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New Greek Social Policy to Take Effect

Screen shot 2009-11-16 at 11.16.13 PMThe IFC President’s Council recently voted and passed a new social policy to take effect in the next semester.

In interest of full disclosure, I was present at the vote and abstained on my chapter’s behalf. I spoke with Luke Pierce about releasing details of the policy and agreed to withhold them until the following Tuesday (11/17), at which point a press release was to be issued. That release was never issued. Since then, posts have been made on filled with rumors and vile posts.

In an effort to help squash the rumors, we are releasing some details that should have already been made available to Greek Chapters. This is being done without the authorization of IFC leadership. More will be available when the IFC officially releases the press release.

The IFC has been working for several months to ease the greater community’s concerns about Greek social conduct. The local government has expressed concerns about party sizes, the community has concerns over frequency, and there is also concern over party and social management to make sure all Greeks and participants are safe. Thus, a new social policy is to be implemented.

  • All parties will have guest lists not to exceed 300 people or the applicable amount of people the fire marshal deems safe for the building.
  • All people inside the building must be listed on the guest list, residents of the host chapter included.
  • Wednesdays will no longer be available for registration of social functions.
  • All socials must be registered. A fee will be assessed with the registration.
  • A social is currently defined as “any period alcohol is present in a common area”.
  • Socials greater than 50 persons (exception if only 2 organizations are meeting) must register as a party.
  • Parties are exempt from registration fees.
  • Parties are required to hire two IFC contracted bouncers at (currently quoted) $16/hour for the duration of the party.
  • Bouncers will maintain the guest list only to be altered by the chapter president or designated representative.
  • Away bars will no longer be permitted. All alcohol must be served by the host chapter from one location. Other chapters may donate to the bar and have their beverages labeled for exclusive service to their chapter members. The host is responsible for the well being of all participants. This allows them to regulate proper alcohol consumption.
  • Bouncers will conduct sweeps of the party to make sure they are in compliance with current party and social standards (Alternate beverages, individual snacks, no kegs, etc…).

All of these new procedures will be in place during the next semester. This will be a huge change in the current social culture at Penn State, but the IFC believes these changes and compromises will help keep Greeks, independents, and local residents safe and allow Greeks to operate quality social events.

Updates will be posted if the IFC officially responds to this post.


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Stefan Choquette

Stefan is currently a Junior Integrative Arts major with a background in Computer Science. Stefan is a veteran of the US Air Force and is currently enrolled in ROTC to return as an officer after graduation. Stefan is a founding brother of Phi Kappa Sigma and a licensed private pilot.
Stefan formally served as our Editor of Photography, and now helps with staff photography.


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