New members experience a period of orientation and education once they express interest in joining a fraternity or sorority. During this time, your daughter will participate in weekly meetings to learn about RIT and their chapter. Other events include leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships amongst the new and older members of chapter.
Hazing is a big concern to parents. RIT and New York State Law prohibit hazing of any kind. Each new member is asked to sign an anti-hazing statement indicating that they will not allow themselves to be hazed and will report any such wrongdoing. Hazing will not be tolerated!
Hazing is defined as any intentional or reckless act; occurring on or off the campus of RIT; by one person alone or acting with others; directed against an RIT student; that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that RIT student; and is reasonably believed by that RIT student as being for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include students at RIT or other universities. The term "organization" includes, but is not limited to, any Greek organization, athletic team or other RIT-recognized student organization. The term "hazing" as defined here includes, but is not limited to:
- Physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, or placement of a harmful substance on the body;
- Other physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, physical bondage, calisthenics, "road trips" or taking a student to an outlying area and dropping him/her off, compulsory servitude or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that may adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
- Consumption of food, water, other liquid, alcoholic beverage, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which otherwise may adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
- Activity that creates an unreasonable risk of causing severe psychological shock or public humiliation to the student;
- Activity that induces, causes or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of local, state or federal laws, or the RIT Code of Conduct; and
- Any misuse of authority by virtue of one's class rank, organizational position, longevity in the organization and/or leadership role.
Failure to report such activities to an appropriate university official (such as RIT Public Safety, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Vice President for Student Affairs, Center for Student Conduct) is additional, independent grounds for violation under this section. Students who report hazing activities to an appropriate university official on a timely basis will not be subject to penalty for this failure to report through the RIT Student Conduct process. Such immunity shall only pertain to the charge of failure to report, and not an independent allegation of hazing. Any organization that violates this section may also be subject to discipline under the RIT Code of Conduct separate from those involving individual students. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you are encouraged to contact the Student Conduct Office.
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state, county, city laws, and university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. In addition, chapters are not allowed to purchase alcohol for their members due to national risk-management policies. The Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and National Pan-Hellenic councils will also take proper action against any chapter if alcohol is being abused.