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.

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