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Felony Free Fraternities—How to Choose a Safe and Legal Greek House
Posted By: Kara Masterson on March 02, 2020

College fraternities have a long history in North America. College students have a desire to meet for various activities like debates and discussions systematically outside of normal college curriculum.
In the past, college fraternities met secretly while others promoted and encouraged college students to higher levels of educational achievement.
The first North American college fraternity was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1750 with the Phi Beta Kappa Society founded in 1776. Others of the oldest fraternities include in chronological order:
• Chi Phi—1824
• Kappa Alpha—1825
• Sigma Phi—1827
• Delta Phi—1827
• Alpha Delta Phi—1832
• Psi Upsilon—1833

Study the History and Fraternity’s Activities

It important to review the history and activities of a college fraternity before becoming a member. The typical imagery of a fraternity may be somewhat due to the raucous fraternity in National Lampoon’s 1978 film, Animal House, Delta Tau Chi.
Colleges today ban the practice of fraternity hazing, drugs and alcohol. However, as Rolling Stone Magazine reported in 2013, “Since 2005, 59 students have died in incidents involving frats, about half of which were alcohol-related while six other students were paralyzed.”
Yet, the North-American Interfraternity Conference contends membership in fraternities continues to surge and has risen upward to 25 percent from 2007.

Alcohol Abuse

Chief among issues on college campuses and fraternities is alcohol abuse. During the 1970s and 1980s, alcohol abuse became rampant in fraternities. However alcohol abuse in the U.S. is not limited solely to college campuses.
Drunk driving is the chief cause of vehicular accidents that cause loss of life and serious injury as well as loss of driving privileges. This requires the services of a DWI attorney for victims and defendants.
86.3 percent of people ages 18 or older reported they drank alcohol during some point in their lifetime. Another 70.0 percent reported they drank alcohol in the past year. 55.3 percent reported they drank alcohol in the past month.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported an estimated 88,0005 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. This number includes about 62,000 men and 26,000 women. Ironically, alcohol is considered the third leading “preventable cause of death in the US,” with tobacco first and poor diet and lack of physical activity second.


Before choosing membership in a fraternity, check police records at state and local levels.
Also, check the state’s Bureau of Public Records for information on prior felonies. With this information it is possible to choose a safe and legal Greek House.
The other resource is the college’s own radio or newspaper archives that provide information about safe and legal Greek Houses.

A Fraternity is a way of life based on Greek societal values. A fraternity offers the opportunity to build strong relationships among like-minded college students. Some fraternities also plan events and charitable functions. You can join a Greek house that gives back to the community instead of becoming a public nuisance that would inspire a Seth Rogan movie. There are definite values with the kinship that these organizations can have without giving in to the rape culture and glorified alcoholism lifestyle that is not inclusive.
Kara Masterson
From Enter Your City, UT
Member Since May 2017
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