Alcohol Policies and Sanctions at Greek-Hosted Events

Topics: Greek Life, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Health and Wellness

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions with a significant Greek presence develop policies to monitor events with alcohol?
  • What policies do institutions have regarding kegs?
  • What sanctions do Greek organizations face if they violate the social event policy and how effective are these sanctions in the prevention of future violations?


Administrators at institutions where Greek events dominate the social environment use event policies to help ensure that students enjoy themselves in a responsible manner. This brief examines specific components of social event policies, including the use of guest lists and the provision of food and non-alcoholic beverages at events, and explores the advantages and disadvantages of permitting kegs on campus. It details sanction procedures at various institutions and offers suggestions to enhance student compliance with social event policies.

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