SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Delta Chi Board of Regents has unanimously voted to enhance the health and safety of our undergraduate members by adopting the North American Interfraternity Conference’s (NIC) alcohol-related policy that prohibits the presence, consumption, and use of any alcohol product containing more than 15% alcohol-by-volume (ABV) at any chapter facility or chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor. The adopted policy, which takes effect June 1, 2019, is a continuation of the Fraternity’s long-standing commitment to the health and safety of our members and guests. This historic action is consistent with the actions being taken by other NIC-member fraternities.
The policy further states that the presence, possession, or consumption of an alcohol product below 15% ABV at a chapter facility or chapter event shall be in compliance with the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city, and the associated institution of higher learning.
At its annual meeting on August 27, 2018, the NIC, in a near-unanimous vote of its 66 inter/national fraternities, determined that each organization will implement the standard by September 1, 2019, spanning 380,000 undergraduates in 6,100 chapters on 800 campuses. The NIC reached this important and decisive policy by recognizing that nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcoholic beverages. The NIC felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard rooted in research from substance abuse experts to ensure the safety of fraternity members.
As a fraternity predicated on promoting friendship, developing character, advancing justice, and assisting in the acquisition of a sound education, Delta Chi employs eleven basic expectations each member must uphold. These eleven basic expectations serve as an extension of our Preamble and provide specific principles to live by, including the protection of the health and safety of all human beings and the call for members to both abide by the Fraternity obligations and confront those who violate them. The Fraternity also utilizes a values-based approach to health and wellness, which specifically states that hazing and alcohol are never a part of membership or ceremonies in Delta Chi.
Fraternities are about brotherhood, personal development, and support. As recognized by the Delta Chi Fraternity, the NIC, and its 66 member fraternities, alcohol abuse and its consequences threaten the purpose of Greek organizations. By taking this important step, Delta Chi is showing a clear commitment to the safety of its members and all communities. With all NIC fraternities expected to make this critical change, it shows strong support for fraternities to move as one to make campus communities safer.
We value the feedback of our members, friends, family, and campus partners. Questions or concerns related to the adoption of the new alcohol policy can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming months, the Fraternity will be committed to the continued education of our members as we move towards the implementation of the policy this summer.