Welcome Back 2010

Awareness Programs

Greek III

Greek III is an event in which the Greek community invites an educational speaker to discuss a topic of interest pertinent to CWRU students, staff, and faculty. Previous topics include Dating and Relationships, Risk Management, and Leadership.

SMARRT Program

Students at Greek Meet & Greet

The Greek community at CWRU is concerned about the use and abuse of alcohol as well as other important social issues. As a result, the Greeks have opted to follow risk management policies that support responsible behavior. All new members are required to attend a session on risk management policies and liabilities. The chapters monitor the enforcement of the policies with the assistance of national offices and the university. Also, members are encouraged to attend at least one educational session a semester as part of the Greek Educational Workshops and Seminars Program, a series of three educational programs that are offered each semester.

New Member Events

New Member Events are held once every semester for all newly initiated members. The purpose of this event is to create a strong sense of community among various chapters and to provide members with the information they need to be active participants on campus.

Hazing Awareness Week

Hazing is defined as any mental or physical requirement, request, or obligation placed upon any member or prospective member of an organization (team, group, Greek, etc.) by other members of that organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of discomfort, pain, fright, disgrace, injury, or personal degradation, or which violates any federal, state, local statute, or university policy. The Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils of CWRU Western Reserve University recognize the importance of hazing and pre-initiation guidelines presented by FIPG, Inc.

In 2006, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils worked together to schedule events during National Hazing Prevention Week, which took place the last week of that September. The Greek community has continued this effort annually. As part of the activities, both councils held a joint Hazing Awareness banner contest. Banners were copied and displayed in each of the Greek houses on campus and winners received Chipotle burritos for their creative efforts.

Inspired from the winning banner this year, the councils sponsored a "BAND-AID Day" during National Hazing Prevention Week. Campus members were invited to wear a BAND-AID in the same manner that many wear ribbons to promote various causes. The bandages signified that bruises and scars from hazing have a lasting impact.

The event was widely promoted to CWRU administrators, faculty, staff, and students. In addition, the CWRU athletic director and varsity athletic coaches were invited to encourage athletic teams to participate in the event. Signs were hung around campus and bandages were handed out throughout the day to make the event a campuswide success.