A Letter From SWGP David Moyer
Over the past couple of weeks, we have watched with the deepest sense of sadness and disgust two fraternity hazing deaths and three university sports hazing arrests. While these events did not involve Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of the young men who died so senselessly and tragically.
Like many institutions, Phi Kappa Psi has struggled with the global pandemic and we have done our best, in conjunction with our university partners, to keep our men healthy and safe during this health emergency. However, it is time to acknowledge and accept the limitations that have come from the pandemic. Undergraduates have been challenged with the circumstances surrounding campuses and the inability to interact with their friends. Our leadership, university partners, the NIC and Greek Life offices have put together online training classes to coach and develop these young men and encourage them to remain healthy and safe.
As Fraternity leaders and officers, the health, safety and well-being of our members is paramount to anything we do. We must make every effort to ensure the men in our organization have the necessary training and skills to understand what hazing is, what bystander obligations and requirements are and a thorough understanding of what our values and ethics are as an organization.
Accordingly, all new member activities have been paused while we take additional steps to provide education to our members regarding hazing prevention. We are asking our campus partners to work with us to support this pause. Each of our member organization’s will be provided clear directives on what will be required to resume new member activities.
Our work and commitment to end hazing is steadfast and unwavering. It is our desire that our members have a safe, enriching and happy university and Phi Kappa Psi experience. It is our expectations the family and friends of each of our members continue to love you and enjoy your company, as I do.