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Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (SigEp) has voiced its support for the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) in its decision to adopt a standard prohibiting hard alcohol from fraternity chapter facilities and events.
SigEp voted in favor of the decision at the NIC’s Aug. 27 Annual Meeting where a near unanimous vote of its 66 inter/national fraternities determined that each organization will implement the new standard by Sept. 1, 2019. SigEp Board President Chris Bittman said of the decision, “We applaud the NIC and our fraternity peers for taking decisive action that will keep students safe and refocus the fraternity experience back on the life-changing relationships and out-of-classroom development that we offer.”
This decision by the NIC is a significant step by the entire Greek community toward the substance-free housing policies already adopted by SigEp, Beta Theta Pi and Delta Upsilon. SigEp’s biennial meeting in 2017 saw the Fraternity’s undergraduates vote to adopt substance-free common spaces by August 2018 and complete substance-free chapter facilities by 2020. This past June, SigEp announced that each of our 215 chapters adopted a substance-free common space policy ahead of schedule.
Bittman said, “SigEp has made significant strides to improve the fraternity experience by eliminating pledging and removing alcohol from our chapter homes. To have our NIC partners also leading the way means that our chapters will be supported by their entire Greek communities as they seek to provide a safe fraternity experience focused on personal and collective growth.”
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Sigma Phi Epsilon is an American college fraternity with more than 14,000 undergraduates on 215 campuses across the United States. Established in 1901, its mission is “Building Balanced Men,” which is achieved through a continuous member development program focused on academic achievement, healthy lifestyle choices and leadership development. The Fraternity currently maintains a 3.20 national GPA.