The Sigma Nu Effect
Just as Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. took the lead in 2004 by offering online alcohol education to its membership with AlcoholEdu for College, the Fraternity is again taking steps forward to educate its membership. In a continued partnership with EverFi, the Fraternity is excited to offer the redesigned and updated GreekLifeEdu course, a program that addresses not only alcohol use, but also hazing and sexual assault. As more campuses come on board with online prevention education, the Fraternity takes another step ahead in offering a new and exciting program - one that is more interactive, engaging, and shorter than the previous version.
For those chapters on campuses that are already offering, or requiring, students to complete AlcoholEdu, GreekLifeEdu will serve as a complementary educational piece. It will act as a co-curricular course to AlcoholEdu for College and Haven (an understanding sexual assault course), as it is better suited to fit the needs of students joining Greek organizations. About 10-20% of the content in GreekLifeEdu overlaps with AlcoholEdu and/or Haven to reinforce critical content for those students participating in both programs.
The Sigma Nu effect...
Since partnering with Outside the Classroom (now EverFi), over 5,000 of our members have completed AlcoholEdu and more than 20,000 have completed GreekLifeEdu, including over 80% of current collegiate members. After engaging with AlcoholEdu and/or GreekLifeEdu, Sigma Nu members have a higher rate of abstention and lower rates of heavy episodic and problematic drinking. Consider this: more than two-thirds of those having completed the courses are under the legal drinking age of 21. It is becoming quite clear that Sigma Nu members are becoming better educated on the perils of alcohol abuse and misuse earlier in their collegiate careers. Additional GreekLifeEdu data shows that Sigma Nu members overwhelmingly agree that the course: helped them acquire new skills, stimulated them to tell their friends about something they learned, and that it helped them learn new facts about hazing and sexual assault.
"These [AlcoholEdu for College and GreekLifeEdu] are the most effective programs we've seen in terms of changing attitudes and behavior," said Brad Beacham, Executive Director of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. "Knowledge gives college students the power to make informed, healthy decisions about alcohol use. We want our student members to not only have the education, but also the know-how to apply it. Based on our past successes with Outside the Classroom and now Everfie we are excited about offering the new and improved GreekLifeEdu course to our students as we believe it will better prepare them to make well informed decisions when it comes to alcohol, hazing, and sexual assault."
GreekLifeEdu is an interactive program designed specifically for college students that incorporates proven prevention techniques and science-based research to empower students to make more informed decisions. The 60-90 minute course, completed by each student privately, has been designed to be administered to an entire population of students in order to create a "viral" conversation effect that reinforces its healthy messages and inspires change. Customized to each student, the course provides an experience that impacts both individual behavior and community culture.
We can help empower our chapters by encouraging the undergraduate membership to complete the program.
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