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The mixing policy can be found in the ISC Standards of Conduct.It is Standard #7.
Why is the Mixing Policy important? • Closed parties between organizations have an increased risk of leading to very dangerous situations BECAUSE: • Having a closed party and limiting attendance establishes a false sense of safety and security. • In feeling safe, men and women begin to let their guards down and act recklessly. • This, in combination with unregulated alcohol, has a greatly increased risk of incidences of bodily harm, alcohol abuse, alcohol poisoning, drug use, and sexual assault.
The Mixing Policy: • #7. Failing to comply with policies regarding social functions, including: • There will be no alcohol at co-sponsored activities and/or mixers on fraternity property. • Co-sponsored activity describes an activity in which there as been coordination of efforts between a sorority and another organization(s). • This includes planning, funding, registrations, and or/the announcing of an event for the purpose of having attendance exclusive to the sponsoring groups. • A mixer is a gathering of a sorority(ies) and another organization(s) where the event is co-sponsored and/or attendance is exclusive to the members of the sponsoring groups. Other organizations include, but are not limited to: fraternities, varsity sports teams, club sports teams, and other exclusively male CIO’s. If a reasonable onlooker would consider the party to be a sorority mixer because of the people in attendance, then the party is considered a mixer. • A mixer may include multiple sororities or multiple external organizations or a combination of both. • An invite party is a non-co-sponsored gathering of individuals who have received written, tangible invitations from the sponsoring fraternity. • A date function is a closed event sponsored by a sorority(ies) consisting of sisters of the sponsoring sorority(ies) and their invited guests.
So what does all that mean? Let’s break it down…
A mixer is defined as: • A gathering of a sorority(ies) and another organization(s) where the event is co-sponsored and/or attendance is exclusive to the members of the sponsoring groups. Other organizations include, but are not limited to: fraternities, varsity sports teams, club sports teams, and other exclusively male CIO’s. This translates to: • Any social event (party, pre-game, tailgate) that is EXCLUSIVE with a significant representation of one or more sororities. The presence of other women or sorority women does not negate the mixing policy. • A mixer is not only with fraternities but sports (club and varsity) and clubs. For example: Lacrosse team, club swim, the Virginia Gentlemen
Number of those involved: • A mixer may include multiple sororities or multiple external organizations or a combination of both. This translates to: • A mixer does not have to include one sorority. It can be with a specific pledge class or multiple sororities/fraternities. • The key is if the event is exclusive. • Mixers are still illegal if they are held at fraternity houses, club houses, satellite houses, sorority houses, etc. • The only legal mixer can be held at a third party vendor (a bar or restaurant with someone to check ID’s).
And the key phrase… (so pay attention!)
if you remember anything, rememberthis: If a reasonable onlooker would consider the party to be a sorority mixer because of the people in attendance, then the party is considered a mixer.
Examples of illegalmixers:
Sorority Alpha and Sorority Beta have a pre-game with Fraternity ABC starting at 9pm before ABC’s big holiday party at their house. The holiday party opens to the public at 11pm.
Sorority Alpha’s 4th pledge class has a case race with the Virginia Gentlemen at Alpha’s satellite house.
Social events that have absolutely NOalcoholinvolved. • (For example: BBQ and Paint-wars) • 2.Closed mixers at a 3rd party vendor (a restaurant or bar only) • 3. Closed mixers at private property with paid security and that is registered with the ISC. • 1. Paid security are hired bouncers and/ or licensed bartenders that are NOT current University students