3 Changes That Could Help Reduce Alcohol Abuse In Fraternities

Fraternity Policies

A national association that governs more than 6,000 fraternity chapters plans to implement new health and safety changes in hopes of reducing alcohol abuse.

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The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) developed their framework after a pledge at Louisiana State University died in September following a hazing ritual that involved alcohol. 

The framework consists of three resolutions:

The first is the Medical Good Samaritan Policy. This encourages students to call 911 if they or someone they know needs medical attention.

The second is Baseline Health and Safety Programming. Pledges would have to go through a series of classes or talks. They would hear more about the dangers of like hazing, alcohol, drugs, and sexual abuse.

The third resolution is Enhanced Health and Safety policies to reduce the frequency and volume of alcohol. 

For example, Hard alcohol (above 15%ABV) could only be served at registered events by a licensed third-party vendor. Campuses would have to set a limit on the number of fraternity events that can have alcohol. And during a social event involving alcohol, there would have to be a guest to member ratio of no more than 3:1. 

The NIC will test these new procedures at some pilot campuses in the spring and then come fall 2018 more campuses will follow suit.

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