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Purpose and Policy

Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association

 

The Executive Committee of the Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association recognizes that active membership in the fraternity lasts on average three and one half to four and one half years whereas an alumni association membership can span a lifetime. For this reason, a written statement of purpose and policy is necessitated as a guide for our fraternal direction.

 

Purpose The purpose of the Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association, Inc., herein after referred to as “the alumni association,” is two-fold.

 

1. On September 7, 2004 the alumni association secured ownership of the real property located at 8 Montcalm St., City of Oswego, County of Oswego, State of New York, and in the First Ward of said city and known and described as Second Subdivision Lots numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Van Buren Tract so-called being part of Military Lot No. 6 as laid down upon a map of said tract filed in Oswego County Clerk’s Office on or about September 26, 1828, herein after referred to as “the property”, and maintains the property. The property has been used continuously since 1956 as the chapter house and living quarters for the active members of Sigma Tau Chi, Inc., herein after referred to as the “active membership.” The purpose of securing ownership and maintaining the property by the alumni association is to establish and maintain financial stability of the property so that the property may continue to be used as chapter house and residence for the active membership.

 

The alumni association’s intent and continued focus is to foster an open and educational relationship with the active membership with regard to organizational and business planning, professional skill development, community relations and service, and maintenance of the property and assets . A minimum of two annual business meetings will be conducted to share opinions and information regarding the aforementioned between the alumni association and the active membership.

 

2. The alumni association believes mentoring and advisement with the active membership is an important and valuable benefit the alumni association can provide. While the alumni association cannot and does not oversee or govern the day-to-day activities or business of the active membership, the bi-annual business meetings referred to above also serve as a forum for the association to make recommendations, offer guidance, and counsel the active membership.

 

3. Property Management: As owners of the property, the alumni association has specific responsibilities related to the maintenance of the property and its use as a rented property with multiple residents from the active membership. Therefore, the alumni association’s Executive Committee, consisting of five elected officers, and various appointed chairmen, may interact from time to time with the active membership via direct contact through visitation and inspection of the property, electronic mail, postal mail, and telephone. The alumni association, as property owners, has set forth a number of policies that the active membership and their duly-elected representatives, the Active Executive Committee, as tenants of the property, agree to abide.

 

Statement of Policy

 

The Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association recognizes all brothers of the fraternity, alumni and active, and the college community at large, have a common shared goal; a desire for an education. The alumni association, therefore, makes the following statement of policy as a guide to facilitate an education.

 

Scholarship

 

Sigma Tau Chi is a college social fraternity with an active membership and a pool of prospective fraternity members made up of young men enrolled at SUNY Oswego in pursuit of higher education. Therefore, education and scholastic achievement is our primary focus. Many students enter the college experience with varying talents. Educators will administer tests throughout a student’s college experience to measure these talents. However, some highly talented individuals may not succeed because they lack personal discipline, direction, moral, or social character.

 

The fraternity recognizes that there is more to learn at college than that which is taught in a class or read from a book. Members learn how to build and maintain relationships, develop leadership skills, team skills, loyalty and respect for one another, and tolerance for differences in his fellows. Man is, in most instances, a social creature, and functions best in a social environment. We have the ability to influence and inspire each other to greater achievement, success, and happiness. The alumni association can help facilitate higher academic achievement and overall scholarship among the active membership by offering guidance to build strong moral and social character, personal discipline, and individual responsibility to self and the fraternity as a group.

 

Our Governance

 

Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association, Inc. and Sigma Tau Chi, Inc. are two distinct, separate organizations, each governed by democratic parliamentary procedure and follow the basic tenets of Robert’s Rules of Order as its parliamentary authority. Both organizations elect Executive Officers on a regular basis and organizational decision-making is led the Executive Committees in quorum-session meetings and in accordance with each organization’s constitution. Each member, alumni and active, is urged to become familiar with and assume personal responsibility to abide by their Constitution, laws, policies, rules and regulations, and organizational structure respectively.

 

 

 

 

Character and Code of Conduct

 

The alumni association believes that a student’s academic achievement and success, personal goals, and overall happiness can best be accomplished in a positive environment; one of social and moral integrity. Further, members should engage in behavior that assures an orderly, clean and safe living condition.

 

Risk Management

 

A. Personal Safety

 

·The fraternity values it members and guests above all else. Members should take special care to correct any situation deemed unsafe or a risk to personal property.

·Every fraternity sanctioned activity should include a plan to mitigate any unforeseen risks to personal safety. Should unforeseen risks to personal safety arise at such events, the risks will be addressed immediately and corrected, or the event should be shut down.

·As part of creating a safe environment, no firearms or weapons of any kind will be allowed in the house or on the property, even in the case where the owner of a weapon has a valid license to own or carry one.

 

B. Asset Protection

 

·The fraternity house and property are the fraternity’s greatest material asset and are central to the fraternity’s well being. Not only should all members respect the house and property, they should ensure that their guests respect the house and property as well. Many improvements to the house and its infrastructure have been completed in recent years. Maintaining the house by performing additional improvements and repair remains a primary goal.

