PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Panhellenic Council Passes Social Policy Changes

There are big changes coming to the Greek Life social scene at Penn State.

As concerns about safety continue to grow, the Penn State Panhellenic Council recently passed a litany of changes to its social policy, cracking down on alcohol use and cutting down on the number of socials allowed on a weekly basis. There are seven new policies in total.

The first reduces the number of socials allowed per week from three to two, effective immediately. The council is also aiming to remove the alcohol incentive from events like Greek Sing by ending week-long social events.

Following recruitment, all sororities will have a two-week chapter-wide dry period to “help new members learn about chapter members [and] chapter values in a sober environment.”

All registered social events will require guest lists going forward. The “sober sister” at the event will be responsible for having all attendees sign in. The forms will be turned in to the Panhellenic Council’s Vice President of Standards.

But they don’t just stop at sign-in sheets. The new policies will also implement a wristband system to distinguish 21+ sorority women from their underage counterparts. The council is also going to send security to social events to check IDs. Panhellenic president Meaghan DeMallie said that they are in the process of finding a company for this.

Lastly, there will be Panhellenic Educational Programming, focusing on alcohol education, sexual assault, and the legality of abusing alcohol.

DeMallie said that the policy changes are largely the result of concerns over the safety of sorority members, primarily within social events where alcohol is involved.

With such sweeping changes to the social policies of sororities and the possibility of security at fraternities for registered events, there is bound to be some backlash, but it seems that DeMallie and the Panhellenic Council have the best of intentions in mind with the new rules.

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


More by Zach

Penn Stater Named To Olympic Committee’s Centre for Safe Sport’s Inaugural Board

The Center for Safe Sport was recently created to tackle the issue of protecting America’s athletes. Penn State will be represented on the inaugural board by chief ethics and compliance officer Regis Becker.

A Valentine’s Day Trio Of Penn State Love Stories

Penn State To Celebrate 161st Birthday Next Week


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend