Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Thesis Director

Eric S. Davidson

Thesis Committee Member

Elizabeth Gill

Thesis Committee Member

Nathan J. Wehr


The researcher in this study used qualitative methodology to explore perspectives of undergraduate student leaders in fraternity and sorority life at a mid-sized, Midwest institution on alcohol, especially within the Greek life system. Eight informants participated in semi-structured, open-ended interviews and were asked about their views on and experiences with alcohol, both as a new member and after having leadership experience. Informants were also asked about alcohol intervention and prevention measures. A majority of informants maintained or developed an indifferent or aversive view of alcohol, had decreased their personal levels of alcohol use, had made attempts to change the way members of their organization viewed or used alcohol, and saw a need for more responsible alcohol use in their organization. Recommendations were made for professionals in fraternity and sorority life and in alcohol intervention and preventions.