University of Kansas forms task force for Greek system
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has established a new task force to recommend changes to the school’s Greek system in order to improve safety and efficiency.
Douglas Girod, the university’s chancellor, announced the new Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force on Thursday, the Kansas City Star reported . The group is comprised of 27 individuals with ties to the university’s Greek system, such as student leaders, alumni, parents and school officials.
The task force is expected to make recommendations on new policies and programs by the summer.
The move comes months after the university met with a group of fraternity leaders to freeze Greek social activities, a decision that was criticized as “unconstitutional” by the broader fraternity community and revoked days later. Girod responded, at the time, by calling for more collaborative efforts to address issues within the university’s Greek system.
He said the task force will evaluate sorority and fraternity life at the school, “explore best practices related to policy and programming, and submit recommendations on how Greek life can be enhanced.”
“With sororities and fraternities under scrutiny nationwide and at KU, we must commit to raising our standards for health, wellness and self-governance and seek new ways to meet the expectations we have for our community,” Girod said.
The University of Missouri formed a similar task force earlier this year following a consultant’s report that identified hazing, overconsumption of alcohol and drug use within the school’s Greek system. The Missouri university’s task force submitted recommendations in July, which included restricting freshmen from living in chapter houses, encouraging fraternities to delay recruitment until after the school year begins, placing limits on social events and offering amnesty to those who report hazing.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com