How is alcohol use managed in Greek chapters? Will my son or daughter be pressured or forced to drink?

The fraternity and sorority community at Ball State University contributes to the social environment on campus. The university, Office of Student Life, Greek governing councils and international/national organizations have worked toward the creation of a responsible and safe social environment. Most organizations have mandatory educational sessions on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse, and the precautions are taken at events to ensure a safe environment.

All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol by underage members and guests. The use of alcohol is a personal choice that your son or daughter will need to make. Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing boards for the fraternities and sororities, developed and adopted a policy for fraternities and sororities at Ball State. This policy simply states that the possession, sale, use, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event , in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event an observer would associate with the fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the State of Indiana, Delaware County, Muncie, and Ball State University, and must comply with either Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) or Third Party Vendor Guidelines.

The policy also includes that open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are prohibited; all recruitment and rush activities associated with any chapter will be non-alcoholic; no member or pledge, associate/new member/novice shall permit, tolerate encourage or participate in "drinking games"; and no alcohol shall be present at any pledge/associate member/new member/novice program, activity, or ritual of the chapter. This includes but is not limited to activities associated with "bid night," "big brother - little brother" events or activities, "big sister - little sister" events or activities, "family" events or activities and initiation. If you suspect that the alcohol policy is being violated by a Greek fraternity or sorority at Ball State, contact the Office of Student Life at 765-285-2621.