ANTI-HAZING POSITION STATEMENT
Upsilon Kappa Delta does not condone hazing of any kind. UKD is concerned about the well-being and holistic human dignity of all potential new members and current members.
The definition of hazing that we abide by is:
Hazing is any activity, action taken or situation created that is reasonable potential to produce mental, emotional or physical discomfort; embarrassment; harassment; ridicule; or which violates any Federal, State, local statutes or university policy.
Not all hazing activities are physical in nature. Hazing can include depriving members of sleep through late night, all-night or early morning meetings/activities; causing mental stress or shock; and asking members to perform demeaning or degrading tasks.
All members and potential new members are given information on hazing laws, and protocols on how to report it, prior and during the New Member education process.
Violation of Upsilon Kappa Delta’s anti-hazing policies may result in the following consequences, applicable to individual members, chapters, and colonies:
Revocation of Sorority Membership
Revoking of the chapter’s charter
College/university disciplinary action
Civil and/or criminal penalties
Upsilon Kappa Delta holds the strong belief that education is the key to eliminating the detrimental practice of hazing. Our educational program is developed to provide chapters with a specific program of positive education, which develops new members into productive participants in chapter life. By encouraging the new members. Teaching them the value of the sorority and instilling in them the sense of leadership and self-worth.
All members of Upsilon Kappa Delta annually review our National Risk Management Policy, which provides education on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, hazing, sexual abuse, and harassment. Each member signs a copy of the document to acknowledge her commitment to abide by our regulations and to the elimination of destructive practices.
Upsilon Kappa Delta believes that preventing, reducing, and eliminating risk within our sorority can be accomplished through the process of education. Educating our members is critical and ongoing. Risk management policies are in place not only to protect the organization, but more importantly, the well-being of our individual members.