Alcohol-Free Housing

F.A.Q @ Alcohol-Free Housing

1. What does Alcohol-free Housing mean? Phi Delta Theta chapter properties are to remain free from alcohol by anyone, at any time, under any circumstance. The chapter property may be owned by a local house corporation, college or university, or other entity. If the property is considered Phi Delta Theta “space”, the property is to be alcohol-free. This includes not only the structural facility, but the outdoor area including the front and back yard, parking lot and sidewalks.

2. Are you a dry Fraternity? No. The Fraternity does not prohibit members of legal age from responsibly partaking in alcoholic beverages in an appropriate place other than the Chapter facility.

3. When did Phi Delta Theta adopt the Alcohol-free Housing Policy? The policy was announced in February 1997 and it was implemented on July 1, 2000 making all Phi Delta Theta chapter facilities alcohol-free. Before this time, several chapters opted to prohibit the consumption of alcohol on Fraternity property.

4. Has there been an improvement in chapter housing? Alcohol-free housing has eliminated the large social events and gatherings thereby slowing the deterioration of Phi Delta Theta chapter facilities and, in the process, creates safer, cleaner living environments for our members.

5. Has the policy affected the insurance rates for the Fraternity? In 1993, the Fraternity had 21 open liability claims (including lawsuits). As the Alcohol-free Housing Policy was implemented, claims steadily decreased. During the 2004-2005 school year, there were no claims filed. The money saved from insurance costs has enabled the creation of other educational programming activities designed to enhance the Phi Delt experience and as resulted in the strengthening of the Fraternity as a whole. The savings are also passed on to undergraduates through a stable per-man rate that is markedly lower than other fraternities that allow alcohol in their facilities.

6. Is it harder for chapters to recruit new members? Since the implementation of the policy, Phi Delta Theta has undergone one of its largest growth spurts in the history of the modern fraternity. This indicates a renewed demand for a values-based organization from college students. The Fraternity is attracting the right kind of man to join – one who recognizes the benefits and potential of membership now and in the future as opposed to the prospective member only interested in the outdated and purely social aspects of Greek life.

7. Have you closed many chapters? The Fraternity has had to close a few chapters but not nearly as many as originally predicted by the critics of alcohol-free housing. Moreover, Phi Delta Theta continues to grow in membership, which means that the Fraternity is recruiting high quality members with fewer locations.

8. Has the Fraternity expanded to other campuses since the implementation of the Alcohol-free Housing Policy? Not only has Phi Delta Theta expanded to many new campuses since 2000, we are currently welcomed by administrations that recognize the Fraternity as a healthy, positive alternative. Recent expansion projects include Butler University, Vanderbilt University, San Diego State University, John Hopkins University, Rutgers University, University of Iowa, University of Utah, Fresno State University, Kent State University, University of Washington, Monmouth College, and the University of Oregon.

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