Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
The written and unwritten rules surrounding the use of alcohol by fraternities was examined at one college. Qualitative research techniques were employed to interview 29 students who were classified as independents and members of fraternities. These students were interviewed in focus groups and segregated by affiliation.;Changes were made to the College's alcohol policy just prior to the interviews. Implicit themes that emerged include: (a) social life centered around Greek Letter organization activities; (b) Greek organizations tend to dominate the campus culture; (c) members of Greek Letter organizations and independents perceive recent changes to the College's alcohol and party policies differently, and; (d) social life was viewed as declining and drinking occurred secretly or off-campus. Explicit themes that emerged include: (a) fraternities perceived that recent changes were imposed on them with little input; (b) the College was more socially active under the old alcohol and party policies, and; (c) enforcement of the alcohol policy was inconsistent.;This research was conducted at one small private, four-year institution where most students were from the same state and approximately 35% of the students were members of Greek Letter organizations. Given these limitations, readers should not generalize or assume transferability to other institutions or fraternities at other schools.
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Thomas Michael Crady
Crady, Thomas Michael, "Written and unwritten rules: the use of alcohol by fraternities: a study of one college" (2007). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 15511.