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Fraternity & Sorority Social Monitoring

All fraternity and sorority chapters must submit individual proposals on how they plan to manage social events for their chapter. When a fraternity or sorority chapter holds a social event, the chapter must follow the guidelines below.

  • Limit of 10 socials with alcohol per semester.
  • No daylong events. Only beer and wine. 
  • Indoor and outdoor social events limited to the legal capacity of the chapter house. 
  • Service of alcohol at social events must follow Pennsylvania law and be distributed by RAMP-trained servers. 

When a chapter registers a social event with alcohol, the following process will take place. 

Preconference 

Prior to the social event, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance and a chapter representative will discuss what will be observed during the monitoring visitation. The chapter representative will share information about the risk management plan and the social event. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance will share expectations. 

Monitoring

Coordinators from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance will conduct periodic formal and informal checks to ensure safety and security within Greek facilities.  During monitoring visits coordinators will gather information through observations and conversations with students to determine risk related to alcohol, capacity, sexual violence/assault, hazing, and compliance with Penn State Greek mandated measures. If risk is determined to be high or a safety concern is observed, coordinators will take the appropriate action to mitigate the risk. 

Post-conference

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance and the chapter meet to discuss the strengths and areas of improvement based on the chapter's social. This conference provides an opportunity for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance and the chapter to have a reflective discussion about the event and address any risk concerns if there are any.