Statements of Position
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity believes strongly in the betterment of men through our chapters. Revised by the 53rd Supreme Chapter in 2012, the fraternity's statements of position address the following important issues for our members and society: alcohol abuse, diversity & inclusion, hazing, risk management, sexual misconduct and substance abuse.
Where We Stand on Alcohol Abuse
While the moderate and legal consumption of alcohol, in and of itself, does not constitute a problem, the illegal use and abuse of alcoholic beverages is widely considered a major problem in society. The Supreme Chapter and the National Council of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, acting out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members, therefore oppose alcohol abuse by members of the fraternity, regardless of whether the behavior occurs at a fraternity event.
Pi Kappa Phi defines alcohol abuse as the type of overuse that causes irresponsible behavior, a dangerous loss of reaction time, physical illness and damage to personal relationships. This abuse may occur in a solitary incident or in a chronic behavior pattern.
The fraternity believes alcohol abuse prevents individual members from achieving their full potential as citizens and exemplifying the characteristics of true brotherhood. Consequently, Pi Kappa Phi works to address the negative behaviors associated with alcohol misuse and abuse, and not simply the location of those behaviors.
Through education, training and mature adult guidance, Pi Kappa Phi provides the tools to help students make good choices and to understand the consequences of their choices. The national fraternity will continue to provide information about alcohol abuse, as well as counseling resources, as part of its comprehensive prevention education strategy.
Where We Stand on Diversity & Inclusion
The United States is fortunate to have one of the most diverse populations in the world. Here, people of all races, religions, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, HIV statuses and other protected classes contribute to the collective achievements of our nation and our universities.
Accordingly, chapters of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are encouraged to seek out new brothers of all backgrounds. While our fraternal origins are based on Judeo-Christian traditions, the fraternity asks that all members and non-members (regardless of background) join in a respect for the beliefs of all, seeking always to exemplify the values of empathy, kindness, compassion and understanding. The fraternity shall only discriminate on the basis of sex.
Where We Stand on Hazing
The Supreme Chapter and the National Council of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity unequivocally oppose all acts of hazing. The national fraternity, as well as most universities and states, define hazing as any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate. While the fraternity’s risk management policy provides a list of activities that may constitute hazing, Pi Kappa Phi expects its chapters to provide an atmosphere where all members, associate members and guests feel safe by ensuring respect for human dignity is a chief priority. Additionally, members of the Fraternity are expected to hold each other accountable to our shared standards.
All alleged incidents of hazing will be investigated and adjudicated in accordance with the fraternity’s disciplinary code. Any member found in violation of Pi Kappa Phi’s hazing policy will be sanctioned in accordance with the code. Such sanctions may include suspension and expulsion from the fraternity.
Members and associate members who are aware of behavior that is inconsistent with this statement or Pi Kappa Phi’s hazing policy should contact the fraternity’s National Headquarters at (704) 504-0888.
Where We Stand on Risk Management
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s risk management policy (FIPG) shall apply to all fraternity entities and all levels of fraternity membership. The fraternity expects all members to comply with any and all applicable laws of the state,
province, county, city and institution of higher education. Pi Kappa Phi expects that chapter houses meet all local fire and health codes and standards at all times. Additionally, the possession and/or use of firearms, explosives or incendiary devices of any kind shall not be allowed on the premises of the chapter house.
Through education, training and mature adult guidance, Pi Kappa Phi provides the tools to help students make good choices and to understand the consequences of their choices. The fraternity will hold chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make.
Where We Stand on Sexual Misconduct
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of non-consensual harassing or sexually abusive behavior — whether physical, mental or emotional — on the part of any of its members. Furthermore, the fraternity
supports educational programming that promotes healthy interactions between all people.
All chapters of the fraternity must work to provide an atmosphere where all members and guests feel safe by ensuring respect for human dignity is a chief priority.
The national fraternity will provide educational materials on sexual misconduct to students, including information on date rape and sample chapter awareness programs, in an effort to reduce the occurrence of these problems on college campuses where Pi Kappa Phi has chapters and contribute to the reduction of these problems in our society.
Where We Stand on Substance Abuse
The Supreme Chapter and the National Council Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, realizing that substance abuse prevents individual members from achieving their full potential as citizen and exemplifying the characteristics of true brotherhood, oppose substance abuse at all times. Substances are broadly defined as items that, when absorbed into the body, alter normal bodily function. Substances include, but are not limited to, illegal drugs, as well as prescription drugs used in a manner contrary to their instructions or by someone to whom they were not prescribed.
The fraternity believes strongly in the betterment of men through our chapters and has consequently adopted a philosophy statement outlining its approach to illegal drugs and other controlled substances. Pi Kappa Phi also expects members to follow federal and state drug laws across the United States.
Pi Kappa Phi is concerned about the impact drugs and other mind-altering substances have on the safety and lifelong well-being of ours members, as well as the reputation of the fraternity. Through education, training, and mature adult guidance, Pi Kappa Phi provides the tools to help students make good choices and to understand the consequences of their choices. The national fraternity will continue to incorporate information about substance abuse, as well as counseling resources, into its prevention education initiatives.