Greeks don’t make deadline, all fraternities and sororities on social probation

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Dean of Students Jean DeCosta, who represented the university in talks with greek leaders, said there were small clarifications needed that couldn’t have been completed by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline.

Brooke Sperbeck

After greek leaders were unable to reach an agreement with administrators on a party registration policy by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline, all fraternities and sororities are now on social probation.

According to Panhellenic President and business administration junior Danielle Durante, Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic presidents did not feel comfortable passing the policy because of a “couple more things” that need to be discussed further.

“We met with all the Panhellenic presidents at 12 (p.m.), and then we met with the IFC presidents at 1 (p.m.), and the presidents still expressed some concerns with the original draft,” Durante said.

Durante declined to mention any particular areas that were not agreed on, but said it had nothing to do with the rules in the draft policy forbidding kegs, drinking games and hard alcohol, nor the proposal for one party per week per fraternity.

Dean of Students Jean DeCosta, who represented the university in talks with greek leaders, said there were small clarifications needed that couldn’t have been completed by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline. DeCosta said she’s looking forward to sitting down with the students again Monday.

“They were asking about so many things all over the map, and I was in and out of the meeting all day,” DeCosta said. “So we asked them to go back to the draft and write down what they wanted to see different.”

Today’s deadline was the result of a one-week extension given by DeCosta this past Monday, so that she, Durante, IFC President Dominic Hjerpe and United Sorority and Fraternity Council president Edward Yanez could finish clarifying “one or two little areas,” DeCosta said earlier this week.  As of Wednesday, DeCosta said she had “all the confidence in the world” an agreement would be reached by today.

Durante said the group is planning to meet next week to look over the policy and make revisions.

“We’re hopeful that we’ll resolve this as soon as possible,” Durante said.

For now, Cal Poly greek chapters cannot hold any social events as part of their probation. The sanctions are in effect until a compromise is reached between greek leaders and administrators.

Sean McMinn contributed to this article.