University of Missouri Task Force Recommends Changes To Greek System

A task for deployed by the University of Missouri task force released a sweeping report Tuesday on how to fix what one consultant had called a dysfunctional and dangerous Greek system.
The task force released an 18-page report of recommendations of how the Greek life community can eliminate systemic issues of hazing, drinking and substance abuse.
The task force, which was commissioned by Gary Ward, MU’s interim vice chancellor for student affairs, suggested a three-tier system in which only high-performing fraternities can house live-in freshmen, no punishments for Greek students who report hazing within their organizations and limits on social events with alcohol.
via Kansas City Star:

The advisory council was tasked with finding solutions for issues that include hazing, diversity and inclusion, risky social practices, academics, recruitment and the question of whether freshmen should be permitted to live off campus in chapter houses.
More than 7,200 students at Mizzou participate in Greek organizations governed by four groups: the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Panhellenic Association. Representatives from all four organizations served on the council, which met throughout the spring semester.
“With these proposed changes, I am optimistic that we can keep fraternities and sororities safe and begin to build a stronger Greek community,” said Jake Eovaldi, president of the Interfraternity Council, which governs more than two dozen fraternities at Mizzou.

The task force recommendations comes months after Brandon Zingale, a former University of Missouri freshman who was hospitalized in September 2016 due to alcohol poisoning, sued the university’s Kappa Alpha fraternity for hazing.

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