University of Kansas Greek life works to limit hazing
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas fraternities and sororities are working on ways to limit hazing and abuse following an alcohol freeze that didn’t last.
University officials and members of the university’s Inter-Fraternity Council are looking into creating a self-reporting hazing amnesty policy, providing university officials with details about pledge periods, creating a guest list for all social events, instituting abuse prevention training and increasing alumni outreach, The Lawrence Journal-World reported .
The efforts follow the student-led IFC’s institution of a freeze on alcohol at fraternity sanctioned events that only lasted for four days in March. The board quickly voted to end the freeze amid concerns that it was improperly approved by some board members and violated the group’s constitution.
“While (chapter presidents) didn’t like the way the freeze happened, they did recognize that we have a problem, and we are very close to becoming dangerous,” said Amy Long Schell, associate director of sorority and fraternity life at the university. “We are at a very close place that something could go wrong, so we need to do something about it.”
The process will take time because it involves changing a culture, Schell said.
Monitoring the university’s fraternity system is also difficult, officials said. No police force would be able to monitory every fraternity event.
The IFC also can’t take actions on problems unless they’re reported, said Jason Frederick, director of conduct for the IFC. Fraternities will have to embrace self-policing if progress is to be made.
“Part of the issue is, we can have all of these rules, but the organizations themselves have to follow them,” Frederick said.
Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com