No Hard Stuff?


Matt Stevens in an article “Fraternities Vote to Ban Hard Alcohol After Deadly Hazing Episodes” in the New York Times reported on a move by some fraternities to limit the use of hard liquor:

The trade association that represents dozens of fraternities across the nation and around the world has voted to ban hard alcohol in the wake of a series of high-profile hazing episodes that have resulted in deaths and lawsuits, officials announced this week.

Specifically, the resolution passed by the group prohibits “alcohol products above 15 percent A.B.V.” from being present in “any chapter facility” — such as a fraternity house — or “at any chapter event” unless it is being sold by a licensed third party. Adults 21 and older are not exempt, officials said; beer, wine and malt beverages, which all fall below the 15 percent alcohol by volume threshold, will be allowed.

The move, announced Tuesday by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, was agreed to under a “near unanimous vote” at a meeting last month and is aimed at making fraternities and the more than 800 college campuses they are associated with safer, officials said.

The conference represents over 80 percent of fraternities nationwide, said Judson Horras, the group’s president and chief executive. Member fraternities with their more than 6,000 chapters must put a compliant policy in place by Sept. 1, 2019.

Many of the fraternities in the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NAIC) are represented at the University of Alabama.

According to the University of Alabama’s policy on alcohol, the use of alcohol in fraternities by under-aged drinkers is strictly prohibited.

Individuals under 21 years of age are not permitted to consume alcohol or be in possession of alcohol. Alcohol paraphernalia (which includes but is not limited to: empty beer cans or bottles, shot glasses, etc.) are prohibited and considered a violation of policy.

The Stevens article questioned NAIC President Judson Horras about the ban’s potential effectiveness:

Asked whether it was possible that students would sneak in hard alcohol anyway or simply ignore the policy, Mr. Horras conceded that “there is no perfect silver bullet for working with college students.”



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