IFC Social Events Policies Revised
The Interfraternity Council (IFC), in collaboration with the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, has created separate risk-management procedures for mixers and date parties as part of a routine review of its social policies, according to IFC President and Goizueta Business School senior Victor Rudo.
Prior to the changes, Rudo wrote in an email to the Wheel, the policies outlined only fell into the category of “registered guest-list policies.”
IFC has now established a set of guidelines specifically for both types of events.
“We are simply putting on paper what has largely been in practice for years, thereby making it easier for our chapters to understand and enforce policies that best protect their organizations,” Rudo wrote.
For example, the new policy states that mixers and date parties “are not subject to walk-through procedures as with invited guest-list parties.”
Additionally, wristbands must be distributed to attendees age 21 and over, and a designated member of the chapter’s executive board or the IFC Vice President of Risk Management must pick up these wristbands between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or at a convenient time.
Two chapter members must be sober during these events, and these members will distribute beer to those with wristbands.
The policy also establishes a checklist for on-campus mixers and date party events.
In addition to submitting event registration forms to the Sorority and Fraternity Office seven days prior to the event and ensuring that guests have these wristbands, a house director must be present, fraternities must clean up the premises by noon the next day and hosts must ensure that “non-alcoholic beverages and non-salty foods are readily available,” according to the policy.
Moreover, just as during on-campus guest-list parties, members at or above the age of 21 may bring a maximum of one six-pack of canned beer.
Rudo wrote that the changes will “more accurately reflect the type of events hosted by fraternities, without changing the nature of the events themselves.”
IFC representatives from each chapter voted to pass these amendments at the IFC General Body meeting last week, according to Rudo.
Fraternity Upperclassman Rush Numbers Rise
Upperclassman fraternity rush also saw a rise in the number of participants this year, to 146 students this year from about 120 last year.
According to IFC Vice President of Recruitment and College junior Jason Stern, 66 students accepted bids.
A total of 97 bids were given.
The Greek community welcomed those who accepted bids into their respective fraternities’ houses during Run the Row, which took place just prior to the Block Party — an annual event on Eagle Row — on Saturday, Sept. 15.
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