Health & Safety Advisor Accreditation, page 1
Health & Safety Advisor Overview
Thank you for taking the time to start the Health & Safety Advisor accreditation. The goals of this next portion will be to familiarize yourself with the Pi Kappa Alpha model of Health & Safety and to educate you on how to have critical conversations.
Health & Safety Philosophy
Fraternities have been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the last few years. Almost all of these incidents have occurred because the health and safety of a fraternity member, or their guest, were compromised by chapter actions. Pi Kappa Alpha understands that if we want our organization to last another 150 years than our chapters, Fraternity staff, and volunteers must engage in the advancement of our health & safety initiatives.
To that end, the Fraternity revamped its approach to health & safety education and philosophy around 5 years ago. This new philosophy centered around three key operations: setting expectations, designing protocols for intervention, and for managing accountability.
Chapter leadership and advisors must take the time to make the expectations of being a member crystal clear to its current and potential new members. This can be done through a membership contract, mission & values statement, and making the Pi Kappa Alpha Standards clear by following the simple dialogue formula:
- Clearly describe what the Standard is saying.
- Identify where the Standard comes into play in the chapter you advise (I.e. no hard alcohol in chapter house).
- What is the right thing to do and proper course of action as defined by that particular Standard?
- What else have you learned about Pi Kappa Alpha that reinforces this Standard and the right thing to do?
- Identify systems the chapter has in place to make it easier to comply with the Standards.
- Identify what systems the chapter does not have in place to address the Standard.
- What are potential consequences for failing to comply with the Standards?
Pi Kappa Alpha does not expect its members to be perfect, but we do expect our members to intervene when necessary. As International President Mark Dziatczak said at the most recent Convention, “The age of the brotherhood bystander is over.” Pikes step up. Pikes lead. Pikes intervene when necessary.
Additionally, Pi Kappa Alpha chapters are recommended to establish protocols and practices that make it easier for members and guests to meet their expectations. This can be done by accomplishing by following chapter specific event planning and review plans and protocol with the broader chapter frequently. As part of these discussions it is recommended that chapter leadership, including advisors, lead chapter dialogues about high-risk behaviors and how to avoid them.
Lastly, Pi Kappa Alpha chapters hold their men accountable to the expectations that have been set. When a brother is not meeting those Standards the chapter has policies, procedures, and corrective measures in place. Having a well-established Judicial Board that is trained is a foundational step towards accountability.
As you can see, a majority of this philosophy is centered around making expectations and Standards clear to the chapters. As a Health & Safety advisor, this can be one of your most useful and prominent roles. Each year, we expect the chapter leadership to go over the Standards of Pi Kappa Alpha and our most successful chapters include their alumni advisory board and health & safety advisor in that process.
Three great questions for a health & safety advisor to ask chapter leadership are:
- How has your chapter defined the expectations of membership in the Fraternity?
- What strategies are in place (or need to be in place) to mitigate those expectations not being met?
- What systems are in place to hold brothers and guests accountable for not meeting your expectations and the expectations of the Fraternity?