HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

Alpha Epsilon Pi strives to provide a safe and respectful environment for all of our brothers, guests, neighbors and communities at all times. To do so, we regularly discuss health & safety with all chapter members and, especially, each chapter’s leadership. This is done throughout the academic year through ongoing communications, meetings with staff members and volunteers and regular fraternity-sponsored events such as our annual International Convention and regional conclaves.

AEPi’s chapters and members follow the Health and Safety Policy below.

As a fraternity dedicated to developing leadership for Jewish communities and based in Jewish values, we take seriously our obligation to “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” (ואהבת לרעך כמוך). As a Jewish fraternity, one of the values of our teachings we hold most important is that all human beings are fashioned b’tselm Elohim, in the image of G-d.

GENERAL CONDUCT

During their initiation ceremony each member took an oath to act in accordance with the ideals, oath, and ritual of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. As such, Alpha Epsilon Pi expects that members act kindly and respectfully toward others. All members are expected to maintain a culture and environment where they and their fellow chapter members can achieve their potential.

Members shall not infringe on others rights of property, privacy, and peaceful enjoyment. Members shall strive to be  good neighbors and community members; which shall include, but not be limited to, compliance with Fraternity policy, laws and ordinances, and reasonable University rules and regulations.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Members shall endeavor to promptly and peacefully resolve any and all interpersonal conflicts with others using all reasonable courses of action including, but not limited to, personal interaction, use of Chapter processes such as mediation by the Brother-at-Large and Judicial Board, use of University mediation services, and engagement of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity staff.

GENERAL SAFETY

Members shall strive to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way and shall not engage in any excessively risky behaviors, nor shall they allow their guests to engage in these behaviors.

Members are expected to maintain safe, secure, and healthy environments for their fellow members and guests.

Members are expected to comply with local building and fire codes and exercise care with regard to security and general safety.  They shall make good faith efforts to promote fire safety in their facilities and in any venues that they utilize for chapter functions.

HAZING POLICY

Members, New Members, Alumni, and guests must not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify or participate in Hazing or abuse of members, new members, potential members, or guests.

The term “hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against any individual or group of individuals, regardless of affiliation, whether or not committed on [chapter/organizational] property, for the purpose of recruiting, joining, pledging, initiating, admitting, affiliating, or for the purpose of retaining membership in an organization that causes an individual or group of individuals to do any of the following, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate:

  • Be coerced to violate federal, state, provincial, local law, or [organizational] policy.
  • Be coerced to consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug, or other substance in any non-customary manner which subjects the individual or group of individuals to a substantial risk of emotional or physical harm which includes but not limited to sickness, vomiting, intoxication, or unconsciousness.
  • Endure brutality of a physical nature, including but not limited to whipping, beating, paddling, branding, dangerous physical activity, or exposure to elements or endure threats of such conduct that results in mental or physical harm.
  • Endure brutality of a mental nature, including but not limited to activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or endure threats of such conduct that results in mental or physical harm.
  • Endure any other activity which adversely affects the health and safety of an individual, including but not limited to the disruption of academic performance or class attendance, required designated driving programs, line ups, calisthenics, or personal, physical, or financial servitude.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Members, New Members, and guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws related to sexual misconduct. This is including, but not limited to, definitions around consent, sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation. 

The employment or use of strippers, exotic dancers or similar, whether professional or amateur, at any fraternity activity or event as defined in this policy is prohibited.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY

No chapter, member or guest shall engage in assault and battery, as defined in the state statues in which they are located nor shall they engage in or encourage others to engage in violence against others nor threaten violence against others.

FIREARMS, EXPLOSIVE OR INCENDIARY DEVICES

The Chapter and its Members, New Members, and Guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial, local laws and campus policy as it relates to firearms or explosive or incendiary devices.

No weapons of any kind are ever permitted in a chapter facility or at a chapter event, whether owned or obtained legally or not. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, flame throwers, swords, axes, hatchets, knives (except eating and cooking utensils), ammunition, explosives, bb guns, air rifles, slingshots, bows and arrows, pepper spray, Tasers, or anything else which might be considered a weapon.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

In any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the organization:

  • Members, and guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws. No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide, manufacture, sell or be provided alcoholic beverages.
  • Members, and guests must follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances.
  • Alcoholic beverages must either be: (1) provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.); or (2) brought by individual members and guests through a bring your own beverage (“BYOB”) system.
  • The presence of alcohol products above 15% alcohol by volume (“ABV”) is prohibited on any chapter premises or at any event except when served at an event outside of the chapter premises by a licensed and insured third-party vendor.
  • Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities, which are not being served by a licensed and insured third party vendor, are prohibited (i.e., amounts of alcohol greater than what a reasonable person should consume over the duration of an event).
  • Alcoholic beverages must not be purchased with [organizational] funds or funds pooled by members or guests (e.g., admission fees, cover fees, collecting funds through digital apps, etc.).
  • An [chapter/organization] must not co-host or cosponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances.
  • A Chapter must not co-host or cosponsor an event with a bar, event promoter, or alcohol distributor; however, a [chapter/organization] may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a chapter event.
  • Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present must be by invitation only, and the Chapter must utilize a guest list system. Attendance at events with alcohol is limited to a guest-to-member ratio not to exceed 3:1 and must not exceed local fire or building code capacity of the [chapter/organizational] premises or host venue.
  • Any event or activity related to the new member joining process (e.g., recruitment, intake, rush, etc.) must be substance free. No alcohol or drugs may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into an [organization,] including but not limited to “bid night,” “Big/Little” events or activities, “family” events or activities, and any ritual or ceremony.
  • Members, or guests must not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.

RETALIATION

Retaliation against any individual – members and non-members – for reporting, inquiring, or cooperating with a report around a violation of the Risk Management Policy is prohibited.

Retaliation is any action, statement, or behavior that is designed to punish an individual for filing a compliance report, cooperating with a compliance investigation, seeking guidance regarding a compliance concern, or to deter one from taking such action.

POLICY DISTRIBUTION

Alpha Epsilon Pi shall distribute its Health and Safety Policy to its members on an annual basis. A copy of the Health and Safety Policy is available on www.aepi.org

GOOD SAMARITAN POLICY

“I am my Brothers’ keeper.” A Brother’s conduct should proceed from Jewish teachings and ethics, and a sense of goodwill and brotherhood. It is the policy of the fraternity that a Brother should immediately seek emergency assistance when an individual’s appearance or conduct would reasonably cause one to be concerned for another person’s well-being. A Brother who acts as a “Good Samaritan” shall receive amnesty from expulsion by the fraternity, providing that his actions occurred before emergency responders were otherwise made aware of the situation.