FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – On September 4, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) adopted a standard prohibiting hard alcohol from fraternity chapter facilities and events in order to foster a healthier and safer environment in fraternity communities.
Phi Sigma Kappa supports the NIC’s important, decisive action and is committed to working on implementing this standard and measures of our own during the 2019 Convention for the safety and betterment of our chapters.
Under the resolution, each NIC member fraternity will “adopt and implement a policy by September 1, 2019, that prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor.”
Nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages. Phi Sigma Kappa and other NIC member fraternities felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard.
“Over the next year, we’ll work hand-in-hand with our chapters to discuss implementation options,” said Nick Zuniga, Executive Director. “It’s extremely important that our Brothers bring a strong bill to Convention that has the support of our chapters. We have many groups who already meet this standard and I’m excited to start the discussion.”
For more information on the resolution, see the NIC’s full press release here.
Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity was founded at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Amherst, Massachusetts on March 15, 1873 and has 72 chapters and more than 80 alumni clubs across the United States. To date, the Fraternity has initiated more than 100,000 men into the organization that is devoted to the advancement of its three Cardinal Principles: the Promotion of Brotherhood, the Stimulation of Scholarship, and the Development of Character.