Risk Reduction and Harm Prevention
Fraternity and sorority members are expected to take care of each other and help keep one another safe. Each member has a personal responsibility to make informed decisions about their actions. As a community, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that every member of our community, regardless of affiliation, has the knowledge to make critical decisions and feels empowered to make the right decision for them at any moment in time. To ensure fraternity and sorority members develop into well rounded leaders on campus, all organization members and leaders receive education on how to reduce and prevent high risk behaviors within their organization and in the community.
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Hazing is defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under sanction of a university or college. All forms of hazing is against the Florida Gulf Coast University Student Code of Conduct. Whenever a student is confronted with a behavior that could possibly be considered hazing, it should be reported to the Student Conduct Office, Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff, or the University Police. If found responsible for hazing, not only can an organization lose recognition from the University, but from their national organization as well.
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All fraternities and sororities wishing to host an event where alcohol will be sold or served must follow the policies and procedures of the FGCU Alcohol Policy, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, their Inter/National Organization, and their Governing Council. If at any time there are conflicting policies or procedures, the stricter policy or procedure will prevail.
Alcohol Events can be held at the following locations:
- On-Campus in a reserved and approved location with a third party vendor
- Off-Campus at a licensed third-party vendor location and insurance
All house parties are prohibited, including parties held in the private residence of a member that may be viewed as an organization-sponsored event.
The following actions, including complicity to commit these actions, constitute conduct for which a student, a group of students, or a registered student organization may be subject to disciplinary action, whether such actions are engaged in, on or off University premises:
- Manufacture or Production – The manufacture or production of any controlled substance or related paraphernalia.
- Distribution – The delivery or attempted delivery of any controlled substance or related paraphernalia. Attempted delivery may be established by the presence of paraphernalia commonly associated with distribution, by the manner in which the substances are packaged, or by the volume of the substance possessed.
- Use or Possession – The use or possession of any controlled substance or prescription medication not prescribed to the Student.
- Misuse of Medication – Knowingly misusing any legally prescribed medications or using non-prescription medications in a manner other than their directed use.
- Paraphernalia - The possession of any item primarily intended for, designed for, or which can be demonstrably linked to, the manufacture, sale, distribution, use, or possession of a controlled substance. Such items include, but are not limited to, bongs, bowls, grinders, pipes, scales, and vaporizers.
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Sexual Abuse - Any sexual act, which includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity directed against another person, by force, threat of force, coercion without Consent, including instances where the person is incapable of giving Consent.
Sexual Harassment - Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including unwelcome sexual attention, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature from any person that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it limits a Student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
When Should I Contact the Title IX Coordinator?
Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or employment who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator. Contact the Title IX Coordinator if you:
1. Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct;
2. Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a University investigation;
3. Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
4. Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
5. Have questions about University’s policies and procedures.
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Prevention and Wellness
Fraternity and sorority members are encouraged to engage in healthy behaviors that promote Occupational Wellness, Financial Wellness, Social Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Physical Wellness, Emotional Wellness and Environmental Wellness such as stress, nutrition, alcohol and drugs, or sexual health.
The Office of Prevention and Wellness utilizes programs/events, Peer Education, health promotion, online tools and a free resources to engage members in conversation about health and wellness.
Care and Concern
The CARE Team works directly with undergraduate and graduate students to find solutions to academic, social and personal issues that may impact the potential for student success. The program was created to work with faculty, staff and students in identifying and addressing concerns BEFORE they reach a level involving possible conduct violations.
The CARE team also works with students involved in crisis situations,and will listen and connect students with relevant campus resources, outside agencies and providers. They provide outreach to students taking into consideration their holistic needs and connect them with relevant resources across campus. The CARE Team will continue to provide outreach as needed and appropriate to assure student success.