·Like most dwellings in the upstate New York region, the house Is vulnerable to damage and destruction from fire, water, and harsh weather. Situations that invite these disasters, such as open fires, overloaded electrical circuits such as, but not limited to portable heaters, hot plates, toaster or convection ovens (any appliance that has a glowing heating element), and multiple refrigerators in bedrooms, or leaving exterior doors open during winter are expressly forbidden. The Active Executive Committee is responsible for enforcing such safety measures. House residents are required to notify at least one alumni association officer immediately of any equipment failure such as a furnace failure, broken windows, storm or tree damage that could create an unsafe living condition.

 

C. Legal Liability

 

·The current litigation environment of our society offers individuals that decline to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions an opportunity to seek restitution from those who provide an environment to perform irresponsible acts. To that end, we commit to provide as little or no opportunity for individuals to perform or suffer from dire consequences from their actions on the property and/or at a fraternity sanctioned event.

·It is impossible to eliminate all risks of legal liability. Focusing on liability centered around Personal Safety and Asset Protection will limit the risk of suit brought against the organization and/or college. To that end, should an individual be injured while a guest on the property or at a fraternity sanctioned event, the active members will take every reasonable step to see that the injured party receives appropriate treatment and care immediately, that the situation that allowed the injury is documented and rectified to prevent further injury or incident.

 

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

 

A. The possession, use, or consumption of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES while

on “the property” during any fraternity endorsed or sponsored event shall

be in compliance with all federal, State of New York, County of Oswego,

City of Oswego, and SUNY Oswego policies regarding the serving of

alcoholic beverages to minors.

 

B. The SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES by fraternity members,

especially on “the property,” is strictly forbidden. Sale is defined as

exchanging money for admission, “passing the hat,” selling empty cups,

drink tickets, or outright for a drink containing alcohol.

 

C. The POSSESSION, SALE, USE of ILLEGAL DRUGS or CONTROLLED

SUBSTANCES on “the property” is strictly forbidden. Further, members

should not engage in such activity elsewhere where an average observer

could associate the member and such activity with the fraternity.

 

D. The active membership should maintain a policy and regulation manual regarding drugs and alcohol and give instruction to pledges during the pledge program. It should contain a review of federal, state, and local laws, and university policy. It should also contain information on how to identify those drinking to excess and how to safely intervene to prevent individuals from engaging in dangerous activities such as, but not limited to, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

E. RUSH & PLEDGE ACTIVITIES shall be “dry.” The emphasis is on fraternalism and brotherhood and is NOT dependent upon drugs or alcohol.

 

F. OPEN PARTIES are strictly forbidden on “the property.” An Open Party is defined as a gathering of non-members with unrestricted access to “the property” where alcohol is present.

 

G. Any guest of a member to “the property,” invited or not, who appears intoxicated and in danger of hurting himself or others, should be escorted from the premises.

 

H. If a member habitually demonstrates moral or social conduct deemed to be inappropriate for a Sigma Tau Chi brother due to heavy intoxication from drugs or alcohol, the active Executive Committee should apply appropriate steps ( fines, suspension, expulsion) to eliminate such behavior. The offender should be encouraged to seek professional counseling.

 

Hazing

 

No member, active or alumni, shall engage in or encourage hazing activities.

A pledge should not be rejected for refusing to be exposed to or participate in

an activity considered to be hazing. Hazing is defined as “any act, or creation

of, or participation in the creation of any situation, which endangers mental or

physical health or which involves the consumption of alcohol or other drugs

for purposes of initiation into or affiliation with any group or organization.”

 

Activities that may be construed as hazing include, but are not limited to:

 

1. activities that disrupt or interfere with an individual’s pursuit of academic endeavors;

2. activities which harass or intimidate;

3. activities that expose members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances;

4. activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury;

5. activities which involve illegal acts;

6. activities that involve tests of endurance;

7. activities that physically exhaust;

8. activities that deprive individuals sleep, edible meals, or personal hygiene;

9. activities that involve forced or required consumption of food, beverages, alcohol, or other drugs;

10. activities that impart pain or cause mutilation or alteration to the body or part of the body; and

11. any activity which by its nature is so profound that it would have a potential to cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, human degradation, or public embarrassment.

 

It shall not constitute a defense to the charge of hazing that the participant(s)

took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the

activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered.

 

 

Submitted for Acceptance STCAA/STC Business Meeting April 30, 2005

 

Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association Sigma Tau Chi

Accepted by: Accepted by:

 

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Gerald P. Hendershot – Pres. James Mooney – Pres.

 

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Nick Drogo – Vice Pres. Patrick Moran – Vice Pres.

 

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Acting Secretary Jason Martin – Recording Secretary

 

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Frank Murano – Treasurer Ryan Keegan - Treasurer

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