Health and Safety

The health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance. Please consult the following resources for recommendations related to chapter health and safety. For health and safety resources such a crisis management plan, programming, and general planning, please visit the Resource Center in myPIKE.

The outbreak of COVID-19 can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. These feelings are expected and appropriate, and it is just as important to take care of your mental well-being in times such as this. The following resources and tips may help:

Additionally, our partners at The Jed Foundation have resources on handling mental health and COVID-19.

Following guidance from the Fraternity’s insurance partner, members should routinely perform environmental cleaning of the PIKE house or lodge. Cleaning procedures may include:

  • Cleaning all frequently touched surfaces such as desktops, countertops, stair railings, and doorknobs. Clean at least once every day, preferably twice per day, with a cleaning agent marked as a disinfectant. Please follow the directions found on the bottle for proper application.
  • Provide disposable disinfectant wipes in common areas.
  • Review CDC posters and post throughout the house.

What should I do if brothers are posting about hosting parties or if other chapters are sending us invitations to parties?

At this time, it is recommended that all chapters adhere to university, local, state, and federal guidance involving large gatherings for any meeting or event. 

Follow the recommendations made by your college/university regarding large gatherings and events for student organizations. If your university recommends canceling all in-person meetings/gatherings, chapter-sponsored events such as social events, brotherhood events, and philanthropy events should be considered non-essential. Additionally, make sure you are aware of any resolutions or statements form our governing council regarding in-person gatherings.  

Stay abreast of communications from state, county, municipalities regarding social gatherings: This is the interactive map for current info on States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home.

Consider sharing real-time news with those suggesting social gatherings:  

https://cuindependent.com/2020/03/19/ifc-cu-boulder-student-fraternity-member-coronavirus/  

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/coronavirus-party-kentucky-covid-19 

Share the Facts about how to prevent getting sick:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html 

Your chapter may select to issue a chapter specific statement regarding hosting or attending social gatherings – this a chapter choice and not in any way an expectation from The Fraternity. Remember you have the ability to hold members accountable that host events that would be considered chapter events if your institution, council or chapter has issued a directive to not host such events.  

The Centers for Disease Control and the White House have issued these guidelines regarding group health and safety.

The Fraternity’s insurance partner has released this information on planning and responding to COVID-19.