Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Social Policy and Alcohol Policy


The social component of Greek Life is highly valued by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  All policies shall be implemented in a way that promotes the responsible use of alcohol.  Further, each chapter is expected to adhere to the laws of the State of New Jersey as they pertain to building and fire safety as well as the consumption of alcohol and other substances.

All chapters are expected to abide by the policies of OFSA or their individual inter/national risk management policy, whichever is stricter.  These social policies apply to all fraternity entities and all levels of fraternity membership.  The use of the word “fraternity” refers to men’s and women’s groups.

  1. The possession, sale, use or consumption of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, while on or off chapter premises, during a fraternity event/function, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or in any event/function an observer would associate with the fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and institution of higher education, and must comply with either BYOB or Third Party Vendor Guidelines.
  2. No alcoholic beverage may be purchased through chapter funds nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the chapter or on behalf of the members for a chapter event.  The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common sources of such alcoholic beverages, e.g. kegs or cases, is prohibited.
  3. Chapters are permitted to host a total of eight (8) social events per semester that include the use of alcohol.
  4. Registration - All event/functions must be registered at OFSA by 4:30 PM on the Thursday prior to the event/function. Late registration will result in non-approval of the activity. Chapter advisors are to sign each registration form.  Students may not sign for chapter advisors.
  5. Guest List - The participating chapter(s) must submit a guest list for every social event/function registered (date function, mixers, formals, homecoming or any event/function that includes non-members).  Guest lists must be submitted along with the DOE.  Each member and guest listed must have a first and last name. 
  6. OPEN PARTIES, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, shall be prohibited.
  7. No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, provide, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under the legal “drinking age”).
  8. The possession, sale or use of any ILLEGAL DRUGS or CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event/function or at any event/function that an observer would associate with the fraternity is strictly forbidden.
  9. No chapter may co-sponsor an event/function with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization or tavern where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present.
  10. Advertising - Chapters may not advertise a social event/function at which alcohol will be present (i.e. no flyers, posters, Targum advertisements, radio spots, etc.).  Further, chapters shall be prohibited from advertising ANY event/function outside the Rutgers community without the express prior written consent of the Dean of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
  11. No chapter may co-sponsor or co-finance a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.
  12. All recruitment activities associated with any chapter will be DRY recruitment functions.  Bid day is considered part of the recruitment process.
  13. No alcohol shall be present at any pledge/new member/associate member/novice program, activity or ritual of the chapter.
  14. No member shall permit, tolerate, encourage, or participate in "drinking games." Drinking games shall be defined as any activity that facilitates drinking.  Examples include beer pong, thumper, ice block shots, Jell-O shots, shots of any nature, quarters, etc.
  15. Social Chairperson Training - All social chairpersons must attend the Social Chair Training Session sponsored by OFSA.  Failure to attend will result in loss of social privileges until the social chair meets with the appropriate Dean.  
  16. Cleaning - The premises and surrounding areas shall be clear litter by 10:00 A.M. the day following the social event/function (or following guidelines of the facility).
  17. Noise - All social event/functions must comply with the noise ordinance of the City of New Brunswick and with the noise policy of the University.