Above all else PIKE is committed to the Health & Safety of all our members and guests. When alcohol is part of chapter activities it is important that chapters are familiar with the expectations regarding the presence of alcohol at chapter functions. Additionally, each chapter should have social event management protocols in place. The Fraternity Standards clearly identify expectations regarding alcohol and the chapter. Your first step is to be familiar with these expectations.

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Alcohol & Drugs

The possession, use, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages while on chapter premises, during an official chapter event, or in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, must be in compliance with any and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and university policies.

The chapter, members, and guests shall follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. The possession, sale, and/or use of any illegal drugs or controlled substances at any chapter house, chapter-sponsored or co-sponsored event, or at any event that an observer would associate with the chapter, is strictly prohibited.

Alcoholic beverages present at any chapter event shall either be:

  • Provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.); or
  • Brought by individual members and guests through a bring your own beverage (“BYOB”) system.

The presence of alcohol products above 15% alcohol by volume (“ABV”) is prohibited on chapter premises at all times. Alcohol products above 15% ABV may be served off chapter premises by a licensed and insured third-party vendor.

The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common source(s) of alcoholic beverages by a chapter is prohibited.

Alcoholic beverages shall not be purchased through the chapter treasury, nor shall any individual member undertake to purchase or coordinate the purchase of alcoholic beverages for fraternity members or guests in the name of or on behalf of the chapter.

A chapter shall not co-host or co-sponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol.

A chapter shall not co-host or co-sponsor an event with a bar, event promoter, or alcohol distributor; however, a chapter may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a chapter event.

Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present shall be by invitation only, and the chapter shall utilize a guest list system. Attendance at events with alcohol is limited to a 3:1 maximum guest-to-member ratio. Furthermore, attendance shall not exceed the local fire and building code capacities of the chapter premises or host venue.

Any event or activity related to the new member joining process (e.g., recruitment, intake, rush, etc.) shall be substance free. No alcohol or drugs may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into the Fraternity, including but not limited to “bid night,” and any ritual or ceremony.

The chapter, members, or guests shall not permit, encourage, coerce, glorify or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.

Alcohol poisoning and emergency care

In the interest of the safety of our members and guests and acknowledging that the misuse of alcohol occurs on college campuses in general, the below steps are provided for reference and training.

For information on the responsible use of alcohol, recognizing the signs of alcohol poisoning, and how to intervene when someone is in alcohol-induced distress, please visit The Gordie Center by the University of Virginia.

Have questions or need more information? Email us at pikeinfo@pikes.org.