NIC Announces Historic System-Wide Alcohol Prohibitions

September 5, 2018


Delta Lambda Phi is proud to be part of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), which at its annual meeting on August 27, voted nearly unanimously to prohibit hard alcohol from fraternity events and chapter facilities. 

Specifically, the resolution passed by the Conference directs that each NIC member fraternity will adopt and implement a policy that prohibits the presence of alcohol products above 15% ABV in any chapter facility or at any chapter event, except when served by a licensed third-party vendor. This action was taken based on data that showed that nearly all hazing and over-consumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages. The Conference felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-wide standard.

While this establishes a minimum expectation that NIC-member fraternities not have alcohol present in facilities and at events, all NIC-represented groups have the latitude to establish more rigorous standards for their members. The new standard must be implemented by September 1, 2019 in all chapters of all NIC fraternities (numbering approximately 6,000 chapters across 800 campuses). 

This is the latest in a series of NIC Health & Safety Initiatives launched in the last year, including Conference-wide adoption of medical Good Samaritan policies; piloting further measures to reduce alcohol; developing SocialSafe, an online event management platform and app; testing measures to reduce hazing in the new member experience; and advocating for stronger anti-hazing laws.

More information about this historic action can be found in a press release from the NIC, accessible via the following link: NIC Fraternities Ban Hard Alcohol


About Delta Lambda Phi

Founded in 1986 in Washington D.C., Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity is the first nationally recognized Greek-Letter organization founded by gay men for all men. The membership of Delta Lambda Phi is open to all college men who supports its values. Delta Lambda Phi is the first fraternity of its kind to be recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and has 30 chartered and provisional chapters across the United States and Canada. More information about Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity can be found at

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