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Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative takes immediate action on college campuses nationwide to address sexual misconduct, hazing and binge drinking head on

INDIANAPOLIS—Lambda Chi Alpha, along with seven other international and national fraternity clients of James R. Favor & Company (JRFCo) announced on Sept. 23 the formation of a consortium to implement the Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative (FHSI) which fights the most pressing social issues facing college campuses today: sexual and relationship misconduct, binge drinking and hazing.Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 2.35.41 PM

Through the FHSI, the consortium members will take immediate action beginning in the 2014-2015 school year to educate undergraduate members of their fraternities to prevent, identify and intervene against these behaviors.

Beginning this fall, the Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Triangle fraternities will begin to expose their undergraduate members to three unique research-based curriculums focused on the dangerous behaviors college-aged men are at increased risk of exhibiting. The consortium is expected to reach more than 35,000 undergraduate students on more than 350 college campuses with the FHSI curriculum in the first year alone.

“The FHSI consortium represents the first time a group of fraternal organizations is uniting to tackle these societal issues head on,” said Marc Mores, executive vice president of JRFCo. “As organizations rooted in the principles of leadership and integrity, we share a mission and responsibility to take charge of the health and well-being of our members and their college communities. Powered by our curriculums, ongoing prevention efforts and the collective strength of the consortium, we believe the young men of these eight fraternities can be catalysts for the changes needed to create safer campus environments.”

Under the guidance of an advisory council comprised of industry experts, academic researchers and campus-based professionals, JRFCo developed three trainer-led program modules, all focused heavily on bystander intervention to help empower students to recognize, diagnose and, most importantly, intervene in potentially harmful situations. Each module also emphasizes informed decision-making, evaluation of risks/consequences and challenges undergraduates to rethink their actions through the lens of their organization’s values.

By forming a consortium and implementing the FHSI, Lambda Chi Alpha and it’s seven other fraternal colleagues represent a united front and leverage the powerful influence of peer groups(1). The FHSI training modules are also designed to help empower members to be change agents in their communities. Fraternity members often serve in leadership positions for other organizations on campus, making them the ideal catalysts for holistic change.

“I am thrilled to see Lambda Chi Alpha joining seven other fraternities to tackle these critical issues head on,” said former President of Lambda Chi Alpha Drew Hunter, who also oversaw the programming creation for FHSI.

“Lambda Chi Alpha has long been a leader in the fraternity world, recognized as the first major fraternity to address hazing four decades, the fraternity implemented equal rights for new members through an Associate Member status, our industry leading proactive approach to harm reduction practices.

“Now through the FHSI Initiative, our chapters can now take even greater leadership in educating their own members on these critical issues and in helping foster better campus environments with other fraternity chapters at the same time.”

Completion of the FHSI curriculum will serve as the basis for ongoing programming and will be reinforced by advisors, alumni and staff members of Lambda Chi Alpha in accordance with its guidelines and policies. Strict criteria for implementation and the measurement of learning outcomes will be upheld by JRFCo and the leaders of the FHSI.

For more information about the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative, visit http://FHSI.jrfco.com. For more information about James R. Favor & Company, visit www.jrfco.com.

About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Headquartered in Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind., Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 280,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault and other challenges facing today’s college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development and lifelong friendships. To learn more about Lambda Chi Alpha and its traditions, principles and ideals, please visit www.lambdachi.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LambdaChi or follow us on Twitter @Lambdachialpha

1 A Systematic Qualitative Review of Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Violence Perpetration. Trauma Violence Abuse 2013 Apr 27;14 (2):133-67. Epub 2012 Dec 27. By Andra Teten Tharp, Sarah DeGue, Linda Anne Valle, Kathryn A Brookmeyer, Greta M Massetti and Jennifer L Matjasko

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