The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement at Iowa State University has updated their procedures for registration and requirements for sorority and fraternity events involving alcohol. Reports say that the new rules will apply to all sorority and fraternity events both on and off-campus and will be effective immediately.
According to Iowa State Daily, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement worked together with the Office of Student Conduct and University Legal Services to create the procedures and expectations over the last nine months.
An email from Billy Boulden, the Director of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement, said that their hope is “these revised procedures will create a safer environment for chapters, members, and guests.” The new procedures will cover, definition of an even involving alcohol, requirements for conducting events involving alcohol, mandatory event registration procedures, violations of these procedures, and contacts/resources.
via Iowa State Daily:
According to the procedures, there are 19 requirements for conducting events involving alcohol and 17 procedures for registering events listed in the document, the first being that alcohol should not be the focus of any sorority or fraternity event, and events must have another source of entertainment.
Chapters are also not permitted to use organization, chapter or club funds to purchase alcoholic beverages. This requirement also applies to slush funds (e.g., passing the hat, money pools, one person buying alcohol for others.)
The procedures also state that sororities and fraternities are now prohibited from hosting “open parties,” meaning that students without a specific invitation from a sorority or fraternity member are not permitted to attend an event where alcohol is present. When registering an event, a preliminary guest list including full names and birth dates of expected guests is required.
Worst of all, drinking games such beer pong or any other activity involving “the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol” are now prohibited. Furthermore, if a chapter fails to register an event, that chapter will be prohibited from hosting future events