Preventing the Big Three: Exploring a Fraternity’s Chapter Advisory Board Training using Lundvall’s Knowledge Taxonomy to Prevent Sexual Assault, Hazing, and Alcohol Abuse




Montgomery, Douglas

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The purpose of this study is to evaluate a training program for volunteers who devote their time to their fraternity as alumni. The evaluation is through the lens of preventing sexual assault, hazing and alcohol abuse, or more succinctly put, the big three. First, using Dr. Bengt-Ake Lundvall’s taxonomy of knowledge, this study looks at scholarly research on how to prevent the big three and what a chapter advisor needs to know to help prevent the big three from occurring. Second, there is a discussion on the methodology used in this study and the strengths and weaknesses of using only document analysis and participant observation. Third, this study evaluates a training program for an anonymous fraternity with many chapters all over the United States at both public and private institutions of higher learning. Finally, this study explains the results of the evaluation and provides recommendations for improvement to the training program and future research opportunities. Most of the need-to-know material was present in the existing training program but some of it was not obvious to the passive participant. There was no mention of Title IX at all in the training. Overall, the training was fairly robust for a one-hour training program.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Summer 2019.


fraternity, chapter advisor, chapter advisor board training, sexual assault, hazing, alcohol abuse, Public Administration


Montgomery, D. (2019). Preventing the big three: Exploring a fraternity’s chapter advisory board training using Lundvall’s knowledge taxonomy to prevent sexual assault, hazing, and alcohol abuse. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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