Toward the end of August, 2018 the North-American Interfraternity Council (NIC) voted to implement a new standard in 2019. By September 1, 2019, all NIC chapters will ban hard alcohol. The NIC standard prohibits alcohol products that are “above 15% alcohol by volume (ABV) in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor.”
While there is still a year before NIC organizations must be in compliance with this new standard, the Greek community at Westminster College has chosen to take a proactive stance in banning hard alcohol effective September 27, 2018. This ban is a proactive measure taken by the fraternity community to ensure the safety and well-being of their members and other students on campus. The IFC community voted to ban alcohol above 15% ABV in chapter houses and at chapter events, unless provided by a registered third-party vendor.
With this decision, the fraternity community has decided to gather together and make a change. Moving forward with this hard alcohol ban on Westminster’s campus will put the chapters ahead of the nationwide movement coming within the next year. The Dean of Student Life, Dr. Kasi Lacey, has been a part of these recent conversations. Dr. Lacey stated, “I wholeheartedly commend the decision made by our IFC community and their willingness to take a forward thinking stance. I am proud to work with students that care about the well-being and health of their peers and community.”