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MC SigEp alcohol-free housing

February 2, 2018

On December 3rd, 2017, Monmouth College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity decided to defy stereotypes by voting to ban alcohol in their house. This decision reflects SigEp’s tradition of leadership and integrity, becoming a part of a national movement in fraternities combatting alcohol-related deaths. SigEp hopes this bold action pays off, safeguarding its future and ensuring the well-being of its members.

The vote was a contentious one, where 240+ undergraduate SigEp brothers elected to adopt an alcohol-free housing policy that would go into effect on August 1st, 2020. This bill means that alcohol is not allowed inside fraternity houses or any spaces owned by SigEp. Surprisingly, the Monmouth College chapter went one step further and enacted these policies starting January 1st, 2018.

SigEp decided they couldn’t stand silent following multiple hazing and alcohol-related incidences within fraternities nationwide. Colleges have already taken actions to reprimand these organizations, with Penn State, Louisiana State, Florida State, Indiana, Texas State, Ohio State, University of Michigan, University of Idaho, and UCLA all suspending Greek life on campus indefinitely.

Sigma Phi Epsilon chose to adopt this bill, hoping the best traditions and history are preserved for future generations. The expectation is that more fraternities will take a stand against hazing and alcohol abuse and follow with substance-free housing bills of their own instead of waiting for colleges to shut down fraternities.
SigEp has been at the forefront of many policies in fraternities, such as consistently supporting diversity and LGBT+ rights, and abolishing the traditional pledging program in favor of a four-year member development program.

Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded at Richmond College, on November 1st, 1901. It has been at Monmouth College since May 22nd, 1948. The brothers believe in the cardinal principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love.

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