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RecommendationsforFraternities

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Education
RegularPractices
Responses
Advocacy
ResourcesforTraining

EDUCATION
ForChapterMembers
Mandatorysmallgroup,inpersonaffirmativeconsent,bystanderintervention,and
healthyrelationshipstraining
ForChapterLeadership
Moreindepthtrainingrequiredatthebeginningoftheirnewleadershiprole
Including:
Theprotocolsthattheyshouldfollowintheeventthat:
asexualassaulthappenseitherbetweenbrothers
orifabrotherisanaccusedperpetrator
orifthebrotherisassaultedbyapersonwhoisnotfromthechapter
Theimportanceofnothazing
Wanttohonorthevaluesofrespectanddignitythatyoushareasan
organization
Thatencouragingbrotherstosleepwithasmanywomenaspossible
encouragessexualassault,unwantedbehavior,andaggression
Frequency:
Uponbecominganewmember
Startofeachnewschoolyear

REGULARPRACTICES

Requiretrainedsobermonitorsatparties
Bystanderinterventiontrainingrequired
Example:CreateaDistraction/Separate
Ifyouwanttogetafriendoutofasituation,askthemtocomewith
youtofindadrink(whichcouldbeaglassofwater)orgotothe
bathroomwithyou.
VOICEStrainingstronglyencouraged
Forgepartnershipswithsororitywomentogiveoutwateralongsidebartenders

Createacordialrelationshipwithlawenforcement(campusorlocal,dependingon
whosejurisdictionyourhouseisin)priortohavingparties,sothatitwillbeeasierforyou
toworkwithofficersintheeventthattheyarecalled
Conductminiconsentworkshopsoutsideofparties:
Whatisconsent?
Whatdoyouneedconsentfor?
Whataresomewaysofaskingforconsent?
Makeitclearthatlanguagethatreinforcesacultureofdisrespectformarginalized
groupsisnotokay.
Forexample:
Irapedthattestlastweek
Sheprobablydoesntevenrememberthatshesuckedmydicklastnight
Womenlieaboutbeingrapedallthetime
Hetookitlikealittlebitch
Ifyouhearadiscriminatorycomment,considertellingyourchapterpresident
thatitmadeyoufeeluncomfortable,andrequestthatthatpersonmakean
announcementatthenextchaptermeetingclarifyingwhyitsimportantthat
membersofthechapternotusethatkindoflanguage.

RESPONSE

Responsestosexualassaultallegationsmustbesurvivorcentricandtraumainformed
tothebestextentpossible
Intheinstanceofareportedassault:
Fraternitymembershouldtellthesurvivorhebelieveshim/her,andthat
theassaultisnotthefaultofthesurvivor.
ProvidethesurvivorwiththeinformationfortheTitleIXcoordinator,
counselingservices,andtheoptionofaforensicexamination.
Encouragethesurvivorinhis/herdecisiontoreport/notreportto
universityofficialsorlawenforcement.
ReportthePERPETRATORtothefraternitypresident,butrespectthe
survivorsdecisiontoremainanonymousifsodesired.
Brothersaccusedofsexualassaultshouldbeplacedundertemporarysuspensionuntil
aninvestigationcanbecompleted
TheretractionofsuspensioniscontingentonBOTHtheuniversityfindingthe
accusednotresponsibleANDtheapprovalofthefraternityforreadmittance
Eveniftheuniversityfindstheaccusednonresponsible,thefraternityreserves
therighttoindefinitelysuspendorterminatefraternitymembership
Fraternitybrotherswithknowledgeofasexualassaultmustreporttothefraternity
presidentorrisksuspension.Thisdoesnotrequirethatthesurvivorparticipateinanyof
thefraternitysproceedings.

Retaliationagainstsexualassaultsurvivorsorwitnessestoasexualassaultisexplicitly
prohibited.Theexecutivecouncilofthefraternityreservestherighttoremoveany
memberwhoinfringesuponthispolicy.
Possibledefinitionofretaliation:
Threats,otherformsofintimidation,andretaliation
againstasurvivorofsexualassault,witnesstoasexualassault,orfriendofa
survivorofsexualassaultforbringingacomplaintofharassmentordiscriminationor
forassistinganotherinbringingacomplaintisprohibited.

ADVOCACY

Fraternitiesshouldholdtheiruniversityaccountableforupholdinggoodpolicy
concerningsexualassaultbypetitioningfor:
Creatingandenforcinganamnestypolicyensuringthatanyonewhoreportsoris
awitnessforasexualassaultinvestigationwillnotbepenalizedfornonviolent
disciplinarycodeviolations.
Mandatorysmallgroupinpersonconsenteducationandbystanderintervention
trainingatorientationandatthebeginningofeachschoolyear
Comprehensivecampusclimatesurveys
Consenttobedefinedasaffirmativeinthestudentconductcodeorapplicable
TitleIXpolicy
Affirmative,conscious,andvoluntaryagreementtoengageinsexual
activity
Eachpersonengaginginthesexualactivityhastheresponsibilitytomake
surethattheotherperson(orpeople)consent
Consentmustbeongoingthroughoutthesexualactivityconsentforone
actdoesntequalconsenttoeverything
Adatingrelationshipisnotsufficienttoconstituteconsent.
Lackofprotestorresistance,orsilencedoesnotequalconsent.
Requiringhearingpanelistsandinvestigatorstoreceivetraumainformedtraining,
asrequiredundertheCampusSaVEActamendmentsof2013
Alleducationalresourcesprovidedtostudents,faculty,andstaff,andallpolicies
adopted,oughttobeculturallycompetent.
Thiscaninclude,butisnotlimitedtotheunderstandingthat:membersof
blackandbrowncommunitiesmayhavedifferentexperienceswithlaw
enforcement,andthatthosehistoricalcontextsoughttobeconsidered
whenconsideringinvolvinglawenforcementinvolvementundocumented
studentsmayalsobewaryoflawenforcementinvolvement,evenifthey
havebeenvictimsofacrimesexualassaultcanalsohappenbetween
chaptermembers,andinfact,theratesofcampussexualassaultare
evenhigherformembersoftheLGBTQ*communitythantheyarefor
womenandsurvivorswhoaredifferentlyabledmayneedmorenuanced
kindsofsupportfromtheirchapters.

Theuniversityoughttohireatleastoneconfidentialresourcespecialisttohelp
guidesurvivorsthroughgettingaccommodations,counseling,and/orreportingto
lawenforcementortheuniversity
Developaclearunderstandingofthefraternitysrelationshipwithlaw
enforcement
Forexample:Educateyourmembersonwhetheranofficerhastheright
toenterthepremisesifasexualassaultisreportedandthepoliceare
called.
Theuniversityoughttocreateupamemorandumofunderstanding
(MOU)betweenitselfandthelocalpolicedepartmentsothatitisclear
whohasjurisdictioninwhatsituationandthatstudentsaredirectedtothe
rightplace.

RESOURCESFORTRAININGS

National:
HAVEN
GreenDot
TheHarborInstitute
BlackWomensBlueprint:HBCUs
TheNationalCenteronDomesticandSexualViolence
MenCanStopRape
Local
Forothertrainingresourcesinyourlocalarea,weencourageyoutocallyourlocalrape
crisiscenter.Tobedirectedtoyourlocalrapecrisiscenter,pleaseuse
RAINNs
interactivemap
:http://centers.rainn.org/