Theta Tau Policy

Risk Management Policies of Theta Tau

Whereas, The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship, and Whereas realizing that abuse of controlled substances and/or alcohol can erode these two cornerstones on which the Fraternity was founded, and Whereas it is the obligation of the Fraternity to ensure the social and physical well-being of its members and to limit the liability of our members, chapters and the national Fraternity. Therefore, Be it resolved that the Theta Tau 2002 National Convention adopts the following Risk Management policies pursuant to the Articles and Bylaws of the National Constitution.
Theta Tau's National Policies on Risk Management and Alcohol can also be found on the national website.


Policy on Controlled Substances

  1. The possession or use of controlled substances at any Fraternity activity shall be in compliance with all federal, state, local and university regulations.
  2. Chapter officers are obliged to take disciplinary measures, in accordance with Chapter VI of the Bylaws, when warranted, on any individual who negatively affects the chapter or Fraternity through misuse of controlled substances.
  3. Each chapter is encouraged to regularly participate in an alcohol and drug awareness program at the chapter’s University to educate its members on the personal consequences of drug abuse as well as how such use affects each individual chapter and the national Fraternity.

Policy on Abusive Behavior

The Fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of abusive behavior on the part of its members or pledges (whether physical, mental, verbal, sexual or emotional) in violation of any federal, state, local and university regulation. This is to include any actions directed toward members, nonmembers, friends, or guests.

Policy on Hazing

No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined as: “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether located on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: Forced use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution, or applicable laws.

Policy on High-Risk Events

Theta Tau cannot condone and discourages participation in high-risk events. Examples of high-risk events include, but are not limited to: Bungee jumping, parachuting, sporting events such as boxing, etc. Individuals choosing to take part in these sorts of events do so at their own risk and with the full understanding of the inherent risks associated with them.

Policy on Transportation

Theta Tau chapters are encouraged to establish a transportation policy for chapter events which are not held at or within walking distance from the chapter facility. It is strongly recommended that the policy include the use of a form of mass transportation, such as charter buses, to transport members for such events, and particularly for events where alcohol may be consumed. When transportation is not arranged, alternative procedures, such as designated (in advance of the event) drivers, should be used.

Policy on Property Management

The chapter facility, along with its furnishings and landscape, are encouraged to provide for each member an environment for study, clean and safe living conditions, and  recreation. Property should be maintained in a manner, which makes itinviting and attractive to parents, rushees, and alumni. A sound program focused on proper maintenance of the property, along with due regard for university, health, or fire department regulations, where applicable, shall be followed in each chapter. Rents and fees collected should be sufficient to meet not only annual expenses, but also sufficient to allow for savings toward significant renovations and/or new facilities.

Policy on Gun Safety

Individuals choosing to exercise their right to bear arms should do so only after undergoing appropriate courses on gun safety and use sponsored and conducted by a reputable organization. The Fraternity generally believes that the chapter house is no place for a firearm  and it should instead be stored safely elsewhere by the owner (such as a parent’s home or a firing range). To prevent it from misuse or accidental use by its owner, another member, a guest, or an intruder, firearms kept on chapter premises shall be stored unloaded, in a locked storage area accessible only to the owner(s) of said firearms. Ammunition shall be stored in a separate locked area from the firearm. No loaded firearm shall be on Chapter premises. Notwithstanding the manner in which such a firearm is maintained or stored by its owner, firearms shall not be displayed, demonstrated, or cleaned on chapter premises or as part of any chapter activity.

Policy on Alcoholic Beverages

  1. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages at any Fraternity activity shall be in compliance with all federal, state, local and university regulations.
  2. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited at any of the following Theta Tau programs: chapter meetings, initiation ceremonies, and all Convention business meetings.
  3. Only rush events and pledge education activities held at properly licensed venues shall alcohol be allowed. 
  4. The Fraternity encourages its chapters to implement a membership recruitment program, which eliminates the use of alcoholic beverages.
  5. Chapter funds shall not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages nor shall any member, on behalf of the chapter, coordinate the collection of funds for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  6. The only activities, in which alcohol is served, that Theta Tau may participate in whether with an individual, group or business, are those activities served by a properly licensed provider.
  7. Open parties are strictly prohibited.  Parties and other social activities are only open to members of Theta Tau and their guests by invitation only. An open party is one in which there is unrestricted and/or public access to the party or to alcoholic beverages.  
  8. It is recommended that each chapter post a doorwatch for each chapter function in order to control access to said function and to guard the safety and welfare of every member and guest of the Fraternity. The doorwatch(es) should be selected in advance of the event and the names and times of responsibility should be posted in a central area for review in advance to the event.  The doorwatch(es) duties should include, but are not limited to:
    1. Observation of all members and guests entering and  leaving the party.  It is the responsibility of the doorwatch to deny  entry to any uninvited individuals.  
    2. Ensuring any impaired member or guest safe transportation home; It is recommended that the doorwatch(es) also serve as designated drivers
    3. Remaining sober when performing these duties.
  9. It is recommended that Chapters set a designated start and end time for all chapter events involving alcohol.
  10. An alternative beverage shall be supplied to members and their guests by the chapter at all events. An alternative beverage is a non-alcoholic substance excluding water. If food is provided, it must include non-salty options such as fruits, vegetables, cookies, etc.
  11. In order to reduce the liability that can be incurred when a Fraternity event involves the use of alcohol, the Fraternity requires that all chapter events where alcohol will be present conform to one of the following alternatives:
    1. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) event – such events make each individual attending the party responsible for their own consumption.
    2. Use of a licensed site – the site is responsible for the control of alcohol.
    3. Use of a catering service – a catering service with a proper liquor license and liability insurance policy will reduce the Fraternity’s liability while still allowing for the choice of location.
  12. Each chapter is encouraged to regularly participate in an alcohol and drug awareness program at the chapter’s University to educate its members on the responsibilities and consequences of alcohol consumption.
  13. Chapter officers are obliged to take disciplinary measures, in accordance with Chapter VI of the Bylaws, when warranted, on any individual who negatively affects the chapter or Fraternity through misuse of alcoholic beverages.