IFC policy to be analyzed

By Claudia Curry

The alcohol policy implemented this semester by the NIU Inter-Fraternity Council might face revisions after spring break because of a proposal submitted to the IFC last week.

The proposal, which will be voted on at the March 21 IFC meeting, is a longer and more detailed policy which, if approved, will make it easier for chapters to identify what type of event they are sponsoring and what rules they need to follow, Steve Sliga, IFC vice president of activities.

As opposed to the current policy which contains only two categories of events, the proposed policy contains three sections: social events, spontaneous events, and mixers/quads/happy hours.

The proposal states that a social event is any event which involves the participation of individuals that are not involved with the IFC-recognized fraternity sponsoring the event.

The fraternity is considered a sponsor of an event if alcohol is dispensed or provided on public areas of the chapter’s property, the proposal states. This pertains to all areas of the chapter’s property except chapter members’ individual bedrooms.

The proposal states that fraternities sponsoring social events must use a ticket system for admissions, pre-register their party with University Programming and Activities, provide food and non-alcoholic beverages, provide sober monitors and post the phone numbers of the Student Association Mass Transit Board’s Late Nite Ride Service.

The proposal states that individuals in IFC or PanHellenic Council recognized chapters may be admitted to social events without a ticket if the sponsoring chapter “sees fit.”

The spontaneous event category is not included in the current policy and is defined by the proposal as an event involving the sponsoring chapter and one other IFC- or PHC- recognized chapter.

Spontaneous event sponsors must follow rules similar to those followed by social events sponsors, except the spontaneous events do not need to be pre-registered with UP&A, the proposal states.

“We felt it was necessary to revise the policy because we were getting a lot of complaints that the current policy is too vague. The chapter presidents want something more specific.

“It’s not going to be perfect, but it’s going to be a lot better that the other one. There will be a lot less gray area and it will be easier for chapters to understand,” Sliga said.

He said he feels this proposal defines the events more clearly and will help clarify confusion about the rules fraternities must follow in certain situations.