As your chapter prepares for spring to arrive, it is important that you and your brothers keep health and safety at the forefront of your planning. Many brothers will be packing up in the coming weeks to enjoy a break from the day-to-day of campus life. Although you will not be on campus, please remember that your True PIKE Commitment as well as the Standards of the Fraternity are still in play. A few quick tips from Director of Health & Safety Kim Novak:
- As members of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, we commit ourselves to uphold the values taught in our Ritual and restated in our Vision, Mission, and Creed. The True Pike is committed to a life of caring for others as he cares for himself.
- Be familiar with your destination, both in Google Maps and with the local culture.
- Know local laws.
- Pay attention to safety warnings issued by local businesses and media.
- Familiarize yourselves with locations of local police departments, hospitals, and if traveling abroad, check out this traveler's checklist.
Pack your knowledge of tips for responsible drinking along with your sunscreen.
- Remember that YOU are responsible for your choices. Know your limits and have a plan when it comes to what you consume, the rate of consumption, and your personal safety when it comes.
Let someone know where you are at all times.
- Share your destination details and plans for returning to campus with a brother, your family, or other friends.
- Use the “buddy” system when venturing out – even if you think you know the area, spring break season is high-risk so travel in packs or minimally pairs.
- Pay attention to routes when using taxi cabs, Uber, or other third-party modes of transportation. Only use certified services as opposed to hitching a ride with someone that approaches you or riding with an unknown “friend” that offers to drive.
- When you are in a bar or in a partying crowd, take care of each other. Don’t let yourselves get separated.
- Check your car and make sure it is mechanically ready to head out on the road.
Sex! OMG, is she really telling us about sex? – Yup! Make informed choices.
Ensure this year's spring break is memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay healthy and safe.
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/springbreak/ for more.
For further questions about health and safety, contact Director of Health and Safety Kim Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org.