The Office of Student Life, in partnership with the Student Wellness Services, provides an interactive alcohol education and bystander training to all members of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL). This training, called Red Watch Band, is adapted from the program provided by Stony Brook University and seeks to:
Promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion and respect.
Provide students with knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths.
Build confidence in students to intervene on behalf of another through bystander training.
The Red Watch Band training symbolizes that the FSL community bands together to watch out for one another when every second counts. It is an expectation of all FSL members to participate once during their time at UNI. This includes new members of each chapter and active members who have not previously participated.
As of the Spring 2020 semester, 90% of fraternity and sorority students are Red Watch Band trained!
Not only does the training provide Greek students with skills to be used at chapter events, but they are better prepared to set a positive example for all UNI students. Members of the FSL community have found the Red Watch Band training to be valuable in their everyday lives, and they are better prepared to intervene when alcohol-related situations arise with their friends or even strangers. A sorority woman who participated in Red Watch Band said, “From the training, I have become more aware of how alcohol affects people differently in social environments.” Furthermore, students have been putting into action the skills that they learned from the training. A fraternity man said that he was able to use the recovery position to keep an individual safe from harm.
Upcoming Training Details
All new members of chapters are expected to attend the Fall 2020 training. Chapter leadership should use this script when communicating participation expectations to members.
Sunday, September 27, 2020, from 1:30-3:00pm (Zoom conference call)