Kappa Phi Social Networking Guidelines
The Kappa Phi Club acknowledges the popularity of social networking sites. Thousands to keep in touch and keep informed utilize Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They can even be used effectively as a recruiting tool. However, we ask that you engage in appropriate behavior whenever using Social Networking sites.
You are a member of a Christian organization, are a role model for other Christians and non-Christians, and are subject to public scrutiny. The National Executive Board encourages that you become sensitive to the information and pictures you post online. This information may lead to implications that adversely impact your personal safety, the preservation of personal character, the image and character of Kappa Phi, university policy and career advancement.
Examples of inappropriate or offensive behaviors
- Irresponsible use of alcohol
- Use of drugs
- Use of derogatory or offensive language
- Obscene or sexual behavior
Ask yourself if you would be embarrassed and/or compromised if your Kappa Phi friends, family or future employer saw the pictures or text you post online BEFORE you submit it. If the answer is yes, then you need to stop and consider the consequences before you hit “enter”.
Anything posted online is available to anyone in the world. You may believe that this information is private and confidential – but as technology changes people find ways to access personal information. Text and photos posted become property of the site(s) and their use is completely out of your control the moment it is placed online.
Never post your home address, local address, phone numbers or other personal information. You could be a target of predators. People looking to harm you could use the information to identify you or gain your trust. They can also deceive you by pretending they know you.
Only add people as friends to your site if you know them in person.
Delete any unwanted messages or friends who continuously leave inappropriate comments. Set privacy so that people can only be added as your friend if you approve it. Set privacy so that people can only view your profile if you have approved them as a friend.
Implications of online information
As stated above, what you post online is NOT PRIVATE. Parents, teachers, coaches, employers, and admissions officers may go online and find out things about you – from your profile, or from someone else’s. Some people have lost internships, jobs, admission offers, and even scholarships because of information posted online.
Remember as a member of Kappa Phi you took the below pledge pin.
I hereby pledge myself to be true to Kappa Phi and the ideals for which it stands. And if, in the eyes of my sisters, I ever prove disloyal or inactive, I will, for the sake of Kappa Phi, yield up my pin and membership.
Local active chapter’s executive board and Sponsor, in consultation with the National Executive Board, will ask members to remove text and photos not meeting these guidelines.
Be smart and be aware. Your actions can lead to unpleasant consequences.
Kappa Phi Alcohol Policy
We would like to think that there is no need for a printed policy on alcohol as it relates to Kappa Phi active chapters. We would like to believe that as Christians all are mindful of the need to respect others and of our responsibility to obey the laws of the land. However, the National Executive Board has been asked to delineate this policy to provide guidelines to chapter leadership. This policy should be added to the sponsor’s, president’s, and program director’s files.
There shall be NO alcohol at any functions hosted, planned, or supported by the Kappa Phi Club. This is a matter of responsibility and legal liability. This means that Kappa Phi events, social or otherwise, do not involve the use of alcohol, including activities sponsored by other organizations to which Kappa Phi is invited. For example, if your chapter is invited to a fraternity event that will include the serving of alcohol, your chapter must decline the invitation. You could respond by saying that you would accept the invitation if the hosts opt to not serve alcohol. While we affirm the rights of individuals to make their own choices regarding attendance and the use of alcohol, Kappa Phi cannot assume responsibility for the potentially harmful outcomes of such events.
Furthermore, the wearing of Kappa Phi pins and letters is an honor which in turn carries responsibility. It is expected that members will always act respectfully and appropriately, especially when displaying Kappa Phi symbols. Therefore, if you are attending a party or other event where alcohol is served, do not wear your Kappa Phi letters or other symbols, as this could potentially lead others to believe that the Kappa Phi Club endorses such events.
A further note on individual choices to consume alcohol or not. The Kappa Phi Club is made up of women from many different backgrounds and faiths, with different views on alcohol. In light of this, we remind you that it is legal for some members of Kappa Phi to drink alcohol and the Kappa Phi Club does not condemn this legal behavior. However, keep in mind these words from scripture:
Ephesians 5:15-18: So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.
Romans 14:13: …Try instead to live in such a way that you will never make your brother (or sister) stumble by letting him see you doing something he thinks is wrong.