COVID Guidance — August 2021

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The international spread of COVID-19 in our communities has impacted every college and University and changed the daily routines of all Zeta Psi members worldwide. Zeta Psi is committed to supporting our chapters, individual members, and communities throughout the pandemic.  Active members are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when you are eligible.  The data gathered indicates that you and your fellow chapter members will be safer when vaccinated. 

Please reference this page for general recommendations on chapter operations, but above all else be sure to follow specific advisories issued by your campus or local, state/province, and national health authorities.

August 3, 2021

ACTIVE CHAPTER OPERATIONS

  • Zeta Psi chapters are expected to operate in accordance with local and University guidance.  
  • Vaccinations are strongly recommended for all members and chapters may wish to require evidence of vaccination for those living in chapter-controlled congregate living (like a fraternity house.) 
  • If a member is diagnosed as COVID positive, please immediately contact IHQ for support. Cooperate fully with any contact tracing or quarantine regimens.
  • We encourage chapters to support each other through regular contact in accordance with government and campus recommendations.
  • While many activities have been disrupted, we strongly encourage ongoing appropriate opportunities for brotherhood, academics, service, recruitment, and career guidance/mentoring.
  • Chapters should be reworking their plans as the situation evolves.  Safety, recruitment, and finances are primary considerations.  
  • Chapter leaders should meet with their designated IHQ representative over the Summer and set up weekly one on one meetings before they return for the Fall semester. 
  • Chapters should be collecting dues, updating rosters, and maintaining critical operations.
  • Chapter leaders should be coordinating with other fraternities, IFC, and all campus resources.
  • The Emergency Initiation Authorization remains in effect. We encourage chapters to utilize this authorization when necessary to welcome new members into Zeta Psi.  Initiations must be done responsibly and in accordance with the law and local regulations.  In no case, should a new member experience a longer than normal new member program.  No candidate for membership should be “held” over the Summer.  

ELDER CHAPTER OPERATIONS

  • Elder Chapters are encouraged to meet regularly for social or business matters.
  • Elder Chapters should be supporting the Active Chapters particularly in the areas of safe housing, insurance, finances, and recruitment.
  • Elder Chapter leaders are encouraged to work with assigned IHQ staff on Fall planning.
  • Elder Chapters should conduct an annual general meeting at the appropriate time of the year.  Elder chapters may request Zoom access for meetings.

IHQ OPERATIONS

  • IHQ Staff are all working with chapters and chapter leaders daily. Chapter leaders are encouraged to reach out via Basecamp.
  • The LTI program will continue virtually through the Fall 2021.  Chapter attendance requirements will be revised with the roll-out of the Learning Management System.
  • The International Headquarters building in Pearl River, NY, may be visited by appointment.  Please contact any member of the IHQ staff.
  • IHQ travel will resume as soon as it is practical to do so.  It is our plan to visit every chapter this Fall if possible.  
  • Convention plans are here.

QUESTIONS OR RESOURCE REQUESTS

Chapter Officers and Elders — Please post a message on your chapter Basecamp if you have access. If you do not have access to Basecamp, please contact: