Standing committees: Scholastic and Recognition Committee, Risk Management
Scholastic and Recognition
Believe it or not, learning can be fun! The Scholastic and Recognition committee is in charge of enriching the multidimensional intellect and well-rounded world knowledge of our brotherhood. Its events range from exploring ethnic food, participating in resume and interviewing workshops, taking advantage of local Lansing events, such as Silver Bells in the City, and exploring the world through museums and city tours. The Scholastic and Recognition committee plans events that are both enjoyable and educational. The Scholastic and Recognition committee also recognizes Brothers weekly for school and job-related achievements and monthly for excelling in our Brotherhood through the Brother of the Month Award.
The fraternity world is faced with a crisis like no other endured during its existence. All too often, incidents occurring in the name of “fun” are forcing individuals to take serious and unnecessary risks. The Risk Manager(s) must minimize risk in order to minimize liability. If they minimize risk and liability, the fun times the Brothers all enjoy can continue without the fear of injury or damage resulting in personal and legal consequences. The actions of several individuals — or even just one individual — can jeopardize the Brotherhood, its initiates, its guests, and even the National Fraternity as a whole. The Risk Manager(s) must not allow these situations to occur.
Phi Sigma Pi does not attempt to legislate the personal ideals, morals, or beliefs of its members. However, the obligations of membership in Phi Sigma Pi do demand that each individual possesses a reasonable standard of personal conduct. When the behavior of a member exceeds the limits of his/her private life and begins to adversely affect the life of the Chapter, other member, or the National Fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi has every right to take corrective action.
Risk Management is a catch phrase that is commonly used by both businesses and fraternities. It is defined as a process by which organizations evaluate their activities and determine the most responsible course of action. Risk management is a procedure or plan implemented in order to reduce the occurrence of injury, damage, or financial loss. Under a risk management plan, potential problems are identified in advance and plans are made to ensure that these and other problems do not arise. The main areas of risk exposure that could cause problems for our fraternity include alcohol, controlled substances, sexual harassment, hazing, financial management, lack of emergency planning, and lack of a safety system.