IV (4). Risk Management Policies: Drugs and Alcohol

FSILG governing councils are expected to adopt and enforce risk management policies and procedures for FSILG facilities and for FSILG events. These policies are outlined by each council (see IFC, Panhel, or LGC policies and procedures). FSILGs are also expected to follow all Institute rules and regulations concerning student behavior, safety, and risk management.

Many Inter/Nationally affiliated FSILGs adopt risk management guidelines outlined by the Fraternal Information Programming Group (FIPG). These guidelines include the following expectations and standards on alcohol and drugs:

  1. The possession, sale, use, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, while on chapter premises, or during an FSILG event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event an observer would associate with the FSILG, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws, regulations, and policies of the state, city, and MIT, and must comply with either the BYOB or third party vendor guidelines.
  2. Alcoholic beverages may not be purchased through or with chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the chapter. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common source(s) of alcoholic beverages, for example kegs or handles of hard alcohol, is prohibited.
  3. Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the FSILG, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are prohibited.
  4. No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the legal drinking age.
  5. The possession, sale, or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances while on chapter premises or during an FSILG event or at any event that an observer would associate with the FSILG is strictly prohibited.
  6. No FSILG may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization, or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold, or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at, or on the property of a tavern as defined above for the purposes of fundraising. An FSILG may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for an event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list.
  7.  No FSILG may co-sponsor or co-finance or attend or participate in a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations, including non-FSILG organizations recognized by MIT or any area University.
  8. All recruitment or rush activities associated with any FSILG will be non- alcoholic. No recruitment or rush activities associated with any FSILG may be held at or in conjunction with an alcohol distributor or tavern as defined in this policy.
  9. No member or pledge, associate/new member, or novice shall permit, tolerate, encourage, or participate in “drinking games.” The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to the consumption of shots of alcohol, liquor, or alcoholic beverages; the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age; “beer pong;” “Beirut;” “century club;” “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol.
  10. No alcohol shall be present at any pledge/associate/new member program, activity, or ritual of the chapter. This includes, but is not limited to, activities associated with “bid night,” “big brother/little brother” events or activities, “big sister - little sister” events or activities, “family” events or activities, and initiation.

For more information about FIPG and its subscribing members, please visit http://www.fipg.org.