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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

LogicMan 3 years ago

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

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

Sports conferences only apply to sports, and they will still be located in Missouri, FYI.

LogicMan 3 years ago

And we are in Kansas, somewhat safely a border away. They are soon to be no more relevant than NU or CU.

Unless the Big 10 someday wises up and comes knocking for the KU/MU pair -- no exit fees from the SEC!

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

This issue has nothing to do with sports. Comparisons to UMKC and Emporia State would also be okay here. I feel like you're a troll and I never got the good sense to stop talking to a brick wall.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

Red herring. Any increased availability to minors is bad. I'll throw out a red herring myself -- why do you think fraternities deserve to escape scrutiny? So they can throw more parties?

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

...in this article -- because the news is that MU fraternities changed their policies. Come on, you can't play the victim on this one.

Russell Fryberger 3 years ago

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

Don Whiteley 3 years 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.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

Aside from MLK, those are the best examples you could come up with? Come on, most presidents were in fraternities.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

By the way, it is UNDISPUTED that affiliation with a fraternity raises your chances of being an alcoholic by double in some cases. Several studies have looked at a number of groups of students, males, females, younger, older, athletes, scholarship recipients, Greek members -- and Greek members always top the list of alcoholism.

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