The Cal Poly Panhellenic Council chose not to approve a contract with SLO Safe Ride to provide free shuttle services to the downtown area for sorority and fraternity members on Friday and Saturday nights in a meeting on Tuesday.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) voted in favor of the contract last week, but its implementation hinged on Panhellenic’s approval. Given Panhellenic’s decision, it will work with SLO Safe Ride to negotiate a new contract so the service can still be available for fraternity members.
“As Panhellenic, we, of course, support the decision of the chapters to not pass the proposed contract with SLO Safe Ride. We still encourage members to take advantage of these types of services when going downtown and to actively seek out ways to maintain a safe community,” Panhellenic president and business administration junior Kristen Henry said in an email.
The service would have cost $6,600 total, with sororities and fraternities splitting the cost equally, Henry said. The shuttles would run from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Hathway Avenue to the downtown San Luis Obispo area around Luna Red, according to IFC president Alex Horncliff.
The national chapters of each sorority ultimately decide whether or not to approve the contract. They declined to do so because of liability concerns, Henry said.
IFC will now work with SLO Safe Ride to negotiate a new price for the shuttle service. If it can’t decide on cost, the service will be removed altogether, Horncliff said.
Correction: The article above states that the SLO Safe Ride service would run on Friday and Saturday nights. The correct days are Thursday and Friday nights.