Risk management in college fraternities: Guidance from two faculty advisors.

Risks associated with common fraternity activities may be partially mitigated by careful planning and guidance by faculty advisors.

Summary: This paper explored existing literature on sexual assault and alcohol consumption within Greek Life, as well as provided recommendations for administrators and staff who oversee or are involved in fraternity activities on college campuses. Recommendations for advisors?? included strong involvement and oversight of the rush process and presence at social functions. Recommendations also included encouraging freshman and sophomore students to live in residence halls instead of off-campus or in Greek housing, assigning pledges to be designated drivers at functions, prioritizing academic performance and service, and creating and maintaining rituals which build trust and respect. The recommendations may provide guidance to other universities working to minimize sexual assault victimization and fatalities related to overconsumption of alcohol within Greek Life.

Application/Evaluation: The study did not evaluate the effectiveness of a health program or strategy.

Limitations: The authors’ recommendations were tailored to one university setting, which did not have on-campus Greek housing. Thus, they may not be generalizable to all universities. 

Rosenberg, S., & Mosca, J.
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Contemporary Issues in Education Research
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