Consent is So Frat

Making consent and healthy relationships part of what it means to be a fraternity brother or sorority sister.

Fraternal Value of the Week – The Creed of Sigma Phi Epsilon

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We were proud to have one of our campus representatives, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, featured in the Campus Times of the University of Rochester. His efforts to promote consent and prevent sexual violence in his chapter of SigEp and the Greek community at UofR clearly comes from the creed of his fraternity. The Creed of Sigma Phi Epsilon draws on three key principles – Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love.

Virtue

According to the SigEp Creed, Virtue cannot be achieved passively, but rather through action. A brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon must “stand aggressively foonesty in all walks of life” and will “speak cleanly, play cleanly, and live cleanly.” To speak virtuously, a brother speaks for what is right, supporting survivors and calling out individuals, even brothers on words that don’t live up to the creed. Challenging the ideas of brothers may be difficult, but it is done to help them live up to this value as well. It is done out of “kinship of spirit” and support for your brother. To play virtuously, a brother makes sure that the social events of his chapter support consent. Party standards that may seem like just risk management can actually work to prevent sexual violence in their social events. To live virtuously, a brother acts in a way that supports a culture of consent – supporting survivors, education himself about consent, and providing support for other work on campus to prevent sexual assault.

Diligence

For a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon to be Diligent, he must “strive to make [his chapter] so high and so worthy that men will consider it an honor and privilege to belong to it, and will strive to be admitted to it.” For a chapter to reach this point, it should be a group of brothers who value consent. They should be a fraternity that does take action to prevent sexual assault in their space as well as a group that supports survivors and remains educated. This does not mean that the chapter is consistently raising money or running events, although SigEp chapters have taken that on, but rather that these values are instilled in their actions as a chapter and as individual brothers.

Brotherly Love

The Creed describes Brotherly Love as the following:

I believe that Brotherly Love must be given in order to be
received, and that it cannot exist without triumph of the principles of
Virtue and Diligence, for these are essential parts of it.

Brotherly Love, as a value supported by the principles of Virtue and Diligence, is achieved by holding yourself as well as brothers to the first two principles. Encouraging your brothers to promote consent and to work to prevent sexual violence in the Greek community and on campus is to show them Brotherly Love. A chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon holds up Brotherly Love in the way they treat each other and the way they treat the rest of their campus community. To be a chapter which promotes consent and prevents sexual violence is to be a chapter of Brotherly Love.



Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters have already begun to show a commitment to living their Creed through their work on this issue. We’re proud to support the chapters that have shown Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love in their work, and hope to continue to support other chapters that want to take action to promote consent and prevent sexual violence. The Creed of Sigma Phi Epsilon shows a commitment brothers make to be brothers for consent, who recognize the need for the Greek community to step up and be leaders in this work.

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This entry was posted on November 24, 2014 by .
Consent is So Frat

Making consent and healthy relationships part of what it means to be a fraternity brother or sorority sister.

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