“Dry” Bid Day Turns into Alcohol-fueled Bid Night: Warner v. Sigma Chi

Case study based on an actual Sigma Chi claim that deals with Bid Day, university policies, and a failed chapter work-around. This chapter was focused on policies semantics rather than event safety and risk management for brothers, pledges, and guests. At what point(s) could the chapter leaders have made better decisions? "At that point all brothers and pledges were encouraged to go to an off-campus house rented by three Sigma Chis. The chapter leadership maintained that this was simply three brothers hosting a party and unrelated to Bid Day, and therefore, the “dry” Bid Day rules did not apply."

Pledge Event Transport Ends Tragically: Williams v. Sigma Chi

Case study based on an actual Sigma Chi claim that shows the importance of transportation planning and using hired drivers (cabs, buses, public transit) whenever possible. “Approximately 30 actives and 15 pledges were to travel from the chapter house to the ritual site on back roads, with each pledge blindfolded and riding in an automobile with actives.…”

Active/Pledge Road Trip Ends Off-Road: McConnell v. Sigma Chi

Case study based on an actual Sigma Chi claim that shows chapter-hosted events take a lot of risk management planning. This chapter took some important steps, but what would you do differently? “While driving home, Alan was exiting and clipped a 1991 Honda Prelude driven by Samantha McConnell. Both vehicles lost control and rolled down the embankment. The roof of the Prelude collapsed…”

Pledge Study Break Ends in Paralysis: Kelly v. Sigma Chi

Case study based on an actual Sigma Chi claim from finals week at a Midwest University. What started as a study break, ended in paralysis…”One of the pledges jumped and landed without injury. Encouraged by this, Martin jumped next. He landed on the mattresses, but the impact ruptured one of his vertebrae, causing paralysis in his pelvis and legs.”

Q&A Identifying Problem Members Before Initiation - Video (2:51)

Responding to a question from a Chapter Advisor, Mark Burroughs, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 1979, gives a real-life example of how to identify, assist, and support a potential problem member before initiation. Mark is currently serving as Grand Praetor for the North Carolina Province, and as RMF Director and Treasurer. 


Does Your Chapter Haze?

Check the items you would label as hazing activities:

  • Requiring new members to wear specific clothing.

  • Forced calisthenics, e.g. sit-ups and push-ups, and purposeless runs for the sake of creating "unity."

  • Using obscenities, yelling, or screaming at pledges.