Students may have a harder time getting into fraternity parties
if a proposed set of regulations are initiated next year. Executive
board members of the Interfraternity Council and officers of the
Pan-Hellenic Association proposed changes to the Greek
system’s social policy yesterday that aim to make Greek
parties safer.

Nothing has been finalized, but if the proposed changes are
implemented, the parties would be open almost exclusively to Greek
system members, who would have to bring their own alcohol.

At the meeting yesterday, members of Panhel and IFC discussed
three proposals. One proposal would put a cap on parties, limiting
them to Greek system members, plus an extra 200 invited guests. The
extra people would be let in using a supplemental list that would
be verified with Mcards.

But party sizes may be limited by the number of party monitors
present from the Social Responsibility Committee of the Greek
system. Another proposal would only allow 20 people for every one
committee monitor. Committee monitors would be stationed at the
entrance to fraternity parties to keep a count of how many people
are coming and going. Fraternities could be put on probation if
they try to get more than the limit of people inside their houses.
When a party reaches capacity, people outside would have to wait
for some partygoers to leave before they could enter.

In a second, alternative plan, Panhel and IFC members proposed
making all parties strictly exclusive to members of the Greek
system, in order to limit their size.

“We need to find other ways to rush freshmen. We rush with
cans of beer and not the personalities they have,” said Jared
Stasik, executive vice president of IFC.

Some attendees of the meeting, who were members of fraternities
and sororities, raised concerns that the exclusivity proposal would
reduce the number of potential freshman that want to rush. But,
this year’s total number of freshman rushing all fraternities
was about 400 — only a fraction of a single party’s
attendance, the council said.

The council heads continued their defense of Greek exclusivity
by saying that under a similar policy used four years ago, the
system had twice as many people as it does now.

In order to let freshmen explore the chapters before they rush,
the council heads proposed giving cards to them as a way of letting
them visit parties and lending some control over who still comes
in. The cards would be distributed at parties by fraternities
members.

Another proposal raised was a policy that would make people
attending Greek parties purchase and bring their own alcohol to
fraternity houses. No chapter would provide alcohol, although
individual brothers could purchase and distribute their own drinks
with their personal funds.

Currently, students attending official fraternity parties are
supposed to bring their own alcohol but this policy is not
inforced.

The new proposal is specifically designed to decrease the
liability fraternities face from underage drinking and injury
lawsuits. How much an individual can consume would depend on how
much that person brings into a party.

For safety reasons, only plastic bottles would be allowed. Such
drinks would be checked at the door where they would be marked with
a sticker, which would verify that alcohol is brought in from
outside.

Going a step further to ensure safety, “sober
monitors” would make sure that no drinks were left unattended
once inside. Currently, the company that insures fraternities says
that all parties have to have attendees bring their own alcohol.
The proposed reforms would aim to bring fraternities in line with
the insurance company’s policy, the council said.

The danger in being outside of that policy is that lawsuits
amounting to thousands of dollars — and sometimes higher
— can be brought against the fraternities without insurance
coverage, making members, if they want to drink, pay the
settlement.

Some people voiced their concern that the new policy would
contribute to a higher rate of minors-in-possession-of-alcohol
infractions among party attendees, which the council heads
countered by saying they would not be responsible for MIPs if
underage people bought their own alcohol.

Panhel and IFC will meet later this week and present their
findings on noon Sunday at the fraternity Alpha Delta Phi. Proposed
changes will be voted on next week.

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