Ending Hazing - The Creed Comparison IV

Hazing is not Greek 

As the conclusion to our five-part series, we finish our breakdown of the Phi Kappa Psi Creed and use it as the ultimate tool in showing how hazing has no place in our Fraternity. Part 1 of the overall series can be found here, while you can read the three previous Creed breakdowns here, here and here.

"I believe that to all I meet, wherever I go, I represent not only Phi Kappa Psi, but indeed the spirit of all fraternities; thus I must ever conduct myself so as to bring respect and honor not to myself alone, but also to my Fraternity. To the fulfillment of these beliefs, of these ideals, in the noble perfection of Phi Kappa Psi, I pledge my life and my sacred honor."

Why are we taking an aggressive stand to eliminate hazing in our chapters? Is it because we've noticed an increase in questionable new member treatment? To an extent, yes. Would it help decrease liability and drive down insurance costs? Of course. But, it is more than that. We firmly believe that the Phi Kappa Psi experience, the fraternity experience, the Greek experience, is a valuable tool in the growth of our nation's young generation.

We are in this together with all of our Greek peers, just as our Creed states we should be in everything that we do. The only competition we ever have is in recruitment. (On some campuses, there is no need for competition either) After we initiate members, to the outside world, we are all part of a negative stereotype together; a Greek alphabet soup.

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At Phi Kappa Psi, we are proud of our history, our humble founding that aimed at creating a "different" fraternity. We are proud of our tradition of service and excellence. We are also proud to be partners with dozens of organizations that uphold very similar values. Understanding that the doubters and haters aren't differentiating you from the other Greeks on campus, but rather the non-Greeks, is the first part of the process.

To gain respect and honor, to capture the positive headlines, to become the most desired opportunity takes a united effort to live those values and publicly, vocally and strongly remove the stereotypes. That effort begins with eliminating hazing.

Thankfully, we have a number of wonderful resources to partner with to strengthen that Greek movement to eliminate hazing. Phi Kappa Psi is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of HazingPrevention.org, a leading organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing on college campuses. There, you can find numerous resources that give you the facts about hazing, resources to end hazing and programs to recognize those that are doing their best to eliminate hazing.

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Thanks to our partnership, we have the opportunity to host a number of educational webinars that will help our groups strengthen their programs and eliminate environments that could lead to hazing. Make sure you check out the Phi Kappa Psi Calendar to find out when those webinars will be taking place.

The final line from our Creed is a simple promise to live one's life by the values stated, representative of a Phi Psi. Through four articles, we have laid out how hazing is contrary to what we stand for. If you took the oath to be a Phi Psi, you were agreeing to those principles; values that have no room or allowance for disgraceful behavior to others, like hazing. Uphold your promise!

As always, the power is in your hands. If you feel your chapter is hazing, or you want to be a catalyst to change, contact our office at 317-632-1852 or anonymously to the anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE and online here.

Feel free to discuss this article and the entire anti-hazing series in our online Forum.