Florida Atlantic University is seeing sobering changes within its Greek Alliance. The fraternities and sororities at the Boca Raton-based school are drying up, at least in the alcohol content.
There will be no alcohol involved at the school’s parties or socials for the remainder of the semester. Beginning in January, chapter events involving alcohol will all be canceled.
The FAU Greek Alliance cited both local and national alcohol-related issues as the underlying force behind the initiatives.
The agenda sets the sororities and fraternities to steer clear of the use of alcohol during all organized events.
It also forbids chapter-sponsored tailgating events, but it does not prohibit students from tailgating in small groups.
The new rules will begin on Saturday, which just so happens to coincide with FAU’s hosting of their championship football game. The Owls are undefeated and play North Texas in this weekend’s Conference USA championship game.
Thousand of fans are expected to descend upon the school’s campus to view the highly-anticipated game.
School leaders are scheduled to revisit the changes in January. At that time, they could decide to lift the alcohol ban, but a lift would require Greek chapters to have an alcohol vendor on sight at events instead of supplying it themselves.
In November, Florida State University president John Thrasher, President announced the suspension of all Greek life activities after the death of 20-year-old student Andrew Coffey.
Throughout the country, colleges and universities are bringing stronger restrictions and regulations on Greek life chapters in order to protect students and prevent injury or even death due to alcohol and drug use.
Tougher rules for and better monitoring of Greek activities are being set in place in schools across the nation.