Substance-free Housing

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/colonies were to have removed hard alcohol from chapter facilities. Now, by Aug. 1, 2020, all chapters/colonies are to remove all alcohol and substances from chapter facilities unless the qualify and apply for a waiver. 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.

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 fully Substance-free Housing Policy starting Aug. 1, 2020.

Please note that to qualify for a waiver, chapters must meet the Expectation level in five Men of Merit Chapter Standards Program standards. Men of Merit performance during the previous year determines qualification. For example, to obtain a waiver for 2020-2021, chapters must meet the Expectation levels of the five Men of Merit Standards during the 2019-2020 academic year. Waivers must be applied for and granted on an annual basis.

Applications for 2020-2021 will launch March 1, 2020 and are due April 15, 2020. Chapters will be notified of if their chapter was approved on July 1.

SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING WAIVER RESOURCES

WAIVER PROGRAM OUTLINE 

ADVISOR WEBINAR ABOUT WAIVERS

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 ihq@deltau.org.

SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING OVERVIEW

SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING FAQ

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

DU QUARTERLY FEATURE STORY

DELTA UPSILON LOSS PREVENTION POLICIES

DELTA UPSILON CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS

DELTA UPSILON CODE OF CONDUCT

BYOB CHECKLIST

ABV RESOURCE FOR DETERMINING WHAT IS HARD ALCOHOL

SOBER MONITOR RESOURCE

EVENT PLANNING GUIDE

SAMPLE SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING LEASE

*In your app store, you can search "HM Event Planner" to download a free app version of the event planning guide.

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 shall eliminate the presence, consumption and use of hard alcohol within chapter housing at all times.
  • The presence, consumption and use of beer and wine shall be limited to the private bedrooms of members who are of the legal drinking age. No alcohol will be allowed in common spaces of a chapter facility.
  • During a social event, alcohol possession and distribution must be restricted to common spaces of a chapter facility for the duration of the event. There will be no consumption of alcohol in private living quarters during social events.
  • Hard alcohol can only be provided and served by a licensed, third-party vendor at an off-site location. This means not at the chapter house or any chapter-related facility (e.g., annex).
  • All chapters will have completed the transition to substance-free housing, including the removal of all alcohol and substances from private bedrooms unless they qualify for a substance-free waiver.
    • Note: A chapter’s performance in this upcoming academic year (2019-2020) will determine whether it qualifies for a waiver in 2020-2021.
  • Chapters that meet the Men of Merit “Expectation” level in the areas of Chapter Excellence Plan, Program Attendance, Associate Member Education, Loss Prevention and Learning Assessment will be eligible for a waiver from the Substance-free Housing Policy. Chapters with a waiver will follow these guidelines:
    • The presence, consumption and use of beer and wine shall be limited to the private bedrooms of members who are of the legal drinking age. No alcohol will be allowed in common spaces of a chapter facility.
    • Chapters will have the opportunity to host up to six social events with beer and wine per year (between July 1-June 30) in common areas of the chapter facility. No more than four social events can be held in the same 6-month period (July 1-Dec. 31 and Jan. 1-June 30.), and all social events must follow university and Fraternity Loss Prevention guidelines.
    • Hard alcohol can only be provided and served by a licensed, third-party vendor at an off-site location. This means not at the chapter house or any chapter-related facility (e.g., annex).
    • All chapters will pay an additional Loss Prevention Fee of $100 per member per year.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Delta Upsilon is pleased to join other fraternities that are transitioning to substance-free housing including Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and FarmHouse.

In August 2018, the North-American Interfraternity Conference also adopted a resolution similar to DU's hard alcohol policy that will remove hard alcohol from chapter houses. You can read the NIC's release and FAQ.

The Fraternity also wants to recognize the 19 DU chapters with houses that are already substance-free and have made the commitment to keep members and guests safe. (Delta Upsilon also has 23 chapters that are not housed.)

If your chapter wishes to early adopt and receive the substance-free housing Loss Prevention credit in 2019-2020, contact Director of Health & Safety Initiatives Dominic Greene at greene@deltau.org

QUESTIONS?

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 develp enhanced alcohol education programming. Please contact our Director of Health & Safety Initiatives Dominic Greene, Oregon '99, at greene@deltau.org.

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- Alex Mulligan, Toronto '18

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