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Fraternity and Sorority Life


Harm Reduction Programming

Fraternities and sororities are committed to their members having a fun, memorable, and safe Greek experience.  Included in the Annual Chapter Expectations Program (ACE), chapters are required to educate their members on topics related to harm reduction.

Please read more about these requirements and how to submit below; if you have any questions please contact Tad Derrick, Assistant Director of Harm Reduction and Compliance.

 

Submit your presentation information through the Harm Reduction Educational Presentation Information form.

In an effort to better educate our students on the topics of hazing, sexual assault/ interpersonal violence, bystander intervention and substance abuse, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has created new educational requirements around these topics. Chapters are required to host or attend programs on at least three topics over a calendar year as part of the ACE packet; two of these must be on the topics of hazing, sexual assault, bystander intervention, or substance abuse. The third can be the organization's choice of topic related to harm reduction. This can range from mental health awareness to accountability for members to event management strategies.

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
    • Attendees will be able to identify harm reduction strategies related to alcohol.
    • Attendees will be able to describe risks associated with specific behaviors, such as binge drinking or mixing drugs and alcohol.
    • Attendees will understand and be able to implement strategies for intervening when a member is engaging in risky behavior.
  • Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence (IPV)
    • Attendees will be able to define consent and how consent impacts relationships and interactions.
    • Attendees will be able to describe at least three signs of a healthy relationship and at least three warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.
    • Attendees will be familiar with on and off-campus resources for both reporting sexual assault and IVP, and for receiving additional post-trauma support.
  • Bystander Intervention
    • Attendees will be able to define bystander intervention.
    • Attendees will be able to identify situations where bystander intervention can be used.
    • Attendees will understand and be able to implement common intervention tactics.
    • Attendees will be able to identify common reasons why bystanders fail to intervene.
  • Hazing
    • Attendees will understand the University of South Carolina’s policy on hazing.
    • Attendees will be able to define at least three common examples of hazing related to the fraternity/sorority experience.
    • Attendees will understand the variety of ways to report hazing at the University of South Carolina.
Chapters are welcome to use on campus resources, inter/national headquarters, or guest speakers from the community for these programs. On campus resources include:
  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Sexual Assault/Violence Intervention and Prevention Office (SAVIP)
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Office (SAPE)
If you have any questions about how to connect with these resources, please contact Tad Derrick, Assistant Director of Harm Reduction and Compliance.