We are thankful for the proactive leadership in our Fraternity and extend our sincere concern and support to our fraters, families, partners and communities who have been impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Executive Office and Fraternity Board continue to monitor the situation closely.
Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity has canceled ALL in-person meetings, events and activities for all chapters and Board the spring term. Many campuses are embracing an online learning strategy and most campuses have closed for an unknown amount of time. Members are expected to be diligent in best health practices and follow University and Fraternity policies.
Phi Delta Epsilon encourages our members to stay connected electronically with us through the use of GroupMe for officers and make use of PhiDE resources. Due to uncertain campus dates and plans, we are creating flexible options for chapter operations this spring and monitoring campus updates daily.
Please note the following immediately changes for chapter operations.
Regardless if your campus has canceled student activities of any size, we are requesting you to host chapter meetings via Zoom, Google Hangout, freeconference.com or a similar video chat-style system. This is the time to ensure your chapter has a crisis management communication standard using apps such as GroupMe or Slack. We are happy to help you create a free account. Continuing to have chapter meetings electronically will help ensure your members are connected and supported.
Quarter Term Premedical Recruitment:
For our chapters on the quarter system, we understand how the movement of classes to an online platform could impact your recruitment activities on campus. At this time, we are canceling all spring recruitment activities.
Semester Term New Member Education and Initiation:
Current circumstances may have interrupted chapter new member education and initiation dates that are fast approaching. New member education should be hosted via a similar platform to what you all chose to use for your chapter meetings (Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.) and we have provided chapters with a condensed new member education curriculum to meet changing needs. Initiation should be postponed until fall. We will work with each chapter to create a successful initiation plan.
Formal and/or Contracted Events:
Spring is a popular time for PhiDE formals. At this time, any requests to host a formal in will be denied as COVID-19 continues to impact our campuses and communities. If you have a formal or other large event scheduled and your campus has restricted student activities, contact our office and we will do our best to help you maneuver the complications that may arise as events are canceled. Please note that off-campus events follow the on-campus University/College policies.
Member safety is key. Please continue to educate your chapter and members on the symptoms of COVID-19, how it spreads and how to prevent illness by sharing the CDC website.
Your phamily cares about your safety and success. We will continue to monitor the changing situation and if we can be of any assistance, please contact our office as Staff and Board Members are here to support your endeavors.