Policies and Philosophies

ZTA prides itself on fostering sisterhood among its members. Part of committing to sisterhood means taking responsibility for yourself and your actions, as well as showing care and concern for others. Following ZTA policies and making safety a priority is big part of every Zeta’s personal responsibility. 

The primary policies ZTA has concerning alcohol and drugs boil down to following local, state and federal laws.

Alcohol: The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event an observer would associate with the fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and institution of higher education and must comply with either the BYOB or Third-Party Vendor guidelines.

Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances: The possession, sale or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances while on chapter premises, during a fraternity event or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity, is strictly prohibited.

No alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia are allowed in Zeta Tau Alpha facilities.

Zeta Tau Alpha condones no form of hazing by any alumna, initiated member or new member. Such activities are not compatible with the ideals and traditions of the Fraternity and reflect negatively on the organization.

ZTA collegiate chapters are required to develop a new member program that reflects the true meaning and high standards of sisterhood that in no way demeans, embarrasses or endangers an initiated member or new member. Chapters that fail to uphold this policy will be placed on National Probation, which can lead to revocation of the chapter’s charter.

If a member believes that activities in her chapter may constitute hazing, or if she feels in any way hazed by individual members, she should immediately contact her New Member Advisor, General Advisor or Province President/Mentor/Director of New Chapters, or call International Office at (317) 872-0540.

If she is uncomfortable speaking to a ZTA about the activity, she may call the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (888-668-4293). Callers may remain anonymous or they can provide personal information so that their concerns can be responded to directly.

Alumnae, collegiate members and new members have a responsibility to refuse to participate in any form of hazing or permitting it to happen to another Zeta Tau Alpha.

The Fraternity’s Harm Reduction initiatives seek to instill confidence in its members to make decisions based on Zeta Tau Alpha’s Nine Key Values.  The vision is that all members will make healthy choices with a goal of continued personal growth for a lifetime.  

Through facilitated conversations, Harm Reduction Education advances students in making intelligent, fair and reasonable choices within the boundaries of laws, policies and educational mission. Harm Reduction Education emphasizes concern for the safety and well-being of all undergraduate and alumnae Zeta Tau Alpha members.

The Harm Reduction Education upholds the following:

  • The Fraternity expects all members to show respect and civility to those “within and without our circle.”
  • The Fraternity expects individuals to make safe, responsible and legal choices. When incongruent behavior occurs, a chapter should take corrective action facilitated through organizational accountability.
  • Every member has the responsibility to keep themselves, their sisters, their chapter, and the overall international organization safe.
  • Zeta Tau Alpha chapters and their members share responsibility to lead innovative community prevention in partnership with other organizations.

Harm Reduction Education promotes intentional chapter programming, social practice education and well informed individual decisions of ZTA members that result in “the building up of a nobler and purer womanhood in the world.”

The policy applies to any individual or entity who creates or maintains a Zeta Tau Alpha website on behalf of a colony, chapter or an individual member, and any individual or entity using the Zeta Tau Alpha name or letters in internet communications. Internet communications include email accounts, mailing lists, bulletins, social networking sites, co-sharing sites, chat rooms, and discussion groups.

The policy states that all such website and internet communications must comply with all appropriate federal, state and local laws; college and university rules and regulations; National Panhellenic Conference rules and regulations; and the Zeta Tau Alpha Constitution and Bylaws and policies.

These internet/electronic communications may not:  

  • Defame, abuse, harass or threaten other individuals
  • Contain material that is obscene, pornographic, or otherwise offensive to a person of ordinary sensibilities
  • Include links to personal/commercial sites that are inconsistent with the values and standards of Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Include product endorsements or other personal/commercial advertising unless approved in writing by the National President
  • Include any copyrighted material from other sources or trademarks owned by third parties without the express written consent of the copyright or trademark owner
  • Include references to alcohol, illegal drugs or hazing with the exception of educational material about these issues
  • Use inappropriate language
  • Share sensitive Fraternity information (such as discussion of Rituals or information revealed to members through Rituals)

For safety and privacy, members should avoid publishing personal information such as addresses, telephone numbers and personal calendars on the websites.

Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity reserves the right to (although it shall be under no obligation to) remove links or access to sites that do not comply with these policies.

Zeta Tau Alpha is an international women’s social fraternity, organized and operating in the Christian tradition, that has chosen to adopt membership selection policies that do not discriminate based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. Zeta Tau Alpha membership is open to individuals who consistently live and self-identify as women. ZTA is a private voluntary friendship organization, whose object is “to intensify friendship, to promote happiness among its members, and in every way to create such sentiments, perform such deeds and to mould such opinions as will conduce to the building up of a nobler and purer womanhood in the world.”

Zeta Tau Alpha is a women’s fraternity committed to developing sisterhood through loyalty, responsibility, service, leadership, and commitment.

The Fraternity’s aim is to eliminate sexual misconduct perpetrated against or by any of our members. Zeta Tau Alpha is highly concerned about any activity that could be considered mentally, physically or emotionally unsafe. Our Fraternity believes very strongly in promoting the development of healthy relationships and social environments through our chapters.

Our organization upholds the following philosophy specifically related to sexual misconduct and relational violence:

  • The Fraternity works to address the underlying causes of sexual misconduct and relational violence. As such, Zeta Tau Alpha supports an educational approach that encourages healthy interactions among all people and reinforces the Fraternity’s emphasis on creating a supportive sisterhood and the sharing of mutual respect.
  • The Fraternity is unequivocally opposed to all acts of sexual misconduct and relational violence and expects our members to follow the laws across the United States that have made these behaviors illegal. Additionally, the Fraternity expects members to follow campus-specific policies that prohibit such behaviors.
  • The Fraternity supports and enhances the mission of the host institution by encouraging our chapters to participate actively in local university programming and resources and to take a leadership role in initiating and supporting prevention activities.
  • As a subset of the campus community, the Fraternity collaborates with the host institution to address the problems of sexual misconduct and relational violence including leveraging campus resources to educate our members and assist all parties.
  • The Fraternity utilizes the “stop, report and support” process as a resource and guide to assist our members that have been the target of sexual misconduct of any kind, including but not limited to sexual assault.

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