Philosophy on Alcohol and Other Drugs
Grand Valley State University values excellence, integrity,
inquiry, inclusiveness, community, sustainability, and innovation.
The university promotes a fraternity and sorority life experience
that enhances these values by focusing on a students’ personal growth,
academic achievement, diverse community involvement, and development
of lifelong friendships.
Paramount to the fraternity and sorority life experience is the
health, safety, and well-being of all community members.
We believe that the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs
prevents our community members from realizing their full potential as
citizens and exemplifying the values of both their inter/national
organization and the institution.
We believes strongly in the power of a positive fraternity and
sorority experience to enhance students’ holistic development and
support their success. Seeking to promote a healthy university
community and positive fraternity and sorority life experience, we
uphold the following philosophy on alcohol and other drugs:
- We expect our students to follow federal, state, and local laws
regarding alcohol and other drugs.
- To address the negative behaviors associated with the misuse and
abuse of alcohol and other drugs, the University collaborates with
chapter and governing council leaders, as well as inter/national organizations.
- Through education, training and advising, the University provides
our students with the tools to make good choices and to understand
the consequences of their choices.
- The University holds chapters and individual students accountable
for the choices they make.
- We expect our students to take responsibility for their actions
- We empower our students to self-govern and hold their peers
accountable for choices that fail to exemplify our shared standards.
- We expect all members of our community to demonstrate a concern
for the health, safety, and well-being of others.
This was composed and approved in Winter 2019 by Fraternity and
Sorority Life Task Force representatives from the following: Greek
Life Board, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association,
Multicultural Greek Council, Black Greek Council, Student Senate,
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Services, GVSU Division of
Inclusion and Equity, GVSU Office of Conduct, GVSU Fraternity and
Sorority Life, GVSU Alumni Relations, GVSU Young Alumni Board and
representation from a faculty member, graduate student, and chapter