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Risk Management Policy for Greek-Lettered Organizations

In accordance with the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), and the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG), Duquesne University adopts the following policy for all recognized general, recognition, honor, service, and professional Greek-Lettered student organizations:

Alcohol and Drugs

  1. The possession, sale, use or consumption of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, in the Towers Living Learning Center, during a fraternity event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or in any event an observer would associate with the fraternity, or in any apartment or house in which several members reside or occupy, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city, and Duquesne University, and must comply with either Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) or Third Party Vendor guidelines.
  2. No alcoholic beverage may be purchased through or with chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the chapter. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common sources(s) of alcoholic beverages for members or guests by any member of a fraternity, for example kegs or cases, in the name of, or on behalf of, the chapter is also prohibited.
  3. OPEN PARTIES meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity or student organization [are prohibited. OPEN PARTIES are defined as events with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity or student organization, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present] are prohibited.
  4. No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor. Duquesne University defines a minor as any individual under the age of 21 who is prohibited from consuming alcohol legally.
  5. The possession, sale or use of any ILLEGAL DRUGS or CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES on any University premises or during a fraternity or student organization event or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity or student organization is strictly prohibited. [during any event is strictly forbidden].
  6. No chapter may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization, or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol), where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on the property of a tavern as defined above for purposes of fundraising. However, a chapter may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for a closed event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of third party vendor and a guest list.
  7. No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance or attend or participate in a function at which alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations. [a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.]
  8. All rush/recruitment activities associated with any chapter will be non-alcoholic events and/or functions. No recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern, alcohol distributor as defined in this policy.
  9. No member, associate/new member or novice shall permit, tolerate, encourage, or participate in “drinking games.” The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to the consumption of shots of alcohol, liquor or alcoholic beverages, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong,” “century club,” “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol.
  10. No alcohol shall be present at any associate member program, activity or ritual of the chapter. This includes but is not limited to activities associated with “bid night”, “big brother-little brother” events or activities, “big sister-little sister” events or activities, “family” events or activities, “mid-pledge” events or activities, and initiation.
  11. All advertisement(s), notification, and/or publicity associated with any Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) or Third Party events must be approved by the campus advisor.


No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense. Hazing activities are defined as:

“Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution, or applicable state law.”

Hazing is a violation of Pennsylvania State law.

Sexual Violence and Harassment

The fraternity will not tolerate or condone any form of sexual harassment or sexual violence on the part of its members, whether physical, mental or emotional. This is to include any actions, activities or events, whether on chapter premises or an off-site location which are demeaning to women or men, ranging from but not limited to verbal harassment to sexual violence by individuals or members acting together. [actions which are demeaning to women or men including but not limited to date rape, gang rape, verbal, or sexual harassment.] The employment or use of strippers, exotic dancers or similar, whether professional or amateur, at a fraternity event as defined in this policy is prohibited.

Fire, Health and Safety

  1. All chapter suites in Towers Living Learning Center should meet all local fire and health codes and standards;
  2. All chapters should have posted in common areas emergency numbers for fire, police and ambulance and should have posted evacuation routes on the back of the door of each sleeping room. These items are provided and required by the Office of Residence Life.
  3. All chapters should comply with engineering recommendations as reported by the insurance company and/or Duquesne University.
  4. The possession and/or use of firearms or explosive or incendiary devices of any kind within the confines and premises of the Towers Living Learning Center are expressly forbidden.


Each fraternity shall annually instruct its students and alumni/alumnae in their respective Risk Management Policy. Additionally, all student and key volunteers directly involved in current chapter matters shall annually receive a copy of said Risk Management Policy and a copy shall be available on the Greek Life website.