A Fraternity With Alcohol-Free Housing
Phi Delta Theta chapter properties are to remain free from alcohol by anyone, at any time, under any circumstance. The chapter property may be owned by a local house corporation, college or university, or other entity. If the property is considered Phi Delta Theta “space”, the property is to be alcohol-free. This includes not only the structural facility, but the outdoor area including the front and back yard, parking lot and sidewalks.
Some critics thought it was going to be a long and arduous task for Phi Delta Theta to implement alcohol-free housing. Others believed that membership would decline. However, the leadership of Phi Delta Theta knew it would be in the best interest for our undergraduate members and for the future of the Fraternity to refocus our efforts to be a values-based organization.
Therefore, in February of 1997, the General Council announced the Alcohol-free Housing Policy to the world. Chapters were given more than three years to implement this paradigm shift on their campus and all properties were alcohol-free by the implementation date of July 1, 2000.
Since the implementation, Phi Delta Theta has undergone one of its largest growth spurts in the history of the modern fraternity. We are proud of our decision to make our properties alcohol-free, and Phi Delta Theta has benefited greatly in many ways.
- 3,100 new members (2000) to 4,300+ (2013)
- 8,500 undergraduate members (2000) to 11,750 (2013)
- 175 chapters/colonies (2000) to 190 (2014)
- 49-man average chapter size (2000) to 63.5 (2013)
- 2.73 member GPA (2000) to 3.01 (2013)
- Nearly 700 more alumni advisers since 2000
- Foundation – $494K raised in 1990, $3.65 million in 2013
- 60.5% decrease in liability insurance claims, 94.2% decrease in severity of those claims
- One of the lowest per man liability insurance rates in the fraternity world.
Hazing….. Don’t Tarnish The Badge
Phi Delta Theta does not condone any form of hazing. It is contrary to the purpose of fraternity, let alone Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Members can still achieve a close group of men throughout the organization without hazing and Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters offers resources to help transplant negative activities with positive ones.
Phi Delta Theta encourages family members to discuss hazing and other new member practices. Family members have the unique opportunity to speak one-on-one about the dangers of hazing.
Managing Risk Within Our Chapters
Risk is present within all organizations, and Phi Delta Theta’s main priorities are to provide a values-based experience and keep its members safe. Phi Delta Theta takes a vigilant approach to upholding its risk management policies, and we expect our undergraduate chapters to follow the policies have been laid out by the Fraternity.