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IFC Meeting Minutes

IFC Meeting Minutes

At their Nov. 12 meeting, the President's Council of the Interfraternity Council passed the following policies and proposals:

A new policy on risk management passed, 21-9-8. The policy states that events organized for new members must be alcohol-free for all participants; all fraternities, sororities and independent living groups must have a Risk Management and Safety Officer who works with the IFC to create and enforce risk management policies; members of IFC with MIT-approved housing status must not have a tap system and kegs present in their house; no alcoholic beverages may be purchased through a living group's treasury 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. Alcohol will only be available through a third party vendor or at functions designated as "bring your own beer" parties.

An enforcement policy and list of Risk Management Officer responsibilities were also approved. After the first violation of the risk management policy, a living group would not be allowed alcohol at social events for 120 days. A second violation requires a house to be substance-free for 120 days, and a third violation incurred while still on probation from the second violation would cost a living group their rush privileges.

An Orientation/Residence proposal to the faculty and administration passed. The Council proposed to increase the scope and effectiveness of orientation, promoting the sense of the MIT community and increasing the level of student-faculty interaction. In terms of residence selection, the proposal called for more objective information to be disseminated to freshmen and their parents, lengthening the residence selection period by two more days and committing to toning down the intensity of rush, ensuring the safety of freshmen, encouraging diversity in student life, and creating more residence options, especially for women.

An Education Proposal for O/R passed, suggesting a comprehensive program to educate freshmen on interpersonal skills, health, emergency options, risk behaviors, and legal responsibilities.

Source: IFC President Iddo Gilon '98