I want everyone’s honest opinion on something Greek systems are taking on, Alcohol Free Housing. In 1998, our members voted to go completely AFH by July 1, 2003. We recently had a change to that policy allowing for some groups to receive a waiver from this policy.
There are a variety of reasons for this movement. First of all, we have seen falling recruitment numbers over the past years. The thought is that we need to get away from that stereotypical “frat boy” activity that has plagued us and keeps guys from joining. Second, it addresses the continuous risk management issues that have made fraternities the sixth most dangerous industry to insure. Less alcohol ridden parties, the less accidents, the less lawsuits. Third, we have realized that a number of groups have become social drinking clubs instead of fraternities. This should help stop this trend. Next, the houses are cleaner. Less spills, less party messes, etc.
Being AFH doesn’t mean members can’t drink, just that there can be NO alcohol anywhere on the chapter property. Groups can host events outside of the house with alcohol, just not in. Also, they can still host non-alcoholic events at the house.
My question is, would you be more or less likely to join a fraternity if you knew it was AFH? How about living in the chapter hosue? Are you strongly in support of it, or strongly against it? You don’t have to be a college student to comment, I want to hear what the community has to say about it too. What are all of your thoughts on AFH?