"To me, the meaning of DU is to have a constant support network of brothers who are always looking to push each other and better each other. It’s encouraging your brothers to go study more, apply for that internship they really want, or asking them to volunteer with you—to build better men. Alcohol doesn’t play a role in what it means to be a DU."
Delta Upsilon is dedicated to providing safe, supportive environments in which we build better men. We strive to make our chapters and campus communities stronger.
About Substance-free Housing
The Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Board of Directors has passed new Loss Prevention policies and position statements designed to create a healthy atmosphere for Building Better Men. These updated policies provided a phased approach for chapters to implement substance-free housing, allowing chapters time to create action plans and work with members and the campus community.
Detailed descriptions of the phases can be found on this page below. In short, by Aug. 1, 2018, all chapters were to have removed hard alcohol from chapter facilities. Now, by Aug. 1, 2020, all chapters are to have removed all alcohol and substances from chapter facilities unless the qualified for and was granted a waiver for the academic year. This waiver program will be in effect until Aug. 1, 2022, at which point all chapters must implement and follow the full Substance-free Housing Policy.
Delta Upsilon is pleased to join other fraternities that are transitioning to substance-free housing including Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and FarmHouse.
Substance-free Housing Policy
Below are the specific policy details for each phase of the Substance-free Housing Policy. Please note that regardless of the phase, all events must remain in compliance with DU Loss Prevention Policy; national, state and local ordinances; host institution policies; and third-party guidelines.
It is important to note these new policies do not mean that chapters cannot hold events with alcohol. They mean that starting in fall 2020, no alcohol will be present in chapter housing unless a chapter qualifies for and obtains a waiver.
Read the May 2018 announcement letter from the Delta Upsilon Board of Directors.
Read the June 2019 letter from the Delta Upsilon Board of Directors, which announced policy updates.
- All chapters will have completed the transition to substance-free housing, unless they received a substance-free waiver. This includes no alcohol or substances allowed in common spaces, private bedrooms, or any location on the chapter's property.
- Alcohol can only be provided and served by a licensed, third-party vendor to those of legal drinking age at an off-site location. This means not at the chapter house or any chapter related facility (e.g. annex, parking lot, backyard, etc.).
- Alumni will have the opportunity to host up to six pre-approved events in common areas of the chapter facility per year with licensed third-party alcohol vendors or following the Fraternity’s BYOB guidelines. All events must be in compliance with the university and Fraternity’s Loss Prevention policies.
- To help alumni plan events in a chapter house, complete the Alumni Event Registration Form.
- Make sure to view the Alumni Event Registration Procedures.
- NOTE: Due to COVID-19, check with your institution regarding event guidelines before planning any alumni event, including tailgates, Homecoming activities, Founders Day celebrations, etc. Many campuses may have limitations on gathering sizes or prohibitions on such gatherings. Any event allowed must follow policy as well as campus/local guidelines for COVID-19. For the health and safety of our brothers, it is recommended that alumni events be held off chapter property for the year.
- All chapters will have completed the transition to substance-free housing, including the removal of all alcohol and substances from private bedrooms. There will no longer be a waiver system for the implementation of the Substance-free Housing Policy.
- Alumni will have the opportunity to host up to six pre-approved events in common areas of the chapter facility per year with licensed third-party alcohol vendors or BYOB. All events must be in compliance with the university and Fraternity’s Loss Prevention policies.
SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING RESOURCES
Delta Upsilon is dedicated to providing the resources and support chapters need to transition to substance-free housing. This page will be continuously updated as more resources are developed. If you have questions about the policies or suggestions on current or future resources, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*In your app store, you can search "HM Event Planner" to download a free app version of the event planning guide.
SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING WAIVER PROGRAM
For the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, a waiver program will exist as part of the Substance-free Housing Policy. This waiver program will grant chapters who qualify and apply for a waiver to continue to have alcoholic beverages under 15% ABV in chapter facilities while continuing to plan for the full Substance-free Housing Policy implementation. Chapters without a waiver must implement the full Substance-free Housing Policy.
Please note that to qualify for a waiver, chapters must meet the Expectation level in certain Men of Merit Chapter Standards Program standards. Men of Merit performance during the previous year determines qualification. For example, to obtain a waiver for 2021-2022, chapters must have met the Expectation levels of the Men of Merit Standards during the 2020-2021 academic year. Waivers must be applied for and granted on an annual basis.
Waiver applications for 2021-2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021-2022 will open March 1 and will be due May 1.
SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING WAIVER RESOURCES
If you have questions about Delta Upsilon's substance-free housing policy or would like to discuss how the implementation of this policy will affect your chapter specifically, we are here to help. Delta Upsilon has created a new staff position designed specifically to oversee the implementation of this policy and help develop enhanced alcohol education programming. Please contact our Director of Health & Safety Initiatives Dominic Greene, Oregon '99, at email@example.com.