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Title: Welcome to the Fall 1999 New Member Seminar


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Risk Management Fire Safety
  • University of Illinois
  • April 20, 2002

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Dr. Ron Binder
  • Vice President of Gilchrist Alumni Management
    Associates
  • Former Director of Greek Affairs, UNC Chapel
    Hill, 1994-2000
  • Former Greek Advisor for the University of
    Georgia, 1986-1994
  • Past Chair of the Risk Management Committee for
    the Association of Fraternity Advisors
  • Consulted at over 70 Colleges Universities
  • House Dad for Lambda Chi Alpha Phi Gamma Delta
  • Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • Currently on Sig Ep Alumni Boards at UT
    Michigan)
  • Chair the Greek Life Advisory Committee at UT
    BGSU

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Risk Management for Greeks
  • 20 years ago no one heard of risk management
  • We live in a litigious society
  • 3 ways of getting rich today
  • inherit your money
  • hit the lottery
  • sue someone
  • Real Reason
  • More people are getting seriously injured or
    killed in Greek related activities

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Top 20 Uninsurable Entities
  • 1. Bars
  • 2. Liquor stores
  • 3. Child Care Centers
  • 4. Asbestos Contractors
  • 5. Hazardous Waste
  • Disposal Companies
  • 6. Fraternities
  • Sororities
  • 7. Engineers
  • 8. Doctors
  • 9. Lawyers
  • 10. Accountants
  • 11. Manufacturers
  • 12. Small Businesses
  • 13. Non-Profit Entities
  • 14. Architects
  • 15. Nurse-Midwives
  • 16. Cities
  • 17. State Governments
  • 18. School Districts
  • 19. Fire Districts
  • 20. Ice Rinks

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Where are the Cases Found?
  • 85 involve alcohol abuse (not use)
  • Over half of sexual assaults involve alcohol
  • 95 of hazing incidents involve alcohol
  • hazing suits tend to be the most costly
  • 86 of all serious injuries involve alcohol
  • 96 of all falls from roofs involve alcohol
  • More suits occur in the Fall than Spring
  • 56 of the time we are sued by our own members!

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Alcohol Use vs. Alcohol Abuse
  • Moderate drinking causes little problems
  • The more alcohol consumed, the more problems
  • Binge drinking is defined as having 5 or more
    drinks in one night, during the last 2 weeks
  • For women, the limit is 4
  • National Undergrad Binge Drinking Results
  • Non-Greeks 45
  • Athletes Greeks 75

8
Risk Management Principles
  • Identify What is Risky Behavior
  • Has someone gotten hurt?
  • Whitlock v Denver
  • Beta _at_ UNC
  • Does it violate a policy?
  • Does it violate a law?
  • Most policies or laws are the result of someone
    getting killed
  • Delta Tau Deltas hazing policy

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Criminal Liability
  • That which is illegal, either state or federal
  • hazing
  • providing alcohol (kegs, bars, etc.)
  • providing alcohol to those noticeably intoxicated
  • fights
  • using and dealing drugs
  • Operation Equanox at UVA

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Civil Liability
  • Being sued by anyone
  • injured party
  • parents
  • friends
  • Results in judgement for damages
  • 56 of the time we are sued by our own members!
  • Largest lawsuit ever settled against a
    fraternity?
  • 21 million (KA _at_ U. of Texas)!

11
Liability Insurance
  • Most chapters have at least 1 million insurance
    policies (some 2 million)
  • Need insurance to protect volunteer advisors and
    chapter assets (mostly housing)
  • Average sorority member pays 50/member
  • Average fraternity member pays 100/member
  • Highest rate is 150/member
  • Do your members know how much they are
  • paying for liability insurance?

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Liability Insurance
  • Policies do not cover the following Anything
    illegal
  • hazing
  • providing alcohol (kegs, bars, etc.)
  • Anything against your national policy
  • hazing
  • providing alcohol (kegs, bars, etc.)
  • open parties
  • Those violating their national policies have
    their premiums increased dramatically
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon 1,500 increase

13
Illinois Hazing Policy
  • Standard definition used by all nationals
  • Regardless of the willingness of the participant
  • 1. Forced consumption
  • of alcohol
  • 2. Calisthenics, runs,
  • push-ups, etc.
  • 2. Paddling
  • 3. Line-Ups
  • 4. Road Trips
  • 5. Running Personal Errands of the Members

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A Better Definition of Hazing
  • To determine if its hazing, ask the following
  • 1. Would you tell prospective members?
  • 2. Would you tell your National?
  • 3. Would you tell the Dean?
  • 4. Would you tell your parents?
  • 5. Would you be willing to have your new members
    interviewed?
  • If you hesitate, its probably hazing

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Illinois Alcohol Policy
  • Most all groups are FIPG prohibits the
    following
  • Common-source containers (kegs, bars, etc.)
  • All events are BYOB
  • Purchasing alcohol with chapter funds
  • cans kegs (Penn State)
  • alcohol in beer machines (Chi Psi _at_ UGA)
  • Alcohol-free recruitment (alcohol _at_ Career
    Office)
  • No alcohol at new member functions

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Riskiest Event of the Year IBig Brother/Big
Sister Night
  • When new members receive big brother/sister
  • Most common gift is alcohol!
  • What message does this send?
  • Sig Ep _at_ UGA
  • Big brother gives little a fifth
  • Never said if you dont drink you wont be a Sig
    Ep
  • Lets have a drink to this, to that, to the
    founders (12)
  • Consumed a fifth in one hour
  • Peaked out at 0.300 BAC at the hospital

