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 13 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 launched the #JoinTheFight Against Hazing campaign during the 2019 National Hazing Prevention Week. But, the Fight doesn't stop there! The campaign is run several times a year with an emphasis on National Hazing Prevention Week, which is held the last full week of September each year. 

We invite you to Join the Fight Against Hazing by:

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National Hazing Prevention Week 2021 Video Campaign

How Will You Lead the Fight Against Hazing in Your Chapter?
Alex Pouttu (Wayne State 2022), Recruitment Chairman


How Can Graduate Advisors Lead the Fight Against Hazing?
Bill Hunnicutt (Texas Arlington 1981), Archon Vice President


Why Will You Lead the Fight Against Hazing in the Chapters You Advise?
Vijay Sekhara (Connecticutt 2012), Section Chief

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. Foundations of Courage is now available for chapters to adopt, with additional components available over time. 

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 beginning in fall 2021. 

 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. Additional programs will continue to be implemented over time.

 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 also offers Incentives for Prevention as motivation for chapters to participate in preventive and educational opportunities. Incentives began to be rolled out in early 2021, with additional opportunities available in 2022.

Phi Gamma Delta, along with peer organizations, the North American Interfraternity Conference and several other organizations associated with fraternities and sororities, fully supports federal and state legislation aimed to heighten transparency, accountability and strengthen criminal consequences for those who haze. We encourage all brothers, parents and interested constiuents to learn more about and support federal legislation such as the END ALL Hazing Act and Ohio's Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Hazing Act.  

 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.

Additionally, if you have any hazing concerns you can report them on Phi Gamma Delta's Incident Report Form:

Incident Report Form

Chapters Closed for Hazing Since 2018

National Hazing Prevention Week 2020

I Joined the Fight Against Hazing Because...

Ben Cyran (WPI 2021), President
 
Ryan Noble (Kent State 2021), President
Davis Hardell (Georgia 2021), Archon Councilor
 
Alex Pouttu (Wayne State 2022), President
Nicholas Kaufman (William & Mary 2022),
President
 
Ed Robinson (Bucknell 1986), Purple
Legionnaire
Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975), Executive Director Emeritus
 
Hunter Wish (Washington State 2017), Former Field Secretary

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