SOCIAL MORATORIUM 2022

4/19/22

 

To all Panhellenic Association members:

 

In light of recent incidents and allegations that have occurred within the UCI Sorority and Fraternity Life community, we, as Panhellenic members, are demanding several calls to action within the Interfraternity Council, the Sorority and Fraternity Life Office, and UCI itself. While the recent events have served as a catalyst for these actions, the need for systemic change within these organizations is a prevalent conversation that is overdue and an issue that must be addressed. 

 

Because of our dedication to the safety and well-being of our members and organizations, the 9 chapters of the Panhellenic Association at UCI will be on a social moratorium with IFC organizations who are currently in bad standing within the VIP Program and with IFC. The purpose of this moratorium is to ensure the safety of our members, organizations, and the overall community at UCI. Panhellenic upholds fairness and unity within our community and encourages all members to refrain from targeting specific organizations and instead encourage change within the entire sorority and fraternity community.

 

The moratorium on all social events with IFC organizations, who currently are in bad standing within the VIP Program and with IFC, will remain in place until those chapters have met a specified set of requirements, in order for us to assess our internal processes around risk mitigation and in support of the Interfraternity Council at UCI’s self-imposed moratorium. The structure of events allowed during this moratorium are listed in the table on page 2. 

 

The Panhellenic Association has a list of conditions and demands we are issuing to the Interfraternity Council and its member chapters at UC Irvine, in which 3 of our 4 demands must be met to remove the full moratorium. Additionally, the Panhellenic Association has created a list of demands for the UCI Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, UCI Dean of Students, and UCI Sorority and Fraternity Life Office to meet and respond to. The list of conditions and demands can be found on pages 3 & 4.

 

SOCIAL MORATORIUM AND RESTRICTIONS GUIDELINES

 

Below are the conditions of the social moratorium that have been agreed upon by our member organizations:

 

Events we encourage our members to participate in during the social moratorium

  • Other Panhellenic Sororities’ Philanthropy Events, such as Weeklongs, Boothing, and Campuswides

  • Sister Sorority Pairings

  • Sisterhood Events

  • Intramural Sports

    • Guidelines: 

      • Fraternity members who serve as sports’ coaches must be in a chapter of good standing within the VIP Program and with IFC

  • Community Service

  • Chapter Meetings

Events we encourage our members to participate in with IFC organizations who are in good standing within the VIP Program and with IFC

  • Panhellenic Sorority Formals

    • Guidelines:

      • Must complete and submit a risk plan and agreement form 2 weeks before event to Panhellenic Vice President of Risk Management

      • Fraternity members in attendance must be in a chapter of good standing within the VIP program and with IFC

  • Panhellenic Hosted Date Dashes

    • Guidelines:

      • Must complete and submit a risk plan and agreement form 2 weeks before event to Panhellenic Vice President of Risk Management

      • Fraternity members in attendance must be in a chapter of good standing within the VIP program and with IFC

Events we will not engage in with IFC organizations who are in bad standing within the VIP Program and with IFC until the first 3 demands within our list in their section are met (page 3)

  • Exchanges

  • Fraternity Social Events

  • Sororities’ roles within IFC chapters (Pledge Moms and Chapter Sweethearts)

  • Allowing IFC philanthropic participation in sorority philanthropies as a chapter (must be individual)

  • Chapter participation in fraternity philanthropy events (must be individual)

 

LIST OF CONDITIONS AND DEMANDS

 

During the moratorium, Panhellenic Association at UC Irvine leadership, chapters, and individual sorority members are calling on the following parties to implement these stated points:

  • The Interfraternity Council at UCI

  1. Establish a risk agreement for social events including safety protocols and accountability measures. This agreement would include the following: 

    • Risk agreements for all social events must be posted on a centralized event page, such as a Facebook event page

    • Information regarding the nearest hospital and police station, as well as a list of sober event monitors. 

    • Clearly outlined protocols for responding to incidents such as alcohol poisoning or pressure of sexual advances.

  2. Require transparency of IFC chapter risk policies as listed within their bylaws by providing IFC’s Vice President of Internal Communication a copy to be posted under their respective fraternity information sections on the IFC website.

  3. Reestablish the importance of the VIP chair within each fraternity to ensure chapters are compliant with the VIP program. 

    • Remind members that VIP chairs are confidential individuals who can provide resources outside of a chapter’s executive board. 

    • Allot VIP chairs 10-15 minutes per chapter meeting to discuss the findings, curriculum and resources shared during the VIP course.

  4. Evaluate each quarter to ensure that the proposed improvements continue to be followed as to not let any efforts fade over time, including but not limited to:

  • The Vice President of Risk Management for IFC must meet with the VIP Coordinators or Professional Staff to discuss which individual chapters are in good standing with the VIP program, which would then be shared with the Panhellenic Vice President of Risk Management.

  • The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students

  1. To implement an individual staff member that is solely dedicated to health, wellness, and risk mitigation affairs in order to prioritize chapters’ compliance with the VIP program.

  2. To be released monthly, a list of campus organizations that have members who have been accused of power-based personal violence.

  • The information regarding the survivor and the accused will remain private

  • The organizations on this list must complete an educational risk workshop by the end of the following month

  • The Sorority and Fraternity Life Office 

  1. Release a response/statement addressing recent events and what is currently being done to achieve systematic change.

  2. Mandate 100% required in-person training for all SFL organizations yearly.

    • Includes, but not limited to, defining sexual violence, bystander intervention, and risk prevention

  3. Maintain that all SFL organizations are educated on what it means to be a mandated reporter and the protocols that must be followed.

    • Make publicly known that all Executive Board members are mandated reporters

 

If there are any questions, comments, or concerns about which events may continue during the social moratorium and the Spring 2022 quarter, please contact Dorothy Cao, Panhellenic Association at UCI President, at 626-493-4461.

 

If an individual is determined to have not abided by the moratorium, the matter will be referred to the individual’s chapter judicial process.

 

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

 

We agree that all that is stated above is important and we commit ourselves to this moratorium, the wellbeing and education of all members of the UCI community, and the values of fraternity/sorority life.