Substance-free Housing Waiver Chapters

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.


During the 2022 Leadership Institute, the International Fraternity Board of Directors extended the waiver program for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years as part of the Substance-free Housing Policy. This waiver program will grant chapters who qualify additional time to plan for full policy implementation. Chapters without a waiver must implement the full Substance-free Housing Policy. 

The extension will grant chapters who apply for, and qualify, a waiver to continue to have only alcoholic beverages under 15% ABV in chapter facilities according to Fraternity policies while continuing to plan for full Substance-free Housing Policy implementation by Aug. 1, 2024. Only chapters that previously received the waiver during the 2022-2023 academic year are eligible for the waiver extension. Chapters that qualify for the 2023-2024 academic year have already been notified of the reapplication process. 

Only those chapters that have previously received the waiver during the 2021-2022 academic year will be eligible for the waiver extension. Chapters on a campus where they believe implementation is comparatively more difficult may apply on a case-by-case basis. 

The following is allowed for waiver chapters:

  • The chapter can host up to six events with alcoholic beverages (under 15% ABV) in common areas of the chapter facility per year (no more than four events per semester/term). These events must be registered and pre-approved (at least seven days in advance) by the International Fraternity. 
  • Brothers over the legal age can possess and consume alcoholic beverages (under 15% ABV) only in bedrooms when events are not being held. (No alcohol is to be consumed in bedrooms regardless of a person’s age during events.)
  • Allows for up to six alumni events per year. These events must be registered and pre-approved by International Fraternity (at least seven days in advance) and have a third-party vendor or follow DU's BYOB guidelines, as well as all other Fraternity and university policy.
  • Non-registered/informal events with alcohol in common spaces are not permitted.