Tau Epsilon Phi is a proud member of the North American Inter-fraternity Conference. As such the Fraternity is in support of the NIC efforts to improve Health & Safety on college campuses.
Based upon the NIC guidelines, the Grand Council of Tau Epsilon Phi adopted the following risk management policy.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY FOR TAU EPSILON PHI
This policy was adopted by the Grand Council on January 6, 2019 and goes into effect on August 1, 2019. For the purposes of this policy, the term chapter shall also apply to all colonies of Tau Epsilon Phi. In any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by a chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi,including those that occur on or off chapter premises:
- The chapter, members, and guests must comply with all federal, state, and local laws. No person under the legal drinking age may possess, consume, provide, or be provided alcoholic beverages.
- Chapters, members, and guests must follow the federal law regarding illegal drugs and controlled substances. No person may possess, use, provide, distribute, sell, and/or manufacture illegal drugs or other controlled substances while on chapter premises or at any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the chapter.
- Alcoholic beverages must either be: (1) provided and sold on a per-drink basis by a licensed and insured third-party vendor (e.g., restaurant, bar, caterer, etc.);or (2) brought by individual members and guests through a bring your own beverage (“BYOB”) system.The presence of alcohol products above 15% alcohol by volume (“ABV”) is prohibited on any chapter premises or at any event, except when served by a licensed and insured third-party vendor.
- Common sources of alcohol, including bulk quantities, which are not being served by a licensed and insured third party vendor,are prohibited (i.e., amounts of alcohol greater than what a reasonable person should consume over the duration of an event).
- Alcoholic beverages must not be purchased with chapter funds or funds pooled by members or guests(e.g.,admission fees, cover fees,collecting funds in any manner whether direct or through digital apps, etc.).
- A chapter must not co-host or co-sponsor, or in any way participate in, an activity or event with another group or entity that purchases or provides alcohol.
- A chapter must not co-host or co-sponsor an event with a bar, event promoter,or alcohol distributor; however, a chapter may rent a bar, restaurant, or other licensed and insured third-party vendor to host a chapter event.
- Attendance by non-members at any event where alcohol is present must be by invitation only, and the chapter must utilize a guest list system. Attendance at events with alcohol is limited to a 3:1 maximum guest-to-member ratio, and must not exceed local fire or building code capacity of the chapter premises or host venue.
- Any event or activity related to the new member education process (e.g., recruitment, intake, rush, etc.) must be substance free. No alcohol or drugs may be present if the event or activity is related to new member activities, meetings, or initiation into Tau Epsilon Phi, including but not limited to “bid night,” “Big/Little” events or activities, “family” events or activities, and any ritual or ceremony.
- Chapters, members, or guests must not permit, encourage,coerce,glorify or participate in any activities involving the rapid consumption of alcohol, such as drinking games.