Alternatives to Hazing:
Sometimes it is hard to think about other ways to build brotherhood or sisterhood within your new member process; however there are numerous ways to make the new member process a positive, yet challenging, experience:
1. DEVELOP CHAPTER UNITY OF BOTH NEW AND INITIATED MEMBERS:
Involve new members on chapter committees, attend chapter meetings, hold sports events with mixed teams of new and initiated members, and have an all chapter/new member class retreat. Clean the chapter room together. New members work together on a community service/chapter improvement project.
2. PROMOTE SCHOLARSHIP:
Take advantage of university academic and tutoring services, designate quiet hours on your chapter's halls, invite university speakers to discuss test-taking skills, study methods, etc.
3. DEVELOP PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITIES:
Have new members discuss chapter weaknesses such as poor recruitment, apathy, and poor scholarship. These solutions should be shared with the initiated members. The new member class should then be involved in the implementation.
4. DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS:
Hold a seminar on table etiquette and other social graces; plan a seminar with college resources on effective communication skills, body language, eye contact, and other aspects of communicating.
5. INSTILL A SENSE OF BROTHERHOOD OR SISTERHOOD:
Plan special events when the entire chapter gets together, e.g., attend a movie, play, professional sports game, etc.
6. BUILD AWARENESS OF CHAPTER HISTORY:
Invite an older alumna or alumnus to talk about the chapter's early days, its founding, special chapter traditions, and prominent alumnae or alumni.
7. DEVELOP LEADERSHIP:
Assign each new member to a chapter committee. Expect the new member class to plan and implement its own activities. Encourage participation in campus activities outside of the sorority or fraternity. Have the new member class elect their own officers.
8. DEVELOP KNOWLEDGE OF THE GREEK SYSTEM:
Invite the Panhellenic, AMGO, IFC President or the Greek Advisor to speak on the Greek system, covering the purposes of fraternities and sororities, the regulations they formulate, and the goals and expectations of the Greek system.
9. AID CAREER GOALS:
Use college resources for seminars on resume writing, internships, the job search, job interview skills; invite different alumnae or alumni to speak on various careers.
10. INVOLVE NEW MEMBERS IN THE COMMUNITY:
Visit a nursing home or youth center to sing, play games, or just talk; get involved with Project Uplift or other Big Sister/Brother groups. Such involvement should continue well after initiation.
11. IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH OTHER GREEKS:
Have new member classes get together to plan joint social or service activities; new members plan a cook-out with another new member class, followed by a sports activity (softball, volleyball, etc.).
12. PROHIBIT ALL ALCOHOL:
Since your new members almost certainly are underage, alcohol has no place in any new member activity and is specifically prohibited under the FIPG Policy and Creighton University Greek Event Guidelines.
(Adapted from Appendix XVI of the FIPG Risk Management Manual)