Initial revisions were made for the fall 2019 term, and the complete program is expected to be available for fall 2020.

The Fraternity is also developing framework for Continued Member Development. Our goal is to extend learning about the Fraternity and Ritual throughout a brother’s undergraduate career. This framework is scheduled for rollout in fall 2020. 

 Increase Training for Officers & New Member Educators

Phi Gamma Delta will provide increased training and educational opportunities to our New Member Educators and Chapter Officers. Beginning in fall 2019, all Chapter Presidents and New Member Educators are required to complete online courses and agreements prior to the start of their New Member Education Program. In summer 2019, we launched The Summit, an annual conference, to provide training, strategies and tactics for both recruitment and new member education. 

 Reinforce Hazing's Risks & Consequences

Phi Gamma Delta continues its deliberate and direct communication to all undergraduate brothers to help them understand the risks and consequences of hazing. When a chapter is closed for hazing, all undergraduates are informed of the reason the chapter closed and are reminded of the consequences individuals may face, including criminal prosecution and expulsion from the Fraternity and/or their school.

The Fraternity will also offer Incentives for Prevention as motivation for chapters to participate in preventive and educational opportunities. These incentives are expected to be offered in 2020. 

 Rally All Constituents

Phi Gamma Delta looks to everyone involved to stand with us and Join the Fight against hazing. 

Beginning in fall 2019, the Fraternity is communicating directly with parents of new members regarding what is expected during their son’s fraternity experience. New initiates will also receive direct communication from the Fraternity about their responsibilities as a brother, empowering them to be Courageous Leaders and keep hazing out of their chapter.

Also beginning in fall 2019, and continuing through 2020, the Fraternity will provide enhanced resources for our graduate advisors and volunteers. These include revised and revamped online modules for graduate volunteers, to better understand and address risk management and hazing concerns, and a facilitation guide for graduates, to better discuss expectations around hazing and new member education with their chapters. 

Our Join the Fight Campaign gives our undergraduates, graduate brothers, campus partners and parents a meaningful way to take a stand against hazing. 

Hazing Prevention Resources


Phi Gamma Delta participates in the National Anti-Hazing Hotline. The toll-free number is 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293). The line is available to those who think they, or students they know, have been or may be made victims of hazing.

Chapters Closed for Hazing Since 2018

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