Social Event Guidelines

Everything you need to know about hosting a Greek event

Before your sorority or fraternity can host an event involving alcohol, certain guidelines and expectations must be met. The OSFL Social Events Policy outlines IU’s minimum expectations for social events hosted or sponsored by sorority and fraternity organizations. Sororities and fraternities interested in hosting a Large Event or an Event with a High-Profile Performer should also review these guidelines.

Chapter leaders must be sure to read, understand, and follow the guidelines outlined in the policy when planning and hosting a social event.

Event Guidelines and Limitations

  • To maintain a supportive academic environment, events with alcohol, events with High-profile Performers, and Large Events, whether on or off-campus, are only permitted between Thursday at 12:00 p.m. EST through Sunday at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Events with alcohol are permitted to occur Monday through Wednesday only during the weeks of Homecoming and Little 500. Events on these days must end by midnight, and are limited to two hosting Greek Organizations (e.g. one fraternity and one sorority) with no additional guests.
  • No events with alcohol may be held during the University’s Welcome Week (the week, including the weekend, before the start of the fall semester), finals week, or during other times when class is not in session.
  • Events with alcohol are only permitted between Thursday at 12 p.m. and Friday at midnight the weekend before finals week.
  • No more than four Greek Organizations may co-sponsor an event unless approval is granted by the Assistant Dean of Sorority and Fraternity Life or their designee.
  • All events with alcohol at the House Greek Organization facility or on campus are limited to less than 500 attendees.
  • If an Event is expected to have 500 or more attendees with alcohol, it must be held at a third-party vendor. This cannot take place on Indiana University campus or in University Recognized Housing.
  • If an event is expected to be a Large Event with 500 or more attendees or an Event with a High-Profile Performer, the Event must have at least 5 trained and licensed security guards, and the organization(s) hosting or sponsoring the Event will be required to meet with the Campus Space Reservation Committee or a representative from the committee at least one week prior to the event. There must be a ratio of 1 Event Monitor and/or Security Guard per 20 attendees at an event. Organizations should submit High Profile-Performer/Large Event Interest Form by September 1 for the fall semester and February 1 for the spring semester.

Event notifications

Greek Organizations must provide notice to OSFL when planning to host, co-host, or sponsor an event whether with or without alcohol. These events include but are not limited to: events with or without alcohol, paired events, events at third party vendors (e.g. date parties, formals), special events (e.g. parents’ weekends, tailgates), and/or Large Events.

For each event the GO intends to host or sponsor, the GO must submit an event notification form to OSFL through BeINvolved by 11:59 p.m. EST by the Sunday prior to the event. Follow the link to submit the social event notification: 

For Large Events or events with High-Profile Performers, the Greek Organization must submit High-Profile Performer/Large Event Interest Form by September 1 for events that will take place during Homecoming Week or the Fall semester and by February 1 for events that will take place during Little 5 Week or the Spring semester. Interest forms must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of an event that does not take place during Homecoming or Little 500 Week. 

For events during the weeks of Homecoming and Little 500, including any Large Events or events with High-Profile Performers, the GO must submit an event notification form to OSFL through BeINvolved by 11:59 p.m. EST two Sundays prior to the event.

If the Greek Organization plans to host any events within campus spaces, all applicable event notification forms, such as the space reservation form must be submitted in addition to the OSFL event notification form.

Additional failures to submit any event notification on time may result in an additional fine, immediate social restrictions for 2 weeks, and/or referral to the Office of Student Conduct. The Vice Provost and Dean of Students and/or their designee reserves the right to prohibit any discriminatory or dangerous activities at a proposed event.

Provision of alcohol

  • No alcoholic product above 15% alcohol by volume (ABV) is permitted, including for any canned/bottles alcoholic beverage, and any beer or canned/bottles alcohol beverage may not exceed 12 fluid ounces.
  • Only members and guests who are 21 years of age or older may possess or consume alcohol at organization events. It is the responsibility of the organization to ascertain proof of legal drinking age of guests at the Event.
  • Beer and other canned/bottled alcoholic beverages may only be served to persons of the age 21 or over if it is served in its original, unopened can or bottle.
  • Wine may only be served to persons of the age 21 or over if poured in plain sight at the bar by a bartender who is the age of 21 or over.
  • It is the responsibility of the Greek Organization to provide a sober bartender who is over 21 years of age.
  • The Greek Organization may not utilize organization funds to purchase alcohol that is served at events with alcohol.
  • A Greek Organization, its international or national organization, or the House Corporation may ban or limit all forms of alcohol provided at events hosted by the Greek Organization or in their chapter facility.

Event monitors

  • Greek organizations must provide event monitors or paid/private security for each event hosted or sponsored by the Greek Organization at a minimum ratio of one (1) event monitor for every twenty (20) attendees.
  • Events that take place on-campus or in University Recognized Housing, all security hired to work at organization events must be on Indiana University’s approved vendor list.  
  • All students serving as event monitors must have completed OSFL’s Event Monitor Training prior to serving in this role at an event and must act without the use of any alcohol, illegal drugs, or any other substance that might impair the monitor’s awareness.
  • First-year students and/or first-semester members of the Greek Organization cannot make up more than 50% of the event monitors for an Event.
  • If an Event is co-sponsored/sponsored, each Greek Organization will provide event monitors to assist in protecting the safety of members and guests.
  • Wild and exotic animals are not permitted at social events.
  • All events must be compliant with fire codes and local amplified sound restrictions, such as the City of Bloomington’s noise ordinance and respective on-campus policies where applicable.

This policy operates in conjunction with, and does not supersede, any applicable local, state, or federal laws and regulations; the Indiana University Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life Recognition Policy; the Indiana University Student Organization Policy; the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (“Student Code”); any applicable inter/national headquarters organization-specific policies and procedures; or any other applicable IU policies and procedures. The GO is responsible for ensuring compliance with such laws and policies by its members and guests at all events for which the GO is a host or sponsor, including events in collaboration with other organizations. IU and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (“OSFL”) will not approve or monitor these events; however, OSFL will respond to any reports of the GO’s failure to comply with this policy.

Indiana Lifeline Law

We urge students to look out for each other, both on and off university property. The Indiana Lifeline Law gives immunity for minor alcohol offenses to people who are seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency.

Read more about the Lifeline Law