Best Practices for Working With 3rd Party Vendors

The Fraternity is not in the business of alcohol, event security, or transportation. These “event” services should be handled by professionals who are properly trained, equipped, and insured.We are in the business of leadership and values-based education and development.

Experiential Ratings - Year 1 results

2016-2017 marks the 1st year of the experiential rating program for our membership subscription fees (chapter liability insurance premium). Rather than a flat per-man fee, the RMF added 8 additional factors to incentivize best risk management practices. We also expanded our already existing property experiential rating factors. Overall our chapters and House Corporations received savings (credits) that totaled to $360,000 , most of which should be recurring each year. For liability, 43 chapters saved between 1% and 10%, and 77 chapters saved over 10%! On the property side, 30% of our House Corporations 10% or more, and an additional 43% received a savings of some percentage. Below are tables that outline the credits and debits assigned for the various factors. As you can see, there is still room for improvement particularly for the chapters who did sign and submit a risk management plan and missed the 3% savings (and also received a 3% increase for not doing so). Another potential manner in which most of our chapter's and house corporations could save considerable dollars would be to consider taking the necessary steps to receive the Alcohol/Substance-Free/3rd Party venue credit which can save a total of 22%.

“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.…”