Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Larry Ebbers

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16729

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Thomas Michael Crady

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3259453

OCLC Number

163571357

ISBN

9781109972603

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

150 pages

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