A prohibition that intends to take drastic measures against strong liquor at house parties of the fraternity after the deaths promised last year has been ordered for fraternities in the United States and Canada.
The prohibition leaves room for strong liquor to be delivered to the fraternities, as long as the drinks are served by someone with a liquor license.
In a news alert published on Tuesday, the North American Intrafraternity Conference revealed that all national and international fraternities of the NIC have a year to prohibit beverages with an alcohol content of 15% or more of fraternity chapters and events, unless attended by external providers licensed.
The North American Intrafraternity Conference announced that its fraternities will ban hard alcohol as of September 2019. The decision comes after the deaths of high-profile, alcohol-related pledges, Timothy Piazza, 19, and Maxwell Gruver, 18, in 2017
The rule was adopted on August 27 in a "nearly unanimous vote". of its 66 national and international fraternities, and must be implemented before September 1, 2019. The facilities and events of the Chapter celebrated outside the US. UU They have until September 2020 to comply.
The group has more than 6,100 chapters on 800 campuses in the United States and Canada, with an estimated 385,000 undergraduates and almost 4.2 million alumni.
"In essence, fraternities are about brotherhood, personal development and a supportive community, and alcohol abuse and its serious consequences jeopardize this very purpose," said Judson Horras, president and CEO of NIC in the news alert.
The adoption of the strong liquor ban shows the clear commitment and leadership of the fraternities to promote their focus on the safety of members and everyone in our communities, "Horras added.
The ban comes after the high-profile deaths of pledges of fraternity at Louisiana State University and Pennsylvania State University in 2017. Authorities said both deaths were alcohol-related.
The NIC revealed that the decision to ban strong liquor in fraternity houses and events was almost unanimous. In the photo: the Phi Delta Theta fraternity of Louisiana State University, where Gruver was forced to drink alcohol while committing himself and had to choke on his own vomit.
The prohibition allows strong liquor to be served, as long as someone with a liquor license does. In the image: Beta Theta Pi from Penn State University, where Piazza died after consuming 18 alcoholic drinks in just under 90 minutes as part of a ritual of initiation rites and fell down the stairs
The Interfraternity Council of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, voted in February 2015 to ban strong liquor from fraternity property and all chapter events.
Seth Gutwein, current president of Purdue IFC, said the result has been "a positive change in our culture with regards to the health and safety of our members and guests."
"With all the NIC fraternities implementing this critical change, it will provide strong support for the fraternities to move as one to make the campus communities safer," Gutwein said in the NIC press release.
The NIC said the new rule follows the adoption of other alcohol-related initiatives last year, including the adoption of good Samaritan medical policies throughout the conference, piloting additional measures to reduce alcohol and advocating stronger anti-alcohol laws. the harassment.
In February 2017, 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died after consuming 18 alcoholic beverages in just under 90 minutes as part of a ritual of initiation rites and fatal injuries as he descended the flights of stairs while engaging in the Beta Theta. Pi from the Pennsylvania State University.
Piazza's parents have now settled their lawsuit against the national organization Beta Theta Pi for an undisclosed sum.
About 25 members of the Penn State Beta Theta Pi fraternity have been charged with hazing and other offenses, three of whom have already pleaded guilty.
In September 2017, Maxwell Gruver, 18, died of acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration, after a night in which he was forced to drink alcohol while engaging in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Louisiana State University.
It was discovered that Gruver's blood alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving and he had been allowed to inhale vomit and other liquids in the lungs.
The authorities initially arrested 10 people in connection with Gruver's death, but the grand jury only charged four of them. Since then, the four declared themselves innocent.