February 2019

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Dear friends,

 

This year's College Panhellenic Academy in Indianapolis, held Jan. 25-26, brought together nearly 300 participants who joined in educational sessions designed to help build Panhellenic knowledge and improve Panhellenic communities. We also hosted a conversation on hazing with Rae Ann Gruver, Alpha Delta Pi, who lost her son to hazing. Major themes included how she and other parents are working to bring more education, transparency and accountability around the topic of hazing, speaking up and ending bystander behavior and  taking care of one another.  

 

We are now focused on meeting with you and your College Panhellenic officers at the regional conferences, AFLV Central, CCWL, NGLA and AFLV West. That also includes presenting Panhellenic academy content at AFLV Central and NGLA (see below for details).

 

Please also see below for information on Women's History Month and International Badge Day in March and the most recent information on NPC's campus concerns process (formerly known as University Document Review).

Thank you for all you do for your Panhellenic community. If there is anything NPC can do to assist you, please let us know.

Interfraternally,

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Frances Mitchelson

2017-19 NPC Panhellenics chairman

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Regional Conference Academies

NPC, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and two regional interfraternal leadership programs are partnering together to bring council officer training to students in 2019. College Panhellenic Academy curriculum will be facilitated at AFLV Central and NGLA.

 

Campuses will sign-up to participate as part of the registration of the respective regional conference they will be attending. Click the links below for more information.

NPC Manual of Information

NPC Foundation Scholarships

The 24th edition of the NPC Manual of
Information is now available. The 2018 legislative changes are included in this edition, along with other updates to streamline the content.


Download it from the NPC website under
Resources (no password is required). 

The NPC Foundation will award six scholarships, totaling at least $7,000, for 2019. Details about each scholarship can be found on the NPC Website under Foundation > Scholarships.

 

The application form is live and applications are due by March 15.

Celebrating Women's History in March

March is Women’s History Month (WHM) and that is why International Badge Day will be celebrated Monday, March 4, 2019. We encourage you and your college Panhellenic to engage with NPC during WHM and International Badge Day.

 

Here’s how:

  • Watch the NPC video “Courage and Conviction” to learn more about sorority women and their impact on the world.
  • Share stories on social media of women from your College Panhellenic Community — collegians and alumnae — in academics, labor or business and tag with #Iwearabadge.
  • Tag social posts from your International Badge Day celebrations using #badgeday19.
  • Retweet, share and regram WHM and #badgeday19 stories posted on NPC social media.
  • Wear your badge proudly on March 4, or whatever day your campus is able to celebrate.


Look for more information on NPC’s social media channels soon.

FEATURE: Campus Concerns Process

Prior to Aug. 2017, the NPC University Document Review Committee collaborated with campus professionals to collectively review relationship statements, awards programs and other similar documents drafted by institutions that would require our chapters/members to meet certain  expectations, and compare them to the NPC standards (available on the NPC website) and our rights as private organizations
to oversee chapter management processes and internal functions. The committee was staffed by former inter/national presidents and other experts from our member organizations.
 

 

Now, NPC member organizations work independently with their chapters to determine how best to align organizational requirements with campus requirements. 

 

NPC's role now is to become involved in campus concerns to review documents, policies and actions taken by institutions of higher education that infringe upon the rights of private member organizations. These actions may include the campus creating new documents such as standards, expectations, relationship agreements, assessments, accreditations, etc. It may also include actions and policies taken by the institution to limit or stop the association of students with each other or NPC member organizations.


If applicable, the NPC professional staff works with campus administrators to discuss such documents/policies/activities and to effect change based on the NPC position statements, policies and best practices. As part of this work, the NPC professional staff will liaise with all NPC member organizations with chapters on the campus to provide updates and gather feedback.

 

Actions that infringe upon the rights of our private member organizations include:

 

1. Prohibition on membership in single-sex organizations
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits institutions of higher education from discriminating on the basis of sex; however, it does provide an exception for the membership practices of social fraternities and sororities. Campuses should not enact policies or practices that force our member organizations to become co-ed and/or take adverse actions against students who want to be members of women’s only organizations.


2. Required non-discrimination language

In an effort to create cohesive communities, campuses have been requiring student organizations to include non-discrimination policy language in registered student organization governing documents.


NPC member organizations do not discriminate in membership selection on any basis prohibited by law. However, non-discrimination statements, if required, should include a carve out in language about the exception institutions of higher education are given for social fraternal organizations to discriminate on sex as allowed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

3. Organizational due process
Mass suspension of fraternity/sorority communities on a variety of campuses is another trend that limits the rights of students to freely associate. Institutions have used allegations of crime or misconduct against an individual member or a group of members of a student organization as
rationale to suspend activities for the entire organization/community in which the accused student or group of students is a member. The operation of fraternity and sorority communities should not be
restricted in instances when a member or members of one organization violated the rules.


4. Time, place and manner restrictions on recruitment
Campuses should not seek to impose  punitive measures against fraternities and sororities or restrict the rights of student members to recruit new members when they do not impose the same limitations on other student organizations or athletic teams. In particular, NPC is concerned about the growing trend among institutions to limit the ability of sororities to recruit first-semester or first-year students.


5. Naming volunteers as campus security authorities (CSAs) or mandated reporters (MRs)
NPC member organizations oppose the designation of sorority alumnae volunteers and sorority employees as CSAs and/or MRs. Classifying sorority alumnae volunteers as CSAs/MRs significantly
changes the dynamics of the relationship between them and collegiate members.

6. Request for internal chapter documents
Campuses are increasingly requiring chapters to share internal chapter programs for administrator approval or internal chapter conduct records for administrator review based on claims of concern for campus safety. As private organizations, these types of documents—conduct records, in particular—are protected.


7. Insurance concerns (to be communicated with NPC insurance provider and the NPC office) 

In partnership with the NPC insurance provider, documents such as contracts, campus relationship/recognition agreements and housing concerns will be reviewed for details such as contractual risk transfer mechanisms and coverage requirements. These include hold harmless statements, indemnification and other insurance requirements for chapter and housing concerns.

 

NOTE:

The "Resources" section of the 2019 Manual of Information has been updated to reflect this campus concerns process. If you have questions about this process or need further assistance, please contact the NPC office to speak with your Panhellenic support specialist.

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