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 Pi Kappa Phi

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This week’s fraternal value is The Creed of Pi Kappa Phi. We were excited to see that Pi Kappa Phi has a page on their site for the It’s On Us Campaign and are making a commitment to preventing sexual assault. Similarly to this page, their Creed calls for their brothers to create a culture of consent. The Creed of Pi Kappa Phi reads:

I believe that the ideal chapter is made up of men

Who are bound together in a common loyalty
which transcends any personal selfishness;

Who realize that membership means personal responsibility
in bearing their share of the financial burden
of the chapter and the national organization;

Who bring credit to the fraternity by striving to attain
the highest possible standards of scholarship;

Who safeguard the reputation of their chapter
by keeping careful watch over their personal conduct;

Who uphold faithfully the
traditions and activities of their college;

Who prepare themselves diligently to shoulder their
full responsibility as citizens.

I believe that my chapter can become an ideal chapter,
and I shall do my share to make it so.

“Who are bound together in a common loyalty
which transcends any personal selfishness;”

A brother of Pi Kappa Phi does not think for himself, but rather for the chapter. This can extend to accountability for each other, making sure that no brother puts himself before the chapter. Calling out brothers for their comments or checking in with them about their attitudes around sexual assault is forgoing ones own uncomfortableness with the conversation for a common loyalty to Pi Kappa Phi. What is best for the chapter is for all brothers to be their best.

“Who safeguard the reputation of their chapter by keeping careful watch over their personal conduct;”

A chapter is strongest when it’s brothers hold themselves to good personal conduct. While it is important to acknowledge how preventing sexual assault and promoting consent protects the reputation of their chapter, it is also important to recognize as brothers that by doing so they are making their campus safer. A strong Greek community and a strong chapter comes out of improving the community of their college. To make their chapter the best, brothers can create an environment by not only “not doing” things that hurt their reputation, but also proactively helping to promote consent and prevent sexual assault in the Greek community at their school.

“Who uphold faithfully the traditions and activities of their college;”

As colleges work harder to create a culture of consent within their community, it’s important that fraternities and sororities join in that work. To live up to this part of the Creed, brothers of Pi Kappa Phi can uphold the steps other students and administrators take. Helping to plan/host programs, awareness events, and workshops on campus can show your chapter’s commitment to their efforts to prevent sexual assault. Students on campuses around the country are working to make this work part of their tradition; brothers of Pi Kappa Phi can live their creed by joining them. Even getting your brothers educating in bystander intervention is a step towards upholding the activities of their fellow students to create a safer community.

“Who prepare themselves diligently to shoulder their full responsibility as citizens.”

In order for us to create a national community which finds sexual violence unacceptable and takes action to prevent it, as college students we should prepare ourselves to contribute to this culture. This line of the Creed of Pi Kappa Phi speaks to the need for brothers to be responsible citizens. To live this part of the Creed, brothers should take part in education that prepares them for a safer society – bystander intervention, consent education, and healthy relationships education all help a brother of Pi Kappa Phi be ready for the world after college and the responsibilities that come with it.

“I believe that my chapter can become an ideal chapter, and I shall do my share to make it so.”

Brothers of Pi Kappa Phi look to live up to their values and be an ideal chapter which others can look to as an example. Part of being that ideal chapter is to work to make promoting consent and preventing sexual assault part of what it means to be in Pi Kappa Phi. A chapter which take steps to make their events safe, gets their chapter educated, and helps to host events on campus is a chapter which lives up to their values and holds themselves a positive example for others. We believe that Pi Kappa Phi brothers can live up to this example not only for other chapters of their fraternity, but to other fraternities as well by taking action on their campus to uphold the Greek values of consent.

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This entry was posted on December 15, 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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