PoliciesOfficial policies of Tau Beta Sigma.
Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are prohibited from participating in auxiliary programs and affiliate groups. This includes, but is not limited to establishing, supporting, affiliating with, or initiating individuals and/or groups who are unrecognized by the Fraternity and/or the Sorority yet act in the name of Kappa Kappa Psi and/or Tau Beta Sigma. Examples include: Sweethearts, Love Notes, MIKKY Clubs , Tau Gents, Mr. Tau Beta Sigma, Miss Kappa Kappa Psi, or groups at other colleges/universities or at high schools/secondary schools.
Alcohol, Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances
In any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma, including those that occur on or off campus:
1. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma members and guests must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws. No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide, sell or be provided alcoholic beverages.
2. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma members and guests must follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances while at any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma.
3. Alcoholic beverages must be provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.). BYOB (Bring your own beverage) and similar events are prohibited.
i. The Third-Party Vendor (TPV) must be properly licensed by the appropriate local and state authority. This might involve both a liquor license and a temporary license to sell on the premises where the function is to be held.
ii. The TPV must be properly insured with a minimum of $1,000,000 of general liability insurance, evidenced by a properly completed certificate of insurance prepared by the insurance provider.
iii. The TPV must assume, in writing executed in the chapter name of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity or Tau Beta Sigma Sorority, all the responsibilities that any other purveyor of alcoholic beverages would assume in the normal course of business, including but not limited to:
1. Check identification cards upon entry
2. Identify those who are of legal age to consume alcohol
3. All alcohol sales are cash/credit per drink to individuals
4. Refrain from serving minors
5. Refrain from serving individuals who appear to be intoxicated
6. Maintain absolute control of ALL alcohol containers present
7. No excess alcohol – opened or unopened – is to be given, sold, or furnished to the chapter
iv. A guest list is required for all social events and attendance is in compliance with rule #8 contained within this policy.
v. Event monitors are required for all social events including one chapter officer.
4. Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities, which are not being served by a licensed and insured third party vendor, are prohibited (i.e., amounts of alcohol greater than what a reasonable person should consume over the duration of an event).
5. Alcoholic beverages must not be purchased with Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma funds or funds pooled by members or guests (e.g., admission fees, cover fees, collecting funds through digital apps, etc.).
6. A chapter must not co-host or cosponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol, illegal drugs, or controlled substances.
7. A chapter must not co-host or co-sponsor an event with a bar, event promoter, or alcohol distributor; however, a chapter may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third party vendor to host an event.
8. Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present must be by invitation only, and the chapter must utilize a guest list system. Attendance at events with alcohol must not exceed local fire or building code capacity of the host venue.
9. Any event or activity related to the new member joining process (e.g., recruitment, intake, etc.) must be substance-free. No alcohol or other controlled substances may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma including but not limited to “bid night,” “Big/Little” events or activities, “family” events or activities, and any Ritual or ceremony.
10. Members and membership candidates, as well as their guests at an activity, must not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify, or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.
Assault and Battery
In any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and/or Tau Beta Sigma, including those that occur on or off-campus, no chapter, member, or guest shall engage in assault and battery, as defined by the laws in the jurisdiction in which the activity or event occurs.
Branding and Scarification
All members and membership candidates of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are prohibited from participating in or facilitating body modification of any person in an unlicensed environment or from forced or coerced body modification of any person at licensed establishments. This includes but is not limited to branding/scarification, which is the modification of the human body through burning, cutting, or other types of abrasion to the human skin or other areas.
All alumni members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma attending District or National Conventions, or other regional meetings sponsored by a District or National Chapter must have either a Life Membership or a current National Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association or National Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association membership.
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma expressly prohibit discrimination by any component part of the Fraternity or Sorority or by any person acting on behalf of the organizations on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, ability status, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Firearms, Explosives, or Other Incendiary Devices
All members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws and campus policy as it relates to firearms, explosives, or other incendiary devices. Firearms, explosives, or other incendiary devices are prohibited from all chapter activities or events.
No chapter, petitioning group, student member, membership candidate or alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense. The term “hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against any individual or group of individuals, regardless of affiliation, whether or not committed on campus property, for the purpose of recruiting, joining, initiating, admitting, affiliating, or for the purpose of retaining membership in an organization that causes an individual or group of individuals to do any of the following, but not limited to the following regardless of a person’s willingness to participate:
1. Be coerced to violate federal, state, provincial, and/or local law or to violate campus and/or Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma policy.
2. Be coerced to consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug, or other substance in any non-customary manner which subjects the individual or group of individuals to a substantial risk of emotional or physical harm which includes but is not limited to sickness, vomiting, intoxication, or unconsciousness.
