SigEp and Alpha Delta Pi recognize the need to advance the conversation about sexual assault prevention on college campuses. As fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, we can work to make a difference on our campuses—and we start by doing what we said we would do—living our oath.
It is time that we actively engage in this call to action and do our part to prevent college sexual assaults.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon partner on the Live Your Oath campaign. This campaign focuses on the understanding that living our membership oaths includes engaging in actions to prevent sexual assault and create healthier, safer chapters and campuses. Said simply, it’s one thing to take an oath, it’s another thing to live your oath.
Live Your Oath Resources
As a SigEp leader, you can help convey this message to your chapter, raise awareness and prevent sexual assault by taking the following steps, and if possible, coordinating with the ADPi chapter on your campus:
- In the month of April, partner with your campus sexual assault prevention office to host a program on healthy relationships, sexual misconduct, Title IX, and combating rape culture on campus. Need an idea? Check out the program Ohio Sigma at Case Western hosted. Work with experts on your campus to host this type of program. Need help finding an appropriate campus contact? Reach out to your regional director or email email@example.com.
- Lead your chapter through a discussion about sexual assault prevention. You can do this in a large meeting or in smaller discussion groups. For help facilitating the conversation, use the Live Your Oath discussion questions. For additional support in leading this discussion, reach out to your sexual assault prevention office.
- Once you’ve held the discussion with your chapter, print and sign the "I Took An Oath" pledge card with your whole chapter. Share the message with your campus by taking a picture, using the #LiveYourOath hashtag.
In the month of April, partner with your campus sexual assault prevention office to host a program on healthy relationships, sexual misconduct, Title IX, and combating rape culture on campus. You could also encourage your chapter to attend a campus-hosted program or workshop.
Following the program, host a discussion to process what you learned. Have chapter officers serve as facilitators/leaders of small groups or breakout room discussions. Questions for your discussion could include:
- What were your primary takeaways from the program? What stood out to you?
- How does this connect to our chapter? Our campus?
- What can we do with what we learned? Individually? As a chapter? In our fraternity/sorority and campus communities?
- What are action steps we can take to learn more, find support and influence change?
Connect the program and sexual assault prevention to what it means to live the SigEp oath.
- What does it mean to truly live our oath of membership? How do members think, feel, and act toward one another?
- What can get in the way of living our oath? How has this shown up in our chapter?
- How do we hold each other accountable to our oath? What can we do better?
- How do we provide support to survivors through living our oath? What can we do to cultivate and maintain a sisterhood/brotherhood where we prioritize actions to support safety and security?
Print and sign the "I Took An Oath" pledge card with your whole chapter. Share the message with your campus by taking a picture, using the #LiveYourOath hashtag.
- Campus student conduct office, Title IX coordinator, and/or dean of students
- Campus counseling center, health center, and/or sexual assault survivor services center
- Campus law enforcement, public safety, or security office
- Local law enforcement Community sexual assault support organization with advocacy services
- Local hospital or SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected confidentially with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
Reach out to SigEp Headquarters with any questions.