September 30, 2014: Oxford, Ohio—Phi Kappa Tau has endorsed a new effort by a White House task force established to eliminate sexual assaults on college campuses and is recommending that all members take the It’s On Us pledge.
“The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity takes seriously any allegations of sexual assault, or violence against any person,” said CEO Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97. “We look forward to working with the White House task force to promote awareness among our many chapters.”
The Fraternity recently closed a chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology when it became aware chapter members violated Fraternity policy and that a possible sexual assault occurred there.
“The White House campaign promotes ‘bystander intervention’ and we believe this is an area where fraternities in general and Phi Kappa Tau, specifically, can continue to improve its efforts to eliminate sexual assaults,” Hudson said. “We want our members and chapters around the country to create a safe environment where sexual assault is unacceptable.”
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault unveiled the It’s On Us campaign in September.
- To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
- To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
- To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
- To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.