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Mizzou, like KU, to allow fraternity members over 21 to drink at houses

November 24, 2011

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The University of Missouri is preparing to institute a policy to allow fraternity members 21 and older to drink alcohol in their houses. Kansas University already has a similar policy in place.

Amy Long, KU’s associate director at its Student Involvement and Leadership Center, oversees greek life and leadership programs for SILC.

At KU, she said, each fraternity house has independent authority to determine whether alcohol is allowed on a day-to-day basis. One fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, is substance-free because of its national organization’s policies, she said, while others are not.

All of KU’s sororities are alcohol-free. KU does, however, have a policy that regulates events of greek organizations that involve alcohol.

Those events must have food present, security guards and safe transportation provided to and from.

Public safety officials at Missouri expressed concern that their rule change would lead to an increase in underage drinking. Jen Jordan, director of prevention for DCCCA and a member of the New Tradition Coalition of Lawrence that targets underage drinking, agreed that the policy likely contributes to the issue.

“I think it would increase access to alcohol for those under 21,” she said, because of the alcohol’s increased proximity and accessibility to minors.

Missouri changed its policy, according to one of its Interfraternity Council members, because “a lot of people thought it was unfair that 21-year-old people weren’t allowed to drink in their own residences.”

At Missouri, the policy includes increased enforcement measures, such as a third party to conduct random audits and check IDs to make sure students are following the rules.

Stephen Nichols is the recently elected student president of KU’s Interfraternity Council.

“I think we have a good system in place,” he said of KU’s system.

He said the group’s judicial board addresses violations of alcohol policies, and it looks to individual presidents across the system to ensure that members are taking responsibility for their actions.

Jordan said underage drinking remained an issue in Lawrence, particularly because of the abundance of 19- and 20-year-olds attending KU. She said her group would continue to work to reverse the trend.

“Under 21, it’s illegal. It’s not healthy. It’s unsafe,” she said. “Period.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

distant_voice 2 years, 4 months ago

Where there is beer, fraternity boys of any age are going to drink it. On the other hand, let's face it, where there's fraterntities, there's going to be a bunch of drunks. Regardless what the university says their policies are, in practice, I can attest that they don't enforce it. Just like in the dorms, fraternities continue to serve alcohol to their underage members because the campus police don't have time to go around chasing down every durnk on campus.

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Russell Fryberger 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe all the beer companies can advertise and bring more young people to our higer institute of partying/learning.

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 4 months ago

We can all sleep soundly knowing there are no minors drinking alcohol in the dorms or non college adults between the ages of 18-20 drinking alcohol at their homes. IT'S JUST THOSE DAMN FRATERNITIES RUINING THE WORLD!!!!

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 4 months ago

We can all sleep soundly knowing there are no minors drinking alcohol in the dorms or non college adults between the ages of 18-20 drinking alcohol at their homes. IT'S JUST THOSE DAMN FRATERNITIES RUINING THE WORLD!!!!

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LogicMan 2 years, 4 months ago

Won't be needing to write many articles about Mizzou for much longer, unfortunately.

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