Fall 2020 Planning
Brothers, Advisors, Parents and Friends –
These below resources can be used as we plan and adapt our operations for the Fall of 2020 and living in a world with COVID-19. While we don’t know all the answers, and every university, state, and province will have unique expectations and guidelines this will help you prepare ahead of time.
The best page to gather information about COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control.
To learn more about your campuses plans a helpful resource is hosted at the Chronicle of Higher Education. We have collected information for the campuses we have active chapters and colonies at and linked to both their institution plans page as well as their states guide to reopening. You can view that sheet here.
One of the first places to go when putting together your chapters plan is to review the American College Health Association Guidelines for Reopening Institutions. This document outlines guidelines, and your host institutions and local governments will be utilizing it to create specific policies that work for them. Our fraternal insurance partners, Holmes Murphy, created a document with some of the pertinent takeaways for fraternities and sororities that can be reviewed here.
All chapters and house corporations should be purchasing the supplies they need to reopen now. If you are looking to purchase PPE supplies two resources we can recommend are Gekay and DIG – both have ties to Psi Upsilon, one came from an alumnus of our Delta Nu Chapter at Keene State and the second is from the family of a brother of the Tau chapter at the University of Pennsylvania.
Some great resources to gather information being regularly updated and with pertinent information are the North American Interfraternity Conference page and Holmes Murphy, who manages Psi Upsilon’s liability insurance and also provides property coverage to many of our chapters.
Additional Items for Consideration
Summer and Fall Recruitment Planning
Psi Upsilon has purchased Digital Classroom licenses for all of it’s members and advisors to help them prepare for what may be a. More information can be founder here.
The Executive Council of Psi Upsilon has decided to postpone the 177th Psi U Convention until 2021. The well-being of our brothers is our greatest concern, and we do not feel we could provide a safe and responsible environment given the current environment and uncertainty of the future. We are still committed to hosting a quality virtual event in its place and holding a remote experience to report on the activities of the Fraternity, Foundation and Executive Council and all brothers of the fraternity will be invited to attend. Full details of this change will be posted here as they become available and you can read a full statement here.
Chapters can still find ways to be creative and raise funds for causes that are important to them. Here is a link to a webinar from our partners at Crowd Change with some ideas on how to run a philanthropy remotely.
If your chapter maintains a chapter house, or lives together on a campus owned space, you should follow the guidelines set forth by your host institution and local government. Begin to develop a plan, should the institution move to online learning, to ensure your living space and Chapter members are safe, secure, and adequately accommodated.
On April 16th Alpha Fraternity Management hosted a webinar on successful strategies for fraternity housing. You can view that resource here and we encourage all alumni associations to utilize Alpha Management as a resource as you move forward this fall and need assistance.