Is there a lot of alcohol and substance abuse associated with fraternities?

The social aspect of Greek life is one of the many reasons that students get involved in fraternities and sororities; however, alcohol and substance abuse is not tolerated. 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.

Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic 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/neophyte shall permit, tolerate encourage or participate in "drinking games"; and no alcohol shall be present at any pledge/associate member/new member/neophyte 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.