As of late Monday night, the Theta Delta Chi (TDX) fraternity has gathered over 700 signatures on its campus-wide petition, originally released Sunday evening. The petition opposes to the University’s decision to remove the fraternity’s housing, the first in which consecutive failed conduct reviews — under the “Standards of Excellence” (SOE) evaluation system — directly resulted in the loss of fraternity housing.
The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is requiring its 6,100 fraternity chapters — including 10 of the 11 chapters on Stanford’s Inter-fraternity council — to ban hard alcohol from fraternity facilities and events by Sept. 1, 2019. The decision was made through a near-unanimous vote in the NIC’s annual meeting on Aug. 27.
While OAPE Director Ralph Castro noted that Stanford needs “more time to measure sustained change,” he suggested that the policy changes have had some positive effects on the student body.
New statistics show that alcohol transports have dipped at the beginning of the year, amid student concerns over the policy.
On Tuesday night, Stanford + Mental Health collaborated with ASSU to host a dinner and discussion regarding the new University’s new alcohol policy.
Starting this fall, hard alcohol will be prohibited at “all categories of undergraduate student parties,” the University announced on Monday. According to an email from Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman, the University is tightening is alcohol policy to decrease the consumption of hard alcohol. The updated policy also prohibits “high-volume distilled liquor containers” for undergraduate students.
Students responded positively to the summer 2013 reversal of the hard alcohol ban implemented in summer 2012.
For the first time, the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) sent a letter to parents of incoming freshmen on Aug. 7 to encourage conversation between students and their parents about college drinking.