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Riskiest Event of the Year II Members 21st
Birthday
  • Rite of passage in America
  • Heavy drinking of hard liquor
  • 23 shots is the mythical record
  • Group behavior
  • Phi Delt _at_ Chico State
  • Michigan State
  • Where are our brothers/sisters when this is
    happening

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Open Parties
  • All groups adopted this policy
  • Doors are to be monitored
  • No flyers (Va. Tech)
  • Groups must approve who is admitted
  • Once admitted, chapter is responsible for the
    individual
  • Events are for members invited guests only

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What is a Chapter Event?
  • Events held at a chapter house or in the Union
    are clearly a chapter event
  • Formals are clearly a chapter event
  • Other events?
  • 1. Who paid for the event?
  • 2. How was it advertised?
  • 3. What of members were present?
  • All national policies are much stricter
  • SPE Chi O _at_ UGA, SN Pi Phi _at_ Mercer

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Official Unofficial
  • No such thing!
  • Courts view each event on its own merit
  • Duck Theory
  • if it walks like a duck sounds like a duck,
    then its a duck
  • Sig Ep _at_ Duke
  • Pi Kap _at_ Radford

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Recent Court Cases
  • 21 million, U. of Texas
  • 40 million, U. of Texas
  • 22 million UVA
  • 1.65 million KA
  • 900,000 settlement, ATO
  • 900,000 settlement, Omega Psi Phi
  • Kappa Alpha Psi _at_ UGA _at_ South Eastern Missouri
    State

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Recent Greek Fires
  • June 8, 2000 Kappa Sigma fraternity, Decatur,
    Ill., one
  • March 19, 2000 Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity,
    Bloomsburg, Pa., three
  • May 8, 1999 Sigma Chi fraternity, Columbia, Mo.,
    one
  • Feb. 16, 1999 Omega Beta Psi fraternity,
    Geneseo, N.Y., one
  • Feb. 13, 1999 Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Rolla,
    Mo., one
  • Oct. 19, 1996 Phi Delta Theta fraternity,
    Delaware, Ohio, one
  • May 12, 1996 Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Chapel
    Hill, N.C., five
  • Oct. 21, 1994 Beta Sigma Delta fraternity,
    Bloomsburg, Pa., five
  • Oct. 24, 1993 Alpha Xi Delta sorority, La
    Crosse, Wis., one
  • Feb. 13, 1992 Phi Kappa Theta fraternity,
    California, Pa., one
  • Dec. 8, 1990 Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Erie,
    Pa., one
  • Sept. 8, 1990 Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity,
    Berkeley, Calif., three

23
UNC Phi Gam Fire
  • 5 students killed on Mothers Day fire after a
    party
  • House passed recent inspection
  • Code did not require anything beyond smoke
    detectors
  • Fire spread in about 15 minutes
  • Followed the staircase up through the house
  • 2 students didnt make it out of their beds
  • Ushered in sweeping reforms
  • Required sprinklers in all Greek houses in 5 years

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Myths of Fire Safety
  • Fires are pretty rare today
  • Fire kills
  • Concrete facilities stop fires
  • Fire alarms get people out
  • Sorority houses dont need alarms or sprinklers
    since they are cleaner
  • Alarms save people, sprinklers save property
  • All sprinkler heads go off during a fire
  • Sprinkler heads are easily damaged
  • Sprinkler systems cost over 100,000

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Sprinkler Ordinance
  • Greek Affairs lobbied the town to require this
  • Limited opportunity human nature diminishes
    tragedy
  • All Greek houses and new multi-dwellings
  • 5 year window to install
  • Houses closed if not sprinkled
  • UGA facing similar ordinance
  • Pennsylvania contemplating similar rule
  • Seton Hall dorm fire pushing NJ Nation

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Issues with Sprinklers
  • Cost averaged 50,000
  • How much are pipes hidden determines cost
  • Common areas or whole house
  • Will never go back so it is a one-time decision
  • Require new water lines
  • Possible tap fees recurring water fees
  • Takes 10 weeks to install summer only option
  • New fire alarm systems installed

27
Costs Fundraising
  • Average system costs 50,000
  • Break on house insurance
  • National programs Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Relatively easy item to ask alumni to fund
  • Parents a key ally and source of funds
  • Ushers in other fundraising
  • UNC over 10 million

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Overall Fire Safety Program
  • Selecting fire marshal
  • Outlining duties clearly
  • Regular, unannounced fire drills
  • Regular fire inspections
  • High interaction with town fire dept.
  • The more interaction between Greeks and Fire
    Dept. the better!
  • Long-term plan for fire safety sprinklers
  • Cleanliness program
  • Continual education students think they are
    invincible!

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Advisors Liability
  • Know your national policies
  • Know Illinoiss policies
  • Act as the conscience of the chapter
  • Stop behavior that is illegal, against policy or
    can potentially hurt someone
  • If you take part in problem situations you can be
    liable
  • If you practice good common sense you will be
    fine
  • Do the right thing

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Disciplining Members
  • Follow your national local by-laws
  • Create a standards committee to handle
  • Put things in writing (verbal doesnt cut it)
  • Be creative in sanctions
  • Keep records
  • Stop the little things and you will never get to
    the big things
  • Dont hesitate to remove members who wont abide
    by the rule

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Risk Management Strategies
  • Give members copies of your national policies
  • Give members copies of Illinoiss policies
  • Talk about risk management at each meeting
  • Bring in speakers to reinforce the message
  • Forward stories on the internet to the chapter
  • Check out this site for fire safety
    greeks.unc.edu/fire.html
  • Make sure your leaders attend leadership schools
  • Dont be afraid to intervene (like being a
    parent)
  • Do what your Ritual tells you to do
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