3. Endure brutality of a physical nature, including but not limited to whipping, beating, paddling, branding, dangerous physical activity, or exposure to elements or endure threats of such conduct that results in mental or physical harm.
4. Endure brutality of a mental nature, including but not limited to activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, mandatory wearing of pins, regalia or other clothing, exclusion from social contact, required communication on demand or in a specific manner, or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or endure threats of such conduct that results in mental or physical harm.
5. Endure any other activity which adversely affects the health and safety of an individual, including but not limited to the disruption of academic performance or class attendance, lineups, calisthenics, or personal, physical, or financial servitude.
Human Dignity Policy
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma prohibit behaviors that intend to be undignified, threatening, intimidating, or harassing to another person or group or within member activities. This behavior includes but is not limited to participating in activities that are discriminatory, demeaning or destructive, lying, cheating, theft, and/or libel/slander.
Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma must adhere to all Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Risk Management Policies during the membership education process for the protection of membership candidates, prospective band members, and future members of our organizations. The membership education process extends from any formal or informal recruitment of potential members through their membership education process and to their full initiation into active membership. In addition:
1. All chapters must submit all required reports for the membership education process by the established National Headquarters deadlines, including but not limited to membership candidate reports and initiation reports. Those reports will be included in any award considerations as well as penalty and disciplinary procedures for late and missing reports.
2. Prior to beginning a membership intake process, all chapters must submit their membership education calendars and all other chapter membership education-related activities not included in their organization’s national curriculum documents by the established deadlines of the national organization. All membership education calendars and membership education-related activities must be reviewed for policy compliance before a chapter’s membership intake can occur.
3. Membership education classes and Rituals must take place on campus in a “neutral” space. Examples of a neutral space include classrooms, the library, the music building, and other academic areas to which students would normally have access. Private rooms in residence halls are not acceptable. Students must follow local campus policies for access to space including hours of access and maximum occupancy.
4. Chapters are prohibited from hosting events at a business whose primary function is the serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, including but not limited to bars.However, the following off-campus events are allowed as part of the membership education process:
a. Social events or fundraisers that occur at a 3rd –party commercial establishment. Bowling alleys, skating rinks, video game/arcade venues, and other similar social activities that occur at a business are acceptable. Eating at a restaurant or hosting profit-share fundraisers with a restaurant are also acceptable.
b. Social or sporting events that occur on public property during times when the location is normally open to the public (e.g. softball, football, soccer, etc. in a public park or on publicly accessible fields during normal operating hours).
c. Service projects that are directly related to band service but must be performed in specific off-campus locations (e.g. moving or repairing band equipment or uniforms at off-campus storage facilities).
Membership Presentation Shows/Probate Shows
For chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma to host a membership presentation show, (also known as probate shows, probates, intake shows, etc.) the following policy is in place:
1. Shows must happen in accordance with campus and band policies and all members and membership candidates must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws, campus policies, and the policies and values of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
2. The Director of Bands must approve the show material and of all practices, and they must be in attendance at the performance.
3. Presentation shows must take place no more than thirty (30) calendar days after members have been initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma, and the presentation show dates must be in an approved membership education calendar.
4. All participants should not be forced to participate and must freely agree to participation in any practices and the performance. Chapters may not discriminate, harass, refuse membership, or harm any member or membership candidate who refuses to participate.
5. Any show attire must not impede the ability of the participant to move, breathe, or see.
6. Vulgarity, sexually explicit material, and profanity are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate attire, sexually suggestive moves, cursing, and profane gestures.
7. Verbal attacks of or harassment on another organization, whether intentional or not, are prohibited.
All members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are prohibited from retaliation against any individual – members and non-members – for reporting, inquiring, or cooperating with a report around a violation of Fraternity/Sorority or campus policies or of any federal or state laws/statutes.
Retaliation is any action, statement, or behavior that is designed to punish an individual for filing a compliance report, cooperating with a compliance investigation, seeking guidance regarding a compliance concern, or to deter one from taking any such action.
All members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma must comply with all federal, state, provincial, and local laws and campus policies related to sexual misconduct. This includes, but is not limited to, definitions around consent, sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation.
A copy of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Risk Management Policies are available at kkpsi.org/resources/policies and tbsigma.org/policies.
How to Report
There are numerous options to report a potential violation of these policies:
In case of an emergency, call 911.
Contact your chapter president, chapter sponsor/Director of Bands, or any member of the National Leadership Team.
Call the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Headquarters : 405-372-2333
Email the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Headquarters: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the anonymous “Report a Problem” form:
Tau Beta Sigma: https://www.tbsigma.org/report-a-problem/
Kappa Kappa Psi: https://www.kkpsi.org/resources/report-a-problem/