Behavior at Parties
The degree to which an organization is responsible for the behavior of its members is not necessarily dependent upon the number of members engaging in the activity, but depends upon whether the activity is related to the organization.
Student organizations may be held responsible for the acts of individual members...especially when the acts of individual members grow out of, or are directly related to, the student organization's activities. When a member of an organization is violating local, state, or federal law or University regulations and other members present fail to discourage such activity, a burden of responsibility falls on the organization. Student organizations must be aware that the actions of individuals can image of the organization.
It’s important to remember that in addition to the group being held responsible, members, officers, and even advisors may be held individually responsible due to the role they play within organization.
To prevent potential problems for the organization, expectations should be clearly communicated to members. These expectations should include both organizational and University expectations regarding behavior. Officers and advisors should be familiar with federal, state, and local laws. A clear understanding of city ordinances is important.
Technology today allows parties to be relived over and over again on the world wide web. Use good judgement when posting pictures and comments to social networking sites. Although the party may have been "invitation only", once it is posted to the web it become public. Be conscience that pictures and comments live on forever in cyberspace.
Risk Management is the process of identifying potential and perceived risks involved in activities and taking corrective actions and proactive steps to minimize accidental injury and/or loss. Taking the steps to plan and host events where everyone involved has a safe and fun experience will pay off.
Please utilize the following resources when managing behavior at parties.